Sept. 12, 1951 - Nov. 6, 2010
Steven Charles Edwards died peacefully at home in Dayton on Nov. 6,
2010, surrounded by his family. A celebration of Steve's life will be held Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010, at 11 a.m., at the Dayton First Congregational Church, 214 S. Third St. The Rev. Bill Graham and the Rev. Mike Ferrians will officiate.
Steve was born Sept. 12, 1951, in Monterey Park, Calif., to Carol and Walter B. Edwards. He graduated from Gooding High School in Gooding, Idaho, in 1969. Steve married his life partner, Roslyn Lydia Sonnenstuhl, on Nov. 10, 1979, in Kettle Falls, Wash.
He received his B.A. degree from Eastern Washington University in 1987 and his Masters of Divinity from George Fox University in 1993.
Steve served as pastor of the Dayton First Congregational Church from 1993 until his death. Previously, he worked as a professional musician, nurse, social worker and lay minister with the UCC denomination. He also operated Dayton Counseling Services for several years.
As a member of the original group who formed the Touchet Valley Arts Council, Steve helped with restoration of Dayton's Liberty Theater. He was the creator and director of The Penrose Players and was a member of TVAC Productions. He was a director, actor and production manager for many of TVAC Productions' fall musicals at the Liberty Theater.
Steve was a past member of the Dayton City Council and the Dayton City Planning Commission, and he supported the Touchet Valley Ministerial Association. He was also a member of the local AA Chapter.
All his life, Steve loved music, theater and traveling. He also loved spending time with his family at the cabin he built on the North Touchet River, sunsets and walks with his wife, Rosey.
Steve is survived by his wife, Roslyn, at home; his children, Thorin Zanger and wife Jane, of Walla Walla, Matthew Zanger and wife Nyssa, of Dayton, Alicia Penner and husband Seth, of Portland,
Benjamin Edwards and girlfriend Alicia, of Tacoma, and Bethany Rahn and husband Chris, of Dayton; grandchildren, Kiara, Genevieve, Annabella, Isabelle, Jack and Hunter; and his brother, Randy Edwards of Minden, Nev.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Charles Confer; brother, Harley Confer; and sister, Susan Penner.
Memorial donations may be made to the Dayton First Congregational Church, the Walla Walla
Chapter of Hospice or the Steve Edwards Memorial Creative Arts Scholarship Fund, care of the Dayton School District.