Edward Schroeder, Retired EPD Sergeant, Dies at 87

'Big Ed' served in the Navy in WWII and joined the Evanston Police Department in 1950.

Courtesy of Donnellan Family Funeral Services
Courtesy of Donnellan Family Funeral Services
The following obituary is from Donnellan Family Funeral Services:

Edward E. Schroeder, Sergeant Evanston Police Department, retired. Age 87.

Beloved husband of the late Dorothy K. Schroeder; loving father of Helen (Steven) Baker, Coleen S. (David) Daniels, Mary Mercer, E. Gerry (Alison), Billy, John (Kara) and Jennifer Schroeder; dear grandfather of Michael, Stephanie, Geoffrey, Matthew, Brian, Michael, Justin, Christian, Angela, Corey, Carly, Brittany, Maddie, Peter, Mollie, Timothy, Will and Morgan; great grandfather of Tiffany, Megan, Brenna, Ryan, Kyle, Caraline, Lainey, Molly and Brooks; great-great grandfather of Xander; fond brother of the late Richard (the late Leona) and Leonard John “Mike” (Patricia) Schroeder. 

“Big Ed” passed away May 28, 2014 after battling Leukemia. He was 87 years old. Proudly served in the Navy in WWII at the young age of 16. 

He joined the Evanston Police Department in June of 1950 where he worked in the detective bureau for twenty years before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant after scoring the highest score on his exam and was given the #1 badge. 

As if that was not enough to keep him busy, he also worked at the State National Bank in Evanston for forty eight years. He was a friend to just about anyone who walked through the doors of the bank. 

He was instrumental in helping build Queen of the Rosary Parish in Elk Grove, IL, along with his wife Dorothy who was a devout Catholic. He and his family resided in Elk Grove and later moved to Wilmette for 34 years until retirement. 

He built a new summer home appropriately named, “A Summer Wind” in Antioch, IL on Lake Catherine, where he lived until his passing. 

He raised seven children and was grandfather to eighteen, great grandfather to nine, and great-great grandfather to one. He died surrounded by his loving and caring family. His life was always about trying to set a good example for his children through his hard work; he will be dearly missed by all who knew him. 

Info:www.donnellanfuneral.com or 847-675-1990 


Born: February 26, 1927
Death: May 28, 2014


Monday June 2, 2014, 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM at Donnellan Family Funeral Services, 10045 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, Illinois 60077 
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Tuesday June 3, 2014, 10:00 AM at Saint Francis Xavier Church, 912 Linden Avenue (9th & Linden), Wilmette, Illinois 60091 
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Tuesday June 3, 2014 at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Lee & Dundee Roads, Northbrook, Illinois 60062 
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Memorial donations can be made to: 
Blessed Sacrament Catholic Youth Center, 3600 W. Cermak Road, Chicago, IL 60623 
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310, White Plains, NY 10605


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