Edward Martin Chaney |  Southeast Iowa Union
Edward Martin Chaney |  Southeast Iowa Union

Edward Martin Chaney

Mount Pleasant

Edward Martin Chaney, affectionately known as “Hi Ed,” passed away on Tuesday, July 2, 2024, surrounded by his daughters and faithful companion Lucy in his hometown of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.

Ed was born on August 16, 1929 in Mt. Pleasant to Horace and Georgie (Martin) Chaney and lived his entire life in Mt. Pleasant, which he loved dearly.

Ed graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School in 1947 and then served his country in the U.S. Army, serving primarily in Austria during the Korean War. Ed was a good basketball player and played for the Army, traveling with the team. After his service, Ed was a carpenter, auctioneer, antique dealer, real estate agent, and loved flea markets.

On July 12, 1958, Ed married Margie Kempker at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fort Madison, Iowa. Together they raised four daughters in Mt. Pleasant, of whom he was immensely proud: Barbara (Jerry), Ann (Mike), Amy (Kendall) and Jill (Charlie). Ed was a devoted father and an active presence in his children’s lives – he coached when his children were young and never missed any of his children’s activities. Ed greatly enjoyed his 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Ed is survived by his sister Louise Berg and his brother William Chaney.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Margie, with whom he was married for 63 years, his brother Robert Chaney, his sister Elizabeth Lanphear and his brother Richard Chaney.

We will miss Dad’s humor, his love of family, his ability to fix anything, his love of watches, and his gentlemanly ways. Ed Chaney, we will miss you very much.

Ed’s family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 17, 2024 at the Murphy Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant. A private family burial will be held at a later date. A memorial has been established in his memory. Cremation has been entrusted to the Murphy Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant.

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Murphy Funeral Home in Mt. Pleasant is in charge of funeral arrangements.

By Liam