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William "Bill" Edwards

July 4, 1955 October 26, 2016
William "Bill" Edwards
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Obituary for William "Bill" Edwards

Bill Edwards, age 61, of Coin, Iowa, entered into peace Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Wheaton, Illinois. Funeral Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 4, 2016 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa with Pastor J. D. Dirks officiating. Visitation with the family will be held 5-7 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Ritchie Funeral Home, Clarinda, Iowa. A private family burial will be held. Memorials may be directed to Bill Edwards Memorial. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on our website at, under Obituaries. Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Clarinda, Iowa.

William “Bill” Eugene Edwards was born on the 4th of July 1955 in Shenandoah, IA to Bill and Arlene Edwards. The youngest of 4 children, known as Billy in his youth, he grew up 3.5 miles SE of Coin, IA on a farm. Billy grew up riding his ponies and dreaming of being a cowboy. In the meantime Bill would enjoy his school years riding motorcycles in the country and becoming a decorated athlete in South Page School. Bill held track and field records for 20+ years with his relay team members in the 4x110 yard relay, 4x440 yard relay, and the Mile medley relay (a record which would be broken 23 years later by his son, Mark-making him a proud father). In an era of H.S. Sports where the 3-point shot was not counted as such, Bill was known to be a consistent shooter from that range. He would always follow his shot and was hustler through and through, always looking for the fast break-a trait which would characterize him for his whole life. Though only playing football in grade 12, he racked up considerable yards as a running back, his speed and hustle once again paying off for the team.

Just 2 years after graduating, Bill would marry his high school sweetheart Diane Davison on Nov. 30 1974. Bill and Diane would build a house just a mile down the road from his parents in rural Coin, IA-a place he would refer to as Paradise just days before his passing. They would turn that house into a home through the birth of their 4 children: Mark, Jennifer, Kari, and Cole. Bill and Diane immensely enjoyed the school years of their children, attending all sporting events and being an active part of the South Page School District. During this time Bill would occasionally compete as a calf roper at local rodeos. But in 1996, at just over 40 years of age, Bill’s dream to rope calves at a more competitive level was just beginning. With his youngest child at 12 years of age and the oldest at 18, all 4 kids caught the rodeo bug. From 1996 through the early 2000’s, the Edwards clan would be 5 strong entering up to 50 rodeos a year through this time, competing in the tie-down calf roping and breakaway roping. Bill and his 4 kids would win a numerable amount of awards consisting of Saddles, Belt buckles, breast collars, halters and more. Bill was always so very proud to see his children excelling at something that brought him such joy. Bill would win his most decorated award as the IRCA Finals Champion in 2009-riding his favorite horse Prico-an animal he cherished.
The horses that led them to excel in the rodeo world were exclusively owned and trained by Bill himself. Drawing from his experience with horses as a child, his rugged individualism, and determination to succeed, Bill would train some of the finest calf roping horses in the area, using them to compete on and selling several of them for substantial amounts.
To support his family through the years, Bill would establish a successful career as a brick layer. Bill became a prominent figure for 30+ years in the construction industry in SW Iowa and the surrounding area. Edwards Masonry, with Bill as the owner (and hardest worker on the crew) would build a reputation of quality, speed, and reliability. Among his notable accomplishments are the brick wall on the NW side of the square in Clarinda, a similar wall in downtown Red Oak, and many Hardees’ restaurants and like chain stores spanning from California to Rhode Island. He led his crew by example. One of his notable employees is quoted as saying, “Bill would never ask you to do anything he wasn’t willing to do himself.” Though he was not a flawless human being, it can certainly be said that he exemplified servant leadership in his business-a quality taught and personified in the Lord Jesus Himself. In his last year, with the physical labor taking its toll on his body, Bill would enjoy a career traveling the country as a Truck Driver-always enjoying a “quick stop” along the way.
Bill made a decision to receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was unashamed to be baptized in His Name in the early 2000s. This happened in the wake of a spiritual awakening in his family that resulted in the salvation of his entire immediate family. He loved good old time Gospel songs-he identified with the line in “Amazing Grace” that says “saved a wretch like me…” This line would reveal the unique tenderness in him, and often bring him to tears.

Bill carried himself with a quiet confidence-never bragging or drawing attention to his accomplishments. He had a tenderness about him observed and recognized by those closest to him. Bill was a very strong, capable man and was the hero to his kids as they grew up-a blessing that every child should have the privilege of experiencing. His sons sought to emulate the positive qualities he possessed and cherished his approval and loved seeing the proud look on his face for a job or performance well done. His daughters would do the same, and would seek and find men with those similar qualities.

Though his life was tragically cut short, Bill would enjoy his few years as a Grandfather to a precious bunch of grandchildren. He was very proud to see his eldest grandson Gabriel rope a calf in 1.8 seconds on Drifter-a horse he (Bill) trained. He saw a wonderful glimpse of the legacy he and Diane created together, then left this world and drifted off into eternity.

Words cannot describe how much Bill is, and will be missed by his family. His death leaves a painful gap in the lives of his family, tears beyond measure, but memories that will never die.
“We thank you Lord of Heaven and Earth, for a husband, father and grandfather we admired and looked up to, who was there for us, who supported us…who, though imperfect, loved us unconditionally.”

Bill was preceded in death by his parents William Boone (Bill) and Arlene Edwards.
Those left to cherish his memory are: his loving wife of 42 years, Diane Edwards of Coin, IA; a son, Mark Edwards and wife Josie, Clarinda, IA. Jennifer Sells and husband Buck, Coin, IA. Kari Anderson and husband Tom, Georgetown, MN. Cole Edwards and wife Tammy, Darlingford, MB Canada

Grandchildren: Gabriel, Elizabeth, Micah, Ethan and Charity Edwards. Lukas, Josie, Grace, Gunnar and Esther Anderson. Ryan and Carli Edwards. Braiden Sells. Jonah and Lia Whiteside. Brother: Jerry Edwards, Clarinda IA. Sister: Karen Wensel Clarinda IA. Sister: Carol Huber and husband Pete Bloomington, MN. Father/Mother in-law: Leo & Annabel Davison Braddyville, IA and many other relatives and friends.

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5:00 PM 11/3/2016 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/3/2016 7:00:00 PM
Ritchie Funeral Home - Clarinda

222 East Washington
Clarinda, IA 51632

Ritchie Funeral Home - Clarinda
222 East Washington Clarinda 51632 IA
United States

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10:00 AM 11/4/2016 10:00:00 AM
Ritchie Funeral Home - Clarinda

222 East Washington
Clarinda, IA 51632

Ritchie Funeral Home - Clarinda
222 East Washington Clarinda 51632 IA
United States

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