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Edward Stephen Tooley

July 22, 1944 — April 28, 2020

Edward Stephen Tooley, 75, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, husband to Glenda Tooley (Reynolds) married 53 years, passed in peace at home on April 28, 2020, dearly loved and surrounded by his wife, Glenda, his three children and numerous grandchildren and other family members.

They are a strong family, who share a deep faith in the Lord. Ed waged a valiant, 15-month battle with Cutaneous Angiosarcoma, a rare and dangerous form of skin cancer.

Born on July 22, 1944 in Blue Island, IL, Edward was a son of the late Stephen Bowers Tooley and Grace Annette Tooley.

Ed graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1966 with degrees in Engineering Sciences and Astronautics. He started pilot training and married Glenda later that year. Ed completed a one-year tour in Vietnam flying the C-123 Caribou. After Vietnam, he flew the C-141B Starlifter and in 1975, he earned a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Physics Radiation Effects.

Throughout his career, Ed served as Squadron Commander at Norton AFB, Assistant Director for Nuclear Operations at Defense Nuclear Agency, Vice Wing Commander at Kirtland AFB and Support Group Commander also at Kirtland AFB and served in Support of Operations Desert Shield/Storm from 1990 to 1994. He retired as a Colonel in the United States Air Force in 1994, having earned the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, Air Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster, Distinguished- Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with valor device and two bronze oak leaf clusters, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four bronze service stars, Air Force Overseas Short Tour Ribbon with one bronze oak leaf cluster, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon with one silver and one bronze oak leaf cluster, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, Air Force Training Ribbon, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

After retiring from the Air Force, Ed completed a second career at Sandia National Labs as the Facilities Infrastructure Liaison to Sandia's Nuclear Weapons Program in Albuquerque, NM. He retired in 2009 and moved to Mt. Pleasant, SC.

During retirement, Ed and Glenda enjoyed playing golf, travelling, spoiling their grandchildren, connecting with family and friends in Colorado, and spending time with friends and neighbors in Mt. Pleasant. Ed was very active in church activities at St. Benedict Catholic Church and served on the board of Birthright of Charleston.

Besides his wife, Edward is survived by his children Pam and Evan Barnet of Ridgefield, CT, Angie and Dave Harden of Alexandria, VA, Glenn and Jamie Tooley of Queen Creek, AZ, his brother Bill and Sandy Tooley of Bluffton, SC, 8 wonderful grandchildren, sisters-in-law Margy and Dennis Ferris, Pam and Bob Thode, and multiple nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM. Thursday August 5, 2021 at St. Benedict's Catholic Church, 950 Darrell Creek Trail, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466.

The burial will be held at The United States Air Force Academy Cemetery, Colorado Springs, CO 80840 at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Edward`s memory may be sent to Birthright of Charleston, P.O. Box 30191, Charleston, SC 29417 or online at

Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to McALISTER-SMITH FUNERAL & CREMATION, Mt. Pleasant, 1520 Rifle Range Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, (843) 884-3833.
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