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Edward Safreed

Edward Duane Eddy Safreed passed away on November 29, 2004, at his home in Winters, following a short, courageous fight with ALS. He was born on August 10, 1953 on Mare Island, Vallejo, to Willis and Margith (Hillman) Slayton. He married Bette Kingsbury on his 35th birthday in 1988. He graduated from Mission Bay High School in San Diego in 1971. He first came to Winters when he was 15 years old to work in the apricot orchards. While here, he made many friends, so it became home to him again after high school and he resided in Winters for over 30 years. Eddy was employed By Vallejo Sanitation and Flood Control District as a CWEA Certified Collection Systems Tech, II. Eddy was a member of the Dependents of the Mayflower Society, Rainier Valley Washington Historical Society, Yolo Sportsman, National Wild Turkey Federation, Wilderness Unlimited and Vallejo Elks Lodge. Eddy enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing and both snow and water skiing. He loved get-togethers with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Bette, of Winters; adopted daughter Melinda Hernandez, of Vacaville; stepsons Travis Swol, of Roseville, and Aaron Swol, of Minnesota; also by his grandchildren, Dustin, Trevor and Esmeralda. He is also survived by many relatives and friends who will miss his company. He was preceded in death by his mother, Margie; his father, Willis; his stepfather, George Safreed; brother Charles Safreed; grandparents Amy and Charles Safreed and Helen and Clarence Hillmans, Jr.; also by a nephew, Logan Safreed. There will be a graveside service on Thursday, December 2, at the Winters Cemetery, at noon. There will be a celebration of his life at a later date. Contributions may be made in his name to the ALS Society, Sacramento Chapter, or the charity of the donors choice.

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