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Edmund Silhan

Former Pilsen resident Edmund H. Silhan of Wichita passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 31, 2019, having reached the age of 91 years old.

Edmund’s life began on Feb. 5, 1928, on a farm in rural Marion, near Pilsen. A son of Paul and Anna (Urbanek) Silhan, he grew up with his mother and brother, having lost his father at a very young age.

He graduated from Lincolnville High School and was on his way to serve in World War II when he was turned around at a Kansas City train station and told the war was over.

He married Helen T. Vinduska on May 7, 1955, in Pilsen.

He was employed by Boeing Aircraft for more than 40 years, working on top-secret projects and the lunar rover.

He once saved the life of a co-worker who was lying on the floor, choking on peanuts and turning blue.

After his retirement, he and Helen enjoyed vacations to national parks. His favorite was boating on Table Rock Lake.

He enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening. Always a farmer at heart, he enjoyed the peacefulness and quiet found on a farm.

He was a unique individual, always willing to help family, friends and neighbors. He will be greatly missed.

His survivors include his loving wife, Helen, of 64 years, and their daughter and her husband, Debbie and John Ferguson of Edmond, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Florian Silhan.

Edmund’s family and friends will gather at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, for his Rosary prayers followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., both at St. John Nepomucene Church in Pilsen. He will be laid to rest in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the Father Kapaun Legacy Fund. Yazel-Megli-Zeiner Funeral Home, Marion, is serving the family. Please sign his online guest book and leave a memory of Ed at

Last modified Aug. 7, 2019