March 21, 1967 - May 7, 2023
Edward (Ed) E. Friend, 56, of Weston, WI, passed away on May 7, 2023, surrounded in love and comfort by his family. He was born on March 21, 1967 in Wichita, KS, the son of his late parents, Robert and Gail Friend.
Ed grew up in Clearwater, KS, as the seventh of eight children in the family. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, doing anything that involved exploring and spending time in the outdoors. Ed graduated from Clearwater High School in 1985. He worked at the Boeing plant in Wichita, KS, for several years and then moved to Colorado Springs, CO in 1996. There he met his soon-to-be wife of 23 years, Jennifer Friend (Scrivner), and was married September 11, 1999 at an outdoor ceremony in beautiful Manitou Springs, CO. Ed and Jennifer moved the family to Wisconsin in 2002.
Ed had several different careers during the past 21 years, but one he loved the most was his ten years of service with the South Area Fire and Emergency Response District in Weston and Rib Mountain. He loved serving the community and having the unique honor of helping those in need for a career. A firefighter/EMS family is special and they always had his back.
Anyone who knew him, knew how immensely proud he was of his children, Zachary Friend and Lindsey Friend. All conversations circled back to the interesting things Zach was currently up to and Lindsey’s impressive achievements. Ed was preceded in death by two wonderful brothers – John Friend and Kevin Friend. He is survived by his other siblings and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members who were very special to him.
Throughout his life, Ed enjoyed golfing, playing guitar, hunting, fishing, traveling, games, time with family and friends, and anything to do with the Kansas City Chiefs - you could always count on him to wear the Chief’s colors proudly at all times of the year. Ed was a kind soul who would not hesitate to give you the shirt off his back or anything else you might need, and he will be missed.
A Celebration of Ed's life will be held at a later date.
Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Wichita Junior Golf Foundation to help promote youth development and leadership through learning to love the game of golf. The link is available through a Facebook Fundraiser or at https://www.wichitajuniorgolf.com/custom_pages/47830/donate