Edward E. "Popie" Ediger, 68, of McPherson, passed away at 8:40 p.m., March 1, 2018, surrounded by his family, at McPherson Hospital.

Edward was born in Hutchinson, on Dec. 6, 1949, a son of Vietta June (Stewart) and Sam N. Ediger.

Ed attended elementary school and junior high in western Kansas, then attended and graduated from McPherson High School in 1967; graduated from Emporia State Teachers College in December 1975 and then attended the Mortuary Science School at Kansas City, Kansas Community Junior College where he received a degree in Mortuary Science in December 1976.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in McPherson.

Ed served as a SeaBee, UT2 in the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War.

Through the years Ed worked as a funeral director/embalmer and later as a co-owner at Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home, McPherson since 1975

Ed was a member of the American Legion Post No. 24, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2715, Optimist Club, McPherson Shrine Club, McPherson Chamber of Commerce, all of McPherson; ISIS Shrine, Salina, Kansas York Rite Bodies.

Ed Ediger was united in marriage to Jeanne Glidden on Jan. 2, 1972 in McPherson.

Surviving members of his family include his wife Jeanne Ediger, of McPherson, his three sons, daughter-in-law’s and grandchildren, Josh and Teri Ediger and their children Collin Reed, Addison Lynn, and Britton Ann, of Baldwin City, Beau Ediger and his children, Braeden Nick, Landen James, and Sophia Lynn, of McPherson, Sam and Sarah Ediger and their children Logan Edward, Laeton Lee and Lawson Sammie Dale of McPherson; other relatives and a host of friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held March 10, at 2 p.m. at the Glidden-Ediger Chapel, with H. Dick Reynolds, Jr. officiating. Military honors will be held by the American Legion Post 24 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715 of McPherson.

A private family burial was held at the McPherson, Cemetery, McPherson.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pets For Vets and the McPherson Shrine Club Children's Fund and they can be sent to Glidden-Ediger Funeral Home; 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, Kansas 67460.