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Edward B. Fey

Published October 06,2021

Obituary's Biography:

Edward B. Fey, 78, of Lindenhurst passed away peacefully on October 1, 2021. He was born on April 15, 1943, in Peoria, IL to the late Leslie and Bernice (Berry) Fey. Ed was the beloved husband of Katrina (Gegenheimer), dear brother to the late James (Nancy) Fey, loving father to Barry, Kristin (Brian) Smith, Nathan, and Melissa (Scott) DeBoor, proud grandpa to Sofia and Courtney, and fond uncle of Mandy (Steve Trapani), and the late Kim Fey.

Ed was raised in Bloomington, IL and graduated from Trinity (Central Catholic) High School in 1961. He attended Illinois State University on a golf scholarship and was honored to be a team captain. He earned his B.S. in Mathematics in 1966 and started his teaching career in Beecher, IL. Ed moved to the Lake County area and continued teaching math and coaching golf at North Chicago Community High School for the next 30 years. He earned his M.S. in Mathematics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1975 and taught nights and summers at the College of Lake County.

Ed was a scratch golfer who beat the course record at Highland Park Golf Course (Bloomington, IL) in 1973 and had two hole-in-ones: Hole #11 at Steeple Chase Golf Club and Hole #4 at Brighton Dale Links.

Ed made a mean zucchini bread, awesome Sunday breakfasts, and the most delicious burgers. He loved animals including his dogs Pal, Cleo, Ally, and Fridge, his cat Missy, and some squirrels that started hanging around his door in the past few years for some reason (certainly not due to any crackers that may have been left on the porch). He also enjoyed fishing, gardening, and shooting pool. Ed loved traveling across America with his wife and visiting the national parks to see his daughter with his lifelong friends Craig Reuse and the late James Clancy.

He was the rock of our family and will be greatly missed. 

Visitation will be on Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 2:00pm until 5:00pm at Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Bevidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Meals on Wheels Foundation of Northern Illinois.

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8 Comments

  1. Former colleague Ed Fey was a friendly caring Math Teacher who I had the honor of working with at NCCHS. He will sorely be missed by all who knew him. Condolences to his wife Katrina, his family and his friends.

  2. Ed and I both came to NCCHS in 1969. We hit if off right away and spent lots of time together. We played many rounds of golf together and games of racquetball. Golf was really his game and for many years we played on Saturdays at Brighton Dale Links Golf Club in Southern Wisconsin.

    I was able to witness many fantastic shots he made over those years. Probably the most memorable one was an Ace on a 214 yard par 3. I could go on and on, but that was definitely the best one. Also in our group from time to time were Jim Gilmore and Bruce Daydif. We even went to Myrtle Beach a couple of times.

    He loved his family including Katrina, Barry, Kristen, Melissa and Nathan. He will certainly be missed by many and remembered as a really great guy.

  3. To Barry, sorry to hear about the passing of your father, my wife had found memories of him during her days at NCCHS, we’ll be keeping your family in prayer as you go through your time of bereavement.

  4. I knew Ed since grade school. We hung out a lot during grades 7 and 8. I really liked Rd. Everyone is good at something, if they can just find it! Ed found several, #1 being golf. I happened to be in attendence at an ISU basketball game when the 1964 golf team entered the ISU Hall of Fame. Talked to him for a minute that night. Last time I saw him was at Jim Clancey’s visitation; met his daughter then, too. Condolences to his entire family.

  5. My sincere condolences to Katrina and all of the family. Ed was a kind and gentle man with a big heart. I share your loss and I know he has gone to the big golf course above.

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