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Palm Cheyenne Mortuary

7400 West Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas, NV

OBITUARY

Billy Ray Edwards Jr.

May 29, 1960June 18, 2020

Billy Ray Edwards Jr, of Las Vegas, Nevada, died on June 18, 2020 peacefully at home. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 1 st from 4pm until 7pm at Palm Mortuary, 7400 W. Cheyenne, Las Vegas. A memorial service will be 11 am on Thursday, July 2 at Palm Mortuary. A grave side service and burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery, 7251 W. Lone Mountain Rd. A celebration of life will follow.

Bill was raised in Akron Ohio. Bill loved airplanes and joined Civil Air Patrol as a cadet and soon became a dedicated member. After High school Bill served in the USAF and was stationed at Nellis AFB. Bill continued his CAP service in the local squadron where he met his future wife, Karen. Bill and Karen married on May 19, 1990.

Bill was a very accomplished private pilot who flew with the CAP as a search and rescue pilot, a cadet orientation pilot, a glider tow pilot, and a Green Flag Pilot. Bill owned Wancom Communications and worked for Las Vegas Electric as a Fiber Optic Specialist. Bill was an impassioned animal lover and was a past board member for the Animal Foundation.

Bill is preceded in death by his father Billy Ray Edwards Sr. and his mother, Barbara Edwards. Bill is survived by his wife, Karen L. Edwards. Sister, Jennifer Edwards, her partner Gary Copen and nephew David Edwards. Sister-in-law, Jeanne Murphy and her husband Mike and Brother-in-law Steve North.

  • PALLBEARERS

  • C/2d Lt. Nicholas C. Bradley
  • Capt. Wayne Mowery, USAF
  • 1st Lt. Mark Aguiar, CAP
  • Lt Col. Peter Goertzen, CAP
  • Lt Col. Joseph Vallone, CAP
  • Chaplain, Capt. Matthew Mendenhall, USAF

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

Memories

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Michelle (Madden) Garey

July 10, 2020

I am shocked and saddened to learn of Billy's death. I have known Billy since we were kids in grade school. Actually, I think our moms met when Barb was my brother's cub scout leader.
Billy was a good man who had a very loving, caring, and generous heart. He certainly loved his adventures.
Karen and Jennifer, I am very sorry for your loss. My world is much sadder today.

Christine Scrivener

July 10, 2020

So sorry to hear of the passing of Billy. I went to school with Billy from elementary up through high school. I remember all of our young days at Parklane Manor. He became a well accomplished man that I was proud to call my friend.

Karen, I hope all of your great memories of Billy will bring you comfort.

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Christine Scrivener

Dan and Christine Ternosky

July 10, 2020

Dear Karen, We are so very sorry for the loss if your husband. Dan and I went to school with Bill. He was a good friend and we are very saddened by his death. May God Bless you during this difficult time. Sincerely Dan and Christine Ternosky

Anthony Milano

July 2, 2020

Major Edwards was one of my favorite pilots in Civil Air Patrol. Back in 2017 Major Edwards took me up on my first Orientation flight. Major Edwards was the first person to teach me the basics of flight. I experienced g force for the first time with him. He was the first person to really get me into aviation. He was the best pilot to be around. He was so fun to be around and would make every flight memorable than any other pilot. Whenever we had a flight with CAP and I found out he was going to be my pilot I was so excited. He was and still is the best pilot and mentor I will ever know. I trust Major Edwards with my life in that Cessna more than anyone else. In 2018 I graduated BCS and he was the senior to give me my graduating certificate. I wish I had more photos with him to remember because he really left a great impact on me. Seeing him today was not the way I expected to see him again after this pandemic but every time I go up in the sky from my next o flight to when I’m flying fighters in the Air Force I’ll always be thinking about you Major. Thank you for inspiring me to become a pilot and for all the happy memories you have left on me. Being in CAP without you will be very sad but here on out every time I go to a cap meeting, fight, or even wear the uniform I’ll be thinking of you. The amount of cadets that you have impacted and inspired truly shows how much of an amazing above and beyond person you are. Major Billy Edwards thank you for your service to this nation and may you Rest In Peace. May god be with you. πŸ™πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Lisa Snodgrass-Lentsch

June 25, 2020

Dear Jennifer and Family,
I have many fond memories growing up as next door neighbors with Bill, Jennifer and Barb in Akron,Ohio. Bill was so fun, smart, and enjoyed all our everyday goofy fun times. I remember he loved playing on his computer games, and I said when he got older he would become very successful with computers. As a pilot he was using his computer talents to help others. Always wanting to protect his mother, sister, and family.

Nancy (Mullins) Illitch

June 25, 2020

Billy and Jennifer were my neighbors growing up and their home was like a second home to me. Billy was very young and I can remember him riding his little fire engine that he peddled up and down the sidewalk. His mom would take us hiking at the parks and we all had so much fun together. He was always a very smart boy and we knew he would β€œfly high” as a grown up. Fly high in heaven Billy Ray and give your mom a hug for me. Prayers for his family and especially Jennifer who has lost her baby brother. β€οΈβ€οΈπŸ™.

Jeanne Murphy

June 25, 2020

Billy is my brother-in-law. He was a wonderful man and a man who would help anyone who needed assistance even if it meant putting stress on himself. I met bill when I was about 14 years old when I joined Civil Air Patrol and he was a member of the same squadron. That squadron was the Clark County Composite Squadron and my mother was the commander. He quickly became a part of our family when he started dating my sister Karen. They were together for 40 years. Billy had a prankster and humorous side to him. When we played tennis or racket ball he would spend most of his time trying to hit me with the ball! There was more than once when we were eating together and he would slip a dog bone into my sandwich. I loved him as a brother and I will miss him So much. His death is so surreal. He was find the day before and gone the next. I believe God has grander plans for him. Billy Rest In Peace and fly high . I love you Jeanne

Leslie (Hubbard ) March

June 23, 2020

I remember when we were very young Jennifer and Billy would come over to our house for Christmas and we would put on Christmas plays. We would sing dance and play the organ that we had. I also remember Billy and Jennifer coming over to visit and we would play Monopoly in the basement and every time they would come back over we would continue playing. You will be missed but you will never be forgotten!!πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

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