Paul Duane "P.D." Edwards, 1938-2006

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Longtime Yampa resident Paul Duane "P.D." Edwards died June 13, 2006, at his home on Terhune Avenue in Yampa. He was 68.

P.D. was born May 12, 1938, in Wellington, Kan., to Helen Beatrice Friend and John Forrest Edwards.

As the eldest child, he spent his younger years in Cicero, Kan., with his brothers John, Jack and Gary and his sister, Maryann.

Paul graduated from Wellington High School in 1956. He served in the Kansas National Guard from 1954 to 1960 and in the Army Reserve from 1960 to 1962.

P.D. began working at a young age on the family farm and also was a mechanic for his good friend, George Middleton.

He began his professional career working on the Santa Fe Railroad in 1958. After moving to Denver, he continued his railroad career on the Rio Grande Railroad, where he received his diploma for freight conductor on June 27, 1979.

After spending time in the train yard, he became a radiologist at Denver General, where he worked for a short time before returning to work on the coal trains. The railroad carried Paul to Yampa, where he remained for the rest of his life.

He retired as "a big thorn in the side of the Union Pacific Railroad" in 2004.

Paul first married Carol Ann Humphries in August 1957 in Wellington, Kan. They had three children, Mark Duane, Gregory Lee and Ricky John.

His second marriage was to Linda Sue Hessman on Jan. 29, 1965, in Denver. They had two children, Candace Marie and James Randal.

His third marriage was to Patricia Lee Baker on June 5, 1976, at Heritage Square in Golden. They had no children.

The fourth marriage was to Ruth Elaine Smith on Nov. 19, 1978, at the Heritage Square Church in Golden. Paul became a stepfather to Sean Michael Fogarty. Ruth and Paul had a daughter, Stacey Elaine.

Paul Duane was a very loving grandfather to Steve, Michelle, Rory, Kayla, Kelsea and Riley. This past year he became a great-grandfather to Eric.

P.D. was lovingly referred to as "Puss" and "Flash" for reasons that need no explanation.

He enjoyed many things, including hunting. He looked forward to his annual fishing trip with siblings to Kaw Lake in Oklahoma, where many pictures were taken next to dead catfish hanging from trees. He and Gary developed the best fish-fry recipe in the West.

Many a summer was spent at Lake Powell, boating and water skiing with family and friends. He spent his winters in Southern California and Lake Havasu, and when he was not there, he was risking life and limb snowmobiling to Rams Horn Lake, where he would compete with his friend, Preacher, to see who would catch the most brook trout.

P.D. often boasted of his reign as the horseshoe and beer-drinking champion of the Yampa Valley.

He was a proud member of the American Legion, and he often spoke of the honor of marching in the Fourth of July parade.

Paul became a Mason a few years ago and was just inducted into the Shrine.

P.D. absolutely loved women. He truly was a ladies man, with girlfriends in every state.

But if he loved one thing more than women, it was the Denver Broncos. P.D. was a season ticket holder since 1968. Bronco memorabilia was used as decoration all over the inside of his home, garage, recreational vehicle and closets.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Helen and John.

He is survived by three brothers and sisters; seven children; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

P.D. had a full and happy life and was loved by so many. His smile, laughter and loving heart will be terribly missed, but his life and countless memories will be celebrated in all of our hearts.

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