Katy Funeral Home

23350 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX


Edward Macario Wilder

October 8, 1945August 29, 2020

Edward Mark Wilder of Katy, Texas passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2020 in Katy. Ed was born on October 8, 1945 in the Panama Canal Zone, and is preceded in death by his parents, Matthew and Debora Wilder.

Ed grew up in the Canal Zone where he attended Balboa High School, and later the Canal Zone College and Florida Institute of Technology. He married the love of his life, Janelle Randle Wilder, on Valentine’s Day 1969. They happily spent the next 51 years together. Ed and Janelle have two sons who were his pride and joy. He had three grandchildren who he absolutely adored and who adored him back. Ed loved his country, animals, golf, and restoring old cars (especially Volkswagens!). He proudly served in the United States Army for 22 years, a majority of which he spent as a Green Beret and retired in 1986 as a Major. He then worked in information technology until he retired.

Ed is survived by his wife, Janelle; son, Wesley, his wife, Mandi, and their children: Jake and Graham of Houston; son, Jason, his fiancée, Jamie, and daughter Skylla of Conroe; and beloved canine companion, Jack. Ed is preceded in death by his brother, Matthew Wilder, and sister, Deborah Wilder Smith.

A graveside service will be held Thursday September 17, 2020 at 12:30 PM at the Houston National Cemetery, 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr. Houston, TX. 77038.

If you would like to send a gift, the family requests you make a donation to Citizens for Animal Protection, from where Ed adopted his beloved Jack; or to Combined Arms Exchange, which supports veterans.


  • Committal Service

    Thursday, September 17, 2020


Edward Macario Wilder

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Jocquelyn Nalls-Custer

September 20, 2020

I recall searching for a property that had an area where he could house all of his VW Bugs plus having enough room that would allow him to work. I was so excited because I had found it, however; it did not have enough area for a putting green for Janelle. Back to the search. I am so so sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. Please give my love to Janelle.

Justin Smith

September 17, 2020

In Memory of Edward Mark Wilder and condolences to his family from Justin, Jeremy and Les Smith and their families.

Uncle Ed was the older brother to Justin and Jeremy’s mother and Les’ wife - Debbie - Deborah Wilder Smith.
We will remember Ed most for his great sense of humor and tremendous compassion for all. He loved his family, his pets, Panama and the US and he did his best to make them all smile. We are proud that he served our country as an officer in the Army and as a Green Beret. We will all miss him. Our prayers to his family.

Garth and Judy Feeneyg

September 14, 2020

What can we say about Eddie? Everything! He was the epitome of a good friend, helper when you were down, one of the funniest people we have ever known, a great family man and the best partner one could ever have. We were all blessed to have known him. His wonderful spirit will live on with us forever.

Ray Burda

September 12, 2020

As childhood friends with Ed in the Panama Canal Zone, we were part of the St. Mary's "fairies", a name that several other Zonians carried proudly in later years. Balboa High School Bulldogs and Canal Zone College Green Devils also were included in our pride of these fantastic institutions. Though our friendship was lost as our different paths in life took different avenues, when we met again it was as though we were kids once more sharing our days in the Panama Canal Zone. Rest in peace. I love you, Ed.

Virginia Lester

September 12, 2020

Ed was a neighbor who became a close friend. We shared many laughs together. His love for his dogs was absolute. Everyone misses Ed and Janelle riding through the neighborhood in the golf cart with Jack as his front seat passenger. Neighbors and the postal delivery man visited with him daily as he and his “pal” drove through the neighborhood.
Jerry & I want to express our deep sympathy to Janelle and Ed’s family.

craig stoudnor

September 11, 2020

From the time we were 12 years old, through high school and Canal Zone College,- Eddie was my friend, my confident and my co-conspirator in our many adventures together.

I am going to miss him !!

George FitzGerald

September 9, 2020

Ed was one great friend, who kept all the BHS halfbacks running through the line ... we wish all your family good memories, Ed.


September 9, 2020

I shall never forget playing many rounds of golf with Ed and spending time with he and Janelle at hole19 enjoying a couple of beverages and laughing and joking. Miss the companionship so much and pray that God will comfort the family of this great man during their loss. Wishing all God speed, fair winds and a following sea.

Russell Koym, Captain, US Navy, retired.

Kathleen Sears

September 8, 2020

Lifelong friend, wonderful memories. Thankful to have seen him not long ago. Vaya con dios!

Celia Miller

September 8, 2020

As kids, I remember when Eddie's family moved from Margarita to Balboa, we all thought, well, why did he have to move? But thank goodness for the CZ schools and mutual friends, we could all stay in touch. Eddie was "one of the good guys" and our CZ family shares in our loss. My personal deepest condolences to the entire "Ed Wilder family."


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