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George Richard Edwards (1914 - 2013)

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OELWEIN - George R. Edwards, 99, of Oelwein, died Monday morning, Aug. 12, 2013 at Mercy Living Plus in Oelwein.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Jamison-Schmitz Funeral Home in Oelwein with the Rev. Charis Combs-Lay officiating. Interment will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens, rural Oelwein.
Friends may call from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.
Online obituary at
George Richard Edwards was born March 7, 1914 at Oelwein, the son of Frank Earl and Myrtle Frances (Powers) Edwards. He graduated from Oelwein High School in 1933. George married Opal Damge and two daughters were born to this union. George and Opal later divorced. George married Bessie Bernice "Betty" McDowall at Rockford, Ill., and two sons were born to this union. He worked for the Iowa Motor Company for 31 years. In 1970 George moved to Des Moines where he owned and operated a service station for four years. George also worked at Knief Motor for two years and Speedy Manufacturing for two and one-half years in Oelwein. He was formerly a member of the First Christian Church and former scoutmaster.
George is survived by his 2 daughters, Mardy (James) Schilleman of Horseshoe Bend, Ark., and Laureen Slater of Oelwein; 2 sons, Mike (Joyce) Edwards of West Des Moines and Randy (Sue) Edwards of Indianola; 3 stepdaughters, Shirley (Bill) Swanson of Sand Springs, Okla., Bonnie Murphy of Johnston and Joyce (Steve) Rovner of West Des Moines; 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; 14 great-great grandchildren; special nephew Lynn Alitz of Oelwein and many other nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty on Oct. 14, 1985, son at birth George Richard, 3 brothers, Gordon, Charles and Robert and 2 sisters, Edna and Donna.
Published in Oelwein Daily Register on Aug. 14, 2013
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