Major General Floyd L. Edsall
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December 14, 1921
January 29, 2014
It is with great sadness to announce Major General Floyd L. Edsall (retired), beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend to many passed away peacefully on January 29, 2014 surrounded by family. Floyd was 92 years old.
Floyd was a graduate of Sparks High School, where he lettered in three sports - track, football and basketball. He was selected as an all-state end and punter. Floyd was also the State Champion in the long jump and the high jump. Because of his athletic prowess, he was elected to the Sparks High School Hall of Fame in 2002. Floyd went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Masters Degree of Education from UNR. His thesis was to set up a formula for realigning the schools' athletic programs based on a study he did. According to the amount of students in the schools, he designated each school as single A, AA, AAA, or B. This program was implemented into the school district and is still used throughout the state of Nevada today. While at UNR, Floyd was a four year letterman in track and field and played for two years on the football team.
While attending UNR, Floyd enlisted in the Army OCS, having participated in the ROTC program at UNR. He rose through the ranks in the military, where he had a distinguished career, spanning 36 years. Floyd was commissioned an Army lieutenant, fought in Europe and was awarded the Silver Star and three bronze stars. Before his return in 1946, Floyd was promoted to Captain. He remained active in the Army reserve and the National Guard, while he continued his education at UNR.
In 1954, Floyd passed from the rank of Captain to Major, and he became Lieutenant Colonel in 1959. He became full Colonel in 1964, and he was appointed Adjutant General in 1967 for the State of Nevada. He was then promoted to the rank of Major General. He served as President of the Adjutant Generals Association from 1972-1975. In 1974, under his direction, the Nevada Military Department Headquarters Complex was built in Carson City. In 1978, Floyd was elected to the Executive Council of the National Guard Association of the United States. That same year, he was awarded the Legion of Merit by the 6th United States Army Commander for recognition in developing recruiting incentives which were subsequently adopted nationally. He retired as Adjutant General in 1980. During his tenure as the Adjutant General, the authorized strength of the states National Guard forces doubled. After his retirement, President Carter, awarded the Distinguished Service to Floyd, in recognition of twelve years service as the Adjutant General, Nevada National Guard. He is also a member of the Infantry Hall of Fame in Ft. Benning. In addition, the Major General Floyd L. Edsall Nevada Army National Guard Training Center was built in Las Vegas in his honor.
Floyd married LaVerne Stout in 1943, and they were blessed with five children. He began his teaching career in 1947, where he coached football, basketball, wrestling and track. In 1949, the Edsalls moved to Elko where Floyd taught, coached and acted as the Director of Athletics for the next eight years. In 2007, Floyd was inducted into the Elko High School Hall of Fame. In addition to his many careers, Floyd found time to manage the Elko County Fair and participate as an active fundraiser for the March of Dimes. In 1957, Floyd took over as head coach at his alma mater, Sparks High School, transferring to UNR in 1959. He coached football and track for eight years at UNR. During this period, he was a health and physical education professor.
From 1980 - 1985, Floyd was the Executive Director of the Reno Air Racing Association, where he established the Checkered Flag Club. He was an avid golfer and an active fisherman, teaching his grandchildren and great grandchildren this special art. Floyd was an honest and charitable man, who always saw the positive in everything and was always ready to share a great story and tell a good joke. Floyd enjoyed life every day of his 92 years, traveling with LaVerne in his retirement years and spending time with family. He taught us all many life lessons.
Floyd was preceded in death by his daughter, Trudie Arentz, son Leonard Edsall and grandson Alex Lebedoff.
He is survived by his loving wife; LaVerne of over 70 years, Brother; Glenn Edsall, and adoring family - daughters; Cheryl Tenk (Brick), Susan McCartin (Kevin) and Brenda Lebedoff, Son in Law; Sam Arentz, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Staff at the Cascades of the Sierra, Gentiva Hospice and Nurse Denise Cornwall.
A service will be held at the Veterans Military Cemetery in Fernley at a later date. At Floyd's request, a private family gathering will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Floyd's memory to the
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Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Feb. 2 to Feb. 4, 2014