Edward Larcom, 57, of Overland Park, Kansas, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2014, in his home surrounded by family. Ed was born on Oct. 6, 1957, in Gary, IN, the son of Howard and Marion Larcom. He grew up in Decatur, IL and Morrisville, PA with his sister, Joyce Wright. He graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering in 1980 and an MBA from Rockhurst College in 1989. It was at Iowa State where Ed met the love of his life, Susan.
Ed spent his career in manufacturing working in the Communication, Automotive, Medical Device, and Aeronautics industries. The majority of his career was spent at Nellcor Puritan Bennett. His many positions included Production Supervisor, Senior Buyer, Manufacturing Coordinator, Manager of Sustaining Engineering, and Director of Operations. B/E Aerospace purchased Nellcor Puritan Bennett, and Ed worked at B/E Aerospace as Materials Manager, Operations Manager until he assumed an assignment in Seattle to open a B/E plant at the Boeing facility working on the “787 or Dreamliner”. Upon his return home 2 years later, he became a Program Manager until his voluntary retirement in 2012 to run his own Security business, Signal 88 of Johnson County. The business was sold in 2013 and Ed continued to support BE Program Management as a consultant until August of 2014.
Ed was first and foremost a family man, devoted to his wife and three girls, Laura, Kate and Lisa. He coached all three girls in basketball as well as softball. He took great joy in attending their many sporting events and activities. He also enjoyed playing basketball, soccer, tennis as well as golf. Ed and Susan played many years in a couple’s golf league. Ed and Susan enjoyed travel and took many trips abroad. Family vacations were a highlight of each year. He had a great sense of humor and valued friendship very much.
He was very involved in Holy Spirit School activities including Parents Association Board Member and President. In the Parish, he was a Eucharistic Minister, Usher and member of the Knights of Columbus. Ed and Susan have been involved in a Small Faith Community at Holy Spirit for over 20 years.
Ed was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 1997. He underwent a left kidney nephrectomy and then entered into an immunotherapy clinical trial for 2 years at the Vince Lombardi Cancer in Milwaukee. Ed was symptom free until 2009 when he was found to have metastatic renal cell cancer to the brain, remaining kidney, lungs, and lymph nodes. In the last 5 ½ years, Ed underwent three craniotomy’s as well as targeted, whole brain and cyber knife radiation to the brain. Ed was on continuous oral chemotherapy from 2009 until November of this year when the disease spread and chemotherapy was no longer effective.
We often referred to Ed as our Miracle man. He fought cancer for 17+ years with courage, dignity and a display of great faith. He never let treatment slow him down and continued in all of his activities without missing a beat. He attended Camp Bluebird, a Cancer Camp, sponsored by Shawnee Mission Health and Ed was an inspiration to many. In these 17 years, Ed was able to see his daughters grow up to be strong young women, walked two daughters down the aisle in marriage and experience the joy of finally having a boy in the family, his grandson, Peter.
Ed is survived by his devoted wife of 33 years, Susan, who has faithfully supported him on this journey, his three daughters, Laura (William) Vodvarka, Kate (Alex) Covalt, and Lisa Larcom, his grandson, Peter Vodvarka, and his father, Howard Larcom. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marion Larcom and sister, Joyce Wright. He adored his family and friends and was humbled by their love for him. Even up to the end, Ed was thankful that he had had such a good run surviving the cancer that eventually took his life. He lived so long with the disease thanks to fabulous medical care, the support and prayers of many friends, and the love of his family. He left this world having touched so many people and likewise was touched by them and their generosity.
Ed’s family would like to express their deepest gratitude to all his caregivers at Shawnee Mission Health, especially Drs. William Hendricks, Steven Hess, Parasanth Reddy. Sister Margarita and the Sister Servants of Mary and Kansas City Hospice. Assistance by Funeral Advocates LLC.
Services will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 11300 West 103rd Street, Overland Park, KS 66214. Rosary and Visitation will be held from 4-6pm on Friday, December 26, 2014. A funeral Mass of Resurrection will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 10am.
In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Sister Servants of Mary, Ministers to the Sick, 800 N. 18th St. Kansas City, KS, 66102.
Susan, My prayers and condolances are with you and your family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Larcom family. Ed was one of the first people I met when we moved to Holy Spirit parish many years ago … And I will never forget how he made our family feel welcomed to the parish. He will be missed.
I am so sorry for your loss of Ed. He was an amazing man and the best boss I ever had. His laughter will be remembered as well as how much he loved each of his girls and you.
We will be praying for you all to find peace and comfort in this journey.
Ron and Shellie Lee
I worked with Ed several years ago in Washington. He was one of the best boss I have ever had and more. He was a friend most of all. There is so much I could say about how kind and giving he was. He even sent me a beautiful message when my own father passed away ear lier this year. I’ll miss him greatly. My prayers are with the Larcom family
We are saddened to hear about the passing of Ed. I will always remember him as an awesome dad and an amazing basketball coach. You are in our prayers and we regret that we will not be able to attend the funeral because we are out of town.
Thoughts and prayers,
Caity and Martha
I’m so sorry for your loss Susan! I didn’t get to met you but Ed was a very good friend and i loved him very much. I will miss his smile and his kind heart!! God Bless you and your Family!!
From your Family in Omaha…….Susan & family, Our hearts go out to all of you at this time. We all send our Love and prayers to you and your family. I have prayed for Ed for most of the years he had Cancer as so many others have done.All we can say now is that he is in a better place with no more treatments or suffering.May he rest in the peace of Christ now and forever.From Bob & Donna,Judy,Bert, Christine,Steve and Mary. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!
I worked with (Big) Ed in Everett, Wa on the 787 project in 2007. I will always remember his smile, Midwest drawl and laugh. Ed had a way of walking into a stressful situation, make a comment and having us busting up laughing. Or he would just sit at the conference table, not saying much, but we all felt calmer. It has been many years since I have seen Ed, but I have thought about him often and tried to emulate him at work. I’m sad to hear that a great man has left us, and my heart goes out to his family. Good bye Big Ed, miss you.
I worked with Ed in Everett, WA. He will be sadly missed by all of us @ B/E in Everett
So very sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort continue to furnish your family with peace and hope during this difficult time.