Details for Rep. Ed Bideau’s visitation and funeral:
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Monday, September 9
The funeral will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 10
Both at First Presbyterian Church, Steuben and Main St, Chanute.
WIBW News Now has learned that state Rep. Ed Bideau has died.
Rachel Whitten, spokeswoman for House speaker Ray Merrick, confirmed Friday morning that Bideau, of Chanute, has passed away at age 62.
Legislators turned to Twitter on Friday to mourn the loss of their colleague.
Merrick said, “Extremely saddened by the death of Rep. Ed Bideau. Prayers are with his family.”
Gov. Sam Brownback added, “Extremely saddened by the death of Rep. Ed Bideau. Prayers are with his family”
Rep. Brett Hildabrand said, “Please keep the family of Rep. Edwin Bideau in your prayers. We just learned that Ed passed away last night.”
Rep. J.R. Claeys posted, “Ed Bideau will be missed. A great Representative. A better friend. Always had time to talk about boats and adventures.”
“Heartbroken over the loss of Rep Ed Bideau,” said Rep. Stephanie Clayton. “One of our best minds in the #ksleg who conducted himself at all times with kindness.”
Rep. Brandon Whipple said, “So sad to hear of the passing of Rep. Ed Bideau. He will be greatly missed in the #KSLeg. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family.”
“The unexpected death of a friend is a sobering thing – RIP Representative Ed Bideau,” said Rep. Lance Kinzer.
Rep. Travis Couture-Lovelady – “Sad to hear of Rep. Ed Bideau’s passing. We shared a passion for shooting sports and public service. RIP my friend.”
Kansas U.S Senator Jerry Moran – “I was sorry to hear about the loss of State Rep. Ed Bideau of Chanute. Robba and I are keeping his family in our thoughts and prayers.”
Rep. John Barker was Bideau’s seat mate on the House floor and a close friend. In an interview with WIBW News on Friday, he said, “It’s a loss for the state of Kansas, particularly for Chanute. I always told him, if he stayed long enough (in the Legislature), he would be in a leadership position. He was just such a knowledgeable and kind-hearted gentleman. Always a gentleman.”
The cause of Bideau’s death is unknown, but Barker said it was unexpected.
Bideau was an attorney in Chanute and was elected to the House in 2012. Whitten says Bideau previously served in the House from 1985 to 1988 before leaving office to establish his law practice.
According to his official campaign website, Bideau graduated from Chanute High School and Neosho County Community College. He earned business and law degrees from Washburn University in Topeka.
He was elected county attorney in Neosho County in 1976.
Bideau died a day after the Legislature ended a two-day special session.