May 25, 2010 at 9:38 a.m.

Edward Emerson Cahill

Edward Emerson Cahill
Edward Emerson Cahill

Edward Emerson Cahill was born on August 13, 1916 in Jackson County, Iowa. He graduated from Central High School in Minneapolis, MN and then worked in Minneapolis at various jobs.

He married Lorraine Swanson in 1941 and joined the Army in 1942. To this union two sons were born; Paul in 1942 and Pat in 1956. After being discharged from the Army, Ed continued to work in Minneapolis, but then moved to Circle Pines, MN. While living there they started to farm. In 1961 he began his career as a correctional officer at the Minnesota Reception and Diagnostic Center in Lino Lakes, MN. In 1965 they moved to a farm in rural Shafer, MN. They continued to farm, started a part time photography studio and Ed continued working at MRDC. While at MRDC, Ed and the boys built a greenhouse and helped boys plant and learn about flowers and plants. The boys respected him and called him Dad. He told the boys he couldn't lie to them, that he was a farmer and not a psychiatrist. They never broke a flower pot or window while he was there. Ed retired from there in 1981 and spent his time farming, photographing and trap shooting.

In 2005, because of health reasons, Ed and Lorraine moved to Amery, Wisconsin to live with their son Pat and family. On March 15, 2010 Ed moved to Golden Age Manor in Amery, where he died peacefully May 23, 2010.

He is preceded in death by his parents and younger brother Dick. He is survived by his loving wife Lorraine; sons Paul (Tamar) and Pat (Merry); grandchildren Melissa Cahill and Jennifer (Jeremy) Roberts and their mother Kathy Cahill; grandchildren Daniel (Jessica) Cahill, Katie Scott, Matt Cahill, Joy Cahill, Thomas Cahill, and great granddaughters Caitlin Roberts, Abigail Cahill and Addison Cahill, as well as sister in law Iva Cahill and other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, May 28, 2010 at the Williamson-White Funeral Home Chapel in Amery, Wisconsin. A visitation will be held Thursday, May 27, 2010 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home as well as one hour prior to the service. A private family interment will be held at the Chisago Lake Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may sign an online guest book at www.williamsonw hite.com. Funeral arrangements were made with the Williamson-White Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Amery, Wisconsin.

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