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Darby - Edward Lee Brickey, 78 of Darby passed away Friday, June 15th at the Kootenai Hospital in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho from complications of Lung Cancer Surgery.
Edward Lee Brickey was born on December 27, 1939 in Glenwood Springs, CO. He grew up in New Castle, CO until he was 11 years old, when he moved to Uravan, CO with his parents. His father worked in the Uranium mines in the mining district of Long Park where they lived and Ed went to grammar school.
In his teen years, Ed went to live with his grandparents in Glenwood Springs, where he attended High School. Ed enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1957. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. He met his wife-to-be, Mary Beth Blankenship. They were married May 6, 1960 in Vista, CA. When his service in the Marine Corps was completed Ed and Mary moved to his hometown area in Uravan and Naturita, where he went to work in the Uranium mines. Ed continued his mining career until their sons were grown and on their own. Mining took him to many places in and outside the U.S. He was a Member and Past President of Colorado Uranium Workers Committee and Co-Chairman of Western States RECA Reform Coalition.
In 2005, Edward and Mary moved to Darby, MT to retire and be near their children and grandchildren. Ed and Mary were members of Darby First Baptist Church. He was active in Church services and loved writing stories and poems about his friends. He loved the Lord above all, and is with Him now, where he belongs.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Dorothy Brickey-Foutch.
Surviving include his wife, Mary Brickey of Darby; sons, Edward D. (Jackie) Brickey of Corvallis, MT., William L. (Angela) Brickey of Arlington, WA., Wayne S. Brickey of Darby, MT., Craig L. (Mary Ann) Brickey of Darby, MT; sister, Katherine G. Kearns of KY; brother, Glen S. Brickey of CO; 12 grandkids and 16 great grandkids.
A graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon Saturday, June 23rd at Lone Pine Cemetery in Darby with Military honors presented by the US Marine Corps, Marine Corps League – Bitterroot Detachment and the Hamilton American Legion.
A memorial service will follow the graveside service at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, at the Darby First Baptist Church with Pastor Bob Lokker officiating.
The pallbearers are Kyle Brickey, Garrett Brickey, Wyatt Brickey, Preston Brickey, Todd Caulfield and Breanna Brickey. Honorary pallbearer is Zac McMordie.
The family suggests memorials to the Ravalli County Relay for Life Foundation.