Floyd L. "Bud" Edwards, 70, of Newcomerstown, passed away Friday, April 30, 2010, at Southeastern Med in Cambridge, following a long illness.

A son of the late Etta (Edwards) Robinson, Bud was born June 7, 1939, in Elizabeth, W.Va.

On Feb. 13, 1962, Bud enlisted with the U.S. Army and honorably served his country until his discharge on Jan. 29, 1964. Then on March 18, 1965, he married the former Cheryl Martin of West Lafayette, and he has three children, Karen, Daniel and Rhonda.

Bud was an iron worker by trade and also owned and operated a farm in his spare time. He was a member of the Iron Workers Local 549 of Wheeling and the Iron Workers 550 of Canton. In his earlier years, Bud worked at General Tire for 10 years. Bud was also a member of the Newcomerstown American Legion Post 431, the Newcomerstown Moose Lodge 1337, the Elk Lodge 1555 and Eagles of Cambridge.

An avid outdoorsman, Bud enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially at Clendening Lake and Lake Erie. Also, he enjoyed camping, mushroom hunting and gardening. He was a fan of football with The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Pittsburgh Steelers being his favorite teams to watch. He also enjoyed playing cards with friends spending many hours playing euchre.

Most of all, Bud cherished his grandchildren. He enjoyed watching their sporting events and other activities they were involved in. He enjoyed giving them four-wheeler rides and fishing at the pond. He shared many stories with them and always made them laugh.

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl Edwards of the home; his children, Karen Hawkins of Carrollton, Texas, and Daniel (Sarah) Edwards and Rhonda (Chad) Stephen both of Newcomerstown; five grandchildren, Sierra and Savannah Hawkins, Johnathon Sheehan and Kaylee and Brandon Stephen; two sisters, Rose Voegele of Winston Salem, N.C., and Anna May Haney of Grants Pass, Ore.; and three brothers, R.T. Robinson of Elizabeth, W.Va., and Mike Robinson and Gerald Robinson, both of Newark, W.Va.

Bud was preceded in death by his mother; an infant son, Terry Edwards; and a brother, Frank Edwards.

To honor Bud's wishes his remains have been cremated. Services were Saturday, May 8 at Wesley Community Chapel, Newcomerstown. Memorial services were at 11:30 a.m. Following, the Newcomerstown Veterans' Honor Guard performed military services. A reception for friends and family took place at the Masonic Temple in Newcomerstown immediately after services.

Those wishing to do so may send the family a personal condolence and view an online memorial by visiting the funeral home's Web site, www.geibcares.com.

Contributions may be made in Bud's memory to the American Heart Association, 5455 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214.