William Otto “Bill” Edwards Jr., 82, of Waxahachie passed away Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, at Trinity Mission Nursing Home in Italy. He was born to the late William Otto Sr. and Olga Vashti Roberts Edwards on May 24, 1926.

Bill proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a manager for ADP Tool Design LTV Aerospace and Defense Company in Dallas, Texas. Bill was a member of Park Meadows Baptist Church. Earlier in his life, he served as a deacon and sang in the choir at Wynnewood Baptist in Oak Cliff. He was a Master Mason at the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas in Oak Cliff. Bill loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was a tool designer and inventor, and loved his workshop. He enjoyed his dogs, loved birds and fishing. Bill will be missed by so many who knew him and loved him.

He is preceded in death by his son, Michael David Edwards; and by his sister, Mary Ruth Kluge.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, June Edwards; two sons, Patrick Thomas Edwards and his wife, Nancy, Joseph Donald Edwards and his wife, Helen; his daughter-in-law, Janet Edwards; his grandchildren, Chris Edwards and his wife, Niecy, Ryan and Therese Edwards, Casey and Taylor Edwards, April Moon and her husband, Trey, Chess Edwards, William Edwards and Bobby Kelly; great grandchildren, Tyler Edwards, Brady Moon, Braxton Moon, Crystal Edward and Christopher Edwards.

Services to celebrate his life are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at the Pat Boze Memorial Chapel of Wayne Boze Funeral Home, Waxahachie, with Dr. Joe Langley officiating. 

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at Grove Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, Dallas with military honors.

Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2009, at Wayne Boze Funeral Home.

The Edwards family would like to give special thanks to Trinity Mission for all of their wonderful care and devotion they have shown and a special thank you to all of their wonderful friends for their care and support.