Obituary for EDWARDS

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Thursday August 19, 2004

JOSEPH ROGER EDWARDS AUG 14,1945 - AUG 14 2004 Joseph R. Edwards of Henderson, NV and longtime resident of Santa Fe and Placitas, NM was lost on Saturday August 14, 2004 as the result of a motorcycle accident. Joe was born on August 14, 1945 in Bremerton, WA. He was the son of Ewell and Ruth Edwards of Minnesota. The family moved to Juno Beach, FL in 1961 where Joe graduated from Riviera H.S. in 1965. In December of 1966 Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army and served at Holloman A.F.B. as a competitive expert marksman until October of 1968. On March 30, 1968, Joe was united in marriage to Susan Cook in Hobbs, NM. The couple were later divorced, but remained life long friends. The couple had two wonderful children, David and Christy who were his pride and joy. Joe then attended New Mexico J.C. and received his Associates Degree and continued on to NMSU where he received his Bachelors in Business Admin. in 1977. Joe was an insurance adjuster with Frontier in the Santa Fe area for 22 years, and he was an avid pool player in the BCA league. He enjoyed the numerous hunting and fishing expeditions with his family and friends over the years. On September 7, 1997 Joe married Jana M. (Murphy) Edwards at their home in Placitas. The couple spent a great deal of time camping and cycling with friends. In 2003 Jana and Joe moved to Nevada as Joe became involved in a thriving business in the motorcycle industry. Those who met Joe even once could clearly see he had a love of life, and he loved to bring joy and laughter to others. We will never forget that laugh as Joe could be heard three counties away when he was on a roll. Survivors include wife, Jana M. (Murphy) Of Henderson NV; one son, David Edwards; and daughter, Christy Edwards, both of Albuquerque; a step-daughter, Karianne (Schoenfelder) Johnson and husband, James "Jake" Johnson of Clarion, IA; step-son, Chad Schoenfelder & wife, Nicole of Rochester, MN; sister, Wendy Smith of Seattle, WA; former wife, Sue (Cook) Stanford of Albuquerque; (9) grandchilderen; and many friends. The family asks that you join them in a gathering to honor Joe's life at the home of Dick and Judy Murphy in Albuquerque, NM. This celebration of Joe's life will begin at 6:00 p.m. Thursday evening at 1000 Washington N.E. in Albuquerque. For more info call Jake Johnson (515) 851-7833 or Dick Murphy at(505) 453-4572.