Edward Charles Putman
Edward Charles Putman

March 22, 1919 - April 9, 2020
Born in Brownsville, Oregon
Resided in Brownsivlle, Oregon


Edward Charles Putman
March 22, 1919 - April 9, 2020
Ed Putman, 101, of Brownsville, the son of Troy and Savilla, (Haverland) Putman, he was born and raised in Brownsville. The Putman family was one of the first pioneer families to arrive and settle in Brownsville in 1847. Ed attended school through 9th grade. He quit school to work with his father at Thompson Mill in Shedd, then in Albany at the M&M Plywood mill.
Ed married Norma Harrison in 1940, they had three children before she passed from cancer in 1955. Ed married Jean Eller in 1956 adopting her two children and having a child of their own. The newly blended family moved to North Albany in 1958 where he enjoyed gardening and landscaping the property, this is where he began his new woodworking hobby that would last for many years. He created dozens of children’s rocking chairs, tables, chairs and many other items happily working in his shop.
Ed was a hard worker, he worked 40+ years as a truck driver retiring from Carter Distributing in Albany in 1980. In December of 1993 he and Jean moved to Brownsville where they enjoyed the loving community and loved it right back. Over the years he volunteered, caring for the Moyer House, the grounds at Brownsville Pioneer Cemetery and contributed as a local historian for the Brownsville Museum. They lived and enjoyed their home for 27 years, the family celebrated his 100th birthday last year with 3 parties and he also led the 2019 Pioneer Picnic Parade as Grand Marshall. The theme being so appropriate “Pioneers that made a difference”. He loved his daily drive to Randy’s Main St Coffee and visiting with friends.
Ed was diagnosed with CHF in 2011, he led an active life and drove until 2 months before ascending. In February he contracted a bronchial coughing virus that put him into advanced CHF. He was surrounded by his family and wife, passing comfortably in their home April 9th. He will always be greatly missed, his family cherished the 101 years they were give. Many people’s lives were touched and changed by him, in how he lived and loved. Ed never missed a chance to give a hug and tell you he loved you.
Ed would tell you “If you want to live 100 years, eat honey every day and keep moving.”
He is survived by his wife, Jean; children, Dick, Brenda, Gary, Linda and Pam; sister, Waneta; 20 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
Ed was preceded in death by his first wife, Norma, son, Russell and sister, Ruth.
Due to the current Covid-19 situation, there will be no service at this time. A Memorial service will be held later this year at a date and location yet to be determined. Fisher Funeral Home is handling arrangements.