Our father, grandfather, uncle and friend passed away June 23, 2012.
Wilber “Bill” Edmonson, also known as “Slim,” was born Nov. 27, 1926. The 10th child of George and Jessie Bowdish Edmonson, Bill was born and raised in Cortez, Colo.
After serving in the Navy during World War II, Bill married briefly. The marriage ended in divorce; no children were born of it.
In Durango, Colo., in 1957, Bill married Dorothy Roehm Vier. With no children of his own, Bill happily settled in to raising Dot’s kids. Easily accepted by all of her children, he became “Pa.” Later, he even adopted the youngest son.
A miner by trade, “Slim” worked in Nevada and Arizona before retiring from Rio Algom when it closed.
Daily drives to Pack Creek after breakfast at the Moab Diner became the routine of Bill and his wife for many years. A job at Ford detailing cars for a few years gave “Slim” a little something to do to pass the day.
After the death of his wife in 2002, “Slim” took up gardening, canning and wine-making. You were guaranteed a bottle of wine and/or a jar of pickles for Christmas. Eventually, he gave up wine-making, but the garden and canning remained a pastime. His garden is bigger than ever this year. Also remaining a daily routine was breakfast at the Diner. If the doors were open, he was there. The employees became a second family to Grandpa.
Having resided in Moab since 1973, “Slim” was well known and well liked. A quiet man with a big smile, he was a calm in the storm. He will be missed by many.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years; his parents; and all of his siblings; four children; one grandchild; one great-grandchild; and various nieces, nephews and other family members.
In the Cortez, Colo., area he is survived by two nieces, Halene (George) West and Kitty Halls,; along with a multitude of other great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. He is also survived by four sons, Loren (Martha) Vier, Texas, Kieth (Carol) Vier, Nevada, Ken (Vicki) Vier, Caalifornia and Don Edmonson, Oklahoma. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grand children and great-great-grandchildren, whom he loved and who loved him dearly.
Adios Grandpa! Love You!
The family would like to thank the home health nurses who have been with grandpa for the last few years. A special thanks to his nurse, Brandi Dowd, and her husband, Kurt. You two went above and beyond and were wonderful friends to Grandpa. Thank you. Also, a special thanks to Dodi Butcher. What a great “neighbor” and friend you were! We all appreciate you greatly!
Services were held in Moab on June 29. Burial was next to Dorothy at Sunset Memorial Gardens.