Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Edward ‘Eddie’ Alfs


    Edward “Eddie” Alfs, 72, of Ketchum, Idaho, died Monday, March 10, 2014, at St. Luke’s Wood River hospital in Ketchum.
    Born March 31, 1941, Eddie started life in Huntsville, Ala. He moved to Wendover, Nev., with his mother, Bobbie, and brother Billy-Wayne. While there, Bobbie met Dick Alfs. They were married, and on a family vacation to Ketchum, they truly fell in love with the town, people and outdoor lifestyle it had to offer. Dick and Bobbie brought their two boys to the town they all called home.
    He attended Ketchum Elementary and Hailey High School. Eddie was a simple man who worked hard and lived life on his own terms. The Wood River Valley was his home and this is where he grew up, played, laughed, loved, and it is where he passed.
     In the 1960s, Eddie worked for the Ketchum Police Department. He then went on to work construction and decided he would start his own property management business, “House Doctor Eddie.” Eddie enjoyed getting to know his clients, taking care of them, and watching their families grow over the past 30-plus years.
     Eddie was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, biking and golfing. Some of his favorite hunting and fishing spots were in the Copper Basin, Stanley Basin and the Wood River Valley areas. Later in life, he found a passion for music. Every October, when the Jazz Festival came to town, he could only be found up in Sun Valley listening to the jazz music he grew to love. Eddie loved to have lunch at Lefty’s Bar and Grill and on most days he could be found sitting enjoying a meal and drink with Cindy and the Crew.
     Eddie never met a dog he didn’t like. He loved his three girls (Libby, Izzy, and Marley). You could often find Eddie on his front patio enjoying the sun with his other two companions, Trigger and Tia, who would also be munching on one of the many treats he would have readily available for them and any other dog that would happen to wander by.
     Surviving family members include his sister, Susan Alfs, and her children Lacie and Robert Figgat; nephew Chris McCarthy; niece D.D. McCarthy; brother-in-law Paul McCarthy; puppy-dogs Libby, Izzy and Marley; and neighbor dogs Trigger and Tia.
     He was preceded in death by his mother Bobbie Alfs; stepfather Dick Alfs; sister Valerie McCarthy; and brother Billie-Wayne Johanson. At Eddie’s request, there will be no services. Please remember him for the laughs shared, special moments, kind heart and crystal blue eyes.
     In his memory, donations are suggested to the Hospice and Palliative Care of the Wood River Valley, P. O. Box 420, Ketchum, ID 83340 or the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, P.O. Box 1496, Hailey, ID 83340.
     Friends are invited to leave a message of condolence, share a story or photo, or to light a candle at www.woodriverchapel.com.




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