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Business owner didn't let age slow him down

Matthew Medsger
| Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, 11:00 p.m.

Someone who is an octogenarian typically isn't found on a ski slope.

But then, being a typical person wasn't Warren Edmiston's way, according to his wife.

A 30-year member and onetime president of the Westmoreland Ski Club, Mr. Edmiston loved the outdoors and had a passion for boating and hunting and sharing these experiences with friends and family.

That passion for sport, and skiing specifically, brought Linda Tidwell into his life.

“We went on many a ski trip — from Colorado to Europe. That's actually how we met. We met each other going down the slopes,” said Tidwell, Mr. Edmiston's wife and business partner.

Warren N. Edmiston of Latrobe died Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at Select Specialty Hospital, Latrobe. He was 80.

Born April 2, 1937, in Indiana, Pa., he was the son of the late Howard Paul Edmiston and Mary (McQuown) Edmiston.

Mr. Edmiston was an Army veteran and a member of the elite 82nd Airborne. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics.

Mr. Edmiston was the owner and operator of Smith Oil Co. of Loyalhanna. He also previously owned and operated Valley Maintenance and Supply Company of Latrobe.

Even after he retired, his wife said, he was constantly trying to learn new things, and Mr. Edmiston pursued a real estate license post-retirement to help out her business.

“He always wanted to be wherever the action was,” she said.

Mr. Edmiston loved to entertain friends and family at his riverside home along the Allegheny and to cheer at his grandchildren's sporting events.

“He was so outgoing. He wouldn't let anyone be on the outside; he pulled them in to make them part of the group. He was to be admired,” Tidwell said.

Mr. Edmiston was preceded in death by his first wife and college sweetheart, Jeannie (Gotwald) Edmiston.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Linda Tidwell; two sons, Todd W. Edmiston and Brian N. Edmiston; two stepdaughters, Lisa Tidwell and Donna Tidwell; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday in Unity Chapel, 114 Chapel Lane, Latrobe, with interment following at Unity Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Union Mission, 2217 Harrison Ave., Latrobe, PA 15650, or to the Local Association, Westmoreland Parkinson Support Group, 990 Toby St., Westmoreland City, PA 15692.

Matthew Medsger is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4675,, or on Twitter @matthew_medsger.

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