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Capt. Francis "Ed" Edward Field

Oct 29, 2013 - Staff

Capt. Francis "Ed" Edward Field died Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Westward Heights Care Center, where he had lived since August 2011. He was 89 years old.

Per his request, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the First United Methodist Church of Lander.

Francis Edward Field was born Nov. 20, 1923, in Casper, the son of Persis Belle St. John and Jesse Harold Field. He grew up in Lander, where he graduated from Fremont County Vocational High School in 1941.

He attended the University of Wyoming for one year before accepting an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating with a degree in electrical engineering in 1945 with the class of 1946 (due to the three-year program necessitated by World War II).

During 30 years of active duty, he held many posts and commands around the world, providing support and leadership for critical naval operations. During his naval career, he earned a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University in 1965 and graduated from Harvard's advance management program in 1970.

He retired in 1975 as a Navy captain. After retiring, he was associated for 15 years with George Washington University in Washington, D.C., as a professorial lecturer and research engineer. He received certification as a master graphoanalyist in 1980.

From 1982 to 1990, he was a project officer with the National Science Foundation.

Besides his professional accomplishments, he was a member of Wyoming's Masonic Lodge No. 2, AF and AM; the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Southern Jurisdiction of the USA, Valley of Lander; the Korein Shrine Center in Rawlins; and Olivet Chapter No. 3 of the Order of Eastern Star.

He served as president of the Fremont County Pioneer Association from 1997-98 and was a trustee of the Fremont County Museums Board from 1998-2003. He was also a member of VFW Post 954 and the American Legion Don Stough Post No. 33.

His family said he gave volunteer hours to elementary schools, public libraries, the local food bank and the Methodist church. For his commitment to volunteerism, he was recognized and inducted into the FCVHS/LVHS Alumni Hall of Fame in 2010.

His family said he was a man of strong values, few words and a source of strength for his family and friends, always supportive, kind and loving.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Margaret (Peggy) O'Bryan Field, and his three children, Gregory Field of Annapolis, Md., Christopher Field of McLean, Va., and Sheridan Kalletta of Colorado Springs, Colo.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to an organization of the donor's choosing.

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