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Linden O. "Fuzzy" Edwards

| May 22, 2008 12:00 AM

Linden O. "Fuzzy" Edwards took his place in heaven on April 27, 2008. Born Sept. 3, 1938 to Gilbert and Alice Swanke Edwards in Coeur d"Alene, Idaho.

Fuzzy spent his childhood in the areas of Coeur d"Alene, Trout Creek and Butte.

In 1959, Fuzzy married Marilyn Johnson and resided in Libby until 1983. Fuzzy and Marilyn had seven children: Charles of Billings, David and his wife Sheri, Connie Everett and her husband Ken, Claude and his wife Sis, all of Libby, Pat and his wife Lynda of Fruita, Colo., Kathy McCloud and her husband Marc of Columbia Falls and Teri Beebe and her husband Harry of Libby.

In 1984, Fuzzy married Patricia Pence of Troy where they resided at their home on Iron Creek until the early 1990s. With his marriage to Pat, Fuzzy gained four more children: Mike and his wife Sungi of Mesa, Ariz., and Laurie, Sherry and Heidi, all of California. Fuzzy and Pat moved to Tucson, Ariz. where he continued mining until his retirement.

In 2007, Fuzzy married Renata Hall in Tucson where they lived until his death. In this marriage, he gained yet again two children: Tim and his wife Cheryl and Danny, all of Tucson.

Fuzzy spent many of his years working in the woods falling timber and operating numerous pieces of equipment. In the early 1980s, Fuzzy went to work for ASARCO at the Troy Project and worked there until its closure then continued mining in Tucson until he retired.

Fuzzy enjoyed his leatherwork, as well as the outdoors and was an avid big game hunter for many years. Fuzzy took up wood working later and was a very accomplished carpenter.

With his amazing talent he did a lot of volunteer repairs for his church, friends, mission and the Crisis Pregnancy Centers of Tucson.

However, one of his great joys was to make gifts for family and friends, especially toys for his grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the children of the church in Tucson and orphanage in Mexico.

Since 2000, the greatest passion in Fuzzy's life was his love for the Lord. Fuzzy"s love for the Lord gave him a love for absolutely everything, everyone and giving his time to Caring Ministries and the Phoenix Disaster Relief Program.

Fuzzy was preceded in death by his parents Gilbert and Alice Edwards and his beloved Pat.

He is survived by Renata at their home in Tucson, all of his 13 children, 24 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial and celebration of Fuzzy's life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 24 at the Libby Christian Church.