Clay Dell 'Skip' Edmonds, Marine who served in Vietnam, dies

He had been a mechanic

February 11, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Clay Dell "Skip" Edmonds, a retired mechanic who served in Vietnam with the Marine Corps, died Feb. 4 of Agent Orange-related leukemia at his Woodbine home. He was 63.

Mr. Edmonds was born in Baltimore and raised in Lansdowne. He attended Woodlawn High School.

"He was 17 and forged his mother's name in order to join the Marine Corps in 1965," said his wife of 14 years, the former Jeanie Pickett.

He was assigned as a tank mechanic to an infantry unit in Vietnam.

"He volunteered for three tours of duty during the Vietnam War," said a daughter, Taryn Wilson of Bel Air.

Mr. Edmonds was discharged from the Marine Corps in 1977 and remained an active reservist until 1994.

Mr. Edmonds owned gas stations in Woodlawn and Catonsville, and was a self-employed mechanic in Woodbine until retiring in 2000 because of post-traumatic stress disorder and other service-connected disabilities, family members said.

"He loved three things: auto mechanics, wooden boats and the Marine Corps," his wife said.

Mr. Edmonds was a communicant of St. Michael Roman Catholic Church in Poplar Springs, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Tuesday.

Also surviving is a son, Thomas Edmonds of Baltimore; another daughter, Kathleen Prince of Baltimore; his stepfather and stepmother, Frank C. Falise and Patricia Falise of Woodbine; a brother, James Falise of Westminster; two sisters, Angie Falise of Pasadena and Mary Kay Falise of Arnold; a stepson, John Walters of Taneytown; a stepdaughter, Wendy Bizzari of Westminster; and 12 grandchildren.

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