Edwin Mays left this earth on Monday, September 22nd. Edwin was born on June 30, 1925 in Bloomington, Illinois. He married Elsie (Heck) Mays on October 28, 1942 and raised three children Charles Mays, Alexandria, Ohio, Thomas Mays, Geneseo, Illinois and Linda Armenise, Geneseo, Illinois. He was grandfather to four, Christie, Michael, Kendra and Angela, great grandfather to eight and great-great grandfather to two.
He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1943 to 1945 in Germany, France and Belgium and was very proud of his service to our country. He never missed an opportunity to wear and display the red, white and blue.
He was active in the Church of the Nazarene throughout his life which was one of service to others. He worked in youth ministry and touched the lives of many young people. He was never afraid to stand up for what he believed in and tried mightily to be an example for all who had the good fortune of crossing his path.
He was a friend to all, knowing no strangers. He was a dedicated and loyal husband and a wonderful caring father. He was warm and genuine and always had a mischievous sparkle in his eye. He was loved by all who knew him, old and young alike.
He was preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings and his beloved wife Elsie. He is survived by his children and grandchildren and one sister Marilyn Mays of Bloomington.
He will be missed by all who knew him...always to be remembered for his kindred spirit. We will honor his life and all that he meant to us and he will be a recipient of our love and devotion for eternity
Memorial services for Edwin will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 26 th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, 225 E. Park St., Geneseo with military honors by Don Cherry Post 5083 VFW, Geneseo. Private inurnment will be at a later date at Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, IL. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the services on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a veterans charity of the donors choice.
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