Jack L. Edwards
Jack L. Edwards, 74, passed away June 24, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer.He was born Dec. 19, 1932, in Carbondale, to George Monroe and Leta May (Wise) Edwards. He was 6 years old when he lost his father. His mother remarried several years later to Martin J. Kuretich. They continued to live in Carbondale, and he was blessed with a brother, Larry M. Kuretich. Jack graduated from Carbondale Union High School in 1950. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1953-57, and received National Defense and Good Conduct honors.Jack married Beverly June Phillips Jan. 17, 1958, in Carbondale. They had three children.He helped organize and restart the American Legion in Carbondale, and was later a member of the Palisade Post. He enjoyed bowling and basketball.Jack was a very honest and hardworking man. From a young age, he worked in the Placita Coal Mine and Thompson Creek Coal Mine, and ended his coal mining career as the plant superintendent at Mid-Continent Resources.He was a talented carpenter and built the family home in Carbondale, and remodeled and built his children’s homes.He owned and operated Jack’s Phillips 66 Station in Carbondale.Family always came first with Jack. He was proud of his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved fishing, hunting, camping, boating and family vacations. He was a kind, loving man and will be missed by many and cherished forever.Jack is survived by his wife; son Dan (Bobbie) Edwards; daughters Terri (Roy) Watkins, and Patti (Alan) Martinez; grandchildren Suzie (Scott) Davis, Willie Edwards, Misty (Paul) Dunham, Jamie (Justin) Harris, Cody Watkins, and Joshua, Matthew and Anthony “Sweet Bug” Martinez; great-grandchildren Kaley, BreAnna, Dakota, Sierra, Alix and Ayden; and brother Larry (Rita) Kuretich.He was preceded in death by an infant daughter and a nephew, Adam.Graveside services will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the Evergreen Cemetery, at the corner of North Eighth Street and Village Road in Carbondale. Chaplain Paul Been will officiate. Relatives and friends may join the family in a celebration of life immediately following the service at the American Legion Hall, 97 Third St., in Carbondale.In addition to flowers, donations in memory of Jack Edwards may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, P.O. Box 60307, Grand Junction, CO 81506.Callahan-Edfast Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
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