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Abstract from "Obituary of W. Sherman Edwards" by Lynn Ayers from

The Nebraska Signal - June 29, 1961


William Sherman Edwards was born at Broadtop, Pennsylvania, on January 1, 1865 to Johnathon and Mary Edwards and passed from this life June 22, 1961, at the Thayer County Memorial Hospital in Hebron, Nebraska at the age of 96 years, five months and 21 days.  Mr. Edwards grew to young manhood in Pennsylvania and traveled west in early days of the pioneers as a railroad worker and established his headquarters in Denver, Colorado.  Mr. Edwards came to the Bruning vicinity to visit relatives and met and later married Miss Lucy J. Wells.  To this union was born one daughter, Birdeen, now Mrs. Thurman Apley.  Mrs. Edwards passed away on January 25, 1961, and from this loneliness started Mr. Edwards to become weaker.  His will to be with his lifelong partner was definitely a factor in his short illness until his death.

Sherm, as he was known to all, was an ardent lover of nature as he loved a nice yard and garden.  His life was enriched by his faithful daughter and his grandchildren as he loved children very much.  His great-grandchildren kept the vacancy of small children filled for a long time and helped to fill his life with happiness.

Mr. Edwards was engaged in farming near Bruning and later entered the plumbing and well business.  He then began work for the Artificial Stone Company at Bruning until his retirement.  Mr. and Mrs. Edwards lived in the same house in Bruning since 1913.

Sherm was born in the time of Abraham Lincoln and watched many changes and developments in the world as he lived to know of the first man into space before his passing.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his children, Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Apley of Bruning; his grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Apley of Portland, Oregon; Mr. and Mrs. Don Apley of Geneva; Mr. and Mrs. Winton Wilson of Bruning and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Frenzen of Bruning; ten great grand-children, and other relatives and a host of friends.  Funeral services,  conducted by Rev. C.L. Flickinger, were held Monday afternoon at the Methodist Church in Bruning.  Interment was in the Bruning Public Cemetery.

Sherm was ready to celebrate his 94th birthday.  But a letter from a nephew, Royer Edwards, of Broad Top, Pennsylvania changed all that.  The younger Edwards, a teacher, found old records there showing that Sherman Edwards, who attended Broad Top, was 8 years old in 1873.  Instead of his 94th birthday, the elder Edwards should be celebrating his 96th birthday.  It was a proud moment for him knowing that two more years belonged to him.



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