Edward D. Tautfest, 76, passed away on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at St Mary Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, Washington. He was born September 22, 1938, in Cottonwood, Idaho to Ralph and Helen Tautfest.
The family moved numerous times due to his dad’s work related transfers. Ed attended many different schools. He completed the last year of elementary school and graduate high school in Kellogg, Idaho. Ed loved spending time on his grandparents farm where there was love, work, play, singing and driving an old jeep in the fields. He served a two year LDS mission in the New England states for a brief time with the remainder of his mission served in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Ed married Evelyn Murl Fisher March 17, 1962. Their children Dan and Debbie filled their lives with much happiness. The family enjoyed times of outdoor recreation, and life on their two acre farm in Enterprise. Ed served in the US Army as a surveyor, and the US Air Force as a mechanic during the Vietnam war years. He spent his adult life in Wallowa County. He volunteered many years on the Enterprise Fire Department. He was active in the Boy Scout organization holding the position of Awards Director as well as other positions.
Evelyn passed away in 1985, after a lengthy fight with cancer. At that time, Dan was serving in the US Army and Debbie was a student at EOU in LaGrande. Losing their beloved young wife and mother was a deep sorrow for Ed and the children.
Ed’s love for the automobile led him to a forty year career as an automotive mechanic/service manager. He was awarded countless achievement certificates, trophies, plaques.
Ed married Joyce Helen Lowry June 14, 1986. Their children Debi Lee, David, Dan, Debbie and Deena added much happiness to the family.
Prior to his disabling injury in 1999, Ed restored a 1960 Corvair. He and Joyce took many fun trips in that Corvair. It was always on display at Oregon Mountain Cruise until 2010. He was a member of Enterprise Christian Church. Ed began most days with prayer and Bible reading. He treasured his relationship with the Lord. He enjoyed many talents and interests. He was a seasoned carpenter; an inventor of many useful products; he had an interest in fly tying creating his own styles. He was an accomplished artist. At the time of his death he had created a beautiful sketch and was ready to begin painting.
The annual elk hunt camp-out with Joyce, David, Therese and the children was always a happy time for Ed. One year Dan was able to join in the hunt. Ed so enjoyed being a loving — fun to be with Grandpa, much like that of his own grandfather. Joyce survives him along with his five children; Sons: Dan (Lisa) Tautfest, David (Therese) Lowry; Daughters: Debbie (Joel) Scott; Debi Lee (Charlie) Moffit; Deena (JD) Nobles; Eighteen grandchildren and Thirteen great-grandchildren. His mother, Helen Peterson; one sister: Janet (Dwayne) Peck, three brothers: Michael (Christy) Tautfest; Jim (Jeni) Tautfest; David (Elizabeth) Tautfest. Two aunts: Nora McKenney and Leona Hill, and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Ed is preceded in death by his father, Ralph Tautfest; Father-in-Law, Cecil Fisher, Mothers-in-Law Mildred Fisher and Helen Jennings; Grandfather and Grandmother Hill; Grandfather & Grandmother Tautfest; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
The Celebration of Life will be at Enterprise Christian Church on June 27th at 11:00 A.M. with dinner to follow at the VFW hall. Desserts or Side dishes are welcome but are not requested.
Suggested memorial contributions may be made to Wallowa Memorial EMS, the VFW, Enterprise Christian Church building fund, or a charity of your choice.
THIS IS A PAID OBITUARY.