Thomas D. Edwards, 64, of Delaware passed away early Thursday morning (Feb. 28, 2013) at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Nov. 2, 1948, in Gallipolis, Ohio, to the late Evan D. and Marian (Smith) Edwards.
He graduated in 1970 from the Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in agriculture and went on to serve his country as a member of the United States Army until 1973. On Aug. 5, 1972, he married the love of his life, Linda Sue Cochran, and to this union was born two children, Stephen and Kristen.
Tom served as district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. He was a proud member of the William Street United Methodist Church, Ohio Historical Society, and the Ohio Archaeological Society. He was a volunteer with the Delaware Historical Society for the past year, a Red Cross instructor for many years, and a volunteer with the Preservation Park Service. He enjoyed volunteering and was a leader with the Cub Scouts and later Boy Scout Troop #318 for over 25 years. He was also a member of the Eagle Scout committee and he received the Silver Beaver award for adult leadership through the Boy Scouts. He was an avid reader and Civil War enthusiast who enjoyed collecting Indian artifacts and working on family genealogy.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his wife of 40 years, Linda; son, Stephen (Sandy) Edwards of Dublin; daughter, Kristen (Jonathan) Wish of Bellefontaine; two grandchildren, Jocelynn and Jake Wish; brother, James Edwards of Oak Hill; sisters, Rebecca (Dick) Weber of Johnstown, Gwen (Greg) Taylor of Oak Hill, and Christine (Carson) Hunt of South Point; numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Monday, March 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William St. at Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio. The family will also receive friends one hour prior to the Celebration of Life services on Tuesday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at William Street United Methodist Church, 28 W. William St., Delaware with Rev. Julie Carmean officiating. Private family inurnment will be at a later date.
Contributions in Tom's memory may be made to the William Street UMC Foundation or to the Boy Scouts of America, Simon Kenton Council; envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve this veteran and his family. Condolences may be expressed and memories may be shared by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Published in The Delaware Gazette on Mar. 4, 2013