Retired Maj. Gen. Floyd Edsall dies; served as adjutant general for 12 years
Retired Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Edsall, who served as Nevada’s adjutant general from 1967-1980, died Jan. 29 at the age of 92.
Edsall rose through the ranks in the military, a span that covered 36 years. He was commissioned an Army lieutenant, fought in Europe during World War II and was awarded the Silver Star and three Bronze stars. After returning to Nevada in 1946, Edsall remained active in the U.S. Army Reserve and the Nevada Army National Guard while he continued his education at the University of Nevada.
In 1964, Edsall was promoted to colonel and three years later, he was appointed Nevada’s adjutant general in 1967 with the rank of major general. He served as president of the Adjutants General Association from 1972-1975. In 1974 under his direction, the Nevada Military Department Headquarters Complex was built in Carson City. During his tenure as adjutant general, the authorized strength of the Nevada National Guard doubled.
Edsall was elected to the executive council of the National Guard Association of the United States in 1978. That same year, the Sixth U.S. Army Commander assigned at the Presidio of San Francisco awarded Edsall the Legion of Merit for recognition in developing recruiting incentives that were subsequently adopted nationally. In 1980 Edsall retired as adjutant general. After his retirement, President Jimmy Carter awarded the Distinguished Service Medal to Edsall in recognition of 12 years of service as adjutant general.
Edsall is also a member of the Infantry Hall of Fame in Ft. Benning. In addition, the Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Edsall Nevada Army National Guard Training Center was built in Las Vegas in his honor.
Edsall was a graduate of Sparks High School, where he lettered in three sports — track, football and basketball. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education and a Masters Degree of Education, both from the University of Nevada. While at Nevada, he was a four-year letterman in track and field and played for two years on the football team.
Edsall will also be remembered as a longtime educator in Nevada. He began his teaching career in 1947, where he coached football, basketball, wrestling and track. In 1949, the Edsall family moved to Elko where he taught, coached and served as athletic director for eight years. In 2007, Edsall was inducted into the Elko High School Hall of Fame. While in northeastern Nevada, Edsall managed the Elko County Fair and participated as an active fundraiser for the March of Dimes.
Edsall became the head coach at his alma mater, Sparks High School in 1957 but accepted a similar position at the university in 1959. He coached football and track for eight years and was also a health and physical education professor.
A service will be held at the Veterans Military Cemetery in Fernley at a later date. At Edsall’s request, a private family gathering will be held.
Edsall was preceded in death by his daughter, Trudie Arentz, son Leonard Edsall and grandson Alex Lebedoff.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, LaVerne; brother, Glenn Edsall; and daughters Cheryl Tenk (Brick), Susan McCartin (Kevin) and Brenda Lebedoff; son-in-law Sam Arentz; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.