Edward W. Pull left this world to be with his Almighty Maker on Dec. 18, 2017, after a tragic incident that he fought valiantly to survive, but it was too great to overcome.
Edward W. Pull was born to Rita G. (Hoffmann) Pull and Edward O. Pull in Hibbing, Minn. His father’s work moved them to Omaha, Neb., then to Las Vegas, Nev., and back to Minneapolis, Minn. He graduated from Benilde-St. Margaret’s H.S. in St. Louis Park, Minn., and went on to graduate from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., with a Bachelor of Science degree and a minor in psychology.
He worked at American Linen Supply in Minneapolis, Minn., and proceeded to a position of a route salesman at the American Linen distribution facility in Willmar, Minn. At this time, he had moved with his parents to Clear Lake, Minn.
It was also at that time that he met his future wife, Theresa Zak, while both were at the Launching Pad in Minneapolis, Minn. Their lives were launched together, and they married two years later. They moved to Spicer, Minn., and one year later moved to Tehachapi, Calif., when Ed got a job with Dust-Tex as a representative and salesman to the western states, including Alaska and Hawaii. When this business closed, he moved with his wife, Theresa, and daughter, Tawnya, to Albuquerque, N.M., to work as a route salesman for the American Linen plant located there.
Since he and Theresa had started building a home in Tehachapi, Calif., after one year, he got a job at Sparkle Cleaners in Bakersfield, Calif., and they moved back to Tehachapi. Then he worked for Pepsi-Cola, later worked for Miller Beer, and then into a construction job with Bill Wilson Construction. His next career move was into the California Department of Corrections in 1989. He started as a laundry supervisor at CCI in Tehachapi. He then became a correctional officer, promoted to correctional sergeant at CCI, promoted to correctional lieutenant at CSP Lancaster, and did some acting time as a correctional captain. He retired in 2010.
He had obtained his Eagle Scout ranking in Boy Scouts, was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church in Tehachapi, and had been a member of the Knights of Columbus at his church. However, his greatest love was flying. He obtained his private pilot’s license at 15 years old, bought his first plane at 23 years old, and later obtained his IFR and Commercial ratings. He moved on to three other airplanes, with his most prized one being the last, a 1951 Beechcraft Bonanza that he remodeled, upgraded and had painted with an eagle motif on an American flag stars and stripes background.
With his passion, he wanted to inspire children to become involved with the flying experience and become private pilots and small aircraft owners to keep the thrill of flying on your own alive and robust. The pride and joy obtained in achieving a private pilot’s license and/or owning your own aircraft would be awesome. To break the bonds of earth and fly in the sky gives one a great sense of release and a true feeling of freedom.
Edward W. was preceded in death by his parents, Edward O. and Rita G. Pull. He was an only child. He is survived by his wife, Theresa (his “little red-haired girl”); children, Tawnya (David) Riehl of Lebanon, Ind., Sonja Pull of Valencia, Calif., Edward J. Pull of Bakersfield, Calif., and Travis (Katie) Pull of Grand Forks, N.D.; grandchildren, Lina Riehl, Kara Riehl, Connor Riehl, and Parker Rose Pull; aunts, uncles, and many cousins.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and was always ready to help when needed. Many have been touched by his kindness, and he will be deeply missed.
A wake at Wood Family Funeral Service and funeral services at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Tehachapi will be scheduled later.
Services are being arranged through Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.