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Richard James Edwards

July 21, 1929 — July 11, 2014

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Richard James Edwards, age 84 of L’Anse, MI passed away on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 21, 1929 in Baraga, MI son of John and Mary (Olsen) Edwards. Dick worked for Ford Motor Co before going into the US Army, 82nd Airborne, during the Korean Conflict from 1948-52. He married the former Barbara Ann Wadaga on June 27, 1953 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in L’Anse. Dick worked for one year at Thorton Construction and then for Cleveland Cliff Mine for one year; until he went to work for Pettibone where he worked for 37 years, retiring in 1991 as Foreman. He then worked at Jacobson Funeral Home as a funeral assistant from 1991 until 2012.

Dick was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, KBIC, Ojibwa Senior Citizens, life member of American Legion Post 144, life member of 82nd Airborne Association, and 325th Airborne Regiment. He enjoyed hunting and woodworking.

Surviving are his wife Barbara of L’Anse; son James (Kathy) Edwards of L’Anse; daughters, Mary (Lester) Arcenaux of Corinth, TX, Pauline Edwards of Milwaukee, WI, Ann (Doug) George of Oxford, MI; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his grandson Christopher Edwards.

Visitation was on Monday, July 14th from 4-7:00 p.m. at Jacobson Funeral Home. Deacon John Cadeau  recited a rosary at 7:00 p.m. A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, July 15th at 11:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church with Fr. Nick Thompson with Fr. Corey Litzner concelebrating. Burial was in the L’Anse Evergreen Cemetery with Baraga County Area Veterans conducting military rites under the direction of American Legion Post 444. A luncheon  followed in the church hall. The Jacobson Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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