Charles ‘Chuck’ Edwards

June 29, 1920 — Aug. 17, 2009

A graveside service will be Friday for longtime Tracy resident Charles “Chuck” Edwards, 89, who died Monday at Veterans Medical Center in Livermore.

He was born in San Francisco and was a Tracy resident for 40 years. Mr. Edwards served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from June 16, 1944, to Jan. 24, 1946. He served on the USS Sigsbee when it was damaged by a kamikaze plane off Okinawa, and he received the Purple Heart.

Mr. Edwards worked for the city of Tracy’s water treatment plant for many years and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in San Leandro. His family said he enjoyed boating, being outdoors and spending time with his family.

Mr. Edwards is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ann Edwards of Tracy; son Gary Edwards, and his wife Marlene, of Manteca; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Paul Edwards. Friday’s service will begin at 10 a.m. at Tracy Cemetery, 600 E. Schulte Road. Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 S. Central Ave., is handling arrangements.

An online guestbook is available at

Donations in Mr. Edwards’ memory may be sent to organizations that benefit disabled veterans.

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Webmaster's Notes: Charles Edwards, F1c was received aboard the USS SIGSBEE DD-502 December 29, 1944 from TAD Center Shoemaker, CA. He served with honor aboard the ship one year and nineteen days. January 16, 1946, Charles Edwards, M3c was transferred to Receiving Station Charleston, SC. for further transfer to Separation Center, Shoemaker, CA for discharge. Chuck was a loader on 40 MM Gun #43. Chuck and Ann Edwards attended the first USS Sigsbee reunion October 1988 at Indianapolis, IN. They attended many Sigsbee reunions including 2004 reunion of September 2004 in conjunction with the Commissioning of the USS CHUNG-HOON DDG-93, at Pearl Harbor, HI. September 18, 2004. Chuck will be sorely missed by his shipmates.  Billy Roberts