Sep 27, 1923 - Jul 12, 2015
Ed Chiasson was born in Milwaukee, WI on September 27, 1923 to Armand and Kathryn (Boyle) Chiasson. He graduated from Multnomah College in Portland, OR and Golden Gate College in San Francisco, CA with a Business Administration Degree in September 1954. He also attended the Institute for Management at Northwestern University in 1961. Ed started work for Pacific Fruit Express in 1941 in Portland, OR. He served for three years in the U.S. Army during World War II as Administrative Specialist in the Operation Division, War Department General Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C and overseas in the Pacific in the 21st Bomber Command and 20th Air Force. He received the Bronze Star Medal in 1945. In 1951 he transferred to San Francisco where he was Executive Assistant to the Vice President and General Manager of PFE. In 1963 he was named Assistant General Manager for Operations and then in 1974 became Vice President and General Manager of PFE. In April 1978 Ed moved to Omaha, NE and became Union Pacific Fruit Express General Manager when the company was formed by an agreement between Union Pacific and Southern Pacific Railroads. In July 1979 Chiasson was elected Vice President and General Manager of UPFE. Then in April 1982, Ed became Assistant Vice President Food and Food Products at Union Pacific Railroad Company where he ultimately retired from in July 1983 after 42 years in the railroad industry. Ed was a member of the board of directors of the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association and the United's Physical Distribution Council. He is also a past member of the Omaha Press Club and Oak Hills Country Club. He is a current member of the American Legion Omaha Post #1. Ed became known as 'Pop' to his granddaughters enjoying and taking an interest in their many activities. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Marilyn Jones all of Portland, OR. Ed is survived by his wife Alice (Beal) Chiasson of 71 years of marriage, a daughter Marla (Warren) Brown and two granddaughters Megan Victoria Brown and Deanna Elizabeth Brown of Omaha and a brother in-law J. Sheldon Jones of Portland and many nieces and nephews. VISITATION Wednesday from 10-11 am at Crosby Colonial Chapel with a Graveside Service following at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials to American Legion Post #1 or the Open Door Mission.
CROSBY BURKET SWANSON GOLDEN Colonial Chapel
11902 W. Center Road 402-333-7200 www.crosby-burket.com
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