Dennis Edwards

Dennis J. Edwards

Saturday, May 29th, 1937 - Friday, January 25th, 2019
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Dennis J. “Buck” Edwards

Dennis J. “Buck” Edwards, age 81 of Sidney, NE and longtime Chadron resident, passed away Friday, January 25, 2018 in Scottsbluff. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 9th in the Sidney Evangelical Free Church with Pastor Kyle Larson officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place. Friends may stop at the Gehrig-Stitt Chapel on Friday, February 8th to sign Buck’s register book and drop off condolences for the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Buck’s name to the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame Foundation, 500 Charleston Street, Suite 3, Lincoln, NE 68508, attention: Mike Rasmussen or the Chadron Public Schools Foundation, 602 East 10th Street, Chadron, NE, to be used for CHS graduates attending CSC pursuing a degree in education. You may view Buck’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC in Sidney is in charge of Buck’s care and funeral arrangements.
Dennis John Edwards was born May 29, 1937, to Cecil and Dorathy Edwards in their home in Scribner, NE. He was the second of three boys and grew up with many fond childhood stories and memories, including earning the nickname “Buck” due to his passion for buckwheat pancakes. He graduated from Spencer high school and attended Trinidad Junior College on a basketball scholarship. He finished his degree at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley where he met his wife Shirley. They were married June 1, 1958. Buck taught and moved into administration through the years in Iowa and Nebraska. He had much success coaching boys’ basketball and golf in Norfolk and Chadron, was instrumental in Title Nine development starting girl’s golf teams in both towns and served as athletic director/assistant principal much of his tenure in Chadron. Buck received numerous coaching and athletic director awards throughout the years establishing lasting friendships along the way. His stories are known from one end of
the state to the other.
In retirement since 1996, Buck enjoyed serving as interim principal, advocated for and assisted in establishment of the Nebraska High School Hall of Fame, and provided much guidance to other athletic directors. Card games and fishing were his most recent hobbies. Combining the two during trips to Canada were especially good.
He is remembered most as a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Shirley, son, Bart (Kelly) of Chadron; daughter-in-law, Shirley of Ogallala and grandsons Joel, Eric, and Trevor; daughter, Robyn (Brad Hicks) of Sidney and grandchildren Ryley, Regyn, Boone, and Rhemy; son, Dana (Kristi) and grandchildren Nicholas and Taylor of Soldotna, AK. Buck is preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Dorathy Edwards, brother
Donald and son Blake Edwards.
We will miss his enthusiasm for good food, sports, fishing, cards and political debates.
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    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, February 9th, 2019 10:00am
    Evangelical Free Church
    2763 11th Ave.
    SIDNEY, NE 69162
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    Pastor Kyle Larson


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Junice Dagen

Posted at 07:25pm
I will forever think of Buck as a good friend and mentor. His sense of humor made my job as an elementary teacher so much fun. I loved having him stop in my classroom and give me some long story . His part in my job interview was legendary and it set the scene for a career I enjoyed to the fullest. I will deeply miss him and his stories. While I will not be able to attend services due to a decision not to share germs with others, I will be sending warm thoughts of a man it was a real privilege to know and work with. God's speed dear friend. Junice Dagen John and I send our condolences to Shirley and the family.

Dale E Hendrickson

Posted at 07:46pm
Thoughts and prayers go out to Shirley and family. Bucck was a great friend and human being. Always enjoyed our AD meetings, teaching coaching classes, and an occasional friendly game of poker. Buch will be missed by all those who knew hi.
Dale Hendrickson

Marta Holscher Nelson

Posted at 12:40pm
Buck is one of my favorite administrators. He was kind and supported the arts as well as sports. I thoroughly enjoyed working with him at Chadron High School. He called me "Mahailia" when asking me to sing the national anthem for Chadron High School sporting events. Marta Holscher Nelson. Chadron HS choir director: 1991-99

Posted at 11:44am
Edwards Family so sorry to hear of the passing of my friend Buck, so enjoyed spending time with him on our fishing trips to Canada! God bless and prayers to the family. Sincerely Ron Hanshew

Melissa Burke

Posted at 10:35pm
Mr. Edwards was an amazing man! I knew Mr. Edwards as the athletic director. He supported all the teams and activities of Chadron High School. Our basketball team made it to the state tournament, and although we didn't win, he allowed our team to stay and watch the rest of the tournament. While watching the games, he bought us all ice cream. He was one of the greatest things about Chadron High School! Deepest sympathy to his family!
Melissa Burke, CHS, Class of 1997

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