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Edwin Carl Hebner

Born: Sat., Jan. 9, 1943
Died: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017


12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Fri., Oct. 20, 2017
Location: King's Christian Church

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Fri., Oct. 20, 2017
Location: King's Christian Church

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Stevensville - Edwin Carl Hebner, of Stevensville, passed away at his home on Friday afternoon, October 13th, after a long illness. He was surrounded by his close family while overlooking the beautiful Bitterroot homestead where he spent the last decades of his life. Ed was born in Jefferson, Iowa in 1943 to Carl and Maybelle Hebner. Ed spent his youth growing up as an Iowa farm boy with his siblings (Larry, Kathy, Dave and Al). Growing up on the family farm instilled in him both a great love of animals and a strong work ethic. He was active in high school sports of track, basketball, and football. He married his high school sweetheart, Judy (Hansen) in 1962. Together, they moved westward to Missoula where Ed attended the University of Montana. Upon graduation, Ed volunteered for service in the Air Force. He fought multiple tours in Vietnam, first as a navigator on a B-52 then as a fighter pilot in the F-4 Phantom. He continued to fly the F-4 in the Air Force until retirement as a Lt. Colonel. During this period, their Air Force family expanded to include three boys: Geoff, Greg and Buck. Upon returning to Western Montana in 1988, Ed and Judy purchased a homestead outside Stevensville. Ed continued to fly commercially with Horizon Air for another 8 years, while finally enjoying Western pursuits of Elk hunting and raising stock and horses. Ed’s family grew as his sons were married: Geoff (Teri), Greg (Angela) and Buck (Charlotte). Ed’s life was further enriched with his grandchildren (Madison, Mitchell, Mackenzie, and Anabelle). Ed was blessed with great and enduring relationships with friends near and far. Throughout his many life experiences, Ed was sustained through his faith in Jesus Christ. He touched many lives and will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Visitation will occur at noon and will precede the funeral services at 1 PM Friday October 20th, at The Kings Christian Church in Lolo, Montana. Interment with military honors will follow the service at the Fort Missoula Post Cemetery.

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Bill and Janice Ellingson
   Posted Tue October 17, 2017
Judy and family our prayers are with you at this time. Just know we loved Ed and the friendship with you both. Lifetime of memories. Bill & Jan14

   Posted Tue October 17, 2017
Please accept my deepest sympathies over the loss of Edwin. Please know that the pain and loss you're experiencing will soon pass and be replaced with wonderful memories. The comfort from the scriptures can help during this difficult time. John 5:28,29 'the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life.' Knowing that we can see our loved ones again in a future paradise earth can give us hope and strength to carry on. Dave

Joyce and Ray Gragg
   Posted Tue October 17, 2017
Our thoughts and heartfelt love for you all are with you. We have soooo many wonderful memories during all the years of our friendship. We all loved Ed so much and will have wonderful memories of our times spent with you all. Please know we are praying for you and will be with you in spirit in the days ahead.

John and Dot Lieb
   Posted Tue October 17, 2017
Ed was a true gentleman that we appreciated knowing during our tour in Alaska. His Christian walk was an example to us. We were enriched by our time with Ed and Judy. May God bless you.

Amy Zahodnik
   Posted Wed October 18, 2017

A GARDEN PATH was sent by The UMR Softball Girls.

Geoff and family, We were so very sorry to hear about your loss. All of us are keeping you in our thoughts and sending virtual hugs. Prayers for faith, peace and comfort during this difficult time. With so much love, all of your UMR Softball Girls. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those that are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18

Melanie Thurman
   Posted Wed October 18, 2017

FEATHERY PALM PLANT was sent by Golder Associates.

Our Deepest Condolences, The Golder Associates Family

Lilya McAlister
   Posted Thu October 19, 2017
Dear Judy and family, I was so shocked. I didn’t know Ed had been ill. He was the best. Will miss him. I tried to call the number I have for the house, but it said it had been disconnected. My heart and prayers are with you. Sending a giant hug. Sorry I won’t be there Fri. In CA. New grand baby on the way. Much love, Lilya

Kathy Dufresne
   Posted Sat October 21, 2017
I so enjoyed getting to know Ed while I worked with him as an election judge. I loved his smile, his leadership and his seeing how strong he was for his convictions. It was certainly my pleasure to have spent this time with him. Both Dale and I send hugs and prayers to all the family. He was a special guy. Kathy

Mary Bell Carney
   Posted Thu November 02, 2017
My sympathy to you and your family. Ed and his siblings were my neighbors growing up. Such a lovely family. Ed , was always a very caring person.

Susan Roy
   Posted Sun November 05, 2017
I'm sorry for your loss. I met Ed while working at Horizon Air and he was one of our favorite pilots, always kind and gentle. He was a joy to be around, and he flew with my husband, Mike Roy. We always knew the plane would depart when Ed was flying out of Missoula, as he was good at what he did! Ed really loved his life with you in the mountains. He was a cowboy with a great smile! Best wishes for your journey ahead, as Ed will always be watching over you. Love, Susan

Richard Stuart Roark
   Posted Sat November 21, 2020
Judy, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We have really fond memories of Ed, you and the boys while we were stationed together at Moody AFB. Our daughter, Robin enjoyed your boys and we enjoyed our own little community with Joe Park and the others. We send out deepest sympathies.
Richard, Sandra, & Robin Roark

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