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Ed Tennant - October 26, 2011


Edward Eugene Tennant, 86, was born Feb. 3, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio to Alfred Eugene Tennant and Evelyn Adelaid Pease. He died Oct. 26, 2011 in Sioux Falls, S.D.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church in Sterling. Inurnment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.

The family suggests memorials to Tennyson Center for Children, the Family Resource Center or Northeast Colorado Cancer Resource Center in care of Tennant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1547, Sterling, CO 80751.

Ed grew up in Cleveland and graduated from West High School in 1941. At the age of 16, he began school at Adelbert College of Western Reserve University until volunteering for the Army in March of 1943.

In 1944, as a private first class working in the surgery department at Vaughn General Hospital in Chicago, Ed met June Lonnquist, a nurse also working there. Ed and June were married March 17, 1945 in Madison, Wis.

Ed was discharged from active duty in the Army in May 1945. He attended the University of Wisconsin as an undergraduate and medical school student, graduating in June of 1946, and in June of 1948, he graduated from the university with an M.D. degree.

Ed worked his internship at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, followed by radiology residency in Cleveland City Hospital, finishing in March of 1952. In July 1952, Ed joined the U.S. Navy, and during his residency training he was a graduate of Atomic Medicine and Radioactive Defense at the Bethesda Naval Hospital for radioactive warfare and nuclear medicine.

Following his discharge from active duty with the U.S. Navy in 1954, he worked as an associate in Denver, doing radiation therapy at multiple facilities.

In 1954, Ed and June moved to Sterling, where he worked full time as a radiologist at St. Benedict’s Hospital and later at Logan County Hospital. Ed and his partner, Dr. Bill Carter, also did radiology for hospitals in Sidney, Neb., Julesburg, Holyoke and Haxtun. In 1985, he resigned his position with the Logan County Hospital.

Ed maintained active reserve military status while in Sterling in the U.S. Navy until 1971, resigning his commission as commander to join the U.S. Air Force. Ed joined the Air Force in 1971, retiring as a colonel in 1985.

It was during their time in Sterling that Ed and June adopted nine children and helped raise three foster children. Ed provided locum tenens services to several facilities in many states until he and June relocated to Casper, Wyo. after he accepted the directorship of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Wyoming Medical Center in 1987.

Ed and June were married for 55 years. Following her death in 2000, Ed moved to Sioux Falls, S.D. He was married to Kaye Simpson Webster in 2001. He resided in Sioux Falls doing locum tenens in numerous states until his health forced his retirement.

Ed was a member of the First Christian Church, serving as an elder and chairman of the board, Masonic Lodge and a former mayor of Sterling. He was also a member of numerous societies and associations related to his life’s work—medicine and radiology—most notably, the Northeast Colorado Medical Society, where he served as president for three terms.

In 1994, he received Fellowship Emeritus Certification from the American College of Radiology as a result of initiating new facilities at North Platte, Neb., Grand Forks, N.D., Kearney, Neb., Casper, Wyo. and Sierra Vista, Ariz.

Ed loved flying airplanes, owning several in his early years of living in Sterling. He enjoyed flying with his family, visiting relatives all over the country and traveling for business. He also was an avid collector of motorcycles, loving Harley Davidsons, taking many trips with June, his children and friends.

He enjoyed collecting art, but most especially Western art, and subsequently donated a fine collection to Northeastern Junior College that is on display in the Tennant Art Gallery. He enjoyed sports of all kinds, attending his children’s activities while they were growing up.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Evelyn; wife, June; brother, Donald; and grandson, William Stevens.

Ed is survived by his wife, Kaye of Sioux Falls; nine children: David Tennant and wife Vicki of Sterling, Becky Stevens of Strasburg, James Tennant of Fort Wayne, Ind., Kristin Granderson and husband Mike of Northglenn, Sonja Roberts and husband Mike of Northglenn, Mark Tennant and wife Penny of Sterling, Barbara Schaffer of Iron Mountain, Mich., Juan Tennant and wife Margaret of Casper, Wyo. and Amy Radden and husband Ryan of Casper; 23 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. His was a life truly lived and his family was truly blessed by his life.