Edwin Banning, 89

Edwin Banning, 89 of Mystic, Conn., passed away March 1, 2013, surrounded by his family. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Helen (Robertson) Banning.Ed was born Oct. 19,1923, in Mason City, to Roy and Ella (Reed) Banning. He grew up in Mason City with his younger sister, Harlene, and had, by all acounts, an idyllic childhood. He and all his friends spent their time helping their families, swimming in the Muddy Creek, looking for arrow heads and generally causing mischief. This was growing up in America at it's best. He played football in high school and went downtown on Saturday nights. It was on one of those crisp autumn nights in 1939, that as a 17- year-old, he would spot Helen Robertson and ask a friend "Who's that girl?" He enlisted in the Army Air Corp following Pearl Harbor. After his service he attended the University of Nebraska earning a bachelor’s degree and he married "that girl " in 1947. He went on to start a family and enjoy a long and sucessful career with General Dynamics in 1956, beginning as a clerk/expediter in Fort Worth, Texas, and retiring as the Assistant General Manager/Vice President of Materials at Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. in 1986.Ed was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be sadly missed by his devoted wife Helen; his daughter, Sheryl Maggi and her husband Ronald of New London, Conn. and Port St. Lucie, Fla; his daughter, Lynda Fougere and her husband Norman of Duxbury, Mass. and Fort Myers, Fla.; his grandsons, Norman Fougere and his wife Jamie of Scituate, Mass., Mark Fougere of Fort Myers, Fla., and Matthew Fougere of Quincy, Mass.He is also survived by his loving sister, Harlene Cordell of Lincoln, and her children, Thomas Cordell of San Francisco, Calif., Michael Cordell and his wife Kate of Charlottesville, Va., and his adoring niece, Nanci Sherwood and her husband James of Mt. Sinai, NY.Services for Mr. Banning were priviate. Donations in his name may be made to the charity of ones choice. Published in Custer County Chief March 14, 2013