Ed Wilder of Meridian, Idaho passed away on April 17, 2017 at the age of 72 surrounded by family. He had a larger than life personality and an ability to talk and tell stories that will never be forgotten.
Ed was born July 31, 1944 in Boise, Idaho. He graduated from St. Theresa’s Catholic High School in 1962 and joined the US Navy where he was stationed in S. China and Vietnam from 1964 until 1968. After returning he started working for Eddy’s Bakery where he worked for 38 years. This is where he met Linda “Linnie” Hoobler. He then started attending Boise Junior College and got his degree in Finance. He married Linda on September 30, 1967. He built the Valley Broiler in Eagle in 1977 and sold out to his brother then built his own restaurant Gabby’s Charbroiler in Boise in 1980 where he and Linnie ran this for 2 years.
He bought his fair stand in 1978 at the Western Idaho Fair called Shooks and he later changed the name to Ed Wilder’s Fair Famous Onion Burgers. He and Linnie ran this for 24 years where many friends and family worked for them over the years and had a lot of fun over the years. He was so proud of his “vacation business” it was a lot of hard work for 10 days.
He also took his concession trailer to events such as the Boise River Festival, farm sales, construction auctions, and car shows. In his retirement, he worked part time delivering for Idaho Candy and in the kitchen at the Idaho Center where he loved to have an audience to talk to. Ed loved Boise State and was a lifelong BSU basketball season ticket holder since 1982. He loved going to the games and catching up with his friends who sat near him. Ed enjoyed his deer hunting trips to Roaring River, fishing, NASCAR, winged sprint car races at Meridian Speedway, trips to Jackpot, and spending time with his family. He enjoyed baking and bargain shopping for the cheapest food since he did the grocery shopping once he retired. His happy place was raising his cows, his hay field, getting the grain from breweries in town, driving his tractor down the lane, going to the coffee shop with his buddies and above all, helping his grandsons raise their 4H/FFA pigs on his farm, watching them show their pigs at the fair and being the loudest fan at their sporting events. He couldn’t have been prouder and loved to brag about them. He loved talking about the history of Meridian.
Ed is survived by his wife, Linnie, children: Todd Wilder and Wendy Gould; grandsons: Trevor Wilder, Tanner Wilder, Zach Gould and Cody Gould; brother, Ralph Wilder (Barbara); sisters-in-law: Ann Wilder, Janet Wilder and Sherry Kauffman; brother-in-law, Mike Hoobler (Peggy) and many nieces and nephews. Ed will join his parents: John and Celeste Wilder; brothers: Jack, Ray, Don and sister, Ann Gould and her husband Gwain and brother-in-law, Jerry Kauffman; father-in-law, Bobbie Hoobler; mother-in-law, Louise Hoobler and his precious granddaughter, Morgan, in heaven. He loved his dog, Maddie, who would take off down the road so he could go pick her up on the 4-wheeler.
Ed was a down to earth guy who loved hard work and being with family, he was the one who always kept the family informed of everything. He loved to tell stories and always had joy in his eyes and sometimes spit coming out his mouth and had the best sense of humor a guy could have. He never stopped a minute of his life and enjoyed it right up until his last day. We are thankful we had the last 5 months we had with him after he miraculously recovered from his heart attack last November. He will be missed by so many.
A service to honor Ed’s life will be held at Ten Mile Christian Church, 3500 W. Franklin Rd. in Meridian at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 24, 2017. A celebration luncheon will follow at the Star Barn, 439 N. Star Road in Star. Remembrances may be left for the family at www.AccentFuneral.com
. Services are under the direction of Accent Funeral Home, Meridian.