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Tuesday, September 22, 2020



To Nokie's Family, Fan Family and Friends...

Nokie's passing has been a great loss around the world. He is mourned by us all.

My heart has broken to the point I don't think anything can put it back together again. The doctors and nurses at Yuma Regional Hospital worked very hard to get Nokie back to good health so I could bring him home. The infections and other health issues overtook his body. His immune system was just not strong enough any longer.

I am comforted by knowing Nokie is standing and walking by God's side, he is no longer in pain. Nokie is playing in Heaven's big band now with all his pickin' family and friends (so many to mention) that went before him.

Before his passing, we talked about doing a final tour for him, just one more time. He asked me if I thought he could make it to go out and play, even if it was only one or two songs with his HitchHiker band. He said they could do the rest and he would shake hands and sign autographs for the fan family. Of course I said... If you are up for it, I will do anything to help.

The day after Nokie's passing early in the morning, I sat straight up in bed, I knew he was there with me. Getting up around 4 AM, my sister getting up shortly after me, I told her I know what I have to do... A Celebration of Life Memorial Tour... This is what Nokie wants. A way for the family, fan family and friends to say, "I'll see you later." His music will live on in all of us. His legacy will live on in history forever.

My man was one soft touch on the guitar and a great joke and story teller, plus you can add magician... The Japanese people would say, "Nokie magic!"

Thank you all for the condolence cards, emails, the flowers and all the prayers.

Love to all,
Judy Edwards

"Nokie" Celebration of Life Memorials

All services are open to the public, family, fan family and friends.

Lots of good memories to share... Music and videos of Nokie & The Ventures.  Also, special guests will be performing and food. Some memorabilia showing.

— Itinerary —

April 7th 2018
12:30 PM Viewing before services
1:00 PM service starts
First Christian Church
3261 E 32nd Street
Yuma, Arizona 85365
NOTE: Flowers can be delivered on April 6th at 10379 E 39th St, Yuma, AZ 85365 because the church will not be open. On April 7th, flowers can be delivered to the First Christian Church between the hours of 11:30 AM and 12:00 Noon. 

April 14th 2018
11:00 AM Viewing before and after services
Village Church
24802 Alderbrook Drive
Newhall, California 91321
(Santa Clarita)

June 3rd 2018
Doors Open 3:00 PM to (:00 PM
A Celebration of the Musical Life of Nokie Edwards
Temple Theater
47 St. Helens Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402

Music City Sheraton Hotel Suites

Other Dates Forthcoming for...

Fairbanks, Alaska
New York
Cleveland, Ohio

Memorial Links & Condolences

Fabulous Flip Sides In Memoriam – The Ventures’ Nokie Edwards

Dear Judy,

So many of us send our condolences to you and your family on the loss of Nokie this month. We have put together this musical memorial.

The Stampeders - Rich Dodson, Kim Berly and Ronnie King
Michael Bruce of the Alice Cooper group
Michael Stanley of the Michael Stanley Band

Warren Kurtz
Contributing Editor
Goldmine - The Music Collector's Magazine


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