If you have ever visited the Lakewood Post Office next to the K-Mart store, you’ve probably seen John Edward (Ed) Lebeter sitting outside the door in his wheelchair seeking support – both financial and other.
Those who have taken the time to visit with Ed, as he says friends call him, have learned he suffers from a genetic nerve disorder that has left him restricted to his wheelchair. He comes to the Post Office most days via Pierce Transit from his home in Lakewood.
Lebeter, who is married and has a 14-year-old son, is originally from Chicago but has lived in Lakewood for a number of years. His wife also has a debilitating illness.
Prior to his genetic disorder coming to the fore, he served just under a year in the US Army’s 101st Airborne.
Lebeter says he earned a business degree from the University of Arizona and had hopes after his disability surfaced to outfit a trailer from which he could sell snacks and drinks around the community. Unfortunately, he’s not been able to do the work himself and hasn’t been able to obtain the funds to hire it done. Additionally, his disability leaves him with a speech impediment that further complicates his life.
‚ÄúI’m not sitting out here on good days and freezing ones for the fun of it,‚Äù he commented. He explains that he keeps hoping to get the help he needs to set up the trailer and use it to make a living for his family or to find some type of job he can perform.
Anyone interested can contact Lebeter by phone (253-983-9093) or e-mail: email@example.com. Because he is slow to answer the phone, he keeps it set to voice mail so anyone can leave a detailed message.