Edward Romain Wilhelmsen

November 25, 1924March 13, 2019

Edward Romain Wilhelmsen was an adventure film producer and lecturer, and a past director of the Los Angeles Adventurers Club. He traveled extensively throughout South America, Africa, Mexico, and the southwestern United States, and through his numerous appearances on television here and abroad, became known as The Legend Hunter.

He rafted down the Amazon River, was credited with the discovery of a pre-Inca city in the Andes Mountains of Peru, and the discovery of Spanish Conquistador armor once exhibited at the Southwestern Museum in Los Angeles. Romain also made international news after being attacked by bandits while exploring in the mountains of Columbia, and wounded in the gunfight which ensued. His accounts of these exploits have been published in a number of men's magazines.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 955 Alton Rd., East Lansing. Private entombment will follow in his family mausoleum.


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 19, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Edward Romain Wilhelmsen

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Earl Downes

March 16, 2019

I grew up with Will Duncan as a best " buddy. " And I knew Romain and loved him, he always had a good story to tell and I saw many of his traveolouges. He always treated me like an equal, and dared me to have a martini with him and Julie when he was in town.
So here is a toast to the "Legend Hunter and teller of true adventure", Slainte !!! Sunday you will be an Irishman as you pass thru the gates of heaven!
Earl Downes