Richard Joseph Edelman, 76, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at home in Beloit, surrounded by his family, after a long battle with cancer.
He was born on Nov. 25, 1940, in Sabetha, one of 10 children to Alphia and Emma (Stahl) Edelman.
Richard grew up farming, surrounded by his immediate and extended family. He sold his farm in Sabetha, then married Shirley (Godfrey) Edelman Jan. 31, 1970. They moved to Beloit to help a small congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Soon after, he started his janitorial business, in which he took pride in cleaning and maintaining numerous businesses in Beloit. He used his cleaning business as an opportunity to spend time with his children, while at the same time training them the value of working hard and serving others. He looked forward to his daily conversations with those he worked with in an effort to “solve the problems of the world.” The friendships he made with his workmates and coffee buddies were of great value to him.
Richard was known for his love of all people. In 1968, motivated by his desire for satisfying answers to questions he had about life, death and a hope for the earth, he began earnestly studying the Bible. Excited about what he learned, in February 1969 he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and remained a student of the Bible until his death. He loved sharing the hope he found in the Bible of the time when Jesus will restore the earth to its original clean and peaceful condition, and the resurrection on the restored earth of ones who have fallen asleep in death.
In the meantime, he loved finding ways to be generous to those in need, whether by helping fix their lawn mower, changing their oil, or giving them farm eggs or produce from his garden. His favorite pastimes included helping others, gardening, taking care of his cows, coffee breaks at Pump Mart and the Banner, and spending time with family.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clemons Edelman; sisters, Karoline, Berniece and Lena Edelman, all of Sabetha.
He is survived by his wife Shirley of the home; daughters, Alethia (Allen) Larsen of Hood River, Ore., and Rachel (Joshua) Webb of Beloit; sons, Caleb (Monica) Edelman of Carbondale, Colo., and Craig (Lacey) Edelman of Beaverton, Ore.; grandchildren Jacob and Levi Larsen, Grace Webb and Phoebe Edelman; brothers, Orin, Leonard (Anna), Nathan (Marlene) and Eugene (Judy); sister, Doris (Virgil) Meyer of Sabetha; sister-in-law, Marjorie Edelman of Sabetha; and a host of nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews; and many dear cousins.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at the Roberts Family Funeral Home in Beloit. Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Roberts Family Funeral Home, with burial in Albany — near Sabetha — at 3 p.m. Memorials may be given to Solomon Valley Hospice.
Roberts Family Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.robertsfamilyfs.com.
The Sabetha Herald 8/16/2017