DEEP RIVER - Jerry W. Edwards, 68, died April 6, 2006, at his Deep River residence. Born Dec. 8, 1937, in Vancouver, he was the son of Walter and Catherine (McCarthy) Edwards. He grew up in the Amboy area of rural Clark County where he also attended school.
He and Eva Weatherley were married Jan. 10, 1959, and established their first home in Woodland. In 1964 they moved to Naselle and then to Deep River in 1981.
Mr. Edwards worked in the woods as a logger for Weyerhaeuser Timber and later was an independent logger. He owned and operated the salmon troller, Bayfield, and fished commercially out of the Port of Ilwaco. He retired two years ago.
He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping with family and friends, and gardening. He was everyone's friend and was always helping others. He had a wonderful sense of humor, prided himself on his independent nature and was quite the storyteller. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Woodland.
Besides his wife of 47 years, he is survived by his son Gary Edwards of Snohomish; daughters Betty and husband Arthur Carr of Woodland, Mary Edwards and husband Earnest Smith of San Bernardino, Calif., Becky Hanspord of Deep River and Kristen Edwards of Deep River; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings Earl Edwards of Vancouver, Ron Edwards, Ken Edwards of Ocean Park, Carol Wirkkala of Kalama, and Sharon Keranen of Vancouver. His parents, four sisters and one brother preceded him in death.
Graveside service was held Tuesday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m. at Peaceful Hill Cemetery in Naselle. The casket was open on Monday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach. Memorials may be made to Community Hospice, 1036 11th Street, Longview, WA 98632. Friends and relatives are encouraged to sign the guest book at www.penttilaschapel.com.