Funeral services celebrating his life will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Geneseo Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Homes. The Rev. Lynn Bergren will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. A visitation for Charlie will be held 5-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where a Masonic ritual will be conducted by Stewart Lodge No. 92 AF & AM at 7 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Charlie Edwards Memorial Fund.
Charlie was born Nov. 3, 1921, in Geneseo, the fourth son of Dave and Harriet Wildman Edwards. He married Joan Armstrong in 1944. He later married Gail Floto in 1966. At a very early age, Charlie was engaged in farming, both on the family farm and later on other farms. Charlie served in the Army. He wanted to so badly that he fudged his age. When his real age was determined shortly after enlistment, he was sent back home. During the years of 1945 and 1946, he proudly served in the Japanese theater, as a rifleman and military policeman with the 519th Military Police Battalion, guarding a general's house and supply warehouse. He also worked for the Geneseo Telephone Company, as a manager of Edwards Ready-Mix, and retired from International Harvester East Moline Works in 1983. He was a lifetime member of the AF & AM Stewart Lodge No. 92.
During retirement, Charlie and other neighborhood retirees formed a "37th Avenue government," of which Charlie was the magistrate. They had many council meetings in Charlie's garage and related tales (some of them probably "tall tales") of their work and life experiences.
Charlie enjoyed spending time with friends and relatives, and especially enjoyed when his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren came to visit. He also enjoyed playing cards (played in a number of local euchre tournaments) and watching sports on TV, especially boxing and baseball.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Gail; three sons, Dick (Denise), Springfield, Ill., Greg, Geneseo, and Scot, East Moline; two grandsons, Ryan (Tracy) Edwards, Lancaster, Calif., and Eric, Springfield; five great-grandchildren, Kailee, Chloe, Chelsea, Brody and Anna Edwards; and one brother, Horace, Galesburg.
Charlie was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Dale, John and Arlan; and daughter-in-law, Connie Edwards.
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