Edward Harold James passed away on November 23, 2020 at the age of 80 at his home in Laurel, MT surrounded by his children, a granddaughter, a grandson and a great-grandson. He had battled congestive heart failure for several years.
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Edward was born in Lewistown, MT on October 10, 1940 to Harold “Bud” and Judith James. He was their first born child and later became big brother to Margaret, Jim, Diana, Linda, Leslie, and Wayne. Edward loved to play jokes on his siblings, his children, grandchildren and friends. He sure could make someone believe something he said when in fact, he was just joking!
Edward joined the United States Army in 1959 and served overseas in Germany. Edward met the love of his life, Cheerl, in 1962 and they were married on March 15, 1963 and settled to raise a family in Billings. Edward and Cheerl loved to help others and would often give their last dollar they had to help someone in need. For they truly had genuine hearts of gold. They spent almost 57 years together and have 4 children, 8 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
After his honorable discharge from the Army in 1964, Edward started his career as an over-the-road truck driver and proudly drove a semi-truck hauling flatbed trailers and even double tanker trailers for more than 50 years. At one point in his career, he was presented a safety award for driving 2.5M miles accident-free. Edward’s work ethic was grounded on dedication, commitment and his steadfast love for his wife and children as their sole provider. He instilled this work ethic in his children and they continue to honor his leading by example in their daily lives today.
Edward is survived by his children, Bradley (Brenda), Laurie, Theresa “Tammy” Rusnock (Dave) and Shawn (Michele), 8 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, sisters Margaret James, Linda Tipps, and brothers Jim and Leslie. He was preceded in death by his wife Cheerl, parents, sister Diana Twet, younger brother Wayne, and 2 grandchildren Akaiah and Ricky James.
A military cemetery service is planned for Spring 2021. In living memory of Edward, donations may be made to the Montana Veteran Support Foundation at MVSF PO Box 30762 Billings MT 59107.