In November of 1968, Ed and Karen Strommen were married in Anaconda. While raising their four children, the couple lived briefly in Missoula, Arlee, St. Ignatius, and Pablo before settling on Prospect Creek outside of Thompson Falls. Ed worked at a wide variety of jobs but was most content when he could be his own boss. Ed and Karen divorced amicably in 1992, remaining good friends. Ed’s later years were spent enjoying his land and his life every day, watching the wildlife, and playing guitar.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, brother Tim, and sister-in-law Donna. He loved his four children dearly and was tearfully proud of Ed J Dwyer of Thompson Falls, Becky (Matt) Blankenship and Denise Dein of Spokane, Wash., Tim Dwyer of San Diego, Calif.; and his cherished granddaughter, Sydney Paige Sanford of Spokane. Ed’s surviving brothers include Dave Dwyer of Missoula, Pat (Young Hee) Dwyer of Seattle, Wash., and Bill Dwyer of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Sisters are Ruth Ann Kelly of Reno, Nev., Marilou Lewis of Missoula, Michelle (Peter) Beese of El Dorado Hills, Calif., Denise (Tom) Tuin of San Diego, Calif. and Katie O’Dwyer of Missoula. He also leaves many nieces and nephews and their children, and friend Karen.
A Celebration of Ed’s life will be held later this year. In honor of Ed’s love of nature, memorials may be made to the National Wildlife Federation, nwf.org/How-to-Help/More-Ways-to-Give/Memorial-Gifts.aspx; or Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.