Edward Lee Greenwood, age 61, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 peacefully at his home in North Platte, Neb.
Ed was born on Jan. 21, 1956 in North Platte to Lawrence W. and Dixie R. (Jennings) Greenwood. He attended McDaid Elementary and graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in 1974. He and Jana Johnson wed on May 2, 1981 and were happily married for 35 years.
Ed worked for the phone company for 35 years, starting out as a lineman, moving up to installation and repair and ending as a North Platte branch construction manager. He graduated with honors and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2002.
He worked at Bain Appraisal for a short period of time before serving as Director of the North Platte Housing Authority from 2009 to 2013.
Retired from the workforce, Ed enjoyed spending his days at his Martin Bay cabin with his wife, his family, his friends and his community of surrounding neighbors. Often, Ed would enjoy his time there unaccompanied, fond of quiet, his love of nature and his “lake tunes.”
Ed was a skilled handyman and able to teach himself how to fix or build just about anything. He always had projects going. Ed was a prolific writer; he enjoyed writing poetry and prose for loved ones and for twenty years, looked forward to writing the annual Greenwood Christmas letter. Ed loved music and loved putting photos and videos together with great music in celebration of family and friends. He was an avid Cornhusker fan and enjoyed Nebraska football and basketball.
Ed was a humble man with a great sense of humor about himself and life. Ed valued the small things and made it a point to be in tune with the beauty and simple joys that life had to offer. He was a family man, a devoted son, husband and father.
Ed is survived by his wife Jana of North Platte; his three children, Allison (Kevin) Mattern of Lincoln, Adam (Rachael) Greenwood of North Platte and Jordan Greenwood of Omaha; his mother Dixie Greenwood of North Platte; his siblings Chris (Mike) Johnson of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Dan (Ann) Greenwood of Arvada, Colo., Robyn (Jeff) O’Connor and Raegan (Mark) Skillstad all of North Platte; many nieces and nephews; uncle Ralph Jennings; aunt Mary Ann Lockwood; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Greenwood; his grandparents; and many other aunts and uncles.
Memorials will be determined at a later time. Online condolences may be shared at www.adamsswanson.com.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 10, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with the Reverend Josh Brown as celebrant.
A celebration of Ed’s life will be held later that same day, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express. All are welcome to attend.
Cremation was chosen. Those wishing to sign the register book may do so 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home which is in charge of arrangements.