Edward Gleason, Jr.
Edward Hinsdale Gleason, Jr., "Ed", 86, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Born in 1927, in North Adams, Mass., Ed and his wife of 63 years, Virginia Stanley Gleason, have resided in Ooltewah, Tenn., for over 30 years. Ed was a long time member of the Ooltewah United Methodist Church where he held many leadership positions, sang in both the choir and the men's quartet, taught Sunday School and was deeply and reverently involved with his church family. He served in the Air Force following his graduation from Drury High School in North Adams in 1945. Ed then went on to earn a Bachelor's degree from Northeastern University in 1953 as well as a PhD in latex chemistry from State University of New York (SUNY) College of Forestry at Syracuse University in 1959. Ed was an avid golfer (and finder of golf balls lost), a dedicated gardener who delighted in sharing his garden's bounty, and an ever frugal Yankee who saved everything and wasted nothing. After 35 years as a research chemist, he retired from BASF. Survived by his wife, Virginia Gleason; Also left to cherish his memory are his children, Meg Gleason (the late Ken Sutton), Jayne (Art) Chontas, Laura (Thomas) Benevento, Phil (Linda) Gleason; grandchildren, Kate and Evie Benevento, Alex Gleason, Samantha Gossage, Brian (Helen) Sutton, Wendy (Jason) Brunges, Randy, Trent and Troy (Peggy) Chontas; and great-grandchildren Christopher and Rebekah Chontas, Nicholas and Bethany Chontas, Cole Sutton, Evan and Luke Brunges. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday Dec. 27, at the Ooltewah United Methodist Church with The Rev. Dwight Kilgore and the Rev. Will Conner officiating. Interment will be at a later date in Massachusetts. Arrangements are by the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway. Please share your memories at ChattanoogaValleyViewChapel.com