Roland E. "Buzz" Edwards, 85, Scottsbluff

Roland E. (Buzz) Edwards, 85, passed away Monday, July 8, 2013 at his home in Scottsbluff. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Jones Mortuary in Mitchell with Pastors Rick Reisig and Homer Patterson officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Scottsbluff. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Jones Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family requests for memorial donations to be made to Morrill Methodist Church or Festival of Hope. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Buzz was born on October 13, 1927 in Mitchell, Nebraska to Roland and Harriett Edwards. He was raised in the Lyman, Nebraska area graduating from Lyman High School in 1945. He married Carol Jeanne Williams on October 31, 1946 in Lyman, Nebraska and enjoyed over 66 years of marriage. Buzz farmed in the area until 1951 at which time he joined the United States Marine Corp. He was honorably discharged in 1953 and returned home to Lyman to continue farming. Buzz farmed various places until settling on his farm north of Stegall where he lived for 50 years. He served as a rural mail carrier for 23 years having routes out of Mitchell and Morrill.

Buzz enjoyed fishing, target shooting, woodworking, and playing cards. He enjoyed researching his family's genealogy and was an avid Husker fan. He also served as Scout Master of Morrill Troup 97. Buzz was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 60 years and belonged to the Methodist church for 70 years.

Buzz is survived by his wife Carol; daughters Cathy Stoddard of Gering, Nebr., Karen Thayer of Wheatland, Wyoming, and son Patrick Edwards of Scottsbluff. Nebr.; grandchildren Chad (Melissa) Baluska of Ft. Morgan Colo, Kaela (Cameron) Bretz of Casper, Wyo, Colt Thayer of Wheatland, Wyo.; brothers Howard of Lyman, Nebr., Robert of Mitchell, Nebr., and Al (Laura) of Scottsbluff, Nebr.; great grandchildren Courtney, Tristan and Jacob Baluska, Destiny Fritzel, Milla and Jett Bretz.; and his nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death are his parents; granddaughter Jennifer Hort; grandson Scott Baluska; sons in law Marvin Thayer and Gary Stoddard; sister Bonnie Beasley; and sisters in law Wanda Hauschild and Emeline Edwards.

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