EDWARDS, David G. 38, of Springfield, Ohio passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 surrounded by his family and friends in the Mt. Carmel West Hospital, Columbus, Ohio after a heroic battle with an unknown cancer.
He was born on September 27, 1971 the son of Daniel S. and Barbara L. (Dresback) Edwards.
Dave recently retired as a Lieutenant with the Springfield Fire Department in October of 2009.
He graduated from Springfield North High School, Class of 1989 and within months of graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves where he served for three years and deployed to Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
He moved to the Army Reserve Special Forces in 1992 and then in 1994 enlisted in the United States Navy for four years where he became a Navy Diver.
In 1999 he began his career with the Springfield Fire Department faithfully serving for ten years until retirement.
He also stayed active in the Army Reserves with the 346th Psyop Company and deployed with that unit to Operation Iraqi Freedom earning the Bronze Star.
In 2006 he began serving with the Ohio National Guard HQ 37th Special Troops Battalion. In continued support of Operation Iraqi Freedom he was deployed again in 2008 to Kuwait.
Dave also served with the Clark County Underwater Recovery Team, was Lifetime Member of the VFW Post 1031, and a member of First Christian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Angie (Williams) Edwards and his two children, Jordan and Ethan, his mother Barbara, maternal grandfather, Owen Girten of Springfield, his twin brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Penny Edwards of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; sister and brother-in-law, Dru and William Click of Springfield, half sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Jack Ward of New Bern, North Carolina; and seven nephews and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father in 2001, and grandmother, Alice Girten in 1997.
A gathering of family and friends will be held Saturday, January 2, 2010 from 2-4 and 6-8 in the First Christian Church, 3638 Middle Urbana Rd., Springfield, with the Firefighters Turnout beginning at 2:00 p.m.
A celebration of his life and service will be held on Monday, January 4, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at First Christian Church.
Burial with full military honors will follow in the Ferncliff Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to www.caringbridge.org
or Mount Carmel Foundation for Cancer Services, 6150 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43213.
The family is being served by the LITTLETON & RUE FUNERAL HOME. You may express condolences to the family at www.littletonandrue.com
Clark County, Ohio