Richard Wynn Edwards, Sr. gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. December 26, 1890 in England
D. December 31, 1962
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  • Wife: Elsie B. (Hoym) Edwards born April 12, 1896 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; Elise died May 15, 1971 in Round Lake Park, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to Elsie B. (Hoym) Edwards buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Richard Wynne Edwards, Jr. born January 7, 1926 in Oak Park, Cook County, IL; Army veteran WW II (1945-1947); married Wanda Jeanette “Jeanette” (Dunn) Edwards (1931-2007), daughter of Murl Edward Dunn (1906-1996) and Elva Jeanette “GiGi” (Williams) Dunn (1910-1988); Richard died July 23, 1991; buried in Avon Centre Cemetery, Grayslake, Lake County, IL

According to the Strang Funeral Home of Antioch website:

   JEANETTE EDWARDS, born November 22, 1931 in Springfield, IL, was a devoted wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was born Nov 22, 1931, during the Great Depression, a time that left a lasting impact on her and helped to develop her strong sense of family. From a young age she helped to take care of her nieces and nephews. She began her own family in 1950 when she married Richard Edwards on March 26 in Round Lake, IL. She had met Richard while working as a waitress in McHenry, IL.
   She moved with her husband to Round Lake where later that year her first daughter Pat was born. She had a son Richard born, two years later and a second daughter Ruth in 1953. While raising her family, she worked, and was
   A caregiver to her in-laws. Her family expanded when her first granddaughter was born in 1970. Since then her family has continued to grow and now includes nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She always had a special ability to make each and every one of them feel like they were her favorite. Known to all alike as Grandma Duck, Jeanette was a loving generous, woman, who devoted her life to helping her family. She enjoyed a variety of hobbies, including reading, sewing and baking, but the most important thing to her was her family. She passed away on June 30th after along illness. She was preceded in death by her husband on July 23rd, 1991 and her daughter Pat on March 18th, 2001.
   She is survivor by he son Rick (Brenda) Edwards, daughter Ruth (Perry) Miller, her sister Donna, her grandchildren Jessica (Bob), Kelly (Jessie), Jennifer, Christian (Heather), Sara (Scott), Rick, Ashley, Taylor, Kristen and her great grandchildren Cody, Adrian Nathan, Jayden, Chloe, Divinity, Jenica, Rory, Riley, Andraly,, Jacob, Aaron, and Emily. She will be infinitely missed by all.
   Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 AM Friday July 6, 2007 at the Calvary Presbyterian Church, 510 N. Cedar Lake Rd, Round Lake, IL, with the Rev. Lisle J. Kauffman officiating. Interment will follow at Avon Centre Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM Friday until the time of services. Arrangements are entrusted to the STRANG FUNERAL HOME OF ANTIOCH. Info 847-395-4000. Please sign our guest book for Jeanette at”

2. Ruth Elsie Edwards born June 22, 1929 in Oak Park, Cook County, IL; Ruth died July 2, 1930 in Maywood, Cook County, IL; buried in Concordia Cemetery, Forest Park, Cook County, IL

3. Robert Donald Edwards born March 1, 1934 in Forest Park, Cook County, IL; last residence in Antioch, Lake County, IL; Robert died August 21, 1999

Additional Information:

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Maywood Village, Proviso Township, Cook County, IL living at 2027 Thirteenth Ave., the household members were:

“Richard Edwards, head, age 34, married at age 29, born in Wales, parents born in Wales, immigrated in 1907, occupation: painter – telephone company; Elsie Edwards, wife, age 34, married, age 29, born in Illinois, parents born in Germany; Richard Edwards, son, age 4, single, born in Illinois; Ruth Edwards, daughter, age 9/12, single, born in Illinois”

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Forest Park, Proviso Township, Cook County, IL living at 319 DesPlaines Avenue, the household members were:

“Richard Edwards, head, age 44, married, highest grade completed: H-4, born in England, lived in same place in 1935, occupation: relief operator elevator – building elevators; Elsie Edwards, wife, age 43, married, highest grade completed: 7, born in Illinois, lived in the same place in 1935; Richard Edwards Jr., son, age 14, single, highest grade completed: 7, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935; Robert Edwards, son, age 6, single, born in Illinois, lived in same place in 1935”

According to the U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942:

“Name: Richard Wynne Edwards; Residence: 319 DesPlaines Ave., Forest Park, Cook County, Ill: Mailing address: same; Telephone: Forest 4564; Age in years: 46; Place of birth: Wales; Date of birth: Dec. 25, 1896; Name and address of person who will always know your address: Mrs. Hoym, 7229 Franklin, Forest Park, Ill; Employer: Automatic Electric Co. at 1033 W. VanBuren, Chicago, Cook County, Ill; height: 5’ 11”; weight: 182; eyes: brown; hair: bald; complexion: light; physical characteristics: appendectomy scar; Signed: April 27, 1942”

According to the 1950 U.S. Census for Round Lake Park Village, Avon Township, Lake County, IL, the household members were:

“Richard Edwards, head, age 54, married born in Wales, Occupation: Fire Marshall – Electric Co; Elsie Edwards, wife, age 54, married, born in Illinois; Robert Edwards, son, age 16, never married, born in Illinois, Was he living in this same house a year ago?: Yes, What country were his father and mother born in?: Father: Wales, Mother: U.S.A., What is the highest grade of school that he has attended?: S9, Did he finish this grade?: No; Richard Edwards, son, age 24, married, born in Illinois, Occupation: Special Police – Burglar Alarm; Jeanette Edwards, daughter in law, age 18, married, born in Illinois”

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Friday, January 4, 1963, page 12:

“EDWARDS – Richard W. Edwards Sr., of Round Lake, Ill., beloved husband of Elsie; dear father of Richard Jr. and Robert; loving grandfather of six.  Services Friday, 1 p.m., at MacGillis Funeral Home, Round Lake, Ill.  Interment Fort Hill cemetery.”