Edward George Maves, Jr., 85, passed away on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 at his home in Middleton, Idaho. He was born in Dixon, Illinois on March 31,1936 to Edward and Elizabeth Keul Maves. After attending Dixon schools, Ed graduated from Dixon High in 1955. The following year he married Shirley Mae Mon on August 12, 1956.
During the early years of their marriage, Ed served for three years in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea and Texas. He was proud to continue his military career with the National Guard and Army Reserve, retiring after 20 years of service.
Ed was a skilled auto mechanic and after moving to Oregon with Shirley and their four children, he attended Treasure Valley Community College and earned a degree in mechanical technology. Following graduation, he accepted a teaching position at Boise State University and later, Caldwell High School.
He found his professional calling when he started his branding company, Mountaintop Marketing. His work gave him a chance to build, not only a business, but many friendships among his clients.
Ed enjoyed life. He tried new things at every stage and brought his family along for the ride. Scouting as a child inspired him to volunteer as a Boy Scout leader in Illinois and Oregon and created a deep appreciation for nature. He always made sure the family took vacations and got to see this beautiful country. Ed loved collecting – if he found out one of the kids or grandchildren had started a collection, there’d soon be items arriving in the mail to help it grow. A few of the many things he enjoyed the most over the years included; getting his pilots’ license, membership in the Middleton High Booster Club and Ducks Unlimited, fishing in the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean, and traveling with Shirley to see family and the world. In his later years, Ed embraced the three C’s…cooking, canning and the computer – especially the computer. AND, let’s never forget…Grandpa’s peanut brittle!
Family was always first with Ed. He attended the kids and grandkids’ activities and important events, no matter where he had to go to do it. He was always on the look-out for ways to help them and he found many large and small opportunities to support their goals and dreams. But, his love and respect for Shirley is the greatest gift he gave to his family.
Ed is survived by Shirley; his sisters, Louise Drane (Richard) and Sandra Gann; four children: Rod Maves (Liz), Laura Salazar, Randy Maves (Theresa), Amy Campbell (Scott); nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Betty Brenner, and her husband, Paul; brother-in-law, Art Gann, and grandson, Taylor Maves.
He endured his years of COPD with acceptance and fortitude. To honor Ed’s wishes, a private family memorial will be held at the Idaho State Veteran’s Cemetery in Boise on July 15, 2021. The family requests those who’d like to express sympathy to consider making a donation to Ed’s favorite charity, The Wounded Warrior Project, at https://support.woundedwarriotproject.org.
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