EUREKA – William “Gary” Edwards, 68, died at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at his home in Eureka.
He was born Feb. 1, 1950, in Memphis, Tenn., the son of William Douglas and Doris Marie Gammill Edwards. He married Wanda Kupferschmid on Sept. 7, 1969, in Roanoke. She survives.
Other survivors include his mother of Eureka; three daughters, Renae Dietrich, Washington, Nikie (Phil) Hodel, Goodfield and Karie (Jason) Hospelhorn, Carlock; 10 grandchildren, Hannah (Luke) Anliker, Logan (Keirstyn) Dietrich, Landon Dietrich, Lakin Dietrich, Danielle (Brett Onnen) Hodel, Josie (Derek) Tallyn, Payton Hodel, Jordan (McKenzie) Rieke, Jaxon Rieke and Jaden Rieke; one great-granddaughter, Brenley Dietrich with a second one on the way; one sister, Linda (Robert) Cook, Eureka and one brother, Larry (Janet) Edwards, Kappa.
He was preceded in death by his father and two sisters, Nona Edwards and Sandra Edwards.
Gary served in the Air Force National Guard. He was a dedicated maintenance worker and mechanic at AO Smith Harvester of Eureka and DMI and Earlybird Grain and Fertilizer, both of Goodfield. Gary semi-retired in 2015 and enjoy going back to assist during harvest season. He volunteered on the Eureka Fire Department for 20 years, including a stint as chief, and attended the Goodfield Apostolic Christian Church, Goodfield. Gary loved to tinker and work on engines all of his life. He was attracted to anything with an engine from his boats to his cars to his motorcycles. Gary enjoyed fishing, trap shooting, woodworking and having coffee at Hardee’s in Eureka. Most of all though, Gary enjoyed spending time with his family, watching his grandchildren’s events and taking care of his dear wife, who resides at the AC Home of Eureka.
Services were Monday at the church. Ministers of the church officiated. Visitation was Sunday in the church’s fellowship hall and before the service at the church. Burial was in the Roanoke AC Church Cemetery, rural Roanoke. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Eureka, was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be to Heiterland at the AC Home of Eureka.