Edward Louis Haufe, Jr. passed away Wednesday morning, December 30, 2020, at Methodist Memorial Hospital in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Edward is survived by his wife Verna Pauline Phelps Haufe; his son, Edward Louis Haufe, III (Connie) Haufe; daughter Roseann (Robert) Read; daughter Linda (Timothy) Nutter; daughter Margaret Haufe; stepdaughter Kim (William) Reid; stepdaughter Jill Eubanks; and granddaughters Beth Ford, Kirsten Read, Kayla Bresser, and Lynae Bresser; grandson Devin Bresser; great-grandson Nathan Dishneau; and his ex-wife and mother of his children, Cecilia Antoinette Strauss. Edward is preceded in death by his parents, Edward Louis Haufe, Sr. and Agnes Mae (Fusek) Haufe; his son, James Charles Haufe; his granddaughter, Mandella Marie Haufe; and several aunts, uncles, and other members of his extended family. Edward was born in 1929 in Columbus, Ohio and was raised in Wheeling, West Virginia during the Great Depression.
Edward attended Wheeling High School, where he was on the swim team. He loved boxing and participated in Golden Gloves boxing competitions. After high school, Edward served in the Navy Reserve. Edward then completed an apprenticeship and became a Journeyman Machinist, a highly skilled trade, in which he was able to operate all of the various metalworking tools in machine shops. Edward also worked briefly for a time as a technical artist, designing time and temperature signs for American Sign and Indicator. Upon moving to Tennessee, Edward worked for Oak Ridge National Laboratory at the K-25 Plant, from which he retired.
While Edward spent his entire childhood in Wheeling, West Virginia, he moved many times around the United States with his family. From West Virginia, to Ohio, to Florida, to Louisiana, back to West Virginia, to California, to Idaho, to Connecticut, and finally to Tennessee, where he had lived since 1976.
Edward enjoyed gardening, music, anything chocolate, classic scary movies, spiders, snakes, all sorts of creatures, and his beloved cats. Edward had a wonderful, wry sense of humor and was always making those around him laugh. While it was primarily only a hobby, Edward also had great artistic talent, and created many incredible oil paintings, drawings, and cartoons throughout his life, including political cartoons for various local newspapers.
Edward was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and will be greatly missed by his family.
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