Edward Joseph Middleton III, aka Ed or Eddie, died on July 1, 2017.
He was doing what he loved at Thunder and Cache Creeks. His death was unexpected and his brother, an army of friends, and even strangers
fought for hours to save him.
Ed was larger than life and we rejoice knowing that he now resides in Heaven with his Lord and Savior; reunited with his Dad, brother Tom, and nephew James.
"As we go forward thinking about the great times we shared with Ed, we encourage you to take moments to hold your loved ones just a bit closer ... and perhaps reach out to someone you've been meaning to for way too long.
We think Ed would really like that."
Ed was born on July 23, 1968 in Fairbanks, Alaska to Edward Joseph II and Marie Middleton. He grew up in Wasilla and graduated from Wasilla High School in 1987. After high school he joined the United States Navy and served his country for four years. He was the recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Mertorious Unit Commendation (2), USCG Special Operations Service Ribbon, Letter of Commendation, and Good Conduct Award for period ending August 23, 1991 when he was honorably discharged, achieving the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class. Ed was also a graduate of the U.S. Navy Hull Technician School in 1988, and obtained his Electronic Technician Certificate from the University of Alaska in 1992.
Following his military career, Ed worked at Yukon Fire Protection Services as a Fire Suppression Technician, and for Schlumberger as an Electronic Technician. For the past 20 years he worked as a Technician in the telecommunications industry; initially with the State of Alaska as a member of Local 71 Public Employees Union and most recently with Alaska Communications as a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union 1547.
Ed married the love of his life, Robyn Ratliff, in 1989 in Wasilla, Alaska. They were happily married for 28 years and had four beautiful children together: Coleman, EJ, Shelby and Emma. Aside from the joy of his family, Ed’s passions were judo, playing music – especially taking out his harmonica anytime and anywhere much to the “dismay” of his family – and, enjoying the Alaskan wilderness searching for gold with his kids, great friends, and loved ones.
Ed was preceded in death by his father Edward, his older brother Thomas, and nephew James. He is survived by his wife Robyn; sons Coleman and Edward Joseph (EJ) IV, daughters Shelby and Emma, all of Wasilla, Alaska; his mother Marie; sister Vickie Edmonds; brothers Larry, John, Scott (Dawn) and Marvin (Brandy) all of Colorado; and nephews Jason, Andrew, and Marine Private 1st Class John Michael; nieces Rachel Spruce, Jennifer, Marie, Cindy, Brittany (Sean), Christina, Heather, and Katie and great nephew Haydyn, loving in-laws and countless friends that were like family.
If you would like to make a donation in memory of Ed, contributions will be used to establish an education fund for Ed’s children.
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