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W. Milton Edney

Milton Edney obituary photoW. Milton Edney, age 81, of Huron, died Saturday, July 21, 2007, at Samaritan Bethany Heights Nursing Home in Rochester, Minnesota.  His memorial service with Masonic Rites was Friday, July 27th, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard Rinearson officiating.  Burial was at Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery with military rites by the Huron Veterans Council. In lieu of flowers, the family will establish a memorial fund in Milton's name, or donations can be sent to the charity of your choice.

William Milton Edney, the eldest of William Fred and Ferne Marie Edney’s two children, was born December 20, 1925 in Cozad, Nebraska.  He grew up alongside his brother Dale and graduated from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska. After working as an accountant for several years in the grocery business, he joined his parents in the farm equipment wholesale distribution business, known as Edney Distributing Company, Inc. 

Milt Edney was blessed to live a long, rich life during which he was active in more groups and activities than his modesty would ever care to list. In Huron, which he and Olga were proud to call their home for over 50 years, he was active in business and in the community.  Huron and the greater state of South Dakota were his home, and to support his home he took every opportunity to invest in their growth, making a positive impact on every organization he joined and dedicating himself to the causes he supported.  At the heart of it all, he was a Mason.

Milton Edney was a member of the Masonic Lodge #26, York Rite Body, Scottish Rite Body, and Yeldez Shrine Temple. One of Milt’s great joys was riding with the James Valley Motor Corps, and watching him ride in parades is one of his family’s fondest memories.

His spirit of service began in his years as a sailor aboard the Naval vessel USS Lark, on which he served during World War II.  Milt, or “Bill” as he was called on the ship, joined the Navy as a young man of seventeen years, and spent these formative years serving his country as ship's electrician aboard the Lark in the South Pacific.  

His final months and days were spent surrounded by his family who loved and respected him deeply and whose lives he touched in many ways, both small and large, mirthful to the end. With great honor and a courage that words cannot describe, Milton Edney stood tall before men, stood boldly through war, stood selflessly beside his beloved wife, stood persistently against hardship and adversity, and stood bravely against cancer.

Milton was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Ferne; and his wife of 57 years, Olga.

Milton is survived by son, Doug and his wife Lynn Edney of Prior Lake, Minnesota; and daughters, Cindy Mayes of Custer, South Dakota and Deb Frederiksen of Plainfield, Illinois.  Also remembering Milt are seven grandchildren, Jennifer and Brian Edney, Adam, Noah, and Erin Walz, Paul and Michael Frederiksen; and two great-grandchildren, Alex and Ellen.  He is also survived by his brother Dale Edney of Huron, South Dakota, and his many brothers of the Masonic Lodge.

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