Rolland “Ronnie” O. Edwards

December 02, 1967 ‒ August 21, 2020

Sunbury, Ohio

Rolland “Ronnie” Orr Edwards Jr., age 52, of Sunbury, devoted husband, father, son, brother and Papaw passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family on Friday, August 21, 2020.

Ronnie was born at Riverside Methodist Hospital on December 2nd, 1967, and was a lifelong resident of Sunbury, Ohio. In early 2016, Ronnie was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). During his long and tireless battle, his wife, parents and sister-in-law Robin, dedicated their time to his constant and around-the-clock care.

Ronnie is survived by the love of his life for over 22 years, Maj Anne (Appleton) Edwards; his parents, Rolland O. Edwards and Anna L. (Sparks) Edwards of Sunbury; his sons, Eric (Sarah) Edwards of Centerburg and Eli Edwards of Sunbury; his daughter, Kara Edwards of Sunbury; his grandchildren, Olivia and Haydn Edwards; and his sisters, Debbie (Jon) Jackson of Galena and Karen (Jeff) Minder of Tallahassee, Florida, and many aunts, uncles and cousins that loved him very much. Ronnie was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Othie and Gusta Sparks and his paternal grandparents, Deb and Martha Edwards.

Ronnie owned and operated his own trucking business which was a lifelong dream, but his pride and joy was his family! He and Maj Anne enjoyed attending various sports and school activities. Ronnie’s hobbies included deer and turkey hunting and cheering on his favorite sports teams. In 2014, he was proudly inducted into the “Buckeye Big Buck Club”. When you stopped by the house to visit, you would most likely catch the Columbus Blue Jackets, Cincinnati Bengals, Cincinnati Reds, The Ohio State Buckeyes and NASCAR on his TV. In addition to sports he was a huge music lover. Ronnie had an ear for music and taught himself how to play guitar and piano. All three of his children took on this love. His sons play the guitar and his daughter plays the violin. Some of Ronnie’s favorites included KISS, Tesla, Lita Ford, Warrant, Ratt, Poison, Heart, Prince, Maroon 5 and Bruno Mars, just to name a few.

A visitation will be held from 6-8 pm for friends and family at DeVore- Snyder Funeral Home in Sunbury on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. A funeral service for Ronnie will be held at 1 pm at the funeral home on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Interment will take place following the service at Sunbury Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations go to the Ronnie Edwards Memorial Fund FBO of Kara & Eli Edwards which is established at The Middlefield Bank in Sunbury, Ohio. 492 West Cherry Street, Sunbury, OH 43074, (740) 913-0632.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Edwards family. Please visit to share a memory or condolence with the family.

  • We are so sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers all of the days! Ronnie was a long time friend and although we have not seen him in many years, we will always remember him. God be with all of you and give you His great comfort and peace. With deepest sympathy, Keith and Jona Baer

  • So sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing … keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Although I had not seen Ronnie in many years, I have such great memories of him and his zest for life and will remember him in that light. With deepest sympathy – Todd Heine

  • Was so sorry to hear the news. Ronnie was such a lovely kind hearted soul who was too young to be taken from his family and friends. I will always remember his strength and determination to keep going no matter what card he was dealt and it is something I truly admire about him. You are all in our thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. With deepest sympathy Sonia, Gareth, Alicia and Alex.

  • MajAnne and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sending love and strength to you.
    Tom, Becky, and Madi Kaczmarek

  • Anna & Debbie,
    Sorry for your loss. Thinking of your family with prayers for peace & comfort.
    Darcy Guglielmi

  • MajAnne and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing. He was a beautiful soul and will be dearly missed. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  • was so very sorry to hear of Ronnie’s passing . My thoughts and prayers are with you . Love Linda

  • Maj Anne and family, I’m so sorry to read this news. Though it’s been many years since we’ve seen each other, I do recall the way Ronnie watched you walk across the room the night I met him. He was so in love with you and you him. I’m happy for the years you had with one another. Keeping you and the family in my thoughts. Take care of yourselves. Hugs, Heather (Teale) Timbrook