Captain Edward Albert Basdekian, 86, passed away suddenly, at North Florida Regional. He was born in Washington, D. C. to Armenaq Garabad Basdekian and Akabe Aharonian Basdekian, on November 21, 1928. He joined the ROTC in high school and then he enlisted in the Army reserve and was transferred to the Navy so he could continue his education at night. In 1950 he was called to active duty and served proudly for many years. In 1952 he married Alice Louise Thompson and they moved to Gainesville from Jacksonville, Fl, where his education continued at The University of Florida. He earned several other college degrees and worked as the pharmacist at the student infirmary. He loved to study, and was well read. He enjoyed being a member of Toastmasters, and Jaycees as well as a Gideon. He had a wry sense of humor and loved to play on words. His survivors include his loving wife and best friend, Alice, of 62 years, two sisters, several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother Haiq Armenaq Basdekian. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him. His funeral service will be held at Milam Funeral Home Chapel on Friday September 11, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. Burial to follow at Forest Meadows Central. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 188, Alachua, FL 32615 or Parkview Baptist Church, 3403 NW 13th ST, Gainesville, FL 32609.