Illustrious Sir R. Donald Edwards, PP
July 29th, 1930 - June 15, 2021
Potentate of Murat Shrine - Indianapolis, Indiana in 1974
Father's Day ain't gonna be the same without ya pop.
Don / Dad passed away peacefully, after a long and fulfilling life, in the early morning hours of June 15th. Dad was born in Indianapolis on July 29th, 1930 to Clyde and Elsie Edwards and grew up in the Haughville section of the city. Dad attended Washington High School and Butler University and was both a very proud Continental as well as Bulldog all of his life.
Don married Virginia Louise King on March 16th, 1952 and they shared many, many happy moments during their 69 years of marriage. Their marriage spawned two children Caron (Mike) Goldenberg and Greg (Doris) Edwards.
Don Edwards did not know a stranger. Everyone he met became more than acquaintance and often a close friend. He was a walking, talking Mardi Gras.
Dad enjoyed an almost 50-year banking career with Indiana National Bank starting as a teller and retiring as an executive in branch management. He and mom met at the bank and the rest is history.
In addition to Washington High School and Butler University basketball Dad was a big fan of the Indianapolis Colts. He would often be seen, and especially heard, enjoying both Butler and the Colts on TV. In addition, Dad could often be found at his beloved Highland Country Club playing a round of golf with close friends, of which he had many.
Dad was proud of his Masonic membership and was a very active Mason. Dad's Masonic career was highlighted by his tenure as Potentate of Murat Shrine in 1974 and many years as Murat Treasurer subsequent to that. Mom and Dad enjoyed a very active social life as a result of Murat Shrine and Highland Country Club.
In Dad's later years he could be found most mornings, at 7:30 sharp, at the Donut Shop on north Keystone Avenue. He loved his Donut Shop family and enjoyed many a spirited political discussion with his buddies over breakfast.
Don was pre-deceased by his parents, Isaac Clyde Edwards, Sr. and Elsie (Marple) Edwards, his brother Clyde Jr. (Mildred), and his awesome son in law Mike Goldenberg. Dad is survived by daughter Caron Goldenberg, son Greg (Doris), granddaughters Sophie and Grace Goldenberg, grandsons Lloyd Edwards (fiancée Taylor Stevens), Wesley (Rachel) Edwards, Henry (Meghan) Edwards, great grandchildren Anthony, Aengus, and Brooklyn Edwards, his beloved dog Molly, and countless other relatives and friends.
Dad's family would like to sincerely thank the staff of Hoosier Village Retirement Community, especially nurse Antoinette, for the loving care provided him during his brief rehabilitation stay.
A small graveside family service was held at Washington Park North mausoleum on Saturday. A celebration of Dad's life will be held at a later date in the relatively near future. In lieu of flowers the family would ask that memorial contributions in Don's name be made to any of the following:
The Michael Goldenberg Education Fund @ Temple Israel Akron, 91 Springside Drive, Akron 44333
The Elias J Jacoby Historical Foundation Building Foundation
Murat Building Fund, 510 North New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Highland Golf & Country Club Foundation, 1050 West 52nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46228
Arrangements entrusted to Flanner Buchanan-Washington Park North.