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Edward T. Triplett, 78

Edward T. Triplett, age 78, of Buffalo, died Sunday, May 16, 2010, at his residence.

He was born May 24, 1931, in Buffalo, the son of Edward L. and Alma Triplett.

Ed honorably served his country in the Korean War. He received a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantry Badge.

Edward was joined in holy marriage with Shirley M. Bonstrom Feb. 16, 1952, in Buffalo. God blessed their marriage with 11 children.

Ed was formerly employed as a machinist for 25 years at Van Dusen Company in Plymouth. He retired in the mid 1980s.

He was a faithful member of the Church of St. Francis in Buffalo, and also formerly belonged to VFW Post 1901 in Montrose, and to the DAV.

Ed enjoyed building model aircraft and cars as a hobby. He also enjoyed traveling by train to Glacier National Park with his children.

In addition, he loved spending time with Shirley exploring the North Shore area, and spending time with his family.

Ed is survived by his children: Tom (Jeanette) Triplett of Hackensack, Tony (Laura) Triplett, Jim (Rhonda) Triplett, all of Buffalo, Bernie Triplett of Brooklyn Park, Judy (Ted) Painschab of Howard Lake, Jane (Mike) Torborg of Rice, John Triplett of Sartell, Bill (Kari) Triplett of Buffalo, Danny (Cheryl) Triplett of Little Falls, Mary (Todd) Triplett-Posthuma of Maple Grove, and B.J. (Dean) Lachermeier of Howard Lake; 24 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He is further survived by siblings Dean (Angie) Triplett of Loretto, Gary (LaDonna) Triplett of Rockford, Charlene Stark of Long Lake, Janice Skelly of Buffalo, Nancy Zabel of Watertown, and Mary Jo (Darrell) Menth of New Germany; and many other relatives and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his loving wife, Shirley, Jan. 28, 2005; by his parents; and by a brother, Wayne.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Thursday, May 20 at 2 p.m. at the Church of St. Francis in Buffalo. Interment with military rites followed at Lakeview Cemetery in Buffalo.

Visitation was Wednesday, May 19 at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo from 4-8 p.m., and continued Thursday, May 20, at the funeral home for one hour prior to the Mass.

The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.