Edward John Wobma Jr.

February 12, 1929December 20, 2020

Edward John Wobma Jr., age 91, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, December 20, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents Edward Sr. and Jesse Wobma; and siblings Donald (Ruth) Wobma and Elizabeth (Carlton) Parmelee. His wife of 67 years, Gloria, followed him in death a few short days later.

He will be lovingly remembered by his children James (Brenda) Wobma, Joy Hayes, John Wobma, Julie (Todd) Hooker, Jade (Terry) Schober, Jill Latif; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings; many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Ed was a charter member at Calvary Church of Wayland and was known for many years as the “gum man.” He owned Wobma Equipment for 41 years. Ed served for many years with Gideons International. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

A private service with family was held, with a possible memorial service at a later date, at Elmwood Cemetery.

In honor of Ed and in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Church of Wayland or Gideon's International. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at


  • Calvary Church of Wayland
  • Gideon's International


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Cindy Lowman

January 14, 2021

Thinking of you all as you celebrate the long life of both Ed and Gloria. So honored to have known both of them. Prayers of peace and grace to you all.

Dana Geil

January 11, 2021

Miss you so much, grandpa. I’ll never forget listening to you sing around the house or grilling up food for all of us grandkids after a long day of splashing in the swimming pool. You always made sure we all had as much fun as possible as long as you were around. Love you so much and I’ll be sure to save you a piece of cake at my wedding. We’ll see each other again someday.

Pat Shedd

January 11, 2021

I had the honor of knowing Gloria and Ed, I helped Julie take care of her parents, thank you Julie for sharing them. I remember car rides to the doctor with Joy to sit with Ed while Gloria went in, the way Jade would joke with Ed, their enjoyment of the grandchildren visiting, Gloria having “just enough” popsicles for the kids. They were able to stay in their home, a home they built, where they raised their children and operated a successful business. Ed was a lifelong resident of Wayland, he was in the “woodwork “, and Gloria always by his side. They will be missed by our whole community. I miss Ed’s jokes and Gloria’s smile, we will see them again. Always in my prayers

Sharon Whetstone

January 7, 2021

Our Sympathy and Prayers are with the kids. in the loss of Ed and Gloria Wobma. They were wonderful neighbors. I enjoy babysitting with the kids . When they went out every Sunday after church to fellowship with church members. They will be missed a lot. They are with the Lord. Enjoying with each other.

Tom Schipper

January 6, 2021

Ed and Gloria Wobma were wonderful people that lived lives reflecting the love of Jesus. I had the opportunity to work for them from 1979-1980. The left an incredible impact on my life and were a very good picture of what I believe followers of Christ should be. They were the kindest employer’s I have ever worked for. I am praying for God’s strength and peace for the family in these difficult days. Big Hug!

Jeff Ekkel

December 30, 2020

To the Wobma family. We are so sorry to hear of the passing of of your parents Ed and Gloria. We know that they are together in the presences of God rejoicing and looking over all of you. I still remember them coming to my parents house after Sunday night service at times for their turn at coffee, snacks and fellowship and your Mom's Sunday school class. Always a pleasure to do business with them at the equipment dealership. They leave behind a great legacy. God bless.
Jeff and Nancy Ekkel and family.

Marie Whittemore

December 29, 2020

My connection to this family goes back a long time. In the 1950s I’m pretty sure my parents, Bill and Esther Finkbeiner, used to deliver raspberries to Ed’s parents. Ed graduated with my brother, Ray Wagner. Ed and Gloria were very special people and my deepest condolences to the family.

robert genther

December 27, 2020

Ed Wobma has been a member of the Wayland business community for a very longtime. His strong Christian values were obvious in his business and he and Gloria raised a fine family in that same spirit. He will be missed and I am saddened that another of my business role models has passed. He is now in the Kingdom of the Lord, and in very good company.

Sandy Larsen

December 26, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Ed was a gentle, kind man that will certainly leave a hole in your family.
Wayne so enjoyed working with him.
Wayne and Sandy Larsen