Ed Iteen lived a life of service to the community, from the military and community to the township and county, and the longtime former Summit Township Supervisor died Friday. He was 72.

Ed graduated from Ludington High School, and he was a part of the Orioles’ boys basketball team in 1965 that took River Rouge to overtime before losing at Hawley Gymnasium. He went on to Western Michigan University, and eventually served the country in the army.

The U.S. Army veteran served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971, and he began his service in 1969. His two sons, Gavin and Tyler, both have served in the military.

Iteen was the township supervisor from 1983 through 2008, and he also served his community through the county’s zoning board of appeals.

He was also a longtime member of the Mason County Zoning Board of Appeals, also starting in 1983 and he was the panel’s chairman for more than 20 years.

“Ed was an electrician and he liked to use the skills while out on mission trips,” said Gene Jorissen, a longtime friend. “Ed did lots and lots of mission trips and we went out on several of them together.

Jorissen said Iteen was in a group called the 29ers, a group of seniors that started out with 29 people that eventually grew larger, who would go out for two weeks at a time on mission trips to different places.

“It is hard to realize that he is gone that quickly,” Jorissen said Monday. “That is one of the biggest things that I think Ed would want to be remembered by.”

Jorissen said Ed belonged to St. Paul United Methodist church and he was very active with the church.

“He was always giving somebody a hug, Jorissen said.

“Ed was a long time blood donor and has given many gallons throughout the years,” said Nancy Houk, who has known Ed and his wife, Jill, for more than 40 years. “Ed was always service-oriented.”

Houk remembers Ed as always having a smile and a kind word for everyone he meets.

She said that Ed would love to be Santa and Jill would dress as Mrs. Claus his church’s Christmas party.

“Ed loved it. He loved talking to the kids,” Houk said. “He would come to our house on Christmas Day as Santa, when our grandkids were here, and he did that for a number of others families as well.”

Houk said after retiring from Dow, Ed started driving for Ludington Mass Transit Authority for a while. That was the prefect job for him because he knew so many people, and he could talk with them while taking them places.

“I know he really enjoyed that,” Houk said.

She also said Ed and Jill loved to travel even before they got their RV.

“The thing that I always appreciated about them is that they did not generally stick to expressways. They would take the backroads because they could experience some of the local people, culture and local events,” Houk said. “Ed had a great sense of adventure and spontaneity. They really enjoyed local things and local people.”

Jorisen also said that Iteen was a avid follower of the Orioles and would go on the road to support his beloved Orioles.

“He will be greatly missed by our church community but also by the community as well,” Jorissen said.

Oak Grove Funeral Home is handling the funeral arrangements.