Edward P. Arlis, 87 of Lombard, Il. Died Wednesday in his home surrounded by his family. He was a WWII Army Air Corps Veteran and the beloved husband of the late Patricia nee ( Kelly )
A Loving father of Thomas V. (Jamie) Michael S. (Karen) Patrick H. (Diane) Elizabeth (John) Tanner, George K. (Teresa) John P. (Wendi). The grandfather of Patrick, Victor, Sarah, Jeannette, Clinton, Cassandra, Tobias, Stacy, Kevin, Taylor, Ryan, Logan, Laurel, Sydney, Hailey, Cadden, Audrey, and Ninabella, The great grandfather of Camryn and Paige. Preceded in death by his eldest son Edward T. (Helen) and sister Francis Stein. Edward also known as “Puffer” was an entrepreneur and the founder of Hillside Tire and Wheel Alignment, and Chicago’s largest independent propane dealer, Active Propane Co, Inc. He also holds a patent on a product called the EZQ.
He enlisted in the service following graduation from Harper High School and was stationed in the South Pacific. After the war Puffer attended Michigan State University to study advertising. He transferred to Quincy College in Illinois to complete his education on the GI bill, and that is where he met his future wife Patricia Catherine Kelly. Puffer took extreme pride in his family spending countless hours in the bleachers watching his children and grandchildren compete in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, gymnastics, soccer, volleyball, and wrestling.
Puffer spent many a summer camping with the family at Devils Lake in Baraboo, Wisconsin and eventually at Woodhaven Lakes in Amboy, Il. Puffer always enjoyed sitting around the campfire with friends and family telling a good anecdote or better yet an Irish yarn or two.
Edward Puffer Arlis was a patron of Montini Catholic High School, Driscoll Catholic High School and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Lombard. Funeral Service Saturday, 930am from Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main St, Lombard to Sacred Heart Church for 10am Mass. Visitation Friday 2-9pm Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery.