Lt. Col. Edouard
Lt. Col. Edouard "Ed" Valette, USAF, Ret.

March 20, 1929 - August 1, 2016
Born in Chicago, IL
Resided in Louisville, CO
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Edouard Donald Valette was a model example of why the "Greatest Generation" was the greatest generation. He was a man who loved meeting new people and finding out where they were from and he had a knack for making each person feel special.

He was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1929, and passed away at the age of 87 on August 1, 2016 at his home in Louisville, Colorado. He married Marilyn Vanderae in 1952 at Keesler Air Force Base Chapel in Biloxi, Mississippi and honey-mooned in New Orleans. They celebrated their 63rd Wedding Anniversary this past November. Throughout their lives, they lived in Illinois, Mississippi, Washington, Maryland, Iran, Arizona and Colorado.

He was a quarterback for Pullman Tech, just outside of Chicago. He graduated with honors from University of Illinois with a degree in Engineering, and he received his MBA from George Washington University in Washington DC. He spent four years active duty and 26 years in the Air Force Reserve, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. At the same time as he was in the Air Force Reserves, he also worked full time for Westinghouse Corporation for over 30 years developing radar systems in which he was awarded patents for his work.

Ed and his family were avid travelers abroad and lived in Iran for three years and traveled to over 20 countries throughout his life with his wife and three children: Brett Valette, Colette Valette and Julet Hutchens. He was a strong family man who always wanted to be surrounded by his wife, his children and his seven grandchildren, and that is how he left this world, surrounded by his whole family.

Funeral Services honoring Ed will be on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at East Boulder Baptist Church, 7690 Baseline Road, in Boulder, Colorado. Ed's family invites you to join them for a reception at the church immediately following the services for greeting and fellowship.

Interment with Full Military Honors rendered by the United States Air Force follows at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Area B, 3698 South Sheridan Boulevard, in Denver, Colorado.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Ed's honor to:

Parkinson Association of the Rockies
1325 South Colorado Boulevard, Suite 204B
Denver, Colorado 80222

or

Agape Hospice Foundation
6041 S. Syracuse Way, Suite 220
Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111

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Funeral Service
East Boulder Baptist Church
7690 Baseline Road
Boulder, CO 80303
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
10:30 AM
Cemetery
Fort Logan National Cemetery - Area B
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO US 80235
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
2:30 PM

Charities

Parkinson Association of the Rockies
1325 S. Colorado Boulevard, Suite 204B
Denver, CO US 80222
Agape Hospice Foundation
6041 S. Syracuse Way, Suite 220
Greenwood Village, CO 80111