Ed Love is another of the regulars back at the pool tables. When I asked him what time he left he said, “Until they kick me out.” He was born in Indianapolis in 1931. The family relocated to Brown County in 1937, and he’s been in Columbus since 1947. He is one of sixteen children, and he’s outlived fourteen of them. He lost his mother in 1945 and his father in 46.
As far as schooling goes, Ed only went to the sixth grade, but when he was in the army he went to Wheel Mechanic School and Tractor Mechanic School. Part of his eight years in the army was spent in Korea.
Ed is very proud of his children. He has two sons and two daughters. His youngest daughter lives in North Carolina. He went there to be with her when she had a double lung transplant. She must be quite a girl. Much to her doctor’s dismay, she celebrated her last birthday by hiking, jumping, and climbing trees. Both his boys are here in Columbus. The youngest, like many others, moved in with him when the economy hit him.
Most of his five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild live here in Columbus. He visited his younger brother in New Jersey when he had a heart transplant. Ed has had two or three stents put in his heart. If you ever want to know what one of those looks like, just ask him. He describes them very well.
He spent 41 years working at Cosco. He retired in September, 1996. In November he lost his wife of almost fifty years to breast cancer. Just last month he lost one of his great-grandchildren.
He has traveled to Missouri, New Jersey, and New York. He has fond memories of both Broadway and the Cincinnati zoo. He used to hunt rabbits and quail. A few times he went deer hunting, but he didn’t enjoy that. Here at Mill Race he plays cards, shoots pool, has lunch, and enjoys life.