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George Edwin Maples

George Edwin Maples

Ed Maples was a telephone man. He passed away peacefully at his apartment Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Roswell.

A memorial service to honor his memory will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at Claunch Community Church in Claunch.

Ed was born Dec. 22, 1932, in Trinidad, Colo., to Frank George and Mary Elizabeth Maples. He grew up in Artesia with his mother and devoted stepfather, Hugh Elvin. He was very proud of his high school football career with the Artesia Bulldogs and played on the then-new Morris Field.

After graduation from Artesia High School, he went to work with the construction crew for Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Company, where he worked only a short time before being drafted by the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

In the Army, he was assigned to Co. C, 361st Engineer Battalion (Construction) at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and served as an electrician and tractor scraper operator. After two years of service and many war stories, he was honorably discharged, receiving the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

After his discharge, he returned to the employ of Mountain States Telephone and worked in Deming, Alamogordo and Artesia as a lineman, installer, and central office repairman until retirement. Upon retirement, he moved to Alaska, where he was employed by RCA AlasCom in Anchorage as a central office repairman. Following a full career in Alaska, he moved to Seattle/Tacoma, Wash., where he worked in the ROC at McCord Air Force Base as a communication specialist supervisor. He was a proud member of the IBEW and Teamsters Unions as well as the Telephone Pioneers.

After successfully retiring for a third time, he enjoyed travel with his fifth-wheel and to Australia. His passion was visiting with new and old friends, playing golf, and enjoying his sons and grandchildren. He also served as a greeter at Sam’s Club after moving to Roswell, where he greatly enjoyed seeing old friends and making new ones. Everyone that knew him will recall his many “stories” and exploits of a life well-lived and enjoyed.

Survivors include his sister-in-law, Beverly Maples, of Tampa, Fla.; sons R.A. “Pancho” Maples and wife Susie of Roswell, and Douglas Von Maples and wife Lori of South Jordan, Utah; his ex-wife, Betty Maples, of Claunch; grandchildren Hubert W. Maples and wife Somer of Ogallala, Neb., JezaVon Maples of St. George, Utah, and Cassidy Starlyn Howard and husband Brandon of Bonnie Lake, Wash.; and great-grandchildren Lacey Mae Howard, Taylor Jane Howard, Whitney Makena Maples, Drake Cason Maples and Natalie Joyce Maples.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hugh and Mary Elvin; brother Gilbert; and a grandson, Casey Joe Maples.

Arrangements are under the direction of Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory of Roswell. Condolences may be expressed online at www.ballardfuneralhome.com.