In Memory

Milt Edwards (A-Mechanic -Millwright) - Class of 1982

Milt Edwards (A-Mechanic -Millwright)



Milt Edwards     


FLORENCE – Milton E. Edwards, 94, of Florence passed away Friday, June 12, 2015, of heart failure.  Milt was born Oct. 10, 1920, in Pipe Creek, Texas, the son of John Elmer and Minnie Alice (Downum) Edwards. He was raised and graduated high school in Pipe Creek.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps on July 2, 1942. He participated in three major battles in the South Pacific, and was awarded the Presidential Citation and other combat medals.  After returning to the states in 1944, he met and married Esther Mae Maier.  They had three sons, Denny, Terry and John.  They lived in Texas where he farmed for two years before moving to Missoula in 1948.  He was employed by the Northern Pacific Railroad in the bridge and building department until 1957. During this time he also built and sold several homes in Missoula.  He moved his family to a small ranch in Florence in 1959 and began working at the Hoerner Waldorf Pulp Mill.  He worked there as a Millwright until his retirement in 1982.  After retiring, he and Esther spent the winters in Quartzsite, Arizona, where he enjoyed golfing and bowling.  Milt loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He frequently fished and camped with his family at Rock Creek.  He was a member of the I.O.O.F and had been an active member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Missoula since 1956.

Milt is survived by his wife, Esther of Florence; three sons, Denny and his wife, Shari of Florence; Terry of Salinas, California, and John and his wife, Chrissy of Missoula; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lema Lynd.

Interment at the Florence-Carlton Cemetery, June 20, 2015 was followed by funeral services at Bethel Baptist Church in Missoula with a luncheon following.

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Rest in Peace dear Friend.