Edward Paruch

Edward Peter Paruch

Tuesday, April 6th, 1920 - Tuesday, December 15th, 2020
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Edward Paruch, 100, formerly of Three Oaks, Mich., beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, WW2 veteran and dedicated public servant, passed away December 15th at Willows Assisted Living in St Joseph, after a long and full life.

Ed was born in Jackson, Mich., on April 6, 1920, to Chester and Josephine (Obuhowski) Paruch. He graduated from high school in 1938, joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and served in Wisconsin in soil conversation. In 1941, Ed joined the Army Air Force. During WWII, he served in the European theater, first in England, then in North Africa and Italy with the 15th Air Force. He was recognized with medals and awards for his service.

In 1947, Ed joined the Michigan State Police. He was stationed at the Niles, Paw Paw and New Buffalo posts, receiving multiple commendations during his 28 years of service. Ed retired in 1975, going on to serve as a court bailiff for 14 years and then as a pre-trial release officer for the Berrien County Circuit Court.

In 1949, Ed married Margaret Jeanne Peters of Niles. He is survived by two sons, Pete (Judy) of St. Joseph and Randy (Kim) of Jenison; five grandchildren, Tamara Rodman, Jason Paruch, Ryan Paruch, Zach Paruch and Christina Machado; and three great-grandchildren, Lucy Machado, William Paruch, and Esme Machado. Ed has now been reunited with his wife Jeanne; his parents; four brothers, and one sister.

Ed loved his family, fishing, hunting and golf, as well as his countless friends and acquaintances in the law enforcement community. He will be forever remembered for his sharp wit, enduring sense of humor and stories of high adventure documenting his well-lived century of life.

Due to COVID, a graveside service will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Niles at 11am, Monday, December 21, 2020. Special thanks to the staff and friends at the Willows of St. Joseph and Caring Circle for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Willow or Caring Circle Hospice.

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    Monday, December 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, December 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Calvary Cemetery
    700 block of W Chicago Rd
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Gary Peters

Posted at 08:28pm
I grew up listening to stories about Uncle Ed and from Uncle Ed. Often I suspected that there might have been some embellishment but that was part of the fun. After all, what kid would not want to imagine that there really was a bunker under the house that could be entered through the fireplace mantle if you knew what buttons to push in the woodwork around the room?

I am grateful we had a couple of mutual stories we shared from time spent together. One fishing trip I managed to catch a few walleye more than he did one night and forever more I was the master angler.

It always felt good to be with the man.

He will be missed.

Gary Peters
Ed's Nephew

Edward Behnke

Posted at 08:59am
Pete and Randy Paruch, sorry to hear of your fathers passing. First met your Dad in 1963 and we played golf. He could get me exited with as he called them “miracle shots from just off the green”
He was a TRUE friend! Ed Behnke
PS I spent many hours at the New Buffalo post talking to him about life’s mysteries.

Christina Nailss

Posted at 10:02pm
Dear Pete, I am so sorry for your loss. May your memories of him give you comfort. And always remember that he's never really gone as long as you remember him. Chris Nails

Sue Bancroft

Posted at 09:33pm
Ed was one of a kind, I could listen to his stories for hours. Such a interesting, dedicated, decent, funny man. I had the pleasure of working with Ed at the court house. He helped train me as a bailiff. He will always be remembered for his wonderful humor, and quick wit. God bless all of his family.

Margaret Stanley

Posted at 03:56pm
So sad to read of Ed's passing. I worked with him when I was in private practice and while in the Prosecutor's Office. He was such a warm and loving person. He had quite a sense of humor and was always chuckling about something. I loved his smile and kindness. My condolences to all of his family and friends. Peg Penninger

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