Edward C. Piatz, 86, of Harvey, died Saturday, July 28, 2012, at his Bismarck residence.
Edward was born on July 2, 1926, near Esmond. He was the son of Michael and Johanna (Keller) Piatz. He grew up near Fillmore and attended school there. Ed helped his father on the family farm before entering the Army where he served in Korea in 1949. He returned to North Dakota and was employed by some local businesses. Eddy became employed by the Soo Line Railroad in 1951 and retired in 1989 after 38 years as a brakeman and conductor. Edward was united in marriage to Marlys Boese on May 2, 1957, in Harvey.
He and Marlys continued to live in Harvey during his retirement. He lived at Van Hook on Lake Sakakawea where he spent the summers fishing with his friends and family. Eddy also enjoyed bowling, shooting pool and playing cards.
Edward was a member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church, and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Wells Eagles Aerie #3080, all in Harvey.
Edward is survived by: his wife, Marlys; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Dean Piatz of Minot, Dale (Maria) Piatz of Tacoma, Wash., and James Piatz of Williston; two daughters and two sons-in-law, JoAnn and Rick Randall of Minot and Nancy and Steve Gallagher of Bottineau; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brother, John Piatz of Minot.
Edward was preceded in death by: his parents; son, Douglas; son-in-law, Gregory Sauber; grandson, Lee Randall; brothers, Frank, Wendelin and Mike Jr.; sisters, Lena Neis, Kathryn Hoffart and Agnes Gries.
Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Harvey.
Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be today, Tuesday, from 2 to 7 p.m., with prayer services at 7 p.m., in Hertz Funeral Home, Harvey.