Edward Sinning – August 14, 2008

Eddie left his loving family and friends on August 14Th, 2008.  His passing was peaceful at home with his loving “bride” (as he always referred to me)  holding his hand, also present were my daughter Shari and son-in-law Doug.  Eddie was born in Humbolt Iowa on June 18Th, 1934 to George and Virginia Sinning and was raised in Lake View, Iowa.  After his graduation from high school,  Eddie joined the Navy and was in the intelligence division while serving in Japan. After finishing his service in the Navy, Eddie enrolled and graduated from Buena Vista College and began his wonderful adventure! In all his adventures, Eddie wanted to spread love and joy!.  Eddie is survived and missed deeply by his adoring wife, JoAnne Sinning, twin sons Steven Edward Sinning, Stewart Edward Sinning and daughter in-law Ronda, daughters Shari Taff , Lorraine Bigelow, son-in-law Douglas Bigelow, and grandson Joseph Crowley.  Eddie was blessed to be raised with and survived by three sisters, Diana Smith , Elaine Rex, and Judy Fulkerth.  Eddie also is survived by three brothers-in-law, Ronald Rex, Don Fulkerth, Clarence Smith, his loving Aunt Rachel Pelissier, and many, nieces, nephews, and their families. Eddie loved to entertain family and friends with his many jokes and stories of his past and present adventures. The laughter always rang loud and clear when Eddie was present. Eddie retired from his company Edward and Associates Realty in Lynnwood Washington and kept very busy golfing, fishing, gardening, pond building, motor homing and cooking for his bride. Eddie’s departure was accompanied by a huge meteor shower that night and we are sure he caught the largest shooting star to hitch a ride to his next great adventure! The void Eddie left seems as big as the universe. 
   I would like to thank Providence Hospice of Seattle for their wonderful care and assistance at our home these last four and one half months. I am very comforted by the fact that Eddie was never in any discomfort and Eddie was a joy to care for!
   Eddie will never be forgotten by his loving wife, family and friends.  May God bless and protect Eddie!

19 Responses to “Edward Sinning – August 14, 2008”

  • JoAnne Sinning says:

    My darling husband Eddie caught the brightest shooting star on August 14, 2008 at 4:40 AM. I was holding his hand at home as he departed. My daughter was on our deck watching shooting stars, and as I came to tell her Eddie was gone, she said “I just saw the biggest, brightest and longest shooting star”. I am sure the heavens were preparing for Eddie and he caught the brightest one.Eddie was and still is very loved. Eddie gave me 30 years of my greatest joy. Love from “his bride” JoJo

  • JoAnne Sinning says:

    Please join us for a celebration of Eddie’s life on August 30TH, after 1:00 PM at our home.

  • paularae says:

    This site is so beautiful! I have so many fond memories of my beloved Uncle Eddie. He spread so much joy, love and laughter throughout our family. The stories are endless. I believe he loved everyone and could make anybody laugh. My Uncle Eddie had the unparalleled ability to light up any room he entered. He brought joy to all he encountered. You are missed, Uncle Eddie, and I’m so grateful for all the grand memories of you that will remain in my heart forever.
    Love from his niece, Paula

  • lorraine says:

    beautiful site. beautiful romance that came to an end to soon. he will surley be missed. (and “quit calling me surley”)

  • niece fran cobb says:

    dear auntie joannie,

    so many memories are flooding in….i remember as a little girl looking so forward to my uncle’s visits with great anticipation as they were sure to fill the house with giggles and grins and of course pony rides around the living room!

    uncle ed gave the toast at our wedding in 1986 (he graduated top of his class from the toastmasters academy!) and hosted my husband and me on many long golf week-ends, boating trips on the sound (although uncle spent more time trying to repair the boat than actually driving it!), salmon bakes, dart competitions and lots of tall tale story-telling.

    i am reminded of this famous quote when reflecting upon uncle’s life….“Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, champagne in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming “WOO HOO what a ride!” mission accomplished uncle eddie!

    thank you aunt joanne for loving him. we all did. he was one-of-a-kind. my uncle ed.

    let’s all lift a glass of champagne to him and toast a life lived to it’s fullest…”thanks for the memories!”

    lovingly, the cobb family

  • Paula Woodrum says:

    My dear friend,
    I have so many wonderful memories of our friendship, working for you at Edwards and Ass., and all the fun adventures the four of us shared together. I will miss you. Although you are gone now the memories will last me a life time. May that shooting star you are traveling on bring you to yet another great adventure that only you know how to enjoy to the fullest. I lift my glass to toast you Eddie and your wonderful life.

