Edwin Joseph Silvers (December 3,
1915 to January 22, 2017)
E.J. was born on December 3, 1915
at home, on the north side of Chicago, across from Wrigley field. He was a life
time fan of the Chicago Cub baseball team. His parents were Joseph Charles
Silvers and mother Selma "Sally" Ida Silvers. He had his own band when
he was 16 years old and played at dance halls and variety shows. E.J. loved
music his whole life. He played the drums, trumpet, organ and conducted. One of
his favorite stories was when he conducted the Lawrence Welk Orchestra at
Branson, Missouri. He had his own orchestra for 36 years. In 2011 he directed
his last band performance with a 5-piece orchestra in Boise.
uring the World
War 2 he served in Patton's army. He was discharged for medical reasons before
his unit embarked to Europe. After the War, he worked in advertising for 25
years at the Chicago Sun Times.
E.J. was married for 49 years to his wife Zada
Mary Lang. They enjoyed fishing together and many car trips. After her death,
in 2000 he married June Atkinson. They were married for 6 happy years. In 2004,
he and June moved to Boise from Chicago. They both loved their new home town.
Ed remarked "it was so quiet that the birds were afraid to sing".
E.J. considered June's family his own and called them his adopted family. He
felt blessed by his marriage to June. In 2013 after suffering several strokes
he moved from his apartment to the Plantation Place Assisted Living.
E.J was a
great story teller and historian of the many events that he experienced. Story
corps has recorded some of these. He remained optimistic and loved people.
Until the end of his life he served as a greeter at the First Presbyterian
Church in Boise, made models to give to children at the church, and befriended
people. He always enjoyed time with children, dogs and was close to his adopted
family. He passed peacefully after a long life.
He is survived by Bill and Dr.
Ingrid Brudenell (Boise), Linnea Wilkinson and Dr. Lupe Martinez (Denver),
adopted grandchildren and great grandchildren, a nephew Craig Lang (Chicago).
Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Plantation Place Assisted Living, Signature
Hospice and First
Presbyterian Church, Boise for their kindness and care.
Services are under the direction of Alden Waggoner Funeral Home and are
pending. Memorial donations may be made to the Idaho State Veterans' Home,
InterFaith Sanctuary or the Idaho Humane Society. Ed will be missed.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.