Eduard Prets


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Eduard Prets

The life journey of Eddy Prets came to a peaceful end on March 16th, 2022 when, in the company of his wife Carol and members of his family, he began a new journey through eternal life.

He was born Eduard Prèts on February 28th, 1927 in Vienna, Austria to Franz Prèts and Helen Pfeisinger – the third of five children (Franz, Helen, Eddy, Otto and Charlotte).  He attended school through the eighth grade but further education was interrupted by the impact of WWII on Vienna.  On December 20, 1944 he received a letter ordering him to report for active duty in Berlin for the Paratrooper Division of the German Air Force.  After the war and various jobs throughout Germany, he went to Heidelberg and became the Maître d’ of the American Officers’ Club in the Schloß Hotel.  It was there that he met Captain James Cooper of the United States Army who, in 1955, sponsored his immigration to the United States.

In the United States, he started out in Washington D.C. and headed west – working as a Maître d’ in various clubs and restaurants along the way until in the summer of 1959 in Pewaukee, Wisconsin he met his future wife, Carol Kirstein.  They announced their engagement on Thanksgiving day of the same year and were married on June 18th, 1960 in Marathon, Wisconsin.  Shortly thereafter, they moved to Bakersfield, California for a very brief period before settling in Renton, Washington where Carol’s mother Dorothy had relocated in 1944 to work for Boeing.  On December 12th, 1962 he was proud to officially become a citizen of the United States.

Eddy continued working as a Maître d’ at various country clubs until in 1966 he completed training with Boeing to become an Aerospace Mechanic.  His career at Boeing lasted 27 years and he was proud of his many achievements there.  He was one of “The Incredibles” who worked on the first 747 Jumbo Jet.  Later, he worked on high-security projects for the Military Aircraft and Missiles Systems Division.  At Boeing he had the opportunity to use his creative problem solving skills, which resulted in a number of innovative suggestions that streamlined production – often including designs for tools that aided in assembly and were ultimately patented.

Boeing also provided Eddy with the opportunity to return to Europe for a brief work assignment.  This sparked an interest in travel that he and Carol took advantage of throughout his retirement years – often with close friends and family and always making many new friends wherever they went.

But he was happiest at home, with his American flag waving from the flagpole in the front yard.  He was devoted to his wife of almost 62 years and together they raised six children: Andrew, Suzanne, Lisa Bialek (Paul), John, Angela Kieras (Dave) and James.  This, in turn, blessed them with eleven grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.  Watching his family grow and getting together for family events and holidays were his greatest pleasures.

He prided himself on his dahlias and planted them every year.  He enjoyed watching for hummingbirds and deer in the yard, hunting down garage sales, helping friends and neighbors when something needed fixing and any excuse for going out to dance a polka or waltz with his wife.  A man of many talents, he was equally at home in the kitchen making apple pancakes or Hungarian goulash as he was playing the harmonica, writing in calligraphy, playing Tripoley and keeping busy on his computer.  It was always easy to find him in a crowd: he’d be the one with the camera.

Eddy outlived everyone in his family by many years.  We were all so happy that he could be at home for his 95th birthday, but nobody was happier about that than he was.  It’s safe to say that he will never be forgotten because too many pictures and endearing stories linger for that to ever happen.  He will, however, truly be missed.

A funeral service will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Renton at 11:00 a.m. on June 10th, 2022.


11 Responses to “Eduard Prets”

  • Angela Kieras says:

    Dad had quite the legacy, he lived a long full life and I’ve never met anyone that enjoyed the beauty of the world as much as he did. He was a great inspiration to us all and deeply missed.

  • Linda Cowan says:

    Please accept our sincere sympathy in the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather Eddy. My parents, Jack and Betty Cowan, were blessed to be neighbors with Eddy and Carol on Lynnwood Avenue and delighted in both Eddy and Carol. Dad passed in 2018 and Mom is in a memory care facility in Kent. I know that they would want me to express their condolences and let you know how much they appreciated Eddy’s joy for life.
    God bless you all,
    Linda Cowan on behalf of my parents, Jack and Betty Cowan, and brother, John Cowan

  • Kenneth and Genevieve Tschider says:

    Ken and I send our condolences to the Pretz family.

  • Cass Stewart says:

    What a great tribute to a fantastic man and life journey. Rest in peace, Mr.Prets.

    DJ/CJ Cass Stewart

  • Cynthia says:

    What an amazing person and what a remarkable life.

    I’m grateful to have been a member of his family. I have so many good memories and loved watching him rock the kids to sleep when they were little.
    He had such a great laugh and always found a way to make people smile.

    Thank you for the good times and great memories.

  • Chris Wilson says:

    Sincere condolences to the Prets family that was such a big part of my growing up years. John, although I haven’t seen you in a long time I have nothing but fond memories of your Dad as he always made me feel welcome in your home. What a legacy.

  • Dawn Dalton says:

    I will always remember Ed’s kindness toward me and my two sons – this kindness can never be forgotten. I loved his jokes, stories, music and smiles. He is a never to be forgotten kind of man!!

  • Delores Reeck says:

    We always enjoyed being with Eddy and Carol going to lunch sometime was such a pleasure. Ed and my husband Don worked together for years at Boeing. Don passed away on December 12, 2021, I am sure they are up there enjoying each other’s jokes and having a good time. We will always hold them in our hearts and remember the good time.
    Delores Reeck

  • Sharon & Ron Clymer says:

    We were honored and privileged to have been Eddy & Carol’s neighbors for 30 years. Getting to know Eddy and what an amazing man, patriot and good friend he was — We were truly blessed to have neighbors. We are so happy we have stayed friends over all these years. And our last gathering when we were up there (we live in Arizona) was to have lunch in Renton. A very special time reminiscing and visiting. Our condolences to Carol and entire family. Sharon & Ron Clymer

  • Pam Elliott says:

    Uncle Eddy is well remembered by my family with much love and affection. He always was happy and fun and he provided us with memories to last forever brought his movies or our family gatherings for Grandma and Grandpa’s anniversary celebrations. We still have the discs of his movies, such a gift. Lovely man, another legend we will remember with great smiles

  • Dorothy White says:

    I attended an Anniversary party for Eddie & Carol, with my mother Irmi & her partner Heinz Eberle. They were such a charming couple. Irmi passed three years ago this week & Heinz passed before her. Wonderful people of their generation broke the mold.

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