OBITUARY

Walter Wendell Edwards

July 28, 1925November 27, 2018
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Walter Wendell Edwards was born on July 28, 1925 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and passed away on November 27, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Monday, December 17, 2018
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, December 18, 2018
REMEMBERING

Walter Wendell Edwards

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Terilee Edwards-Hewitt

December 16, 2018

My Brother-in-law: A stand up man among other men (Part 2)
By Doug Mottonen
One interesting thing about Walt is he read almost every book he could find about the Civil War. He knew probably knew more about the Civil War than most college History Professors. He knew about the ugliness of war and all of the lessons it can teach us. Maybe all of this interest about wars was Walt’s way of having his two wonderful children, Terilee and Brad, understand him as a man and father?
Children of the Great Depression are frugal. Walt are Carma were such a couple. But they wanted their two children to go to college. Through sacrifice and good money management, they helped them wth a college educations. Not surprising, both Terilee and Brad are college graduates and they have a keen sense of American History .
As the years went by Walt’s wife, Carma, developed Alzheimer’s. Anyone who has first hand knowledge of this disease knows the difficulties and sadness it presents. Walt, like any Marine would, stepped up to the plate and became a loving, sensitive caregiver. I will always dearly love Walt for how he treated my sister. Marines are not whiners and excuse makers.
It is only fitting that Walt be buried at Quatico with other Marines. He lived his life with all the lessons learned as a Marine. He will always be an American HERO.

Terilee Edwards-Hewitt

December 16, 2018

My Brother-in-law: A stand up man among other men (Part 1)
By Doug Mottonen
At an early age Walt Edwards enlisted in the Marine Core. He never, ever thought it was a burden but his duty. That experience along with growing up during the Great Depression shaped his personality going forward. His common approach to life is best described by Tom Brokaw’s book The Greatest Generation. Walt was a man who took responsibility for his life decisions. When he married my sister, Carma, over 60 years ago, it has never crossed my mind they would ever divorce. That was because Walt was from that generation who believed marriage is a “commitment” and divorce was not an option. By today standards that reasoning would be naïve, but is it?
Shortly after my sister married Walt he gave me a Japanese pistol. Being a young teenager and impressionable I said, Wow! This is really neat. Walt explained that I needed to be careful and get someone to help me learn how to use it. What I really wanted him to do was tell me some stories about the gun. But never would tell me much of anything. Many years later I found out his generation never talked much about the war. If you are a Marine you never brag about war because you are just doing your duty.
After college Walt took a job as a retail manager for national company. His work took him to various cities in the Western United States. He worked 12 hours per day 6 days a week. But working hard and long hours is second nature to someone who grew up in the shadow of the Great Depression. I used to admire how hard he worked and it was an inspiration to me to also learn to work hard. He was soon transferred to New York and his company unfortunately went out of business. As luck would have it Walt got a job with the Marines. For many years he found the second love of his life close to the other Marines.

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Walt, blond, on right, with his older brother Bill on the left.

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Walt, blond, on right, with his older brother Bill on the left.

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Biography

Walter W. Edwards, Operations Officer

Walter Wendell Edwards, of Arlington, VA, son of the late Pomeroy and Ethel Gerow Edwards of Milford, MA, died November 28, 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia. He was born in Fitchburg, MA but spent his early years in Milford, MA.

In 1943, when he was seventeen, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and participated in two Pacific campaigns during World War II, as part of the 1st Marine Division. After his discharge from the Marine Corps, he lived and worked in the inter-mountain west. He entered college under the GI Bill and graduated from Brigham Young University in May 1951 with a BS in Business. He started his retail career in Salt Lake City and for the next thirty-nine years he worked in retailing and retail-related fields in six states for five different retail organizations.

In 1971, the Headquarters Marine Corps Exchange Service in Washington DC decided to update and modernize its retail operations and sought outside help and expertise. Mr. Edwards, who was employed as the merchandise manager of the Catalog Division of Federated Merchandising in New York, was selected as Merchandise Coordinator. For the next nineteen years his main duties and functions were to develop, improve, and update the retail and merchandise operations of the Exchange Service so it conformed to modern business practices.

In the late 1980s, Headquarters Marine Corps, Washington DC, decided to combine the staffs of the Exchange Service, the Clubs and Messes, and the Recreation Department into the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Support Activity. In 1998, Mr. Edwards was selected to be the Operations Officer of the newly consolidated Retail Operations Branch. His main duties were to coordinate the operation policies and directives from headquarters to the field exchanges.

Prior to his retirement, he donated three hundred books on military subjects to the James Carson Breckinridge Library located on the Marine base at Quantico, VA, and objects from his time serving in the Pacific Theater in aviation support (including radar) to the USMC Museum. He also donated many books on history, including books related to the Battle of Ball’s Bluff and the 15th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the U.S. Civil War, to the Milford, MA Public Library. An avid amateur historian, he was interested in 19th and 20th century military history, US and British history, as well as Roman Britain. His favorite movie was Gladiator and his favorite tv show as Downton Abbey.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Carma Dean Mottonen, orginally of Salt Lake City, Utah daughter Terilee Edwards-Hewitt of Alexandria, VA, and son Bradley Phillip Edwards of Alexandria, VA, and nieces and nephews in the Milford, MA area and Salt Lake City, Utah.

Friends may call during a visitation with family & friends on December 17, 2018 6-8pm at
Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Rd, Springfield, VA 22151

A Church Memorial Service will be held December 18th at 11 am at Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314 in the Chapel of Bethlehem (small chapel)


Burial will be at Quantico National Cemetery on December 18th at 1pm at 18424 Joplin Rd
Triangle, VA 22172. Specific street/row information will be available later

He departs this life wearing his Marine Corps uniform, so when he arrives at his new state he would be readily recognized and the guard on duty at Heaven’s gate will call out “St. Peter, a U.S. Marine reporting in.” It was his belief that in the afterlife, he would join that band of Marines that guard the streets of Heaven. Semper Fi.

In honor of Walter's life and commitment to the United States Marine Corps and US History,
If you wish, you can make a donation in his name to:

Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, USMC Museum
https://www.marineheritage.org/makedonation.html

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