CPO Edward H. “Chief” Laughlin, U.S. Navy Retired., age 92, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017. He was preceded in death by sister, Marion Laughlin; brother, William Laughlin and granddaughter, Brooke Coburn. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Reba Laughlin; children, Laura Lee Laughlin Floyd, Edward Lance Laughlin, Lisa L. Laughlin; step children, Tonya Miller Adams-Ochab, Tina Miller Cox, and Amanda Lea Cotter; Ten Grandchildren and Seven Great Grandchildren. Chief was born in Buckner, MO on May 31, 1925. He joined the Merchant Marines in 1942 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943. He served in WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam, retiring in 1966 after 23 years of service. He then joined the private sector in electronics retiring in 1996. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel with Bill Stonebraker officiating, Interment with full military honors, will follow at East Shadowlawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive family and friends on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA. 770-277-4550. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Edward “Chief” Laughlin to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org Online condolence can be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline


  1. Chief, as I have always known him, not only was a great and proud Navy man but a part of living history. He traveled the world, fought in WWII, The Korean War and in the Vietnam War. He always was wearing his signature hat that reflected his great service for our country. But beyond being a great man of service, he was my friend and my neighbor. He always had jokes he wanted to share with me and the times we sat together just talking and enjoying the simple times in life will not be forgotten. He always took the time to write personal notes back to my classroom kids when they wrote to him on Veteran’s Day and was a wiz at solving the daily crossword puzzles. He is going to be missed dearly. No worries Chief, we will keep a watchful eye over your darling wife. <3

  2. Thank you for your service to our country Chief You always had a funny story or joke that we appreciated .


  3. We’re sure going to miss you, Chief. You always had a smile and a joke for all of us. Thank you for so many years of service to this country and may you rest in heavenly peace.

  4. Dear Laura, my friend, and to the family of this great patriarch, I am sending my prayers and love. During such times of sorrow and loss, it is difficult to find adequate words of comfort, as everyone moves through grief their own unique way. I wish each of you comfort, sunny days, smiles, tears that cleanse, and strength for this journey. Many prayers.

  5. Ed’s father (Bert) and my father (Wilson) were brothers. While he was growing up in Buckner Mo (near KansasCity), I was growing up in a suburb of St. Louis. About three times a year my dad would drive my mother and me to visit our Laughlin grandparents, who lived on a farm not far from Buckner. There we cousins (and our parents) would get together, enjoy Grandma Laughlin’s marvelous cooking (on a coal-fired stove) and each other’s company. After we were were grown we seldom saw or contacted one another until in later years, when Ed was very good about keeping a connection; I really enjoyed and appreciated those times. My sincere condolences to all of his close family members and friends.

  6. God bless him for his family and for his service. It sounds like all who new him were honored. Prayers up for him and all who knew him.

  7. I saw the article and was disheartened to see there are no Navy pallbearers available. I put the APB out to Sailors all over the country to reach out to Sailors in Georgia to attend and see if they can volunteer to be a pallbearer. I don’t personally know Ed, but I want to thank him for paving the way for Sailors like me who’ve served. Ed served honorably and has stood the watch, may God bless him, his family and friends who are grieving. Rico Remigio, Chief Yeoman, USN, retired.

  8. Hailey, Mandy and all your family, you are in our thoughts and prayers – so sorry for your loss. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”. 1 Peter 5:7 “And the peace of God, which is deeper than all knowledge, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:7 Love, Jeff, Teresa, Chad and Blake

  9. I’ve known the Chief for about 20 years. We swapped sea stories on numerous occasions and I really enjoyed his company. We’re going to miss you, my friend!

  10. Chief, although we met in passing and had an occasional drink together, you, your stories, jokes and smile will be missed deeply. You were a good person and even though I’m a police officer, you said you wouldn’t hold that against me and then we clinked our glasses and laughed together. I personally thank you for you service to our country. It was my pleasure knowing you. Your shipped has docked, time for rest.

  11. Cheif, you were a good man and you will be missed as we often thought of you and Reba, -Rob and Vickie

  12. Halina and I will miss you LOTS!
    We know you are in a good place and G-d is taking care of YOU!
    We thank you for serving this phenomenal country, USA! For us the immigrants from communist Poland, there is NO better place than this land for which YOU dedicated your life with honor and grace.
    We love you and cherish memories of Reba and YOU…

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook