Ronald "Ronnie" Edwards, age 65 of Halsey, died Tuesday Oct. 16, 2012, near Halsey.
Memorial services were Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at the United Church of Christ in Purdum with the Rev. Judy Cook officiating. Memorials have been established to the family. Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow was in charge of the arrangements.
Ronald Claron Edwards was born Dec. 28, 1946, to Donald and Una Edwards in Pueblo. As Ronnie grew up he helped his dad with the haying operation.
At the age of 14, he began his lifelong struggle with juvenile diabetes. Ronnie graduated high school in 1964 from Pueblo County High. After graduation Ronnie attended one year at Pueblo Jr. College studying mechanics and worked at the local Oldsmobile dealership.
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving 1968, Ronnie was introduced to Carolyn Roberts by mutual friends. Ronnie and Carolyn had their first date Jan. 3. Their world record courtship began then and by Jan. 10, they were engaged and May 16 they were married at Belmont Southern Baptist Church in Pueblo. One year later, May 4, 1970, Christine Delaine - the first of three girls arrived. Next was Vicki Lee, Aug. 7, 1974. Finishing the trio was Stefanie Jean, June 25, 1977.
From 1969 through 1984, the young family lived and worked on ranches in eastern Colorado. In November 1984, Ron packed up his family and moved them to Taylor. Ten short months later they packed up again and made their way to Purdum. Here they stayed, working on several ranches in the area until they bought a house in Halsey in 1988.
In the early 90s, Ronnie went to work for John Dean at the 7J Cattle Company. He worked there until he had to go on dialysis in 1996 for his failing kidneys. August 23, 1999 we all rejoiced when a kidney came available that was a match for Ronnie. Over the next few years Ronnie occasionally helped out at the 7J when his health permitted him to.
Ronnie is survived by his wife, Carolyn of 43 years and 5 months; three daughters, Christine 'Delaine' (Scott) Maxon of Minden, Vicki (Sid) Collins of North Platte, and Stefanie Edwards of Broken Bow; eight grandchildren that he has enjoyed spoiling for the last 18 years, Devon, Danae, and Dane LaMotte, Joshua, Jordon, JoAnna, and Josiah Collins and Tyler Edwards; six step-grandchildren, Brandon and Blake Maxon, Jasmine (Jon) Scott, Daniel (Ashley) LaMotte, Jessie LaMotte and Jonathan (Dawn) Collins; six step-great-grandchildren; a brother, Raymond (Sherry) Edwards of Hillsboro, Kan.; a sister, Susan Jacobs of Pueblo, Colo.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Daniel Edwards.
Published in Custer County Chief, Nov. 1, 2012