Thomas Edwards

November 2, 1940September 1, 2012

Thomas Franklin Edwards 1940 – 2012

Thomas passed away at home with his loving family and friends at his bedside. Thomas was born at home in Gunnison, Colorado to Charles and Myrtle Edwards. He spent his childhood in Gunnison and Grand Junction. He attended school in Gunnison and Grand Junction. He enlisted in the Marine Corps with his brother Jim in 1958 and spent his service enlistment at Twenty-nine Palms, California in the artillery division. He was proud to have served his country and to be a Marine. “Once a Marine, Always a Marine.”

Tom is preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Julie Thomas and his beloved dog, Duke.

Tom was married to Eileen in 1966 and they had a son, Bill.

Tom married the love of his life, Lisa Thomas in 1986 and they had two daughters, Caitlin Marie and Julie Ann.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Lisa, of 26 years; his children, Bill of Colorado, Caitlin (Orion) Newman and Julie Edwards of Franktown; his three sisters, Mable (David) Westelund of Fruita, CO, Marjorie Edwards of Grand Junction and Mary Lou Barefoot of South Carolina; his brother, James (Ann) Edwards of Delta, Colorado.

Tom is also survived by Jeri Stookesberry, Kathy Wursta, Mike Heyberger, Dan (Dyanna) Thomas, Steve(Shawna) Thomas, Robert Thomas, Ruthie Thomas, as well as numerous special nieces, nephews and adopted daughters and sons: Sandi Mae, Carole (Pat), Charlie (Terri), David (Barb), Mike (Jennifer), Michelle (Rick), Josh, Cody, Brooke, Austen, Chelsea, Sean, Mike, Jessica, Michaela, Caden, Aaron (Kim), Isiah, Serenity, Jenny, Johnny, Danny (Robin), Dustin, T.J, Ashalley, Chuck, Sean (Belinda), Eric (Stephany), Chrissy (Morgan), Stacy, Mike Jr (Cindy), Lindsey, Kelsey, Jimmy (Debbie), Dennis, Juliana, Joey, Dallas, Chance, Bret, Brice, Amber and Mikaila.

Tom had many friends that include, JD Warren, Calvin Weatherly, Derek Potton, Linda Hupert, John Severson, Lee Willis, Tim Walker and Dave Haas.

Tom will be remembered as a son, a brother, a husband, a father, an uncle and a friend. He was known as Thomas, Tom, Tommy, Uncle Tom, and Uncle Thomas to his family and friends. Tom has also referred to himself as, “George Zigmadapoochie” and, “Thomas Franklin Jefferson Johnson JR Edwards.”

Tom lived in the Franktown Community for forty-six years. He has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Franktown Historical Society, has been a sponsor of 4H awards for the Douglas County Fairgrounds and was a member and past chief of the Franktown Fire Department. He was co-owner of the Franktown Sand and Gravel Co. with Gene Walker. He started his own business of Tom Edwards Trucking and has delivered sand and gravel to many businesses and homes in the area.

Tom had many interests which include, boating, fishing, camping and his annual hunting trip to Gunnison with his hunting buddies. He was John Wayne’s ultimate fan. He owned all of “The Dukes” movies and could recite the dialogue from many western movies. He was a fan of Louis L’Amour and owned many of his books.

Tom was a family man and loved being with his family and friends. Tom will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Honorary Pallbearers are Jim Edwards, JD Warren, Calvin Weatherly, John Severson, Derek Potton, Lee Willis, Dan Thomas, Mike Heyberger, Tim Walker, Orion Newman, David Edwards, Mike Edwards, Charles Monzel, Rick Kahle, Eric Wursta, Sean Wursta, and Chuck Wursta.

The family would like to thank the Hospice staff with Legacy Hospice- Lenny, Carolyn, Mary Ann and Alicia for their compassionate care.

Tom’s life will be celebrated with a memorial service on Friday, September 7, 2012 at 1:00pm at the First United Methodist Church in Castle Rock. Inurnment will take place at the Franktown Cemetery. Reception to follow at Franktown Fire Department.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Franktown Fire Protection District or charity of your choice.


  • Memorial Service Friday, September 7, 2012
  • Committal Service Friday, September 7, 2012

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Paul Severson

November 22, 2012

Tom will always be remembered for his fun, easy-going style. And I will always admire the honest work ethic that he lived by.

I had the pleasure of working with Tom way back in the Franktown Sand & Gravel days of the late 60's and early 70's.

Rest in Peace, my friend. I'll catch up with you on the other side.

John Severson

November 22, 2012

Tom was a great friend to me, and I was proud to work with him ever since I was just a kid out of high school.

It's hard to know where the time went, and I will do my best to carry on his tradition. I miss him, and I'll always remember and cherish all the good times we had.

Derek Potton

October 11, 2012

Memories, when something significant or special in your life happens you don't think of it as becoming a memory. Then at some point in the future you look back and there it is a memory. Many times those situations involve other people, special people. Tom is one of those special people who I've shared many memories with. Many times we would look back and recall those situations and have a good laugh. Now that he's gone all I have are those memories, fond, funny memories. Occasionally I will laugh out loud but at the very least they will bring a smile to my face.
So long old friend someday we will be laughing together as we recall those memories.

Lisa Edwards

October 5, 2012

I love and miss you more and more with each passing day my love, until we meet with the lord.

Chris Willis

September 30, 2012

Our friend Tom will be so missed he was a wonderful father a loyal friend and just a great guy.loved his wife dearly, knowing Tom for around 45 years or so he always had a smile and time to visit with his friends.we loved him and wil miss him always. Lee and Chris Willis

Reatha Ratzloff

September 29, 2012

September 22, 2012

Brother Tom,
As your footprints continue in a different course, I remember many memories when our footsteps went thru life together. One memory was when you took cigarettes from the ranch hand, when I was 2, and I didn't like mine and laid it on the bunk and caught the bunkhouse on fire. Then you hid out in the outhouse all day, but Mom waited you out, and boy did you get a whipping for leading Margie and me astray.
As with all big families the Edwards clan celebrated X-mas-Thankgiving-Easter with large dinners. Memorial Day-4th of July-Labor Day with many camping trips, picnics and fishing. Being raised in the woods we all enjoyed our hunting trips. Now in our twilight years, I really miss the simple things we did.
We have been vey lucky to have had many years as a family without a loss of a sibling until now, but I know when my footprints take this course you will be there to walk beside me as you did throughout my life (and I am sure, with you as my big brother, that once again I'll be able to count on you teasing me just to hear me squeal. As you also did throughout our lives, and I wouldn't change it for the world.)
With all my love,
your little sister
Mary Lou

Sandi (Mae)

September 16, 2012

Oh, Uncle Tom, how I miss you. Tears come so easy, but so do the smiles when I think of you, being you. Thank you for being a part of my life. Love you!!

reatha ratzloff

September 15, 2012

Earlene Hickman

September 14, 2012

Tom, fifty plus years knowing you, was still not long enough. You etched a special mark on the hearts of all who love you....and thankfully, you live on through the special memories of all you touched. Will miss your big bear hugs and soft chuckle. I know you are a joy and welcome in the house of the Lord, Shalom. Love you always