Roger Raymond Edwards, Sr.


Roger Raymond Edwards Sr., known to family and friends as Roger Raymond or 'Big Roger', went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Aug. 24, 2019. He was on the earth for more than 92 years. In his youth,, he dearly loved loud motorcycles, fast cars and beautiful women.
Roger was a well-respected and greatly loved member of his community. He was a member of Oak Forest Missionary Baptist Church in Hays. He enjoyed gospel music and good preaching as well as following national and world events on the news. He was a great fan of NASCAR and loved strawberry milkshakes.
A WW2 U.S. Navy and a Vietnam-era Air Force veteran, he was in the Philippine Islands at the end of WW2, returning to the States in December 1946. Before joining the Navy he worked at American Air Filter as a welder. He earned the American Campaign, Asia-Pacific Campaign, and WW2 Victory medals during his naval service.
While in the Air Force, he was a member of several teams, including the PACAF pistol team and the Air Force National Rifle Team. He earned Distinguished Marksman medals for both rifle and pistol, and won the Palma Trophy and the President's Cup at Camp Perry, Ohio, where he competed for several years. He also was awarded the Air Force Achievement Medal. After retiring from the Air Force in 1973, he moved back home to Hays where he resumed his life as a farmer on land that had been in his family for over 50 years.
Roger was preceded in death by parents, Roger Ernest Edwards and Martha Mable Edwards; beloved second wife, Verba Jean (Atkins) Edwards; grandson, Gabriel Ray Edwards; and two brothers, William D. Edwards and Gene P. Edwards.
Roger is survived by his first wife, Rachel (Lawrence) Ridder; and their children, Roger Edwards Jr. (Pat), Blinda Edwards Irby, Rocky D. Edwards and Cindy E. Edwards; his sisters, Phyllis Bridges and Janice Kleier; granddaughter, Jackie Edwards and great-grandson, Elijah Hill; third wife, Pauline (Groce) Edwards, stepson, Bobby Groce (Faye), and step-grandsons, Brian Groce (Julie) and Kelly Groce.
Visitation will be at Hardy and Sons Funeral Home in Bowling Green on Tuesday, Aug. 27 from 4 to 7 p.m., with interment in the veterans section of Fairview Cemetery on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any expressions of sympathy be made with donations to the church of your choice or to Parkinson's disease or macular degeneration research.
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Published on August 26, 2019
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Wanda Jenee
Sep 08, 2019
The Edwards family has my deepest condolences. Losing a loved one is so difficult, but may this scripture at 2 Thessalonians. 2:16&17; have some consolation for you during this difficult time. It lovingly reads, “Moreover, may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of undeserved kindness, 17 comfort your hearts and make you firm” during this challenging time in your life.
Roger Edwards
Aug 29, 2019
Dad, we love you and we will really miss you.