Gale Edwards was born April 11, 1914 in Meadow, Utah to Elias and Mary Olene
Edwards. He died February 28, 1998 in West Jordan, Utah after struggling many years with Alzheimers.Gale married his true love Mildred Goulter on May 14, 1934 in Fillmore, Utah, a relationship that lasted 63 years. Through this union, eight children were born, seven daughters and one son.
Gale is survived by his wife, Mildred and children, Uvonne (Clark) Varney; Shirleen (Ralph) Beutler; JoLene (LaVerl) Mecham; Kaye (Glen) Willesen; Pat Doutis; Karen Nelson, Robert
(Darlene) Edwards and Sandra Ashley. He is also survived by 25 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Harold, Clayt, Melvin, his sister, Margaret Baldwin, a son-in-law, Harley Nelson, two grandchildren, Daniel Beutler and Ricky Doutis and one great-grandchild, Brandon Leavitt.
Dad was a proud family man and a hard worker. He wore many hats in his life. His early years were spent farming in Millard County and later worked as a heavy duty mechanic (a proud member of Operating Engineers Local 3.) Dad enjoyed deer hunting and fishing with his children and grandchildren and took up golfing after retiring to Hurricane. His hat most remembered that he proudly wore as a father of eight children was the one that said, "I'm the leader, which way did they go." Dad was happiest when we were together and as Alzheimer's slowly took him from us, this devastating disease brought us closer together as a family. As we worked together to give him support and care, our support and care for one another grew. He gave us a gift of unity as we cared for him, sharing our fears and concerns. Our love for one another grew unselfishly, as he loved us. Dad, you are our "leader" and we will continue the legacy you left us, our strong family commitment.
The family would like to thank the staff at the South Valley Care Center and the Jordan Ward for their devotion to the residents.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 6, 1998, 11 a.m., Redwood Memorial Estates, 6500 So. Redwood Road where friends may call Thursday, 6-8 p.m. and on Friday, one hour prior to services.
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