Kenai resident Richard “Dick” Allen Edwards Sr. died Sunday, June 3, 2007, from cancer at home with family and friends near. He was 75.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 7, at the Soldotna Church of God, 105 Redoubt Ave. Pastor Alan Humphries will officiate.
Mr. Edwards was born May 7, 1932, to James and Sarah “Sally” Edwards in Helena, Mont.
“He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He married the love of his life, Eva June Edwards, on July 2, 1955,” his family said.
In 2005, on their 50th anniversary, the couple renewed their vows with family and friends in attendance. They lived in Salem, Ore., until 1966, when they moved to Anchorage with their children. The family moved to Galena for three years, then to Anchorage and in 1973 to King Salmon. While there, they operated a commercial fishing site, as well as owning and operating a Hallmark store. In 1996, they moved to Kenai, spending their winters in Arizona.
Mr. Edwards was the foreman and heavy equipment operator at Ted Stevens International Airport and worked for the state of Alaska Airports from 1968 until he retired in 1984. He was the commander for the Bristol Bay Civil Air Patrol and a charter member of the Elks and Lions clubs of Bristol Bay.
“He loved his life in Alaska. He enjoyed hunting, flying and in his later years, golfing and traveling,” his family said.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years of Kenai and Ariz.; sons, Rich Edwards and his wife, Lori, of Kenai, Bill Edwards and his wife, Sandi, of Naknek and Tom Edwards and his wife, Martina; daughter, Barb Edwards of North Carolina; brother, James Eugene of La Pine, Ore.; grandchildren, Danielle, Averie and Michelle Edwards of Kenai, Chris, Kevin and Tiffany Edwards of Naknek, Jeffrey and Bob Hering of Alaska and Tonya, Tommy and Timmy Edwards of Wasilla; eight great-grandchildren; and niece, Dian Witcher and her husband, Tom, and their children, Tamara and Shane of Soldotna.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in Mr. Edwards’ memory to the hospice of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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