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Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2012 8:05 pm | Updated: 8:09 pm, Sat Apr 21, 2012.

Longtime Alaskan Edwin G. Beu Jr., 86, died April 17, 2012, at his home in Wasilla.

Services are at 3 p.m., April 25 at First Congregational Church, 2610 East Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage with Ven. Norm Elliott officiating. A public visitation is one hour prior to the service.

Pallbearers are Gene Wicker, Jay Brewer, Kenn Kadow, Craig Kauffman and Dave Traver, and honorary pallbearers are John R. Strachan, Bjarne Holm and James Magowan.

Ed was born March 7, 1926, in Harper, Kan., to Edwin G. Beu and Sarah Tucker Beu.

Following high school graduation, Ed was immediately called to active duty with the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific Theatre as an electrician aboard the USS L.S.T. 270.

In 1957, Ed brought his wife, Marsha, and children to Anchorage after being hired as advertising director for the Anchorage Daily News. Before retiring in 1988, he worked in advertising, public relations and real estate. He also proudly served as a police officer in Longview, Texas, and Anchorage.

Ed was especially proud of his work with the Anchorage Lions Club and of being a Melvin Jones Fellow in the Lions International Foundation. He was twice selected Lion of the Year, was a past-president and served in most all other club offices throughout his life membership. Ed was an ambassador for the city of Anchorage and was known for his informational guided tours of his beloved city.

After the death of his wife, Marsha, Ed later married Betty J. Boyd in 1995. He enjoyed traveling frequently with Betty. Both are well known for their involvement with Valley Performing Arts, Anchorage Performing Arts and Mat-Su College. They attended First Christian Church in Anchorage for many years, and Ed served on the church’s board and directed the choir. Ed and Betty currently are members of First Congregational Church.

Surviving are Betty J. Boyd-Beu, his wife of 17 years; sons, Gary M. and Edwin G. III and their wives, Carla and Lisa; Betty’s daughter, Kathleen Wicker and her husband Gene; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Marsha Sapp Beu; and their daughter, Barbi Beu Sammartano.

The Beu and Wicker families thank the many health care providers who assisted in Ed’s care during the last months of his declining health. Their care and concern for Ed and Betty is greatly appreciated at this difficult time.

Interment at Fort Richardson National Cemetery with full military honors will be announced at a later date.

Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Anchorage Lions Club.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Legacy Funeral Homes.