ALTON | Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn is reporting the death of a well-known area businessman and restaurateur who has apparently taken his own life. The decedent, Edward R. Sholar, Sr., 61, of Alton was the long time proprietor of “Fast Eddies Bon-Air” in Alton before turning the business over to his son, Edward Jr.
On Wednesday morning, his son, Edward Jr. went to the residence and upon entering found the decedent in bed without signs of life. The authorities were called at 10:55 a.m. and the decedent was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:48 a.m. by Madison County Coroner’s Investigator Diondra Horner. Sholar died of a single gunshot wound to the head. A weapon was discovered in his hand. There were no other indications of violence to the body or signs of a struggle in the residence. Additionally, a writing with funeral instructions was recovered at the home.
Family members reported that the decedent had no history of suicidal behavior or attempts, but that he was sometimes dispirited by his declining health and loss of quality of life from chronic medical issues.
Routine toxicological studies will be performed to test for the presence of alcohol or drugs. The Alton Police Department Detective Division investigated this death as well.
The family of Sholar is noting that they intend to continue to operate his businesses as part of his legacy but they also request that their privacy be respected at their time of loss and grief. Funeral arrangements remain pending at this time, but are under the direction of Gent Funeral Home of Alton.