He was born June 19, 1948, to Ernest Edwards and Betty Baldwin Edwards.
Monte graduated from Mitchell High School (Mitchell, Ind.), in 1966.
After serving time as a Security Specialist in the United States Air Force, he was honorably discharged in 1973.
He went on to earn his associates degree in industrial drafting from Vincennes University in 1976.
In 1977, he started the first of his 35 years in the Engineering Department of Great Dane Trailers, Brazil.
He enjoyed bowling, classic cars and playing his guitars.
His favorite pastime was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father Ernest Rice Edwards, and sister Debra Ann Edwards Crane.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years Christine Edwards, his mother Betty Edwards, Mitchell, Ind., his brother Marty Edwards, Mitchell, Ind., daughters Angie (Mark) Lloyd, Covington, Ind., Candi (Richard) Grimes, Terre Haute, Becky (David) Arthur, Portland, Ore., and Balinda (Scott) Wagner, Eminence, Ind., son Monte (Natale) Edwards Jr., Fishes, Ind., grandchildren Angelique Reisinger, Jacquelyn Hunter, Max Reisinger Jr., Zachary Reisinger, Shelby Farren, Nicholas Wagner, Lexi Lloyd, Brieanna Wagner, Dakota Arthur and Nicolette Edwards, and great-grandson Aiden Reisinger.
A memorial service will take place at Lawson-Miller Chapel, Brazil, Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., with the memorial service starting immediately after.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the WILL Center, 1 Dreiser Square, Terre Haute, Ind., 47807.
Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in his memory.