In Memory

Bob Edwards (A-Mechanic) - Class of 1997

Bob Edwards (A-Mechanic)

Bob Edwards


MISSOULA - Robert Earl Edwards, 77, of Missoula, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on June 23, 2009.

Bob was born March 23, 1932.

Bob married his high school sweetheart Nancy in 1950. They were inseparable for 60 years. They have four children.

Bob is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nancy Ellen Edwards. He is also survived by his son, Hal Edwards and wife Kim; daughter Pamela Carter and husband Charles; son Kevin Edwards; daughter Laurel Bateman; and 23 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bob was a longtime rancher in the Missoula and Frenchtown valleys. Bob was well-known as a rancher, farmer, tree farmer, and metal fabricator. He fabricated furniture, ornamental gates and railings, farm and utility trailers, and various inventions. His inventions include: Trim Squirt for industrial paper machines, saddle caddies, hydraulic squeeze chutes, Steer-rite for motor homes, and the original OSHA prototype for manned lift baskets used in the Sept. 11, 2001, rescue attempts. Bob also worked as a machinist and field representative for the American Crystal Sugar Co. and he was a millwright at Smurfit-Stone and retired from there in 1997.

Bob was chairman of the Hellgate School Board for many years, and also served on the board of directors for the Western Montana Co-op, Missoula Irrigation Board and Rural Electric Association. He was an active member in the Missoula County Sheriff’s Posse.

Bob was well-respected and was always ready to help anyone in need. Bob was a generous and giving person and donated his time and materials to any good cause that came along. He donated Blue Spruce trees to many charities and institutions, and these trees will live on in memory of Bob.

After retiring, Bob and his wife Nancy were camp hosts at various state parks in Montana and they were both recognized for their hard work and dedication by the Montana Park Service. After retirement, Bob found that he was very artistically inclined. His natural artistic abilities lead to a passion for making jewelry (broaches and rings), walking sticks, and rope baskets. Bob and Nancy traveled around the state in their motor home selling their wares and making friends where ever they went. Bob was well loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A Memorial Service was held Saturday, June 27, 2009 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home, with a reception following.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the American Cancer Society.

Rest in Peace dear Friend.