Edwin Bobchek, 1923-2020

Edwin Bobchek, known to his friends and family as Ed, passed away March 14, 2020.

Ed was born on February 25, 1923 in Peckville, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Blakely High School in the Scranton Pennsylvania area, he earned an Associates Degree in Business from Lackawanna-Scranton College, attended the University of Scranton, and received his masters degree in Systems Management from American University.

His career spanned 5 decades. He worked for the Hudson Coal Company, the Social Security Administration, and Pittston Apparel, where he developed an interest in data processing and systems development. In 1955, he was recruited by the Systems Development Division of the Rand Corporation, and remained there when the division spun off into the Systems Development Corporation. He worked at SDC helping to develop the SAGE Early Warning System. In 1965 Ed joined the Mitre Corporation and retired in 1985.

Ed had a strong creative streak, and was a naturally talented musician and artist. He learned to play the piano as a young man, and continued to enjoy playing piano throughout his life. He loved playing the accordion loudly, and started mountain dulcimer lessons at 85. Ed loved to paint, and his landscapes and still life oil paintings grace the homes of his friends and family. He was quick with a joke, and loved parties and gatherings. He took great joy in making people laugh. Ed had a particular gift for thinking things through, and any advice he offered was rooted in reason and flavored with his deep and abiding love of God. He fought hard for those he cared about, always put his family first, and never missed acknowledging a holiday, birthday or 68 anniversaries with his wife Jerry.

Ed traveled extensively around the United States, and developed a fondness for the American Southwest. He was a talented craftsman who made dozens of Nantucket baskets with Jerry. Because of their travels, Ed made friends across the country. He was a firm believer in the power of education, a hot cup of strong coffee, and prayer. He enjoyed a reassuring and restorative faith, and was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church.

Ed leaves his beloved wife of 69 years, Jerry (nee Dodge). He will be deeply missed by his four daughters Chris, Joan, Cara and Amy and their husbands Dennis Moyer, Mike Radell, John Reiter, and Steve Krepps. He will remain an example of kindness and compassion to his grandchildren Emily, Adam and Caroline, Laine, JB, Julia and Josie and their spouses, and his six great grandchildren.

“I say, you can close your eyes and pray that he will come back, or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.” –David Harkins

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Community Lutheran Church, 21014 Whitfield Place, Sterling, Virginia, 20165.

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