NORMAL — Edmund Ferdinand Ficek of Normal, passed away peacefully Sept. 13, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C., at the age of 86.
Edmund was born to Polish immigrants Stavislaus and Stephania Grabowski Ficek on May 30, 1933, in LaSalle. The youngest of five children, he attended LaSalle-Peru High School. After high school, he enrolled in the Illinois Valley Community College, joining the football team on a dare. His sophomore year at IVCC, he received a football scholarship to Colorado College, where he lettered in football, basketball and track. In 1955, he received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and banking. His senior year at Colorado College, he was awarded an academic scholarship from Chicago Title and Trust to the University of Illinois School of Law. While pursuing his law degree, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Undeterred, after two years of service, he returned to law school and finished his J.D. in 1960.
After practicing law for a brief time, he was offered a position at Illinois State University teaching business law. He taught at ISU for 33 years, receiving the first Distinguished Professor Award from the College of Business in 1980. He was the author and co-author of several college textbooks. Ed “Fast Eddie” taught until his retirement in 1998. In his free time, he was an avid gardener, fisherman and found great pleasure in the beauty of nature.
Edmund is survived by his wife, Corinne (Gerrard); daughters, Lynn Smith (Ken) and Kathleen Cobe (Chris); and his seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Ann; his parents and siblings.
Hard working, determined and fully committed to his family, