Arthur G. “Art” Edwards, age 84, of Mars, and formerly of Punxsutawney, Reynoldsville, Sharon, St. Marys and Indiana, died on Tuesday morning, April 23, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Born on June 4, 1928 in Home, he was the son of the late Giles Stephens and Luella Dick Edwards.
He was raised on a farm in Marchard in Jefferson County and graduated from Punxsutawney High School in 1946. He honorably served as a Corporal in the U.S. Army Motorcycle Military Police Division in Western Germany from 1950 to 1953.
On October 3, 1953, he married Lois Jean Reid at the Evangelical United Brethren Church of Punxsutawney. They lived in Reynoldsville and he had served on the DuBois Area School Board. He retired as Foreman of National Fuel Gas Company distribution division in Elk and Cameron Counties.
He was a 50 year member of the Reynoldsville Masonic Lodge and was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Reynoldsville Kiwanis, the Odd Fellows Society, the Mars Kiwanis Club-where he was a past president, the Mars Area Historical Society and the Dutilh United Methodist Church, Mars Campus.
He spent his remaining days in the loving care at Concordia of Cranberry Assisted Living.
He loved woodworking, old time country music, gardening, and getting on a farm tractor. He was a life-long Republican.
He is survived by three children, Andrew of Indiana, Lisa Edwards and her husband, John Gullo of NYC, and Shelly Watson and her husband, John of Mars; three grandchildren, Gunnar, Ruby and Bruce Watson of Mars; three sisters, Thelma Kohlhepp of Indiana, Florence Baston of Lakewood, N.J., and Grace Rhodes and her husband, Mel of Kingwood, Texas; a brother, Earl Edwards of Decatur, Ga.; a brother-in-law, Frank Etherson of Cranberry Twp.; an aunt, Virginia Dick of Indiana; his close friend, Elsie Moore of Portersville; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews throughout the U.S.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Lois Jean Reid Edwards, who died on January 28, 1993; a sister, Esther and her husband Upton Guisbert; two brothers-in-law, Stanley Baston and Dale Kohlhepp; and a sister-in-law, Marcia Reid Etherson.
Services for Arthur G. “Art” Edwards will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, with the Rev. James Gascoine, of the Dutilh U.M Church, officiating.
Burial will be in Lakelawn Memorial Park, Reynoldsville.
Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc. on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the Mars Area Historical Society, P. O. Box 58, Mars, PA 16046.
Directions and condolences are available at www.mcdonald-aeberli.com .