Robert was born in his family home in Ogden, Utah, to Charles Seymore Edwards (born February 19, 1899, Soap Creek Township, Davis County, Iowa; died October 11, 1950, Ogden, Utah) and Mary Catherine (Carnahan) Key (born August 25, 1906, Canon City, Colorado). He is survived by his daughter Kelly Anne (Stergar) Datillo, and his son Joshua S. Edwards. \n\nGrowing up in Utah gave Robert an appreciation for the outdoors and a love of all animals. He loved western movies where the main characters were defined by grit and gumption, especially white-hat westerns like the movie Shane. Robert was an incredibly giving person and dogs were his favorite people. In fact, he loved them so much that he donated to a veritable cornucopia of animal rescue charities, such that only one day's mail would fit into his mailbox. He also loved fishing, working on his yard, crosswords, lots of pour-over coffee, collecting salt shakers and pepper grinders, giving gifts, and admiring the female form. \n\nRobert, a notably handsome man, served his country stateside as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He didn't talk about himself much, and hardly at all about his childhood or military service. For the bulk of his occupational career, Robert worked for United Airlines as a Customer Service Representative, but those who knew him well must admit that he wasn't great at dealing with unruly patrons and had a unique way of straightening out their problems. However, he excelled at the physical aspect of the job and especially appreciated luggage that could be grabbed with both hands and hurled across the pits of an airplane. Please pack accordingly.\n\nLike many who were children of the Great Depression, Robert tended to stockpile food and have strong beliefs about how to live. These included the knowledge that VHS tapes were eternally relevant, hard copy reference material was an essential possession for any respectful ex-beatnik, old dishwater is almost always worth reusing, no container of food or domestic supplies was too large for a single man, and that expiration dates were a corporate conspiracy orchestrated by Monsanto to sell more GMO foods. \n\nRobert believed that death was an inevitable consequence of being born and faced his end bravely. He thoroughly appreciated his independence and lived at his house in Tucson, Arizona, for the last 30 years of his life and until his death from a heart attack. Robert was a kind, strong, generous person who was always there to support his loved ones. He will be dearly missed and his death has left sizable holes in many hearts. His ashes will be interred at the Arizona Veterans' Memorial Cemetery at Marana, Arizona. In lieu of sending flowers, please pay your tribute to Robert by a small act of kindness for a person or animal. May we all learn the lessons of our fathers without inheriting their demons.