Edwin Joseph Fizer
1925 - 2020
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Passed away after a short illness on Sunday, October 25, 2020. Ed was born in New Orleans in 1925. Always a patriot, at age 17 he forged his birth year on his recruitment papers so he could enlist in the Marine Corps to fight in World War II a year early. As with all African American Marine recruits in the segregated military, his training was at Camp Montford Point, NC. This group of brave soldiers became known as the Montford Point Marines. He fought in the Pacific theater and attained the rank of Sergeant. In 2012, President Barack Obama awarded the Montford Point Marines the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the U.S. Following his military service, Ed worked as an optometrist, a Chicago Police officer, and a teacher before eventually opening his own business. Ed had a big heart. He was active in community and veterans activities his entire life. He loved life and enjoyed his until the very end. He will be sorely missed.

Loving father of Dr. Cheryl (Jack) Fizer-McCallion, Edwin J Fizer III, and the late Jille Fizer; loving grandfather of Paul, Philip and Laura McCallion and Ashten Fizer.

Family and friends will gather for a visitation Friday 9 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with a Funeral Service 10:00 a.m. at Lain-Sullivan Funeral Home 50 Westwood Drive Park Forest, IL. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. For information or to express your condolences please visit www.lain-sullivan.com or call 708-747-3700



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Published in Chicago Tribune on Oct. 28, 2020.
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November 6, 2020
My condolences to the family for your loss
Cindy K
Acquaintance
November 5, 2020
The Park Forest Historical Society offers the family our deepest condolences on the loss of Mr. Fizer. He was just inducted into the Park Forest Hall of Fame for 2020. Mr. Tom Mick nominated Mr. Fizer and his nomination speech is included in our Hall of Fame 2020 Video on our YouTube page. Our program on November 8, 2020, launched at 2:30 p.m. on YouTube is planned to be Mr. Fizer's podcast interview done with the Pritzker Military Museum. Mr. Fizer's name has been added to the Hall of Fame plaque currently kept at the 1950s Park Forest House Museum, 227 Monee Road. A booklet recognizing the Hall of Fame members from 2020 is being printed.
Jane Nicoll
Acquaintance
October 29, 2020
An account of all of the record-breaking Montford Point Marines.
Ashten Fizer
Grandchild
October 29, 2020
Mr. Fizer was a good friend and an extremely great man. It was a pleasure to know him and he will be greatly missed.
Clarence Shaw
Friend
October 28, 2020
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October 28, 2020
Heartfelt and prayerful condolences from the Chicago Police Chaplains. Edwin will be remembered at the next Police Mass.

In the meantime, may family and friends know the healing touch of our all-loving, all-merciful God! [Police Chaplains Ministry: www.ChicagoPCM.org or 312/738-7588]
~ ~ Fr. Dan Brandt, CPD Chaplain
October 27, 2020
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