Ed Brady passed away peacefully and surrounded by the love of family on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at West Valley Medical Center. Edward Leroy Brady was born May 22, 1923 in Wilder, Idaho. He was the only son born to homesteading farmers Henry and Ruby Brady. Ed Attended Wilder schools and graduated in 1942. Following high school, Ed joined the US Navy and helped in the construction of a hospital in San Francisco, CA.
After completing his military service, Ed returned home where he met a school teacher from Murray, KY on a blind date in 1949. He married Mary Jo Skaggs at the Murray United Methodist Church in 1951. The couple made their home together in Wilder for over 66 years. This marriage that was rooted in an enduring love and eternal commitment brought the birth of three children. Family was very important to Ed and the lessons of honesty, integrity and hard work can still be seen in his family today.
Ed had deep ties to the land of the Treasure Valley and spent his life tilling the soil of the family farm. He farmed hops and was named President of the Idaho Hop Growers Association. Later Ed began farming potatoes and other row crops with his son, Scott and later with his son-in-law, Carl. A highlight of his farming career was having J.R. Simplot land his helicopter in Ed's backyard and tour the potato harvest. After 50 years of studying the land and watching the sky, Ed retired and sold the family farm.
A man of few words, Ed was known to most as “How'Do” and could be found sharing a cup of coffee with local farmers at the Mobile and Furrow Cafe. With a tip of his signature hat, Ed would return home and share the small town gossip with Mary Jo. Ed was an active member of his community and served on the Wilder Community Auction Board, the Wilder Rod and Gun Club, and was a member of the Elks Lodge for 65 years. He and Mary Jo were members of the Wilder United Methodist Church.
Ed enjoyed gardening and was well known for his strawberries and green beans. His generous spirit often led to crates of strawberries, beans, tomatoes and early corn being left on the doorsteps of friends and strangers alike. Ed was a remarkable candy maker and was famous for his unwritten recipes for caramels, peanut brittle and taffy.
Friends were as important to Ed as family. He and Mary Jo attended and hosted monthly pinochle and bridge clubs, traveled with friends, and often snuck away for weekend trips to Jackpot. Ed especially loved getting away with this family and grandchildren for a Saturday fishing trip to Cascade or the Owyhees. He would impart wisdom to his family on Sunday drives where the journey and conversations were more important than the destinations. He always said, "That all roads lead home. Some are just longer than others."
Ed will be remembered for his quiet wisdom and humble nature. A man of few words, Ed gave more in example than in words. His legacy of unselfish giving and quiet receiving will forever be treasured by his family and friends. Ed passed away in the reflection of which he lived- humbleness, humility and grace.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents Ruby and Henry Brady, and his sister Pauline Brady.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo; three children, Diane (Carl) Paulsen, Scott (Becky) Brady, and Chris (Sara) Brady; grandchildren, Nicole Gibbs, Jill (Eric) Bush, Bryan Brady, Kevin Brady, Jordan Brady, Kyler Brady and Alayna Brady; and great-grandchildren, Hannah & Hayden Gibbs and Spencer, Loren & Aubree Bush.
Ed was not one for fuss and requested no services be held. In honor of his giving nature, the family asks that memorials be made to the Wilder United Methodist Church, PO Box 223, Wilder, ID 83676 or the Caldwell Elks Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 458, Caldwell, ID 83606.