Christopher R. Edwards, 63, of Grand Rapids, Minn., passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, April 21, 2008 surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren. Chris battled a long hard fight with cancer, after being diagnosed exactly one year prior to the date of his death.
Christopher Ralph Edwards was born in 1944 in Chicago, Ill. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He lived in California, Oregon and Colorado and moved to Grand Rapids in 1986, then married his wife Becky Gandrud. They were married on April 20, 1988 and they had just celebrated their 20th anniversary on Sunday.
Chris worked for North Homes, Inc. as an advocate and counselor for youth in the community and schools for over 20 years. He made an impact on many childrens' lives through his mentorship and counseling.
Chris enjoyed spending time with family, walking his dogs, playing card games on the computer, watching westerns, morning coffee at McDonald's with his "coffee buddies" and Friday lunches at Mad Dogs with family and friends.
Chris is survived by his wife, Becky Edwards; their children, Dawn (Tom) Johnson, Michael (Amy) Heinlein, Rachel (Steve) Gardner, Keith (Stacy) Heinlein and Sally (Chris) Kaml; 10 grandchildren; his brothers, Stephen Edwards of La Jolla, Calif., Matthew (Priscilla) Edwards of Palm City, Fla., and Andrew Rames of Mexico City, Mexico; his sister, Mary Louise Edwards of Boulder, Colo.; mother-In-Law, Vernice Gandrud of Detroit Lakes; as well as many nieces, nephews and close friends and his beloved dogs, Holly and Tobie.
Preceding him in death were his mother, Nancy Ogelthorpe; his stepfather, Garrett Ogelthorpe; his father, Stephen Edwards; and his father-in-law, Gehard Gandrud.
A memorial service will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, April 25 at the Robert J. Elkington Middle School Commons in Grand Rapids, in honor of the years he dedicated to the youth in the community. A formal military burial will be held on Saturday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in the Richwood Lutheran Cemetery north of Detroit Lakes.
Arrangements are being provided by Rowe Funeral Home of Grand Rapids.