Longtime car dealer Dick Edwards, 83, died Sunday.

Edwards started selling cars and trucks on May 13, 1963, the same day his daughter, Tanice, was born, according to a bio on the Dick Edwards Auto Plaza website.

“What a better way to inform your wife you quit your job and started a new career as a car salesman than as she lay there with her new baby,” the bio says.

Dick and his wife, Janice, moved to Manhattan with their three daughters in 1981 to open up Dick Edwards Ford after relocating from Augusta, Kansas.

Edwards opened his Junction City location on Grant Avenue in 1988. He later relocated into a new facility on the corner of I-70 and U.S. 77 in Junction City in 2013.

Edwards sold his Manhattan dealership in 2016 to Orr Auto Group, a Texas-based company, which is now named Flint Hills Auto.

Krystal Baldwin, who has worked as a sales consultant at the dealership for nearly a year but has known the family for years, said Edwards had a knack for selling cars and could even sell a new car within hours.

“I admired that man and his talent,” Baldwin said. “He had a long journey of life, and he built an empire of success with his family.”

Even in his later years, Baldwin said, Edwards still came around the dealership and met people.

“He truly enjoyed visiting with customers,” she said.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the St. Thomas More Catholic Church 2900 Kimball Ave.

Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home is handling arrangements. The full obituary will run later in The Mercury.