Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Charles Ernest Edwards
Charles Ernest Edwards, a longtime Hood River, Ore., resident died June 22, 2005, at his residence. He was 85 years of age.
Services will be held on Tuesday, June 28, at 2 p.m at Hood River Valley Christian Church.
Visitation will be held on Monday, June 27, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Anderson’s Tribute Center.
Charles was born April 26, 1920, in Holland, Mo., to Granville and Louise (Shearer) Edwards. In 1922 his family moved to Clovis, California. He graduated from high school in Raymond, Calif.
In 1938 he started in the business world, working at Coarsegold Supply Company. In 1941 he enlisted in the Navy and served 4 years. Two and a half of those years were spent-in the South Pacific, mostly on Munda, New Georgia with Naval Hospital I! He was discharged Dec. 25, 1945, with a Chief Commissary Steward rating.
After discharge from the Navy he became a meat cutter and worked in the grocery business for Ohlberg’s Food Center in Fresno, Calif., for 15 years.
On May 4, 1952, he married Madeline Wells. In a home built from the ground up, they reared three children, two girls and one boy. In 1961 Charles and Madeline moved their family to the Hood River Valley and purchased a fruit ranch from Charles’ father-in-law.
In 1971 he added acreage bringing the ranch to a total of 43.5 acres. Charles was honored as Grower of the Year in 1977 for quality fruit pack out and general farming. He was a member of the Mason’s, Hood River Electric Coop Board of Directors, Elks, Pine Grove Rural Fire Department Board, served on A.S.C.S. Board, and was an active member of Hood River Valley Christian Church for many years.
Charles retired from full time farming Dec. 1, 1987, turning over operations to his son Thomas. During retirement, he became an avid golfer. He enjoyed traveling, gardening, dancing. He especially enjoyed time spent with his family.
He is survived by his wife Madeline Edwards of Hood River; daughters Eileen Royster and her husband, Bert, of Portland, Oregon and Jeanne Benjamin of Hood River; son Thomas Charles Edwards of Hood River; sisters Mildred Safko of Brandon, Fla., Marge Heinrich of Fresno, Calif., Lottie Williams of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Connie Guardino of Modesto, Calif.
Also surviving are three grandchildren; Jeffrey Radliff, Dana Benjamin and Erin Benjamin, and one great-grandchild, Aydan Collins along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Interment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Gorge, Hood River Valley Christian Church or the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, c/o Anderson’s Tribute Center (Funerals-Receptions-Cremations), 1401 Belmont, Hood River, OR 97031.
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