Frank Edwards served country, community

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 6:04 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Frank Lewis Edwards of Columbia concealed his age to serve his nation. Afterward, he served his community. 

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 16. Mr. Edwards served from October 1943 to August 1945.

After his military service, Mr. Edwards served his local community by working as a police officer, sheriff and volunteer fireman. He also worked as an auto mechanic, plumber, electrician and contractor.

Mr. Edwards died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014. He was 87.

He was born Dec. 27, 1926, in Woodstock, Minn., to George and Elma Edwards.

Until recently, many thought Mr. Edwards was born in 1925, but they discovered he had concealed his real age so he could join the Navy during World War II.

He also served his fellow veterans by volunteering at a veterans hospital and continued to work with the police department as a civilian volunteer.

He and his wife Esther had two sons and three daughters and were also foster parents to 64 children.

Mr. Edwards is survived by two sons, Alvin Edwards and George Edwards; three daughters, Sharon Durham and her husband, David, Jean Young and her husband, Don, and Colleen Welty and her husband, Gary; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

His wife, his great-grandson, Timothy David Grant, and his brothers and sisters died earlier.

The Rev. Bruce Caldwell will conduct services at 11 a.m., Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.

Inurnment will follow immediately after the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Columbia, 2400 Bluff Creek Dr., Columbia, MO 65201.

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