Mr. Edwin S. Burtis

Mr. Edwin S. Burtis

Mr. Edwin S. Burtis

Edwin Sawyer Burtis passed away December 28, 2020. He was born in Elmhurst, IL, on April 23, 1930, to
Royal and Frances Burtis.
The youngest of three children, from an early age Edwin proved to be a hard worker and self-starter. His
earliest entrepreneurial efforts included selling Handy Hatters and “Dyadamite” salt and pepper
shakers door-to-door at the age of 12. Following graduation from York High and DePauw University,
Edwin served his country with honor for two years in the US Army during the Korean War as an artillery
instructor at Fort Sill, OK. He wed his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Foster, to whom he was happily
married for 50 years until Carolyn’s death in 2003.
Ed and Carolyn first moved to Brookline, MA, where Ed completed his MBA at Harvard Graduate School
of Business. After two years working on Wall Street in NYC, he then joined his father in the
family business, Merchants' Credit Guide Co. in Chicago (established in 1896). He led the company and
industry associations to much success, handing over the leadership reins to his son Daniel. Ed retired
from MCG at the age of 80 but still kept a close eye on the company’s financial statements from his home
in Naples, FL.
Settling in Glen Ellyn, IL in 1961, Ed and Carolyn raised their family of two girls and two boys. Ed was a
devoted and engaged father who enthusiastically supported his children's every interest and activity,
rarely missing a game or performance, regardless of the time of day or state of the weather.
Ed served his community as well, including election to the Districts 41 and 87 School Boards and Board
member of the Central DuPage Health Care Institute. At the county level, Ed also served with distinction
as President of the DuPage County Board of Health, Jury Commissioner for the 18 th  Circuit Court,
and Board member and Treasurer of the DuPage County Airport Authority. For over 20 years he walked
his Milton Township precinct as Republican committeeman.
Ed was a lifelong optimist who saw the best in others, was generous, playful and funny, and loaded with
lovable quirks. Anyone lucky enough to serve Ed at a restaurant or stand next to him on an elevator
would be very likely to remember the experience with a smile. He will be deeply and dearly missed by
those who knew and loved him. He is survived by his sister Carol Watkins of Sanibel, FL, children Cleo
Burtis (Jim Comerford) of Glen Ellyn, IL, Catherine Hart (Jeff) of Medfield, MA, Daniel Burtis of Glen Ellyn,
IL, and Paul Burtis (Jane Dell) of Tiffin, OH, grandchildren Erin, Megan, Peter and Lucy, Jeffrey, Melissa,
and Susan, Brandon, Virginia, Vivian, and Aubrey, Cecilia, Jack, and Sophia, and nine great grand-
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carolyn (Foster), his sister, Cynthia Fjord, and his dear
friend, Peggy Babcock.
The family would like to thank Jan Smith for caring for Ed with kindness and devotion for the last four
A celebration of Edwin's wonderful life will be postponed until a time when his family can gather safely. In
lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Dana Farber Colorectal Cancer Research
( or the Glen Ellyn Fourth of July Committee


Rene and Pat Pimentel

December 31, 2020, 11:39 am

Our son Andrew was lucky to have met him and he has shared with us wonderful memories that were made in the short time he knew him
The love and respect by his whole family and the community where he lived is just one example of what we know about him
We are sorry that we did not have the opportunity to meet him in person
I know we missed a lot
Our thoughts and prayers
The Pimentel’s
Pat and Rene

The Gallagher’s

December 31, 2020, 1:03 pm

Cleo & Jim,

So sorry to hear of your loss. All our thoughts and prayers are with you! God Bless. Sue, Richard Gallagher & Family

Ron Comerford

December 31, 2020, 1:46 pm

A wonderful man who I very much enjoyed knowing. Always kind, caring and a positive influence to everyone! What a beautiful obituary and tribute to his life. Rest In Peace Ed.

Ruth herzog

December 31, 2020, 9:12 pm

Thinking of you. So sorry to learn of the loss of your father. Ruth

Erica Nelson

January 3, 2021, 6:23 pm

Sending my sympathy at the loss of your father. The gift of time as a member of our local school boards and DuPage County leadership is the legacy that continues in his family’s commitment to the community. My prayers are with you and honor his memory as a gift to his community.

Jeanne Weed

January 24, 2021, 1:47 pm


We are sorry to hear about Ed’s passing. Peggy Babcock lived next to us in Wheaton and we often had the opportunity to spend time with Ed. He was a kind, generous man who always made life more fun. We even had a chance to visit him in Naples a few years ago and saw the very intricate ship model he was working on.

How lucky we are to have known Ed! Our thoughts are with you.

Jeanne and Doug Weed

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