Arthur G. “Art” Edwards, 84, of Mars, formerly of Punxsutawney,
Reynoldsville, Sharon, St. Marys and Indiana, Pa, died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Born on June 4, 1928, in Home, Pa., Indiana County, he was the son of the late Giles Stephens and Luella Dick Edwards.
He was raised on a farm in Marchard, Pa., 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 Oct. 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, a 32nd Degree Mason and 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.
Art loved woodworking, old-time country music, gardening and getting on a farm tractor.
He was a life-long Republican.
Surviving relatives include his children, Andrew of Indiana, Pa., Lisa Edwards and husband John Gullo of NYC, and Shelly Watson and husband John of Mars; grandchildren Gunnar, Ruby and Bruce Watson of Mars, Pa.; sisters Thelma Kohlhepp of Indiana, Pa., Florence Baston of Lakewood, N.J., and Grace Rhodes and husband Mel of Kingwood, Texas; brother Earl Edwards of Decatur, Ga.; brother-in-law of Frank Etherson of Cranberry Township, Pa.; aunt Virginia Dick of Indiana, Pa,; his close friend, Elsie Moore of Portersville, Pa.; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews throughout the U.S.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Lois Jean Reid Edwards, who died on Jan. 28, 1993; his sister and her husband, Esther and Upton Guisbert; his brothers-in-law Stanley Baston and Dale Kohlhepp; and a sister-in-law, Marcia Reid Etherson.
Friends will be received at the McDonald-Aeberli Funeral Home, Inc., 238 Crowe Ave., Mars, Pa., from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at at the funeral home with the Rev. James Gascoine of the Dutilh U.M Church, officiating.
Interment will be at Lakelawn Memorial Park in Reynoldsville.
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 .