Ed Perdue, former Independent sports editor, dies

Longtime Port Orchard Independent sports editor Ed Perdue was once asked when he planned to retire.

“If I retired, I’d go to ball games and play golf,” he answered. “I’m doing that now and getting paid for it, so why retire?”

Perdue, who finally did retire in 1997, died on July 1 at the age of 74.

Born on March 8, 1933, he attended Washington State College in Pullman for one year before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1953.

During the Korean War, he was a medium-speed radio operator, serving with the 44th Infantry Division and the 6th Army Special Troops while stationed at Fort Lewis.

In 1955, he was shipped to Frankfurt, Germany, where he served in the 4th Division. After being discharged in 1956, he worked in Shelton as a card dealer and also worked at a Christmas tree farm and on the green chain at Shelton’s lumber mill.

In 1957, he returned to WSC, where he majored in journalism and was sports editor of the Daily Evergreen.

He and wife Mona Perdue purchased a Seattle weekly newspaper, the Beacon Hill News, and operated it for a year before moving to Bellingham, where he was a reporter for the Bellingham Herald.

In 1963, Perdue moved to Oregon City, Ore., where he was sports editor for the daily Courier Enterprise.

He later moved to Bremerton, where he was a reporter and later became sports editor for the Bremerton Sun.

Perdue spent a year as a sportswriter for the Tacoma News Tribune before returning to the Sun for five years.

He was named editor of the Central Kitsap Journal in Silverdale in 1976, then took over as editor of the Port Orchard Independent in 1981.

He worked at the Independent for 18 years before retiring.

Perdue was a member of Kitsap Golf & Country Club for 17 years, then was a fixture at Gold Mountain Golf Course for 26 years.

His love for golf and his goal to play all the courses where The Open Championship was staged took him on several treks to Europe. He played the great courses of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, including St. Andrews, Ballybunion, Carnoustie, Prestwick and Muirfield. His favorite course was Royal County Down in Northern Ireland.

One golfing vacation took him to Portugal. In 2004, he and his sons played in the Mizuno World Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and The Links at Spanish Bay in California.

He was an avid fan of the Seattle Pilots, Mariners, Sonics and Seahawks.

He enjoyed attending games with his sons and following the teams on TV and radio. He always rooted enthusiastically for the WSU Cougars.

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