August 7, 1948 - September 29, 2019 Edward "Ed" William Trosper passed away peacefully at his home in Mount Vernon, WA on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the age of 71. Ed was born August 7, 1948 to Marie and Edward "Tony" Trosper in Riverton, Wyoming. He grew up fishing on Jackson Lake with his only brother, working on the family farm, and playing football. He graduated from Riverton High School in 1967. Ed joined the Air Force in 1968 and was based in Florida where he spent time flying in the back of an F-4, and proudly served his country as a jet mechanic during the Vietnam War . He loved the smell of jet fuel and the sound of jets taking off. In April of 1972, Ed was honorably discharged from The United States Air Force , ranked as a Sergeant Airman. His passion for his country was taught to him by his beloved mother who served as an Army nurse in WWII . Ed attended an automotive and diesel college in Denver, Colorado. While in school he met and married his wife of 46 years Carla Jean Gepner. The two were married in February 1973, and shortly after they welcomed their first daughter Amy Trosper Williams. In 1974 the family moved to Casper, Wyoming where they later welcomed their second daughter Holly Trosper Braaten. Ed spent most of his career working as a diesel mechanic for Wyoming Machinery. A smaller portion of his career he worked as a beekeeper at the family business. He hated the cold Wyoming winters full of snow and the hot Wyoming summers running from snakes. He eventually went back to his mechanic roots and took a job transfer to NC Machinery in Mount Vernon, Washington and never looked back. Years later he started his own business, Ed's Heavy Equipment Repair, which he ran until he retired. Upon their arrival to Washington, Ed and Carla quickly joined Trinity Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, WA. Ed served as a trustee on the church board, and spent many years volunteering in the church. He was incredibly fond of sports, especially basketball and football. He was involved in Mount Vernon AAU Basketball program where he met many lifelong friends. He mentored youth, was an assistant coach, and was a face well known at courts across Washington. It was rare he missed a MVHS Varsity basketball game. He often was behind the radio station announcers taking statistics. Ed also LOVED playing golf in a Wednesday night league at Eaglemont and was a member of the North Cascade Car Club. He loved cars of all types, and was never without a classic car in his possession. Many summers were spent at rod runs with his wife and girls. Ed was not only passionate about classic cars; he spent many Saturdays with his grandchildren at Skagit Speedway watching sprint car racing, as well as some summer time drag racing with his brother and family. He is remembered for having one of the kindest, most giving spirits. It was rare to find him without someone else's' car in his driveway or garage doing some sort of work. Many friends have lost their trusted mechanic with his passing. Ed loved telling jokes, was sarcastic, and rarely serious. He was, however, serious about his love and devotion to his family (and maybe the UW Huskies, Rams and Wyoming Cowboys). Ed's greatest love of all was his family. He was a devoted husband, father and papa. He loved his daughters tremendously and would do anything for them. His passion for sports and cars is carried on today by his 6 grandchildren. They will forever be his pride and joy, spending time with them was his favorite thing to do. Whether it was going to the races, working on cars, bringing them along to watch sports, or watching them participate in sports themselves, Ed just wanted to spend time with them. He was preceded in death by his mother Marie Quinn (Rein) and his father Edward Anthony Trosper. Ed is survived by his wife Carla Trosper of Mount Vernon, WA. His daughters Amy Williams (Jeff Williams) and Holly Braaten (Tom Braaten) of Mount Vernon, WA. Ed's grandchildren Haley, and Madisen Williams, Jacob, Zachary, Rylee and Noah Braaten of Mount Vernon, WA. Ed's brother and sister-in-law Georg and Ann Trosper of Cody, Wyoming. His nieces Sunny Trosper of Topeka, Kansas, and Ti Trosper of San Diego, California. Edward's celebration of life will be held at the family church Trinity Lutheran in Mount Vernon, WA on Saturday October 26th, 2019 at 1pm. Reception to follow in the same location. The family is requesting guests attend in their Mount Vernon High School green and white or University of Washington purple and gold to remember him. Street rod shirts also welcome! In lieu of flowers please send donations to: Disabled American Veteran Skagit Valley DAV 59, 1500 E College Way, PMB 427, Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Please share your thoughts of Ed and sign the online guest register at Arrangements are under the care of Hawthorne Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, WA

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