Harold “Ed” Trites

May 10, 1931 - Dec. 13, 2018

Harold “Ed” Trites, 87, of Boone and Eastern Star Masonic Home, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at the home.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22, at First Baptist Church with Rev. Janell Bloem officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Park Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service. After the service, family and friends are invited to a luncheon at the church, followed by the burial at Linwood Park Cemetery at 1 p.m.

Harold Edward “Ed” Trites was born in Boone on May 10, 1931, the son of Henry and Bertha (Mahlow) Trites. He graduated from Boone High School in 1950 and then attended the Boone Junior College and the University of Iowa. On June 20, 1954, Ed married Phyllis Elaine Pollard in Boone. Ed worked for the city of Boone as a police officer from 1960 until his retirement in 1985. During his service he was the Boone Assistant Police Chief. He was in the National Guard for nine years.

In earlier years, Ed was an Eagle Scout and he helped with the Cub Scouts in Boone. Ed and Phyllis were active members of First Baptist Church and together, they enjoyed cooking meals for church fundraisers and the senior meals. Ed enjoyed serving on the Board of Trustees at First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Mount Olive Masonic Lodge and a life member of the Iowa Police Association. He enjoyed gardening, caring for his golden retrievers and was an avid swimmer at the YMCA.

Ed is preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis; parents; and one brother-in-law, Pete Case.

He is survived by his son, Henry Trites and wife, Tammi, of Granville, Ohio; one daughter, Felicia Gage and husband, Chris, of Boone; his grandchildren, Mitchell Gage and wife, Rachel, of Chicago, and Madeline Gage, of Des Moines; one sister, Colleen Case, of Seattle, Wash.; and several nieces and nephews.

The Trites’ family would like to recognize the wonderful nurses and caregivers at Eastern Star Home who sincerely loved Ed and cared for him during his stay.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Ed, memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church.

Condolences may be left in memory of Ed at schroedermemorialchapel.com.

Schroeder-Reimers Memorial Chapel, at Sixth and Marshall, is in charge of arrangements.

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