Edward P. Chan

January 14, 1974April 4, 2014

Edward Paul Chan Okemos

On April 4, 2014, Edward passed away peacefully at his Okemos, Michigan home after a year long struggle with cancer; he was surrounded by family and friends. Edward was 40-years old. Edward grew up in Bay City, Michigan, and he was the third child of Dr. Paul (deceased) and Lynne Chan. Edward was a loving husband to Molly Chan, and devoted father to Piper (10), Arabella (8), and Tyler (5). Edward graduated from Michigan State University and began a successful professional career, establishing his own business, Alliance Payment Solutions, Inc., in 2003. Edward was an avid tennis player, pilot, Big Brother Big Sister volunteer, and a dependable and handy friend who could fix anything. Edward lived life to the fullest, and he touched the lives of those fortunate to know him. Edward was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Paul Chan. He is survived by his mother, Lynne Chan; wife, Molly Chan; children, Piper, Arabella, and Tyler; brother, Chris (Sandy) Chan; sister, Paula (Scott) Edelstein; fourteen nieces and nephews; and numerous friends and family who will deeply miss him.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 6, 2014 4:00 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, 1730 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12-4 pm prior to the service. Contributions may be made to Ele’s Place, 1145 W. Oakland Avenue, Lansing, MI 48915 in memory of Edward.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made at:


  • Visitation Sunday, April 6, 2014
  • Memorial Service Sunday, April 6, 2014

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April 21, 2014

I first met Edward when he was 13, had a thin, cheesy "mustache" that he refused to shave (mostly because he was proud he could grow it at 13) and long hair. Even then, you could see what kind of man he would grow into. At, 13, he was incredibly hard working, willing to help, and goal driven whether the project was installing a car stereo in the Oldsmobile or making an ice rink in the yard. It was no surprise to hear of his success, entrepreneurial spirit.
My heart sank, eyes misted and a lump developed in my throat that I couldn't get rid of when I heard of this. Even the most beautiful words I could express would be humbled by the sorrow and sadness his family must feel. Therefore, I will let someone else express them. This, from a book that I received from Edward as a gift (one of his favorite books at the time).

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.”
? Mitch Albom, Tuesdays With Morrie

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April 18, 2014

Piper, you are going to grow up to be a strong kind successful girl. I have always seen it in you. You are the best girl I have ever known.
loved by,

Jenn Edwards

April 16, 2014

Thinking of Molly & the family; my sympathy to all.

Katey Burris

April 16, 2014

Thinking of the Chan family, esp ecially his wife & adorable kids. Edward was my boss for a short time & he left a lasting impression. One of the most humble & genuine people I've ever met.

Chad Schloss

April 15, 2014

I'm so sorry to hear of Edward's passing. I found out today while visiting his business. I repair the Opex machines they have there to process mail. He was a great guy, had a positive attitude, was a great guy to talk to about anything and everything. My condolences to his family and friends.

Scott Kinnison

April 14, 2014

So sorry to hear about Edward's passing. I worked with him at DCM from 2000 to 2005. He was smart, kind and easy going... just a terrific, classy person. He will be missed.

Penny Fahlsing

April 14, 2014

Every place I went this weekend, in our little eastside, Bay City neighborhood, people were heartsick to hear of Ed's recent passing. As a teenager, Ed spent many happy hours in our backyard, playing ball or just hanging out. He was always one of my favorites. Always polite and cheerful, with an easy smile. Although Ed was not blessed with years, his life was filled with the love of the people that knew him. God bless his family with peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Josh Fahlsing

April 9, 2014

So many great memories growing up with Edward. From walking home after school and daring each other to do stupid things, to countless games of wiffle ball and basketball, to the "skater" phase trying to dye our hair blond in the basement with Ed Z and the boys. He was truly one of the good guys. Your family will be in my thoughts, Chan. You'll be missed my friend.

Jon Beyer

April 9, 2014

Dear Chan Family,
Saddened to hear about the loss of Ed. He was truly a great guy that everybody enjoyed being around. Keeping you and Ed in my thoughts and prayers.

Nancy Fortin-Lewis

April 8, 2014

Sending hugs & prayers to the Chan family.