Edmund “Ed” John Aziz passed away on July 13, 2015 at The Edward C. Allworth
Oregon Veterans’ Home surrounded by family. Ed was 93 years old.
Ed was a first generation American, born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania to Abraham and
Mary (Volkar) Aziz. He was the oldest of five siblings including sisters Violet, Annie,
Rosie and Joanie. His family moved to Detroit, Michigan when he was a young boy. He
grew up there, starting his fascination with electronics when he built his first radio at the
age of ten. It was in Detroit where he met his future bride, Nathalie Capps in 1939. They
were married on July 7, 1944.
It was also during this time he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He was trained at Great Lakes
Naval Station in Illinois as an electrician’s mate then went on to further training as a
radioman at Treasure Island Naval Base in California. He served on the U.S.S. Reeves,
and he was the youngest man to ever make Chief Petty Officer. He served in the
Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific Theaters. He was also part of the squad that helped
to liberate Tokyo and free P.O.W.’s from Omori Prison Camp.
Towards the the end of the war, his daughter, Jeanette was born. The family moved to
Southern California in 1946. There they had four sons, John, Kenneth, Stephen and
Paul. Ed bought Ryan Television and Appliance in Hawthorne, California. After running
the store for a number of years, he sold the store and went to work for TRW in
El Segundo, California. He was part of the Tomahawk Missile Team as well as working
on the Space Shuttle fleet. It was during this time TRW bestowed an honorary engineering
degree upon him.
After retiring Edmund and Nathalie moved to Keizer in 1992. There he continued to
work with electronics, mostly focusing on computers. He and Nathalie enjoyed spending
time with family as well as traveling to U.S.S. Reeves Reunions. He was preceded in death by his wife Nathalie in 2010.
Edmund is survived by daughter, Jeanette and son-in-law, Tom; son, John and
daughter-in-law, Cindy; sons, Kenneth, Stephen and Paul; 17 grandchildren, 17 greatgrandchildren
and 2 great-great grandchildren. Viewing will take place from 3 to 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 18 at Huston-Jost Funeral Home in Lebanon. A memorial service will be
held at the Oregon Veterans’ Home in Lebanon on Sunday, July 19 at 4:00 p.m. A family
graveside service is planned at Belcrest Memorial Park.
He spent his last weeks in the amazing care of the staff at the Oregon Veterans’ Home.
The family will be ever grateful for the dignity, honor and love with which their dad,
grandpa and great-grandpa was served. With this in mind, the family asks that in lieu of
flowers, contributions may be made to the Oregon Veterans’ Home.