Dr. Phillip Anthony Edwards, 62, of Sidney, went to be with the Lord at 11 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, after a year-long fight against angiosarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. His battle ended at the Cleveland Clinic where he had been undergoing treatment over the course of his illness.
Phil was born April 25, 1956, in Springfield a son of Gerald (Barb) Edwards and the late Leona Williams Edwards.
On Aug. 28, 1976, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Vicki Lynn Kigar, who survives along with their three children, Aaron (Kelly) Edwards and Erik (Holly) Edwards, both of Sidney, and Amy (Steve) Frazier of Columbus; grandchildren, Clayton, Carter and Callie Edwards, Wesley and Will Frazier and Rhiannon Edwards; siblings, Sherry Martinez, Simon (Kelly) Edwards, Theresa Edwards, Beth (Mike) McGirt, Kris Edwards, and Kim (John) Lutheran; parents-in-law, Richard and Alice Kigar; sister-in-law, Julie (Tim) Leffler; brother-in-law, Rich (Diana) Kigar; and numerous nieces, nephews and great- nieces and nephews.
Dr. Edwards held degrees from the University of Toledo and Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served the Shelby County community for many years through his private practice, Orthopedic Associates Inc., as well as through Wilson Memorial Hospital, Upper Valley Medical Center and Southern Ohio Medical Center. He was most recently practicing at Mary Rutan Hospital in Bellefontaine specializing in total joint replacement.
He loved being a surgeon and improving the health and quality of life of others. He also held a degree from the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science and was a driving force behind his sons’ professional development. He was a perpetual student, always striving to learn and explore new topics. He enjoyed traveling and attending concerts with Vicki, his beloved wife of 42 years, and he was a passionate Ohio State football fan who rarely missed a game in the Shoe. He was a loving provider who doted on his children and grandchildren, taking interest and pride in each of their pursuits.
Most of all, he was a man of God with deep and steadfast faith in Jesus Christ.
Phil was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Sidney, where a funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, with Pastor James Alter officiating. Burial follows at Graceland Cemetery in Sidney. Calling is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney. The family respectfully requests no flowers, but rather consider a memorial contribution to Grace Baptist Church’s Building Fund.
Condolences may be expressed at www.cromesfh.com.