Vance Morrow Edwards, 72, of Harley Road, Seneca, died Friday afternoon, October 12, 2012 at his residence.
Born February 4, 1940 in Rockland, he was the son of the late Norman C. and Claire J. Morrow Edwards.
He graduated from Cranberry High School in 1958 and in 1962 earned a bachelor degree in education with a concentration in industrial arts technology from California University of PA.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Parker and was also a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.
Mr. Edwards was a member of the Rockland United Methodist Church.
He enjoyed working, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family at Kibbe's Island.
He taught school for A-C Valley in Emlenton in 1964 and 1965. He then taught industrial arts for Cranberry High School until 1975. He worked various positions at Bracken Construction of Sligo, Lincoln Homes, and Witherup Erection in Kennerdell. He then became self-employed with Edwards Tank Erection which was founded and operated along with his brothers, D and V Tank Service, and Edwards Industrial. He most recently was working for Schake Industries.
Surviving are his wife, Myrna Edwards; three children, Jeff Edwards and wife Beth (Warring) of Ann Arbor, Mich., Shelly Buckholtz and husband Doug of Seneca, and Lisa Whitling and husband Ron of Ann Arbor, Mich.; a step-son, Jeff Menacher of Florida; six grandchildren, Erica (Edwards) Puck and husband Mike, Michael Edwards, Ryan and Darren Buckholtz, and Taylor and Chad Whitling; two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Austin Puck; his former wife, Ellen (King) Edwards of Seneca; a brother, Gary Edwards and companion Bonnie Neely of Oil City, and a sister, Faye (Edwards) Frawley and husband Joe of Rockland. Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews also survive.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Norman Dale Edwards.
Friends will be received Saturday (Oct. 13) from 4-7 p.m. in the Hile-Best Funeral Home, Inc., 2781 Rte. 257 in Seneca, Cranberry Township, and also on Sunday (Oct. 14) from 1-3 p.m., where funeral services will follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. William E. Hastings, pastor of Seneca United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment will follow in Rockland Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may made to the Venango County V.N.A., 491 Allegheny Blvd., Franklin PA, 16323.
Condolences to the family may be expressed by visiting www.hilebest.com