Roy Harlie Edwards, 66, of Gillette, Wyoming, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, November 2, 2020. He was born May 27, 1954, to Darrell and Arlene (Cosner) Edwards. He graduated from Campbell County High School in 1972. Roy married the love of his life, Glenda Helene Staudinger, on December 4, 1976. Roy and Glenda made their home in Gillette where they raised three children, Mitch, Muriah and Mason. He was extremely proud of his sons and daughter. His children made him a happy grandpa to six wonderful grandchildren.
Through his job at the Farmer’s CO-OP, Roy loved visiting with his customers and friends while helping to repair and replace tires on large ranching equipment. He was employed by the CO-OP from 1973 through 2008, and later created his own business, Edwards Tire Company.
Roy had served as a temporary intern pastor and was active in Bearing Precious Seed, a Gospel printing ministry. He took two trips to Russia and one to Taiwan to distribute Bibles and Gospel tracks. He volunteered to preach two services each Sunday at Legacy Living Center; and was an active member at Central Baptist Church.
Roy was a strong believer in our Republic, and always advocated for the Constitution and conservative principles. But no matter the political debate, he was always respectful of others and their beliefs. Roy represented Ward 1 on the Gillette City Council for 16 years; represented Campbell County as a County Commissioner for 12 years; and served as a Representative in the Wyoming Legislature for six years prior to his death. The day after his death, he was elected to serve what would have been his fourth term as Representative for House District 53. Roy appreciated your votes and was humbled by the confidence and trust you placed in him to represent you over the years.
Roy loved the Wyoming outdoors and enjoyed fishing and camping. When he had time, he also enjoyed shooting firearms and reloading ammunition. For years, as his most recent hobby, Roy was a beekeeper. But many knew him best for his humor, joking around, and constant big smile.
Roy is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Glenda; son, Mitch (Julie) Edwards of Laramie, WY; daughter, Muriah (David) Cockrell of Fritch, TX; son, Mason (Renee) Edwards of Gillette, WY; his six grandchildren, Silas, Adilee, Oliver, Titus, Magnolia, and Elias; and, his five brothers and three sisters.
Memorial services for Roy Edwards will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 7, 2020 at Cam-Plex Heritage Center, with Pastor Scott Clem officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Roy’s name.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel 210 West 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences may also be expressed at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.