Funeral services for Edward Staver will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday August 21, 2012 at the Elias Funeral Home in Streator. Mnsgr. Phillip Halfacre of St. Michael the Arch Angel Church will officiate. Burial will be in St. Stephen’s Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Anthony Massino, Phil Conner, Joe Devera, Rick Rhynes, Tim Geiger Jr., and Luke Wilson. Full military rites including Honor Guard, Taps and Flag Folding will be provided by members of the Leslie G. Woods American Legion Post # 217 and Veterans of Foreign War Post # 1492. Visitation will be from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Elias Funeral Home.
He was born August 12, 1922 in Streator, IL, he was the son of Stephen and Anna (Danko) Staver. He married Leona Dvorchak on June 15, 1948 at St. Stephen’s Church in Streator.
He is survived by his wife of Streator, son Dr. Edward (Lynn) Staver of Streator, grandchildren Catherine (Luke) Wilson and Edward Staver III.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Betty Gochanour, Helen Gulvas, Mary Noonan, Katherine Sabol, Anna Vargochik, Susan Miller and Louise Yusko.
He attended Sherman and St. Stephen’s Schools and graduated from Streator Township High School. Following high school, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was stationed in England and Scotland where he flew 35 successful missions over Germany, the last 5 missions he flew lead crew. He was a navigator. He was awarded the Air Medal that recognized members of the U.S. Armed Forces that have distinguished themselves for meritorious achievements while participating in aerial flight. Following W.W.II, he taught navigation at St. John’s University in Minnesota.
He returned to Streator and sold hardware for Hibbard, Spencer & Bartlet., he managed the hardware, small appliance and sporting goods department for Christoff’s Hardware. Then sold real estate for Hart Reality.
He was a member of St. Stephen’s Church, the Knights of Columbus, Streator Lions Club, American Legion Post # 217, Veterans of Foreign War Post # 1492 and the Sandy Ford Sportsman Club. He was an avid golfer and a loyal Chicago Cub’s fan.
Memorials may be directed to the Donor’s Choice.