Robert M. Edwards

Born: Thu., May 14, 1925
Died: Thu., Jun. 16, 2016


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Tue., Jul. 05, 2016
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Tue., Jul. 05, 2016
Location: Cleveland Rd. Location

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 Robert M. Edwards Sr.

May 14, 1925 - June 16, 2016

SOUTH BEND - Robert M. Edwards Sr., 91, of Sun City Center, Florida, formerly a lifetime resident of South Bend, passed away on June 16th in South Bay Hospital, Sun City, Florida. Bob was born in South Bend on May 14, 1925 to the late William Howard (“Cap”) and Inez (Maurer)Edwards. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Edwards, his parents, brothers, Jack and Bill (Frances) and two sisters, Emily (Dick) Gilliland and Elaine (Dick) McDonald. He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Joann (Kohn). Bob is also survived by Robert Jr. (Janene), Kathleen McKernan and James, all of South Bend; nine grandchildren, Chad (Jennifer) Edwards of South Bend, Jonathan (Ashley) Edwards of Hermosa Beach, California, Jase (Mary) Edwards of Fishers, Jennifer Bibler of Naples, Florida, Ryan Bibler of South Bend, Ashley Bibler of South Bend, Brandan (Karianne) Edwards of Glendale, Danielle Edwards of Phoenix and Brett Edwards of Atlanta, as well as 6 great-grandchildren.

Bob graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received an MBA from the University of Michigan.He was a big Notre Dame fan. His father, Howard “Cap” Edwards was the captain of the 1909 Notre Dame football team, which went undefeated and for the first time beat Michigan. Cap coached with Knute Rockne and they became great friends. Cap later played many years for the World Champion Canton Bulldogs, where he played with Jim Thorpe. Bob owned and operated two successful local restaurants most of his adult life. In 1963 he started the Original Pancake House on North Ironwood and in 1965 he started the Colonial Pancake House in Roseland, now the American Pancake House. Both restaurants have operated continuously since they opened and are two of the longest continuously operating restaurants in the area. Bob was a past president of the Indiana Restaurant Association.

Bob led a full and active life. He was a member of the Michiana YMCA his entire life until he moved to Florida in 2007. He worked out 4 days a week and loved playing handball with his friends and played into his mid-70's. He was an active Mason, member of the Scottish Rite and Orak Shrine most of his adult life and served as Worshipful Master of St. Joe Lodge 45 at age 65. He was a past president of the South Bend Kiwanis Club.After his retirement he volunteered with SCORE, a group of retired business mentors, delivered Meals on Wheels and drove children and families to the Shriners Hospital in Chicago. Most of all he enjoyed fishing and downhill skiing with friends and family. He and his sons and later grandsons went on many Canadian fishing trips over the years. He and Joann joined the Viking Ski Club of South Bend many years ago and took many annual ski trips out west, to Canada and Europe over the years. Bob's last ski trip was to Lake Tahoe at age 82.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 am Tuesday, July 5th in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North, 17033 Cleveland Rd. Internment at Highland Cemetery to follow. The family will receive friends in the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Memorial Service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children - 

Charitable donations may be made in Robert's memory to the following organization:

Shriners Hospitals for Children,
2211 North Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60707

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