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Charles Edwards - June 28, 2010


Charles Edwards, 91, longtime Ogallala, Neb. resident, died at his home June 28, 2010.
Charles Fredrick Edwards was born March 23, 1919 at Grant, Neb., the son of Fredrick William and Cora Bell Pringle Edwards. He received his education at District #53 in Perkins County, Neb., and grew to manhood in the Grant area.
Mr. Edwards entered the armed services July 1, 1944. He served in Guam as a very heavy equipment operator for the Army Air Force. He was involved in the Go 33 WD Air Offensive Japan Western Pacific. He was awarded the Distinguished Unit Badge, American Theater Ribbon, Apt Ribbon, Victory Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Edwards was a corporal at the time of discharge May 24, 1946.
Charles farmed and worked for farmers in the Grant and Ogallala areas as well as spending some 12 years as a lumberjack in the redwoods of California. His last employment was with Frank Svoboda for whom he worked several years.
Charles was a member of the United Methodist Church and the VFW Post 3755. His hobbies included horseback riding and dancing.
Preceding him in death were his parents, first wife Jeanette Keaneen Edwards in 1984, three brothers Tharin, Evert, and Delbert and two sisters Nellie and Lila and step-son-in-law Harold Irwin of Lincoln.
Survivors include his wife Doris Edwards of Ogallala, and step-children: Bill and Bess England of Lincoln, Bill and Jody Reutzel of Ogallala, Richard and Peggy Reutzel of Ovid, Colo., Elden and Bonnie Kokes of Grand Island, Neb., Roy and Sue Reutzel of Paxton, Neb. and Nila Irwin of Lincoln; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on July 2, 2010 at Draucker Funeral Home in Ogallala with Pastor Duane Dunwoody officiating.
Interment was in Fort McPherson National Cemetery near Maxwell, Neb. with military honors by Paxton’s Hankins-Miller American Legion Post 303.
A memorial has been established to Paxton’s Hankins-Miller American Legion Post 303.
Draucker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.