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Edward J. Earley

Thursday, January 11, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

Upper Macungie supervisor

Dr. Edward “Ed” J. Earley, 76, of Fogelsville, died Jan. 3, 2018, surrounded by his family in St. Luke’s Hospital, Allentown.

Born in Dunmore, he was a son of the late Edward Sr. and Eleanor (Hess) Earley.

Married June 15, 1968, to Jan Gallick in Honesdale, the couple celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary last June.

He joined the U.S. Navy Reserve upon graduation from high school, honorably serving his country for six years.

He spent 21 months in active duty aboard the U.S.S. Staten Island, an icebreaker.

Departing from Seattle, Wash., his assignment took him from the Arctic to Antarctica, stopping in Point Barrow, Alaska; Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; and Santiago, Chile, before being released from active duty in 1964.

He earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Scranton, and a Master of Science and Doctorate in education from SUNY, Albany, N.Y.

He taught in the Damascus and Wallenpaupack school districts and subsequently was a professor in the department of elementary education and the graduate reading program at Kutztown University for 31 years.

He was also an adjunct professor at Temple University.

Liking to stay busy, he devoted himself to community service after retirement.

He served as a supervisor in Upper Macungie Township for 12 years and was chairman of the board for eight years.

He also chaired the Berks-Lehigh Police Commission for seven years, and was a member of the township CERT since 2008, a fire police officer at Station 8, Fogelsville, for 13 years, and a member and trustee at Upper Macungie Township Fire Station 56.

He also served on both the Parkland School Board and the Board of Limited Jurisdiction at St. Joseph the Worker School, and most recently, he chaired the building committee at St. Joseph the Worker Church.

He also enjoyed taking care of his yard and working around the house, the company of his two cats, and starting every day by doing the crossword in the Morning Call.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by daughters Erin Ginsburg and husband, Michael, of Mount Kisco, N.Y.; Sarah Coffey and husband, Dan, of Waltham, Mass.; son Jason Earley of Bethlehem; four grandchildren; and his brother Richard and wife, Eileen, of Jupiter, Fla.

Expressions of sympathy may be recorded on his website edwardjearley.com.

A self-professed lifelong learner, he enjoyed sharing information and inspiration with his family and friends.

To celebrate his commitment to education and to his community, memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph the Worker School, 1858 Applewood Drive, Orefield, PA 18069.

Arrangements were made by Keller Funeral Homes Inc., Fogelsville.