Gordon was born on February 4, 1951, in Kirksville, Missouri, the son of Lester Thomas Sr. and Elizabeth Hortense Mason Edwards.
He attended the Edina Elementary School and graduated from the Knox County High School in the Class of 1969. He furthered his education with the Northeast Missouri State Teachers College, in Kirksville, Missouri, receiving a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Arts.
Gordon loved working with his hands and repairing anything that ran, over the years he worked for Kewanee Equipment in Kirksville, Missouri, Early Inc., Strickler Implement, Dromey Motors, Knox County Nursing Home in Maintenance, and Cardwell Lumber. He also worked thirteen years in Colorado for an Outdoor Outfitter.
Gordon loved his community and volunteered for the Edina Fire Department, Rescue Squad, and as a First Responder. He served twenty-nine years on the Edina City Council.
He was a member of the Indian Creek Muzzle Loader Club, Boy Scouts, he made knives for over thirty years, enjoyed hunting with black powder and trapping.
Gordon had a lot of fun in the community, probably most memorable with the “Chick-N-Dales” and as Grand Marshall of the Corn Festival and although he enjoyed life, he dearly loved his family and his dogs.
On August 13, 1972 he married Beverly Ilene Harris and to this union Alicia was born.
On January 14, 2001, Gordon married Vickie Jean Hoffer and she survives of the home.
Gordon is survived by his wife, Vickie Edwards of Edina, Missouri; a daughter, Alicia Dawn Edwards of Edina, Missouri; a step daughter, Heather Nicole McKenzie and Marcus Stauffer of Edina, Missouri; a step son, Shawn Lee and his wife Kelly McKenzie of Rockford, Illinois; a brother, Martin and his wife Renee Edwards of Edina, Missouri; two sisters, Cecelia Carlis and her husband Chuck Dickerson of Jackson, Missouri and Edith “Edie” Klocke and Larry Schutjer of New London, Missouri; a grand son, Jason Thomas Edwards of Edina, Missouri; a nephew, Gordon Martin Clem and Julie Platz of Jackson, Missouri; nieces, Laine Danielle and Josh Lay of Knox City, Missouri, Tara Nicole and Dustin Rudolph of Hudson, Wisconsin, Marcy Elizabeth and Isaac Patzwitz of Jackson, Missouri, Kayla Michelle and Brian Murta of Hannibal, Missouri, Laken Denise Edwards of Lenexa, Kansas and Haley and Collin Schabbing of Gordonville, Missouri; numerous great nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Hortense Edwards; and a brother, Lester Thomas “Tommy” Edwards, Jr.
Funeral Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, 2014, at the Doss Funeral Home in Edina, Missouri.
Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, 2014, with the family receiving friends from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Linville Cemetery at Edina, Missouri.
Pastor Randy Ewart will officiate and Casket Bearers will be Wyatt Wood, Raymond Pinkerton, Kenneth Suter, Chuck Webster, Mike Hines, Larry Walker, John Longano, Donnie Bunch, and Chris Longano. Honorary Bearers will be the Edina Fire Department, Martin Edwards, Mike Wright, Bryce Dixson, Kurt Goodwin, Ryan Bishop, Tony Davidson, Tom Morgret, Evan Glasgow, Rick Winter, Randy Schultz, Alan Morgret, Marty Davidson, Kelly Hayes, Mark Parrish and Skip Jones; Rescue Squad, Richard “Dick” Hopkins, Brian Banks, Terry “Red” Callahan, Jim Parrish, Kurt Goodwin, Phillip Spory, Russell Hall, Brian Dooley, Chris Dooley, Jill Dooley, Randy Doss, Mark Parrish, Billy Whiles, Bobbie Grantham, Darrell Rudd, Scott Breitling, David Yahl, Gary McKenzie, Martin Edwards, Doug Hagerla and Jerry Huse.
An expression of sympathy in memory of Gordon Edwards may be left to the College Fund for Jason Edwards his grandson. A memorial may be left at or mailed to the Doss Funeral Home 208 N. 4th Street, Edina, Missouri 63537.