1928 - 12/17/2006
Roadrunners Internationale must sadly come to grips with losing another member of our aviation family. This morning Roadrunner Ed Schlesinger departed on his final flight. Ed is remembered by his fellow Roadrunners for his devotion to Project Oxcart at Area 51 as an navigation aide. His son, Steve also worked at the Ranch along with the sons of some of the members of the 1129th Special Activities Squadron, Pete Slater and Jim Simon to name a couple. Our prayers and hearts go out to Ed's wife, Patty, and family during this period of grief and sadness.
Edward Joseph Schlesinger, 78, of Las Vegas passed from this
world into the loving arms of his Savior, Jesus, on Sunday, December 17th. Ed
was preceded in death by his parents, Paul George and Christina Schlesinger; his
brothers, Paul Joseph, (Bud), Kenneth Gilbert and Joseph Donald all from
Louisville, Kentucky. Ed was born on June 27, 1928 in Louisville, Kentucky. He
proudly served his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1949.
He retired a Master Sergeant in 1969. His final tour of duty was at Area 51
where he was a navigation aide for Project Oxcart. His years at Area 51 were the
"glory years" of his life. After retiring from the Air Force he worked
for Dillards as a Maintenance Engineer.
Ed is survived by his wife, Pat; four children, Stephen Douglas of Las Vegas, Nevada, Paul Edward and his wife, Jan, of Lakeview Oregon, Ramona Sue of San Antonio, Texas and Christopher Thomas and his wife, Sharon, of Las Vegas, Nevada; seven grandchildren, Christian, Jennifer D. Hooper, (Grand Dee), Jeff Kemp, Kasey C., Cheryl Lynn, Nicole,and Christina; two great-grandchildren Kaylee and Taylor Hooper; brothers and sisters, Dorothy May of Louisville Kentucky, Gerald Anthony of Chino, California, Norbert Thomas of Council Bluff, Iowa, Mary Ann of Louisville, Kentucky, Carol Joan of Woodbine, Georgia and Jean Marie of Louisville Kentucky.
Ed was a member of Roadrunners Internationale, (Area 51) and St. Joseph Catholic Church. A rosary was said by Father Krier with visitation following at Bunkers Mortuary, 925 Las Vegas Boulevard North. Father Krier offered a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m., Friday December 22, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 131 North 9th Street. Military honors were displayed at the gravesite where relatives and friends gathered afterwards at Pat's home.