DES PLAINES - Edward J. Arkin, formerly of Arlington Heights, was born in Chicago March 16, 1932, to Martha (nee Weisbrod) and Edward E. Arkin. He died Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Des Plaines. He attended North Park Academy, where he made many lifelong friends. Ed graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Business Administration. He worked for several companies including UOP and Arthur Anderson before starting his own tax CPA firm, which he ran for nearly 40 years. Ed met his soulmate and love of his life, Jean, at a Chicago Temple dance and they were married for 59 years before her passing in 2017. They enjoyed gardening and travelling, especially their annual trip to Florida after every tax season. Ed was an avid Cubs fan. He enjoyed playing baseball in the backyard with his sons, Phil and Al, when they were young. When they outgrew the yard, he coached several of their softball and baseball teams. When grandchildren came along, Ed kept very busy attending baseball, softball, and soccer games as well as countless dance recitals and musical performances. The grandkids loved going to Grandma and Grandpa's house every week for Sunday dinner, where they knew Grandpa would scoop big ice cream sundaes for dessert. He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, where he served as Deacon. Ed is survived by his sons, Philip (Jill) Arkin and Allen Arkin; granddaughters, Alyssa Arkin, Lauren (fiance Chaz Wesolowski) Arkin, and Haley Arkin; sister-in-law, Doris (late Gilbert) Lehman; nieces and nephew, William (Jackie) Tarchala, Carol (Gerald) Puza, Nancy (Michael) Klein, and Cynthia Lehman. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Jean; grandson, Christian Michael Waechter Arkin; sister-in-law, Lenore (late Adolph) Tarchala; brother-in-law, Gilbert (Doris) Lehman; and niece, Susan (George) Dyckes. Visitation Thursday, July 22, 2021 from 9:30am until time of Funeral Service at 11:00am at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights 302 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights, IL 60004. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights at https://firstpresah.org/contribute/
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Published by Daily Herald on Jul. 21, 2021.