Obituary -Edward Penrhyn Coussens
Edward Penrhyn Coussens was born August 4. 1923 in Indianapolis, Indiana, eldest son of Edward M. and Gertrude V. (Barter). They moved to Rogers Park soon after. Edward graduated in 1941 from Lane Technical High School. A World War II veteran, Ed served in the 13th Armored Tank Division - The Black Cats, and served as secretary for the 13th Armored Division Association that is still active today. He married Rava Just in 1946 and moved to Des Plaines in 1952. They celebrated 53 years of marriage before she passed away in 1999. Edward was active in Scouting - Cub Master Pack 12, Scout Master Troop 12 and camping Committee Chairman. He earned several leadership awards while working in scouting. He was an active member of Wilmette Park Masonic Lodge #931 for 66 years, serving as Master in 1957 of Park Lodge #843, and was Tyler for 34 years at Wilmette Park and President of the Wilmette Park Masonic Foundation for the past 22 years. Ed was also active in the Wingfield Family Society serving as a Director for many years. He served his Church, St. Martin's Episcopal Church for more than 40 years, and was a member of the Midwest Chapter of Model T Ford Club, and the American Legion Post #36. Surviving are his son Bryan (Noreen), daughter Barbara Cortino, four grandchildren Patrick, Philip, Anne, and William his sister-in-law Doris Coussens of Marshall, Minnesota, several cousins, a niece and nephew and several great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife Rava and brother John 'Jack'. A memorial service to celebrate his full life will be held on July 27 at at 11:00 a.m. at St. Martin's Church, 1095 Thacker Street, Des Plaines, 60016. 847-824-2043. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Martin's, the American Legion, or donorís favorite charity. Funeral care provide by G.L. Hills Funeral Home. For information call 847-699-9003.
Published in Chicago Tribune on July 12, 2013