    My love to JoAnne and the family.

    Lovingly, Paula Woodrum

  • Al Stevens says:

    My friend,
    Eddy was the life of all our FUN. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

    Al Stevens,His Friend

  • Ronda Sinning says:

    We were very fortunate to have Eddie attend our wedding to witness his sons marriage last year. Eddie always loved a party. It was great to see him enjoy the day. He didn’t say much but he smiled the whole time. Eddie has a contagious smile and enjoyed life to it’s fullest.

    Lovingly, Stewart & Ronda Sinning

  • Larry Smith says:

    It is unfortunate that with the distances between all our families the we do not to get to spend our most nonrenewable resource, time, with our beloved family. A shooting star passing through the night sky seems so transitory for him. For all my life, the times I have seen him, he always burned brightly. I am truly saddened by no longer having the opportunity any longer to experience his laughter and the joy he took in living life. I look forward to seeing him, comet Eddie, when my time comes. With love Larry

  • JoAnne Sinning says:

    hank you so much for sharing your memories of our “Fast Eddie”. What a joy Eddie was!!!

  • JoAnne Sinning says:

    Opps, of course I meant Thank you…a little hard to see clearly right now.

  • Niece Pat says:

    How we will miss Uncle Eddie’s stories at our family gatherings! Everyone looked forward to being with Uncle Eddie because he spread joy and laughter. His stories were always the best. He was a very caring, loving man also. He treasured time with his family and wanted to be at each family wedding, no matter how far he had to travel. I will always treasure the last trip to Yuma in 2007 when I spent \one last adventure\ with Uncle Eddie. We all will miss him very much. Thank you, JoJo, for all the loving care you gave our Uncle Eddie. You made him very happy. Our Love & Sympathy, Pat & family

  • Sue Thompson says:

    My love and prayers are with you Joanne. Patty LeVeck and I were just thinking of you both just a few days ago. Eddie was a fun-loving, happy man with a true zest for life. You are lucky to have been married to such a man. You have memories that will remain life everlasing!!
    The love you two shared was an inspiration to all who know you.
    My hearlfelt thoughts are with you. Please take care.
    Love, Sue Thompson- Old Republic Title

  • Todd Warren says:


    I was so sorry to hear of Eddie’s passing. He was a truly remarkable man who touched so many lives, and I know he will be greatly missed.

    I have many great memories of playing golf and pool with Eddie. Even now, just thinking of him makes me smile.

    Please accept my deepest sympathy at this difficult time. I hope that in the days and weeks ahead you can find comfort in the many happy memories you hold in your heart.

    Remember, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Todd Warren

  • Steve "BigOly" Olson says:


    I have so many fond memories of our times together. Our trips to Yuma, the Grand Canyon, Bullhead City, Big Oly’s Open at Priest Lake, O’Houlies and playing pool, your dress-up Christmas Parties. What great friends Eddie and you are. I will miss Eddie so much but will always remember the great fun times we shared together. Eddie’s sense of humor was legendary and he always had a joke and a smile for everone he knew.

    I know our lives will never be the same without “Fast Eddie” so in closing I must sing one more time in Eddie’s honor “I LEFT MY HARP IN SAM CLAM’S DISCO”.

    May our hearts always be full of the wonderful things Eddie has left us.


  • Dee says:

    Thank you for allowing me to spend time with you and Eddie. I remember no matter what, Eddie always had a smile on his face and loved his quick wit.
    It has been a great privilege to know such a man, who will be truly missed and not forgotten.

  • Dana & Lavena says:

    Dear JoAnne, Our hearts are heavy for your loss! Ed was always laughing and made us laugh. We remember the time you got your first motorhome and came by the shop. Put Ed in with a group of people and “instant party”. He always had a good joke for us! We always enjoyed his visits, he will be missed!
    Love, Dana & Lavena

  • Denise says:

    I’ll always remember how much Eddie loved life, his family and telling jokes. My favorite will always be the joke about Mrs. Prussy… God rest his soul, he will be missed. Hugs and prayers for JoAnne and the rest of the family. Denise

  • JoAnne Sinning says:

    Today is Eddie’s big day. Typical of Eddie his ashes came home yesterday just in time to go golfing with Steven, Shari and Doug at Walter Hall golf course. Steven golfed many times there with his Dad and Eddie took Shari golfing there also….so happy Eddie got to go and is sprinkled on the 8th green! I know he will enjoy the celebration today, seeing all his loving family and friends that are able to attend. We sure will miss all his great jokes and laughter!! Love JoAnne

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