James (Jim) W. Edwards passed away August 28, 2013 at Rio Grande Hospital in Del Norte, Colorado.
Jim was born January 13, 1928 in Monte Vista, Colorado to Herbert and Myrtie (Bond) Edwards. He attended schools in Monte Vista, Colorado graduating in 1948.
Jim married Leona Mae DeFreece on January 14, 1950 in Monte Vista, Colorado. They were blessed with four children: Kent (Wendy), Grand Junction, CO, Cliff (Theresa), Monte Vista, Annavee (David Hinkley), Monte Vista and Carol (Joe Pelz) of Eaton, CO.
Mr. Edwards worked for Blue Flame Gas Company for many years, and retired from the Monte Vista Coop in 1993. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, supporting his children in their sports activities and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. One of his favorite things to do was work in his garden. His specialty flowers were beautiful gladiolus and dahlias. Everyone driving by noticed them and missed them when he was unable to continue working on them. He was a member of the Monte Vista Volunteer Fire Department for 15 years. He was also actively involved in the Civil Air Patrol during the war time.
He is survived by his spouse of 63 years Leona, his four children, brother Orville (Judy) Edwards of Eckert, CO and sister Doris Kohler of Mountainair, New Mexico. He also leaves grand children; Branden Edwards, Craton Edwards, Dakota (Rick Hoffmann) Payson Edwards, Shannon (Scott Hensley), Shelby Richardson, Matthew Hinkley, Shannon Hinkley, Jessica (Chad Ruff) Jared Pelz, Bobby Pelz and Marcy Hall as well as 15 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Dale Edwards and granddaughter Sgt. Faith R. Hinkley. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Monte Vista, Colorado.
Services will be held Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the First Christian Church in Monte Vista. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the First Christian Church, P.O. Box 648, Monte Vista CO 81144 or Hospice.
Arrangements made by Strohmayer’s Funeral Home