Edwin Lee Junas Obituary – The Arizona Republic

Edwin Lee Junas was born on 9/18/32 in Aurora, Illinois. Ed was 89 years, 11 months and 12 days old on 08/12/2022 when he was gently taken by the hand of Jesus.

Ed was predeceased by his sons: Edwin Lee Junas Jr and Bradley William Junas. Parents: John Sr and Lucille Junas. Brothers: Bob, Dean and Arnold. Ed is survived by the love of his life, his best friend and his wife of 70 years, 5 months and 4 days: Carleen Mae Junas (Daily). Sister and brother-in-law: Judy and Richard Daily. Brother: John Junas, Jr. Brother and sister-in-law: Jerry and Marsha Junas. Daughters and sons-in-law: Sara and Brian Cortez, Susan and Greg Searcy Daughter-in-law: Kris Junas 18 Grandchildren: Matt, Brandy, Ryan, Courtney, Cody, Ashleigh, Jason, Ami, Joshua, June, Julie, Josh, Leah, Nate, Allyson, Adam, Zach, J’cie 19 great-grandchildren: Chase, Autumn, Kori, Caleb, Lincoln, Levi, Ben, Sam, Emily, Cora, Anthony, Darion, Jayden, Kayden, Jaela, Myles, Madison, Jackson, Ashley. Several nieces and nephews whom he loved very much.

Dad went to East Aurora High, where he and Carleen met and later married. He worked at the Finch and McCullouch Printing Company in Aurora and later worked at the Chicago Tribune. Dad then moved his wife, Carleen and three children, Eddie, Brad and Sara to Phoenix, AZ in 1961 to work at the Republic & Gazette where Gene Pulliam had just started the paper. A year later, they welcomed the birth of their daughter, Susan, and their family was complete.

Dad was president of the Phoenix Typographical Union in the early 70s, which explains his demand that Mom always buy school clothes with a union label.

Our Dad, since retiring after 33 years working at the Republic & Gazette newspaper, has faithfully read the Obits every day because he loved their story and he checked to see if his name was in the Obits – Dad, your name is FINALLY listed .

Dad had served as an elder, served on several church boards, and was a bass in Grace Ev’s choir. Lutheran Church, of which he was a member for 61 years.

Dad always had time to talk or take your call…even if he was too busy right now, you would never have known. Dad has never known a stranger and his beautiful smile lights up a room. Dad loved his wife, his family and above all, his Lord.

Mom and Dad recently moved to MorningStar at Golden Ridge Senior Living – where Dad was able to make sure Mom was safe and he went peacefully to join the Lord from there.

Services will be held Saturday, 8/27/22 at 11:00 a.m. at: Grace Ev Lutheran Church, 5600 W Palmaire Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Grace Ev. Primary school or choir of the Lutheran Church.

Posted August 19, 2022

Posted in The Arizona Republic

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Grace Ev Lutheran Church, 5600 W Palmaire Ave, Glendale

August 27, 2022 at 11:00