Edwin L. Highland

Edwin L. Highland, age 81, of Yankton, South Dakota, died unexpectedly on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton.

Memorial services are 2:00 PM, on Monday, July 26, 2021 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Reverend David Wildermuth officiating.  Private family inurnment will be at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton with military honors by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 of Yankton.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Edwin Lee Highland was born October 29, 1939 in Yankton, South Dakota to Lee and Marge (Lacy) Highland.  He graduated from Yankton High School in 1959 and then enlisted in the United States Air Force.  Ed was stationed at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico.  On June 29, 1961, he married Ruth Ann Huber.  They lived in New Mexico until Ed was honorably discharged in October 1963.  They moved back to Yankton and Ed worked at various places including The Freeman Company, Montgomery Ward, and Wholesale Supply.  On August 1, 1967, Ed began his 33 year career at Northwestern Energy.  He was the Chief Engineer until 1995 and then became the Safety Director in Huron, SD until he retired on January 1, 2000.  Ed was one who never sat around for too long.  He then had many part time jobs including working at Fox Run Golf Course and Trinity Lutheran Church.  Currently, Ed was the maintenance manager for Skogen Apartments.  Ed and Ruth loved traveling and spent many winters in Alamo, TX and then Apache Junction, AZ.  He loved the outdoors where he enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, golfing, grilling and gardening.  Ed also enjoyed bowling and played in league.  He had a wonderful sense of humor, very hardworking, and always willing to lend a helping hand.  Ed adored his wife, Ruth, and treasured the time with his family.

Ed is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth Highland of Yankton; three children: David (Stephanie) Highland of Yankton, Danny (Linda) Highland of Yankton, and Jennifer (Henry) Janssen of Omaha, NE; 16 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren with one on the way; brother, Larry Highland of Yankton; sister, Leanne Highland of Yankton; and many nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Doug Highland.





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13 response to "Edwin L. Highland"

  1. By: Beverly Freng Posted: July 19, 2021

    Sorry for your loss

  2. By: Jean Jewell (Highland) Posted: July 19, 2021

    RIP Uncle Ed!!! Will miss you! Love you.

  3. By: Connie and Peter Wagner, Sibley, Iowa Posted: July 20, 2021

    So very sorry for your “too soon” loss. You were a wonderful, loving couple! God bless you and He will see you through this amazingly.

  4. By: Linda Kindler Posted: July 22, 2021

    I am saddened by the loss of another family member. We had a great grandmother lived to be 107. Several grandmothers over 100. I thought Ed and I would live forever. My thoughts are with Ruth and family.

  5. By: Kay Kasulka Posted: July 23, 2021

    Ruth & family
    I am so sorry to hear about Ed’s passing. We all think we are going to live forever.. I will be carrying you in my heart, thoughts & prayers as you all go through this very difficult time. God bless you all. Hugs! Kay

  6. By: JamesCarter Posted: July 23, 2021

    My condolences to Dan,Dave ,Jennifer and the rest of your family on the passing of Ed .R.I

  7. By: Mike and Jane Lemay Posted: July 24, 2021

    We are so saddened to hear of Ed’s passing. We always enjoyed visiting with him. Such a fun guy! Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Ruth. We unfortunately won’t be able to be at the service. May treasured memories keep him close and bring you much comfort always.

  8. By: Jane and Mike Lemay Posted: July 24, 2021

    We are so very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. We always enjoyed visiting with him. Such a fun and kind person. You are in our thoughts and prayers, Ruth. Praying that treasured memories will bring you comfort always. Unfortunately we won’t be able to be at the service but we will keep you in our prayers.

  9. By: Hunter Posted: July 24, 2021

    I love u grandpa I’m gonna miss u someday we will see each other again

  10. By: John Mogck Posted: July 26, 2021

    I was sorry to read in the paper of Ed’s passing. I always enjoyed talking to Ed whenever I would run into him. We were neighbors for a short time back in the 1940’s. My condolences to the family.

  11. By: John Mogck Posted: July 26, 2021

    I was sorry to read of Ed’s passing in the paper. I always enjoyed talking to Ed whenever we would run into each other. My condolences to the family.

  12. By: Edward Klasi Posted: July 27, 2021

    Ruth and family, I am So Very Sorry for Your Loss, Ed was Such a Fun and Nice Man, He will be missed by Many, My thoughts and Prayers are with You

  13. By: Dave Lyons Posted: August 20, 2021

    My deepest condolences to your family on the loss of your dad and husband.

    I attended YHS with Jennifer and I have enjoyed seeing Ed’s social media posts. He was an amazing man.

    God Bless

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