Clyde Edward Albert Jr., 62, died early Sunday morning at home. Ed dedicated his life to service, both to country and community, and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Ed was born in Butler, PA in 1947, and lived there until joining the Air Force at age 17. He served three tours of duty in Vietnam, where he met his wife Ann, and learned to program computers. Later, Ed was stationed at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, and then, upon returning to the States, worked as an Air Force recruiter in the Humboldt area. He retired from the Air Force with the rank of Sergeant Major after 20 years of service.
While in the Air Force, Ed completed his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland in Computer Sciences. After military retirement, he utilized the skills he learned in school and in the military to obtain employment as a computer programmer for the counties of Lake and Humboldt, and later Humboldt State University. Ed was an active member of Council 57 ASFCME. Ed was also an active member in the Veteran's Foreign War Post Local 1872.
When he retired from the state university system in 2007, Ed pursued his long-time interests in genealogy, photography, bird watching, and geo-caching. He also continued to be of service as a member of the county Grand Jury, and helped North Coast Stand Down support local veterans.
Ed is survived by Ann, his wife of 40 years; his son Robert; daughter Joyce; sisters Kay Neely, Joyce Smith, Peggy Morrison; and brother Doug.
There will be a viewing at Pierce Mortuary on Thursday, May 6th from 3 to 7 PM. The funeral service is 11 AM Friday, May 7th in the Veteran's section of Ocean View Cemetery.
Care is under the direction of Pierce Mortuary, 707 H Street, Eureka, California 707-442-3751, www.piercemortuarychapels.com.