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Rev. Dane Charles Edwards, age 67, passed into his eternal rest Friday, July 28, 2017, at his home in Ashtabula surrounded by family. Dane was born on March 14, 1950 in Rapid City, SD to Donald and Alice before the family relocated to St. Marys, OH. He graduated from St. Marys High School in 1968.

Dane embraced a personal relationship with God at age 17 and followed his divine call to the ministry, beginning a religious education at Mt. Vernon Nazarene College and finishing at Bethany Nazarene College, OK in 1972. During this time, he traveled with a mission group and met Rose Perkins of Geneva on Valentines Day 1970, a true love at first sight. They married on July 1, 1972 and enjoyed 45 years of marriage, making their home in Ashtabula County for the last 44 years.

He founded and led The Pilgrim Bible Church in Geneva, while also working in the upholstery/furniture industry for 40 years. He loved his family and wanted to stay, continuing to help them, but the Lord chose to take him home. Dane trusted in God who doeth all things well. His children remember a father steadfast in faith, always working, ready to help them and anyone in need. He believed you should always do your best and enjoyed simple pleasures like fishing, gardening and Christmas.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Rosalind (Perkins) Edwards, and their five children: Dane J. Edwards, Marian DeLuca, Christine Edwards, Jonathan (& Jenna) Edwards, and Melissa Edwards as well as five beautiful grandchildren: John, Rachel, Raelyn, Cohen, and Skyla. Also still living are his father, Donald (& Marilyn) Edwards; brothers, Lee and Neal; and sisters, Sherry, Lynn and Donna. Dane was preceded in death by his much loved mother, Alice Ayers.

A dedicated pastor and man of God, he will be deeply missed by family and friends. Profound, abiding faith sustained him throughout life and carried him into the next. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 6:30pm at the Harpersfield Community Center to honor his life and the path he walked. In lieu of flowers, his family requests memorial donations to the very supportive organization, Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Published on July 30, 2017
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