Raised in Wellsville, Ed was a 1943 graduate of Wellsville High School. After graduation he enlisted with the United States Navy, initially serving in WWII, and then was recalled to serve in the Korean conflict. After service to his country, Ed was a part owner in Rockwell Brothers and Tuttle & Rockwell Department Stores for 40 years. He served as a board member with the Downtown Merchants of the Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Exchange Club for many years.
Ed was a member of First Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville where he held several volunteer positions, and was a member of Men’s Club and the church choir. His love of music was also expressed through his involvement in school band, orchestra and chorus. He sang in several minstrel shows, and weddings and was a tenor soloist in the Messiah at Alfred University. Ed was also a former member of the Apollo Club male chorus and the Genesee Valley Chorus.
Waiting two years for an opening into the Wellsville Fire Department, Ed became an active member of the McEwen Hose Company #4 in 1950, ultimately serving through the rank of Captain of the company and holding every office except Chief of the department. He served as secretary of the fire board and treasurer of both the hose company and the fire board. He had a genuine love of the fire department and all it represents in the community, as evidenced in his monthly attendance at the hose company meetings.
Ed was a school bus driver for Wellsville Central School for many years, retiring in 2006. He was a member of the American Legion and the Wellsville Rod & Gun Club where he excelled in trap shooting. Never willing to sit still, Ed also served others by delivering Meals on Wheels in the Wellsville area.
He is survived by: three children, John E. (Carol) Flurschutz, Kay M. (Michael) McCulloch, and Daniel C. (Cynthia) Flurschutz, all of Wellsville; seven grandchildren, Katie (Sam) Weir, Sarah (Josh) VanDyke, Eric (Ashley) Stuck, Gregory Flurschutz, Timothy (Jessie) Flurschutz, Kyle Flurschutz, and Ian (Logan) Flurschutz; 12 great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronald (Roxanne) Flurschutz of Rochester; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by an infant granddaughter, Stacie Flurschutz; a son-in-law, Glenn “Skip” Stuck; and a brother, Paul Flurschutz.