Douglas Edwards

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Douglas H. Edwards, 71, of Belleville, IL, born July 12, 1947, in Belleville, IL, died Friday, May 31, 2019, at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, IL.

Before his retirement, Doug worked at the family business, Edwards Equipment in Belleville. Although he was supposed to be out selling equipment, he preferred to tell a few jokes and drink a beer with his customers. Doug loved to fish. Anyone who fished with him knew that if Doug was in control of the trolling motor, he would be the only one catching fish that day.

Doug’s greatest joy in life was his grandchildren. Spending time outdoors with the grandkids usually turned out with the motto of “the amount of fun you had was determined by the amount of mud on your clothes.” The grandkids just thought they were having fun, not realizing they were making memories. He spent a good deal of time planning his annual Christmas display. He enjoyed watching all the people who drove by to see his display.

Doug was one of a kind and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Junior H. and Bettina N., nee Calia, Edwards; and his sister, Dawn Bakse.

Surviving are two daughters, Stephanie (Philip) Tegtmeier and Teresa (Carl) Wasem;
his former wife, Linda Davinroy;
his bonus daughter, Danielle, nee Alves, Jackson;
five grandchildren, Katherine Tegtmeier, Abigail Tegtmeier, Caitlin DeClue-Wasem, Morgan Wasem and Max Wasem;
one brother, Gary (Dorothy) Edwards;
brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Collin (Denise) Bakse, Keith (Sharon) Butler, Diane Verner, Ramona (Paul) Felch and Sharon Edwards;
niece and nephews;
and his childhood friend, Dennis Hatton.

Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Gateway Area Chapter, 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 320, St. Louis, MO 63141. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2019, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.






7 Comments on Douglas Edwards

Tish Kettler said : Guest Report Jun 07, 2019 at 8:16 PM

Dear Steph & Family, Since childhood, Mr. Edwards has always held a very special place in my heart. His warmth & phenomenal sense of humor enhanced the lives of all who knew him. I'm so fortunate to have grown up with him as a "second Dad". How lucky could a girl be? I miss playing guitar with him & laughing endlessly in his presence. Moving forward, I will also miss his fantastic Christmas displays (which I drove past at least a dozen times each Christmas season). --My little nephew was especially fond of his "Christmas Light Extravaganza" each year. His enormous generosity was reflected in his willingness to share his humor & make people smile. He lifted many hearts & will be missed. In memory, he'll continue to make us smile & has probably already begun to give everyone on the other side of the veil the giggles, if not full-on belly laughs. Wishing you much comfort. Please let me know if there's anything I can do. Love, Tish (Kettler)

  • Belleville
  • IL
Cindy Files said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2019 at 9:19 PM

My heart and prayers go out to his family. He always had a joke for us RiP

  • Lenzburg
  • Il
Angie Blagden said : Guest Report Jun 06, 2019 at 7:46 PM

Gary and family, I am so very sorry for your loss and wish I had magic words to make this and the coming days easier for all of you. What I do know is my Uncle Frankie has proven to me that we do go to a better place and that we will see those we love and have lost again some day. And Gary you know how wise Uncle Frankie was so I hope that helps just a little. Prayers for all. Angie

  • Linn Creek
  • MO
Mary Klein said : Guest Report Jun 05, 2019 at 12:56 PM

My deepest sympathy to your family on your loss. Prayers for all that God will give you the peace and strength to get thru the difficult days ahead.

  • Sparta
  • IL
Bj kilgore said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2019 at 11:49 PM

Prayers are with u all at this junction in life.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Joe widel said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2019 at 6:19 PM

So sorry for your loss Stephanie and Family

  • Smithton
  • Il
Jeanne Jansen said : Guest Report Jun 04, 2019 at 2:31 PM

So sorry to hear Doug had passed. Have many, many memories of boating on the "Yabba dabba do" up & down the river with him!! Too many other memories to put here. He's with Larry now, each telling jokes nonstop to whoever will listen. Love ya, High pockets.

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL

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