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Ed Irons

Ed Irons



Ed Irons
1948-2017

For the entire Irons family, Penny and Dale Cady, Doc and Annette Reichert and many more who called Ed Irons a friend, an era of laughter, love and legendary storytelling ended the morning of September 8 th when he quietly passed-away.

Fortunately, the life Ed Irons lived was larger than most people ever experience…leaving a legacy of epic fishing stories and happy memories of someone who never aimed for “perfect”, but who loved without limit and gave those closest to him a daily respect for life, family, and the joy of following your own path.

Ed was born in Boise on January 7, 1948, the second child and first son of Edwin and Luddie “Elizabeth” Jorgensen Irons, and was a lifelong resident of Boise.  His formative years were marked with experiences with his brothers that were (thankfully) unknown to his parents and adults in their BSU-area neighborhood.  Luckily, the adventures of his youth were tempered when he fell in love early with a younger girl who brought a conservative calm and romance into his life.

On Feb. 5, 1965, “Eddie” was with his friend Tom at Boise’s Skateworld and spotted Ann Kaeser.  With complete resolve, he told his friend “I’m going to marry that girl!”  They dated from that day on, and married on August 31, 1968…Ann’s parents having made her wait until she was 18 years old.  They celebrated their 49 th wedding anniversary the week prior to his passing.

Ed Irons made a career selling carpet to customers who he truly considered personal friends throughout his territory in Idaho, western Montana, eastern Washington and eastern Oregon.  Back injuries forced his retirement in 2007, but he continued to keep tabs on his many customers.  Hearing of Ed’s death, one of his favorite clients said, “We all loved Ed.  He was the best rep we ever had.”

Throughout his life and into retirement, Ed was always eager for his next fishing trip.  He loved the time with friends, brothers, and other family members out on a boat.  Many infamous stories resulted from his adventures on the water and throughout Idaho’s beautiful natural surroundings where Ed laughed loud about following his pole into the water, tipping boulders, and beating others back to the truck for the last cookies and coffee.

In the middle of enjoying life to the fullest, Ed’s “luck at being unlucky” baffled those who knew him and experienced his triumph over multiple bouts of cancer and immense pain.  His attitude and sheer will seemed to keep everyone around him going…many family members believed throughout the years that he was too strong to be beaten by any health crisis.  When Ed came back from illness, he did so with a vengeance.

Following his second bout with cancer, Ed lead his sons Stan and Kennon in racing “Thunderdog Class” at the Meridian Speedway.  They spent hours working on cars and haunting the racetrack.  Ed fondly credited racing with saving his life on more than one occasion.

Ed Irons connected strongly with many special people he encountered along the way, and the adventures shared with Jo and Galen, Ernie, Uncle Cliff, Wayne and Lynn are immortalized in the stories he told often.  To Eddie, those friends and family members were deeply loved, and could count on him for loyal support and encouragement through any challenge life presented.

Ed lived his life his way—loudly, fully, and to the utmost. He had many friends over the years, but none closer than his "sister" Penny and her husband Dale, and his "brother" Doc and his wife Annette. The three couples have been inseparable friends for 40 years, and they have been a huge support to Ed and Ann through all of his health battles. Their friendship and laughter kept them all young at heart.

Ed Irons’ legendary tales will be gladly shared by those who survive him:  his wife, Ann, sons Stanley (wife Heidi), Kennon (partner Sarah, and her children Sienna and Sydney), his brother Larry (wife Tracy), grandson Devan, and numerous nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Linda, brothers Jerry and Bruce, a nephew, Adam, and his in-laws, Don and Esther Kaeser.

The Irons family will have a viewing at Alden Waggoner Funeral Chapel this Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Memorial services for Ed Irons will be Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church at Shoshone and Cassia streets in Boise. A committal service will follow at Morris Hill Cemetery
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