Edward John Anttila January 22, 1939 – March 30, 2018

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Edward John Anttila died at age 79 Good Friday, March 30, 2018 in Dallas, TX and is now free from Alzheimer’s. Ed was born in New Castle, PA on an icy day on 1/22/1939.

His parents, John Eino Anttila and Linnea Susanna Kuivila, and his younger brother, Paul Maynard Anttila, preceded him in death.

Ed’s grandparents on both sides of his family came to America from Finland at the end of the 1800’s. He was surrounded by Finnish relatives during his childhood speaking Finn until he was five. Ed graduated from New Castle High School in 1956. His excellent academics earned him a scholarship to attend college and he was the of first his family to complete college. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering rom Youngstown University in 1961. He was proud of his college education and wore his YU baseball cap often and had penguins a plenty on his shelves. He was employed by Owens Corning Fiberglass from 1961-1969. In 1964, Ed moved to Waxahachie, Texas with his job where he met Jane Carroll Bailey, who became his wife in 1966 and her parents loved him dearly. They moved to Kansas City, Kansas and in 1969 moved back to Dallas where he began his long career with Texas Instruments as a Engineer, Facilities Manager and Project Manager until his retirement in 1997. In 1979, Jane and Ed divorced but remained long-time friends and co-parented their three children. At this time, Ed was transferred to open the new TI plant in Lewisville, TX and moved himself and his kids to Flower Mound, TX where they spent their childhood years. During the 27 years with TI, Ed opened and managed facilities in McKinney, Sherman, Denison, Denton and the North Plant. He was blessed with a good career. During his retirement years he moved to DeSoto and Duncanville, TX and kept busy with gardening, senior group activities, dancing, traveling, volunteering and spending time at the beloved family cabin in the Missouri Ozarks. In 2007, he met his very special friend, Cleo Raymond. They became constant companions for each other and he was very happy to have her in his life.

Ed always served others through volunteering for Junior Achievement and Campus Ministries in Denton, serving in all roles of leadership for his Lutheran churches, caring for his mother-in-law through the end of her life, and looking for ways to help those who were alone, singing in a group at nursing homes, taking older ladies to see everything from bluebonnets to museums. Ed liked to brighten up people’s days and was always ready for a joke (good or bad). He never met a stranger, he treated people well and and he loved his family.

Ed is survived by his three children: Aliisa and Ben DuBose of Dallas, TX and their three children: Harrison, Analise and Audrey; Aaron and Amy Anttila of Lewisville, TX and their twin boys: Nathan and Niko; and Edward John Anttila Jr. (E.J.) and Michelle Anttila of Richardson, TX and their two boys: Henry and Townes.

The service to celebrate Ed Anttila’s life will be held on Thursday, April 5 at 10:30am at New Life in Christ Lutheran Church (311 S. Cockrell Hill Rd. Duncanville, TX 75116).

Family will be there to greet prior to and after the service.

In lieu of flowers, send gifts to the Edward Anttila Memorial Fund at either New Life in Christ Lutheran Church, Duncanville, TX or at Christ The Servant Lutheran Church (2121 E. University Drive, Denton, TX 28609).