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M. Doolen Edman 1926 - 2011
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Maurice Doolen "Dooley" Edman, 85, died March 29 at Great Bend Regional Hospital. Born Feb. 20, 1926 in Great Bend, he was the son of Maurice J. and Martha Lois (Doolen) Edman. He graduated from Great Bend High School and attended the University of Washington in Seattle Wash., majoring in Civil Engineering. A Great Bend resident since 1956, coming from McPherson, he worked for Evans-Rondeau engineering firm, Hallibutron Oil Well Cementing Company and was the Barton County Engineer for 36 years. On Feb. 27, he married Betty Stafford in New Mexico. Following his retirement he and his wife enjoyed many travels. He was very thoughtful, pleasant person who was always helping people. He was very handy, working on his own vehicles, had model trains and built model airplanes.

Mr. Edman was a United States Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, serving in Midland, Texas and Carlsbad, N.M. He was a member of the First congregational United Church of Christ, NRA, AARP, Air Force Association, Colonel in the Confederate Air Force, State Board of Technical Professionals, Engineering Society and served on the Credit Union.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Edman, of the home; two foster sisters, Tina Sherman of Alamogordo, N.M., and Dawna Adams of Kansas City, Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Rex Edward Edman; and a sister, Betty Lois Hartshorn.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Great Bend Cemetery with the Reverend Stan Crawford officiating. Friends may visit from 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the First Congregational United Church of Christ in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at

Funeral arrangements provided by

Bryant Funeral Home*

1425 Patton Road

Great Bend, Ks. 67530


Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, March 31, 2011