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Thomas Allen Edwards
date of birth June 20 1949
date of death August 1 2019
It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas A Edwards of Mulino, OR announces his unexpected passing, surrounded by family, on August 1, 2019 at the age of 70 years.
Tom was born in East Liverpool, OH on June 20, 1949 to Ralph and Margie Edwards, and grew up in Southern California. He lived in Alaska, Wyoming and Montana; settling in Oregon in 1981. He was the first in his family to graduate from college, obtaining a BA from Laverne College and an MBA from George Fox University.
He worked for NW Preferred Federal Credit Union and retired from the position of CEO and President after 29 years. During his tenure, Tom was a strong advocate for Credit Union for Kids and their charity of choice, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, organizing and participating in ongoing fundraising events. In recent years Tom returned to his love of making wooden toys, most of which were donated to children through local groups. He also spent time each year in New Mexico visiting family and fishing.
Tom came from blue collar beginnings and strove to lead a life of integrity through hard work. He was committed to his beliefs and those he loved. He never gave up, whether it was building fences, a credit union, or a family. As a result, we know that no job is beneath us, “If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right!”
He was preceded in death by grandmother, Nellie Kelly, his aunt and uncle that raised him, Walt and Vera Tackett, and his brother in law and friend, Buddy Dickman. Tom will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 20 years, Marie Edwards, daughters Emilie Kaina (Molalla, OR), Crystal Fullmer (Tucson, AZ), and Chantel Hopkins (Aloha, OR), sisters Darleen Dickman (New Mexico) and Sue Parker (Texas), grandchildren Ender, Mercy, Savannah, Enapay and Gidon. He will also be forever remembered by numerous nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
In accordance with Tom’s wishes, no services will be held. As he firmly believed in supporting our veterans, memorial donations may be made to the Veteran’s Transitional Village of Clackamas through Clarkes Grange, c/o Jim Dumalt, 26354 S Beeson Rd, Beavercreek, OR 97004. One hundred percent of donations will go to assisting those veterans.
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Candle lit by Emilie (Amy) Kaina My dad was a man who overcame anything and everything that was put in his way. He was a man who followed his own path and found that many followed him. He built a family with no good blue print. He tried and if he failed he tried something else; and occasionally he made things happen through the sheer power of his will. He built a home, maintained a beautiful piece of property for his family, taught his children to work hard and to never, ever give up. He made mistakes and sometimes his love felt prickly but he never stopped trying, even when he said he would. He loved us fiercely. He made me so much of the woman I am today; his fingerprints are all over my heart. He was a man of intelligence, a hard-working man of strength, a man of tenacious love, a man always ready to help, a self-made man; he was my daddy.
Candle lit by Art and Audrey Barnard We will miss you
Candle lit by Staff at Canby-Molalla Funeral Chapel Our sincere condolences.
Candle lit by Damon Lute He believed in me even when I didn't.
Candle lit by megan hawkins uncle tom ,i met you a few times as a child and u were so nice and full of life.wishing your family comfort and peace during this hard time. may u rest in love and wwatch over all of our loved ones.
Candle lit by Robert (Bob) YoungI It saddens my heart to know you are gone now. Growing up as kids and into adults we had a lot of fun times. Gram would take you myself and Mike fishing and had a blast. Then we became adults and went our own ways, but never lost contact for very long. Thats what family did in our days. Say hello to the family thats up there with you. May you rest in peace Tom. Love Bob (cuz)
Candle lit by Lorie Stewart Prayers and hugs to the family. Tom will be greatly missed. He was extremely committed to all of the employees who worked for Farmers Insurance who were members of the NW Preferred Credit Union.
Candle lit by Jan Cooper Jean and I will always cherish and appreciate the wonderful wooden train Tom made for us
Candle lit by Vicky & Emory Harry We send the family our sincere condolences for the loss of such a kind man. He will be greatly missed. Sending love, hugs and prayers to the family
Candle lit by Jean Friend What a talented
Candle lit by email@example.com Sorry for your father's passing. Remember the awesome times! That will get get you through the sorrow. Love you, Aaron and Savannah!
Candle lit by Debbie Ragsdale I am so very sad but can rejoice in the memories of the great times we shared as family. I saw you just 4 months ago and am so grateful for that time. As family, no matter the length of time in between visits, it was always the same laughing fun times. You gave us Marie and I am so thankful for that. You will be missed greatly, I love you cousin!
Candle lit by Yvette and JJ When we met..I was Amazed at the person you were..We are Proud to have met you and think of you as our FRIEND and My Family
Candle lit by Phil Reierson Marie, my thoughts are with you today. I happen to be salmon fishing this weekend and the next catch will be dedicated to Tom. I enjoyed Tom’s friendship and mentoring in the early days. Peace to you and your family. Please reach out if I can help you in any way.
Candle lit by Mercy Kaina My grandpa always told the story of the alligator in the pond, we never really swam in that pond. And his Herman the worm stories always made us laugh, even when Herman died then came back to life because a sparrow did mouth to mouth to save him! He taught me and my brothers how to play golf on his property, next to his house. His smile will always be in my heart!
Candle lit by Christa Bosserman Wolfe Crystal, I’m sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Do you remember the time we had so much snow and we wanted to go sledding? So he chained up your car and drove the long way just so he could pick me up so we could have fun. What a dedicated and loving father.
Candle lit by DeeDee The occasions that I had the pleasure of sitting in conversation with Tom left a lasting impression of a man who I would have liked to have known better. Fun, full of life and love of family. I am a cousin of Marie's, many years had separated us, yet Tomwelcomed my husband and I into family holidays as if we were always close and always would be. Tom will be missed Tom will be remembered with a great deal of fondness.
Candle lit by Kristen Bentley Tom Very patiently attempted to teach me to fish at Paulina Lake, to no avail. Also, he allowed us girls multiple sleepovers in his new shop while refraining from yelling too much when we failed to respect it quite enough. I enjoyed his sarcastic company.
Candle lit by Sibyl Gehlen We had a rough start to our careers together at the credit union, but we eventually realized each other's worth. You played a major role in my development and am sorry we lost touch after I retired. You loved life, your wife, kids and grandkids immensely. You had a very big heart and will be missed. I'm sure you will be a great wood worker in God's workshop.
Candle lit by Brenda Butler Buie Friend of my youth. Always in my heart.
Candle lit by Sue Dumolt Tom really did have a big heart, which is really missed. For the last couple of years he made and gave absolutely wonderful wood toys to the children in the Sunday school near his home. He wanted to be anonymous to the children, he did it just to see them smile. That was the only thing he wanted. No fame, just joy.