Edwin Joseph “Eddie” Krupa
August 13, 1924 ~ May 15, 2014
Edwin Joseph Krupa passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2014, at Highgate House in Wenatchee, WA. Memorial Services will be held in Midland, TX.
Eddie was born August 13, 1924, to Joe and Violet Krupa in East Chicago, IN. He grew up, lived, and worked in Indiana until July 10, 1943, when he joined the U.S. Army Air Force and became a belly ball-turret-gunner on a four-engine B-17 Flying Fortress called the “Ice Col Katy”. It was the hottest spot in the heavy bomber, no protection, no room for a parachute. The saving grace was the Flying Fortress itself, the B-17, could take any punishment as he said, “it will bring you home.” And it did, 37 missions he flew, including the Normandy invasion on D-Day. Eddie was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant on October 17, 1945, and married Sue King on October 18, 1945, whom he had met after the war while stationed at the Midland Army Air Force base. They remained in Midland and he went to work for Texas Electric Service Company, where he eventually received his master electrician license. He worked there for 35 years, then started his own company, “Lightening Electric”. Eddie was involved in Little League Baseball, Junior Achievement, Christmas in April and was always willing to help out anyone in need. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, and traveling with his wife, Sue. They made several trips to Hawaii, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Germany. He loved his family and animals, especially dogs, as they always held a special place in his life. After losing his wife of 62 years from a long battle with Altzheimers, he moved in with family members and enjoyed spending time with daughters, granddaughters and all of his great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his sister, Barbara Casey Orban of Wylie, TX; his daughter, Carolyn Davenport and husband, Doug, grandsons, Eric and David, granddaughter, Diane, great-granddaughters, Riley, Morgan and Danielle, and great-grandson, Jared, all of Cleveland, OH; his daughter, Toya Smith and husband, Bruce of Houston TX; his granddaughter, Kesha Milne, and great-grandsons, Austin, Carson and Peyton of Dryden, WA; granddaughter, Keri Marks and great-granddaughters, Molly and Rebecca; and granddaughter, Michelle Smith, and great-grandsons, Noah, Myles and Sylas of Wenatchee, WA.
He will be making his last flight home from Washington to Texas, where he will be laid to rest at Greenwood Cemetery with his wife and baby boy, Edwin Michael, who lived only one week; they will now be reunited. As his pilot would say after every mission, “We’ve got our work done for the government. We’ve done our job for our country. Now, let’s go home”.