Edward Paul Bezanson1,2,3

M, #24214, b. 16 January 1932, d. 23 February 2022
Father*Leverett Theodore Bezanson3 b. 17 Feb 1901, d. 30 Aug 1938
Mother*Bertha Alice Wells3 b. 19 Dec 1906, d. 8 Feb 1971


Beverly A. Black
Relationship5th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Edward Paul Bezanson was born on 16 January 1932.3 He served in the military in the army and was injured in 1951 at Korea.4 He married Beverly A. Black on 16 July 1954 at Helena, Montana. He was 22.5,2,3 Edward Paul Bezanson died on 23 February 2022 at age 90.1

     Obituary from The Independent-Record (Helena, Montana), 2 March 2022:
Edward Paul Bezanson January 16, 1932—February 23, 2022

On February 23, 2022, after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease, Edward Paul Bezanson went home to be with the Lord. He was surrounded by his beloved wife of 67 years and his five children. He was the youngest of four brothers and one sister.

Ed was born in Milton, Massachusetts on January 16, 1932. He moved to the Bitterroot Valley in Montana when he was 12 years old and quickly fell in love with the mountains, lakes, and streams of Montana. He attended school in Hamilton, MT. Longing for a little adventure, and out of a sense of duty to his country, he joined the army the moment he turned 18. Ed proudly served in the Korean War. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star with the "V" for valor for his courageous actions in the field after being injured from shrapnel and taking a bullet to the stomach. Following an entire year at Valley Forge Army Hospital recovering from his severe injuries, he was honorably discharged.

In 1954 while working in Helena, MT he met the love of his life, Beverly Black. Together they raised 5 children in Helena. His first love was always his family, but it was quickly followed by fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, and any activity that involved being outdoors with family and friends. Later in life, he picked up golf and that became his favorite pastime. Ed was an accomplished golfer and could be found on the golf course several times a week.

During Ed's life, early on, he worked for the Post Office but eventually formed a construction company with his brother-in-law named Bezanson & Black Construction. Upon retirement, Ed and Bev moved to Seeley Lake in the Double Arrow Ranch area. A popular gathering place for family and grandchildren who loved to get rides in the golf cart from Grandpa. Ed and Bev also spent 20 wonderful years in Queen Valley, AZ during the winter months. It was a golf community and they made friends from all parts of the country. During those years Ed had fun playing with the notorious "pick-pockets." He moved to his final home in Missoula, MT near Linda Vista Golf Course in 2016.

Edward is survived by his wife Beverly, his 5 children, Ed Bezanson Jr. (Kim), Pam Copley (Tom), Janet Hunt (Bob), Paige Bezanson Thomas, Jim Bezanson (Anissa), his sister Barbara Fisler, 13 Grandchildren, and 6 Great Grandchildren. A Military service for family and friends will be held in late May at the Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison in Helena, MT.

"After the night, the morning,
bidding all darkness cease.
After life's cares and troubles,
come comfort and the sweetness of peace."1

Census Summary


Census, Residence

Census1940Edward Paul Bezanson appeared on the census of 1940 at 694 Pleasant Street, Milton, Massachusetts, in the household of Bertha Alice Wells with Howard William Bezanson, Robert Irving Bezanson, Richard Theodore Bezanson and Barbara Bezanson.6
Lived2000Edward Paul Bezanson lived in Helena, Montana, in December 2000.7
Last Edited10 Oct 2022


  1. [S2] Edward Paul Bezanson Death Notice, The Independent-Record (Helena, Montana), 2 March 2022, p. A7.
  2. [S876] Montana County Courthouses, "Montana, County Marriages, 1865-1950", Edward P. Bezanson; Beverly A. Black; Marriage License, 16 July 1954.
  3. [S1] Dorothy Evans, Bezansons from Nova Scotia, 215, 257.
  4. [S19] News article "Five Montana Men Are Listed as Korean Casualties", The Independent Record (Helena, Montana), 16 March 1951.
  5. [S959] Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, "Montana, Marriage Records, 1943-1986", Edward Bezanson; Beverly A. Black; 16 July 1954.
  6. [S4] 1940 U.S. Federal Census; Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Roll: T627_1628; ED: 11-137; Page: 61A; Lines: 31-38.
  7. [S2] Richard Theodore Bezanson Death Notice, Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, New Jersey), 31 December 2000.