Obituary of Edgar Lewis Triplett
Edgar Lewis Triplett passed away peacefully at his home on June 25, 2019. He was born March 16, 1927 in White Salmon to Loren and Lola (Dotson) Triplett.
Edgar (Ed) resided in White Salmon the majority of his life except for time away for military service, his travel as a young man and a couple of years he spent at college in Salt Lake City. He married Armista (Misty) Cox on October 10, 1954 and they had three children, Linda, Tim and Lori. At his passing, he had the good fortune to be living in the home that he and Misty had built 51 years ago.
Edgar graduated from high school early at the age of 17 to serve in the military during World War II and was accepted into the Air Force Officer Training School in Texas. Shortly after his acceptance, the program ended, and he was given a choice of transferring to the Army or Navy. He chose Navy. He spent the next one and a half years on the USS Hancock until the war ended. His dedication to service was profound and he continued throughout his life to have a deep appreciation of those who serve in the armed forces.
He loved all sports, but his favorite was baseball, in which he participated as a fan and a player. As a young man, he spent a summer playing on a semi-pro softball team in California’s Napa Valley and carried fond memories of his experience there. Edgar's participation in sports also included umpiring Little League baseball games, and a special "Athlete of the Week" honor as a member of the Columbia High football "Chain Gang", commemorating the 21-plus years the three-member crew spent assisting game officiating.
Edgar worked for Klickitat County as an equipment operator and started several gravel pits in the area. He later worked for many years at Wyers Trading in White Salmon until the store was sold. He then went to work for Broughton Lumber Company and SDS as a lumber grader. He retired in 1989 and enjoyed a long retirement with his wife Misty. They spent several winters in Arizona where they attended many baseball spring training games. They also enjoyed gardening and picking huckleberries in the summer.
In his younger years, Edgar was an avid sportsman and liked to hunt and fish. But later in life, he spent his time feeding birds and deer, and received great pleasure watching a menagerie of wildlife come through his yard. He loved all animals, but none meant more to him than his beloved cat Toby.
He was passionate about music. In high school, he sang in a quartet comprised of classmates. He especially enjoyed the big band era and listened to it often from his collection. His wit, sense of humor and charm were endearing. There was seldom a conversation without a clever comeback from him that made us laugh.
He was a consummate reader and learner. Perpetually curious about the world, his favorite subjects were politics and current events, but his knowledge of many topics was amazing, ranging from hardware, to history, to horses. He taught us much.
Edgar was a devoted husband and father. As a young father he spent all the time he could with his children on activities such as playing baseball in the backyard, shooting baskets, playing hockey in the house (which Misty didn’t always appreciate) and taking the family on summer vacations.
Edgar was surrounded by wonderful friends, family and neighbors that he so appreciated. The shared love enriched all our lives daily. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Bruce and Maureen Morris, Mary Childs, Martha Johnson and his sister-in-law Buck Child for their care and attention.
Edgar is survived by his children, their families and his cat Toby. He was preceded in death by Misty, his wife of 64 years, his parents, stepmother Doris, brother Robert and sister Edna.
Edgar filled our lives with wit, wisdom and fun. He is dearly loved and will be missed by all that knew him well. In keeping with Edgar’s wishes, there will be no public services.