Edward G. Fournier Jr Memorial Page

USS Surfbird Crewmember 1944-1946 (Plankowner) 

Passed away on 7 January 2015


2003 Reunion 




KERRVILLE, TEXAS — A funeral Mass for retired Coast Guard Lt. Edward G. Fournier Jr., 88, formerly of Ingram, Texas, who passed away Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015, will be celebrated at 2 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Notre Dame Catholic Church.


A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Ingram Oak’s Clubhouse, 400 Live Oak in Ingram.


His ashes will be committed to the Pacific Ocean, where he served honorably during World War II.


He was the eldest son of the late industrialist and manufacturer, Edward G. Fournier Sr., and Ruth L. Fournier, a teacher in Youngstown. After his Navy service aboard an armored minesweeper, he attended Tri-State Engineering University of Angola, Ind. He became a commercial refrigeration engineer and established the Refrigeration and Beverage Service of Houston, serving both the fast food and restaurant industries. This service was later extended to include On Board Marine Services of Kemah, Texas, for both commercial vessels and private yachts.


Upon retiring from his businesses, he became a licensed ship captain and served as master for vessels transiting the Gulf of Mexico. Upon retiring from sea operations, he and his wife became full-time RVers and enjoyed a life of travel, finally settling in the Texas Hill Country, where he became involved in teaching at the Kerrville Adult Community Education Center.


He is survived by his wife, the former Lois Prosser of Youngstown; a daughter, Gretchen and her husband, Jim; two brothers, retired Coast Guard Commander John H. Fournier of Aliquippa, Pa., and retired Coast Guard Captain James M. Fournier and his wife, Lucille, of Fountain Valley, Calif.; two nieces; and two nephews. Memorials in the way of donations may be made to Peterson Hospice.