[nfbwatlk] Fw: [NFBAffiliatePresidents] Obituary for Dick Edlund

Mike Freeman k7uij at panix.com
Fri Jan 9 03:48:51 UTC 2009

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Subject: [NFBAffiliatePresidents] Obituary for Dick Edlund

Richard J. "Dick" Edlund Sr.

Richard J. "Dick" Edlund, Sr. made his transition on Jan. 6, 2009 at the 
age of 84. Dick was born in Kansas City, KS, and lived in the area all 
his life. Dick and his father owned and operated Edlund's Hardware in 
Muncie (now Kansas City, KS). He was Commissioner at Large for the old 
Kaw Council (now Heart of America) of the Boy Scouts of America, owned 
and operated a small airport west of Kansas City, and owned several 
airplanes. Blind since his teen years, he sought dignity, mobility, and 
equal pay for blind people everywhere. He served on the board of 
directors, as Treasurer, and as a troubleshooter and union organizer for 
the National Federation of the Blind. He was past-president of the 
National Federation of the Blind of Kansas. Dick was a Mason and member 
of Delaware Lodge No. 96, Kansas City, KS. Dick served several terms as 
a legislator in the Kansas House of Representatives 33rd District. After 
retirement, he traveled to the UK, France, Belgium, Portugal, and Argent
 ina. Dick was ready to go anywhere, any time on a moment's notice. Dick 
is survived by his companion Pompilia Mahoney, son Richard John Edlund, 
Jr. (Barb Lisher), grand children Alisha and Shannon Griswold, and three 
stepsons, Jack, Jim, and Mike Miller. He was predeceased by his father 
Earl Edwin Edlund, mother Mary DeKeyser Edlund, first wife Doris Grayce 
Stempges O'Diorne, and second wife, Eileen Miller Edlund. Celebration of 
Life service will be 1:00 p.m. FEB 21, 2009 at Unity Church of Overland 
Park, 10300 Antioch, Overland Park, KS (reception following). No 
flowers, please. Donate instead in Dick's memory to K.C. Hospice House 
or the National Federation of the Blind. Send pictures and stories to 
EdlundRJ at gmail.com. In his own words, "I've had a pretty good run". Or, 
as Winston Churchill said, "I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my 
Maker is prepared for the ordeal of meeting me is another matter."

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