Edward Joseph Moran died at the Life Care Center of Bountiful of natural causes due to age.
Ed was born August 14, 1927 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Edward J. and Sarah McGuire Moran. Ed received his education in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and Army specialized schools in the Engineering Electrical field. Ed was a "Jack of all Trades". As a young man he was an Altar Boy, he owned a restaurant in the Irish Section of Pittsburgh called the Shamrock, played semi-pro baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates, served in both WWII and the Korean Wars. Awarded Five Bronze Stars for valor in combat, the Republic Of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, US Presidential Unit Citation and a number of other Awards for Combat Service. He served a total of 7 ï¿1⁄2 years in the US Army in two hitches for his country.
Between military hitches, in 1944/45 he was employed as an electrician by Young Electric on contract to wire the first large and newly built Flamingo Hotel Casino on the strip in Las Vegas, Nevada built by the mafia chieftain Bugsy Siegel. He became well acquainted with both Bugsy and his lady friend Virginia Hill. At times Ed was often called Bugsy Moran.
In 1943, in Ogden, Utah Ed met the love of his life Janice Milligan of Smithfield, Utah. They were married in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 8, 1947. They were married for 44 plus years. Janice died on April 15, 1992. They were a gracious and loving couple with many friends. They entertained and traveled extensively. They spent most of the winter months in their condo in Sun City, Arizona. Ed retired from employment at Hill Air Force Base in 1982 after 35 plus years of service as an electrician in the Civil Engineering Directorate.
Ed is survived by a nephew, Jerry Moran (Donna), Sun City, Arizona; a great-nephew, Jerry Moran, Jr. (Shaw) and children, Show Low, Arizona; a niece, Grace Nelson (Norm) and children, Pleasanton, California; a great-niece Maureen Riley (William) and children, Pittsburgh, PA., brother-in-law, Vince Milligan (Karen) and children, Smithfield, Utah; and Jan's nieces Shawnee Keith (Tom) and children, Providence, Utah and Margaret Hendrickson and children of Bountiful, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Tom and wife Grace; sister, Mary A. Gavin and husband, Charles.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 North Main, where a visitation was held from 11:45 to 12:45 p.m. prior to services. Interment-Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, 1640 East Lakeview Drive, Bountiful, Ut.