Guy "Bud" Edwards
Funeral services for Guy “Bud” Edwards were held July 28, 2010, at the New Life Wesleyan Church with Pastor Andy Carsrud officiating. Burial followed at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery with a visitation held July 27 at the Gillette Memorial Chapel.
Guy “Bud” Edwards, age 83, of southern Campbell County, Wyoming, died on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at Campbell County Memorial Hospital of natural causes.
Guy “Bud” Edwards was born on January 2, 1927 in Gillette, WY, the son of Joseph and Leora (Evans) Edwards. The family homesteaded south of Gillette. During high school, Bud met the love of his life, Ruth Alice Percifield, and they married on July 11, 1945 in Hardin, MT. In 1952, Bud and Ruth moved to their home where he loved the land and spent his years operating and enjoying their ranch, the 21 Divide Ranch, just miles from where his parents originally homesteaded.
Bud and Ruth were blessed with eight children. Bud’s wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the love and center of his life. Family always came first. Family holidays and meals with all 46 around the table, picnics in the timber, hosting rodeos for the area families, and organizing neighborhood picnics and family reunions were some of Bud’s fondest memories and memories he created for his family and friends. Bud and Ruth loved spending time with their neighbors, Clark and Doris Mills, and Mildred and Earl Boller.
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Bud loved raising Columbia sheep and fixing up his sheep wagon. Bud was an early riser and loved farming in his Big-V tractor at the crack of dawn each spring. Even in the last few years of his life, he hoped and planned that he would be out in the tractor plowing fields. Bud always turned down energy development on his land, as he truly loved seeing the wide open spaces and farming the land.
Bud loved hunting coyotes with his greyhounds, collecting arrowheads, gardening and maintaining an immaculate yard which was the envy of all his neighbors. Bud loved eating Ruth’s homemade meals, especially fried chicken and gravy, deer steak, wilted lettuce salad and corn on the cob with lots of butter which dripped from his chin as he ate it.
Bud’s word was always good, he never beat around the bush and gave sound, one-sentence advice to his children and grandchildren. He believed in the value of a deal with a handshake and instilled those values to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bud was as strong as they came, bouncing back and never complaining, and always looking to being back out working the sheep or plowing the field, despite the fact that his body wouldn’t allow him.
Over the years, Bud served on the Farmer’s Co-op Board, Campbell County School Board, was an Elder of the Presbyterian Church, a 4-H Leader, and served on the Predator Board. Bud was a member of the Wyoming Wool Growers’ Association, Wyoming Stockgrowers’ Association and a true Republican. A shelter was dedicated to the Edwards family at the Gillette Fishing Lake for their donation of that land for a recreation area for the community.
Bud will be greatly missed by his family and friends as he was the best husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend anyone could ever ask for.
Bud is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth; children: Ted (Renae) Edwards, Dave (Eva) Edwards, Linda Edwards, Terria (Mike) Stone, Richard (Debbie) Edwards, and Laura (Joe) Waterhouse all of Gillette, WY; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; his brother, Harold (Sally) “Fuzz” Edwards.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Leora Edwards, his four brothers: Darrell, Bill, Jake and Ronnie Edwards and two children: Gary Lee and an infant daughter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials and condolences may be sent in Bud’s name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY, 82716 or condolences via the Internet at http://www.gillettememorialchapel.com.
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