Edgar Perdue

Ed Perdue died July 1, 2007, at his Bremerton home. He was 74.

He was born March 8, 1933, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Olympia to Edgar Alvin and Elizabeth Jean (Graham) Perdue.

He lived in Olympia, Juneau, Tacoma and Seattle before the family moved to Shelton in 1937, then to Spokane in 1945. He graduated from Spokane’s North Central High School in 1951.

Mr. Perdue attended Washington State College before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1953. During the Korean War, he was a medium-speed radio operator, serving with the 44th Infantry Division and the 6th Army Special Troops while stationed at Fort Lewis.

He married Mona G. Schmalbeck in 1959 and together they purchased a Seattle weekly newspaper, the Beacon Hill News, and operated it for a year before moving to Bellingham, where Ed was a reporter for the Bellingham Herald.

He was later a reporter and sports editor for the Bremerton Sun. He spent a year as a sportswriter for the Tacoma News Tribune before returning to the Sun for five years. Ed became editor of the Central Kitsap Journal in Silverdale in 1976, then took over as editor of the Port Orchard Independent in 1981. He worked at the Independent for 18 years before retiring in 1998.

He coached Pee Wee baseball and basketball in Bremerton for 11 years and was one of the founders of Bremerton Babe Ruth and coached nine years in the 1970s and ’80s, including four years as the 13-year-old All-Star team coach.

He was a member of Kitsap Golf & Country Club for 17 years, then was a fixture at Gold Mountain Golf Course for 26 years.

He is survived by his wife Mona Perdue of Bremerton; sons Joseph Perdue of Menominee, Mich. and Andrew (Melissa) Perdue of Richland; sisters Maribeth Hopper of Lake Shastina, Calif. and Colleen Campbell of Clovis, Calif. He was awaiting the arrival of his first granddaughter this fall, Niranjana, from Chennai, India.

At his request, there will be no service.

Rememberances can be made to Hospice of Kitsap County in Silverdale.