Edwin "Ed" J. Nyberg
El Dorado - Edwin "Ed" J. Nyberg's life began on October 11, 1953 in Clay Center, KS; the son of Reynold and Mary (Cowing) Nyberg. While growing up in Clay Center, he worked for a local nursery, Conoco Gas Station, Lavern Edger, and was a carpentry teacher for several summers and Gilmore-Tatge. In his senior year, Ed volunteered for the Navy. After graduation from Clay Center Community High School, Ed left for basic training in San Diego, CA and home port in Port Humune, CA. Ed was a Navy Seabee, serving in Okinawa, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Diego Garcia during the Vietnam conflict. He built military bases to include all aspects of military life. During his 6 years in the Navy Seabees, he trained and supported Marines. After release, he returned to Clay Center to marry is high school sweetheart, Brenda Jean McNee. They were married at the Presbyterian Church in Clay Center on November 1, 1975. They were married for 45 years.
Ed started working for Cheney Construction, then the Carpenter Union in Junction City, working at Fort Riley and the Manhattan area. They moved to El Dorado in 1985, and Ed joined the Carpenter Union in Wichita; working on several major projects in the Wichita area, including the Greyhound Race Track and the Epic Center—from the foundation to placing the Christmas tree and light on the top point of the building. In 1990, Ed started work at Boeing as a 747 sheet metal mechanic for 14 years. He built the first 40ft of the 747 fuselage lower lobe and during his time at Boeing, he built over 575 planes. After the decline at Boeing, he was blessed with a job at Butler County Building and Grounds and became a maintenance technician in 2004, working there until 2007; when his health began to decline because of pulmonary fibrosis from his years in the military and vasculitis microscopic polyangitis. After a 110 day stay in the hospital, he returned home to learn to live life in a different way.
Ed was very proud of his family. He was proud to have both Lindsay and Wesley both graduate from K-State. He loved attending his grandchild's events. He enjoyed his First Baptist Church and Sunday School family. Summers were always spent boating at El Dorado Lake. Several trips a year were taken with family and friends. Brenda's cousin, Crystal was a welcomed guest on at least one trip a year. Ed never knew what adventure they were taking him on next. Due to his limited physical ability, he learned to adjust what he could accomplish and enjoy. The grandchildren knew Ed as Papa.
Ed passed away on August 20, 2021 at his home in El Dorado. His loving family includes his wife, Brenda; daughter Lindsay (Tim) Shumate of El Dorado, Wesley (Bethany) Nyberg of Andover; grandchildren Everleigh, Aliza, Ileana Shumate and Jackson Nyberg; sisters Judy (Dan Alderson of Salina, JoElla (Joe) Mosher of Salina and brother Arnold Nyberg of Salina. He is preceded in death by his parents, Reynold and Mary Nyberg, grandparents, Edwin and Arvilla Nyberg, and Clara and James Cowing. Grandson-Solomon Shumate.
Friends may gather with the family for a memorial service on Friday, August 27, 2021 at 11am at the First Baptist Church of El Dorado. For all who knew him, you know Ed was a simple man. Per his wishes, attire will be casual so wear your favorite t-shirt and jeans/shorts. Masks are appreciated.
Memorial contributions in Ed's name may be directed to the First Baptist Church Youth or Malachi Makeover or to the DAV-Wichita Chapter. Please sign his online guestbook and leave a memory of Ed at www.carlsonkirbymorris.com
Posted online on August 23, 2021