Funeral services for Colonel Robert Edwards, 65 year old Buffalo resident who passed away at his home Sunday afternoon, will be held Friday, October 5th, at 10:00 a.m. from the Adams Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Father John Myer officiating. Interment will be in Willow Grove Cemetery with the Wyoming Army National Guard in charge of military graveside services. Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to the Bread of Life Food Pantry; the Gatchell Memorial Museum or the Western Wing of the Occidental Museum in care of the Adams Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo.
Robert Charles Edwards was born on April 9th, 1947, in Parkston, South Dakota to Jack and Charlene Edwards. He grew up and went to school in Armour, South Dakota, and graduated from Armour High School in 1965. After high school, he attended the University of South Dakota in Vermillion where he was active in ROTC and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Master’s in History as well as a Master’s in Education. He was married to Nancy Skinner during college, and after college he joined the U.S. Military and served as a 1st Lieutenant at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska for several years. After his active duty, Bob joined the U.S. Army National Guard where he attained the rank of Colonel. He was married on June 7, 1980 in Gregory, South Dakota to Cynthia Knittel and they made their home in Parkston where Bob was a high school principal for 2 years. He took a position as principal of Tongue River High School in Dayton, Wyoming where he retired in 2001 after 23 years of service. In 1988 while he was the principal at Tongue River, he took a sabbatical and attended the U.S. War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He was married on August 9, 2003 in Buffalo to Robyn Marlow and they made their home in Buffalo. After retirement, he went to work for the Gatchell Museum as their educational director where he was instrumental in bringing together the Nate Champion Statue as well as many valuable artifacts for the museum. Bob was featured on PBS and the History Channel as an expert on western history.
He was a member of the NRA and the Single Action Shooting Society as well as an author of several books. He loved cowboy action shooting and was an avid historian.
Bob is survived by his wife, Robyn, of Buffalo: two step-children, Rachel Wear of Buffalo and Daniel Wear of Seattle; one son Brant Edwards and his wife Loni of St. Lawrence, South Dakota; two brothers, Jack Edwards and his wife Bonnie of Rapid City, South Dakota and Doug Edwards of Hermosa, South Dakota and one granddaughter Sophie Edwards. He was preceded in death by his parents.