John Richard Edwards, age 70, of Ravenna, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Akron City Hospital with his wife at his side, after a year of declining health. John was born Feb. 14, 1944, in Dunbar, Pa. to the late John and Mildred (Burwell) Edwards and Married Cheryl Schmauch on April 26, 1969.
John was a 45 year resident of Ravenna. He attended school in Dunbar and was a member of the 1963 class of Crestwood. He was a dock worker and semi truck driver for Custom Beverage, Johnson Coke, Chemtrol, Amweld and Retired from JIT Pkg. in Aurora. Before his illness he was working part time for Haasz Auto Mall. John was a member of First Congregational UCC Church in Ravenna. He had a passion for classic cars, was a big football fan and enjoyed his Sunday Nite Poker Pals. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
John is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cheryl, sisters Carol Morgan of Warren, Catherine Brown of Virginia, brothers Robert (Joan) of Michigan and James (Brenda) of Michigan, brothers-in-law Thomas (Linda) Schmauch of Ravenna and Russell (Lisa) Schmauch of Kent, and many loving nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his infant son, John, his parents and his in-laws George & Ruth Schmauch, step-mother Olive, step sister Jean and nieces, Denise Keson and Deb Slider.
Cremation has taken place, a memorial service at First Congregational UCC Church will be held at a later date.