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Edward Wayne Edwards
06/18/1926 — 04/28/2020
From Richland, WA | Born in Dodge, OK
Edward Wayne Edwards
On Tuesday April 28, 2020, Edward W. Edwards, loving husband and father of four passed away at the age of 93. Edward was born on June 18, 1926 in Dodge, OK, to Dorothy Evelyn and Mack Holland Edwards. Ed moved to Richland, WA, in 1944. On September 17, 1949 he married Winona Welsh. They raised 2 daughters Lynn and Sharon, and 2 sons Steve and Mike.
Ed had the honor to serve in the U.S Army from Dec. 12, 1944 until release on Nov 19, 1946. He was assigned to company “E”, of the 32 infantry regiment in the Pacific theater. Trained with the M-1 rifle, carbine, Browning automatic rifle and the light 30 caliber machine gun.
After the army Ed returned to Richland and held a number of positions working on the Hanford site. In 1956 Ed became a member of the local 598 Plumbing and Steamfitters union. In 2006 he was given the 50 year life member award.
Ed was an avid outdoors-man. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing, golfing or just about anything outdoors. Ed loved working on cars. He could fix anything. To know Ed was to know a Renaissance man. He truly was a person with many talents and areas of knowledge. He was known for his lifelong interest in learning and his ability to tell a story.
Ed was preceded in death by his wife, Winona. He is survived by his four children, Steve, Lynn, Sharon, and Mike, his sister Sunny, his niece Tawni, 8 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 4, 2020 at Einans funeral home at 1 o’clock p.m.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
I grew up as a next door neighbor to the Edwards clan. I have such positive memories of all the years with this family. Knowing Wayne for so long, I can’t begin to express the friendship and admiration I had for him. Wayne had a sense of humor that I will never forget. He nicknamed me Kurt Von Poppenheim – as Wayne’s story went, this Kurt was a famous wrestler! The memories go on and on. For example, I won’t forget Wayne working with me on baseball skills while I was a grade schooler, accompanying the family on a vacation while I was a junior high schooler, and him getting me immediate help from a fall on my Dad’s 305 Honda scrambler. Over the span of many years, I had great visits with Wayne and family in the same government alphabet house that they moved into so many years ago where we reminisced about the good old days and adventures with the Lewis/Edwards clan. As you can see, Wayne really had an impact on my life, and I will always cherish the memories I have of him. God bless to Steve, Lynn, Sharon and Mike.
I was so sorry to hear about Uncle Wayne passing. I remember him as a nice man with an easy smile.
We are so sorry we could not attend the service. My thoughts are with you all. It is difficult to lose those we love so dearly.
My sincere sympathy for your loss. Mack was a dear friend.
Our sincere sympathies to all the family. We have a lot of fond memories of Ed. He helped us many times. What a great man he was. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.