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Edward A. “Ed” Isaksson, 57, of Eau Claire, passed away from a sudden heart attack on Friday, February 1, 2019. He will be remembered as a loving husband, dedicated father, and proud grandfather.

A memorial service will take place at 4 pm on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Hulke Family Funeral Home. At the conclusion of the service a memorial visitation will take place at the funeral home from 4:30-8:00 pm.

Ed was born on September 14, 1961 in Hudson, WI to Stewart and Nancy (Moe) Isaksson. He graduated from Durand High School in 1979. He met the love of his life, Caroline Zawada, at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and they married on August 4, 1984. Ed joined his father in the family business, Isaksson Insurance, and later ran his business, Isaksson & Associates. Ed and Caroline lived in Eau Claire where they raised two daughters, Alyson and Emily. He was a devoted father and took great joy in being a grandfather to his two granddaughters, Eva and Olivia.

Ed was loved by his family and many friends, and his enthusiasm for life was contagious. He was happiest when boating on Lake Wissota and Lake Superior, camping in state and national parks, 4-wheeling and snowmobiling up north, and spending time with his family. Ed will be remembered for his larger than life personality and his devotion to those he loved. He brought meaning to everyday moments by helping those around him see the goodness in life. In his death, Ed’s generosity continues as a tissue donor.

Ed is survived by his wife of 34 years, Caroline (Zawada) Isaksson; two children, Alyson (Pete) Capp, and Emily (Jared) Penrod; granddaughters Eva Capp, Olivia Penrod, and baby Penrod on the way; parents, Stewart and Nancy Isaksson; brothers Steve (Carol) Isaksson and Mike Isaksson and sisters Kari Helinsky and Jody (Brad) Hartwig; parents-in-law, Mike and Irene Zawada; nieces, nephews, relatives, and many friends and loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Hjalmar and Daisy Isaksson, maternal grandparents, Elvis and Marguerite Moe, mother-in-law, Siglinde Zawada, and nephew, Phil Isaksson.

The Ed Isaksson Memorial Fund ( has been established for those wishing to contribute. Funds will be dedicated to support the activities Ed loved so that others can enjoy the great outdoors as much as he did.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.