URBANA – Robert Justin Edwards, 86, of Urbana died at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 2, 2013) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, Urbana, is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Edwards was born Oct. 6, 1926, in Champaign, the son of Myron J. and Ethel May Derry Edwards.
Survivors include one sister, Mary (Edward) Torsch of Dover, Del.; two nieces, Virginia Torsch and Elizabeth Cox; one nephew, Robert Torsch; and three grandnieces and one grandnephew.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Jack M. Edwards.
Mr. Edwards graduated from Urbana High School and graduated from Greenville College in 1950.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II having the rank of Photographer's Mate Third Class.
Mr. Edwards retired from the University of Illinois as a clerk in the Chemistry Department.
He was a member of the Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church, Champaign.
Bob was an avid reader and hiker. Though frugal in his lifestyle, he generously supported the ministries of his church and empty tomb.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church or empty tomb.
Condolences may be offered at www.renner-wikoffchapel.com .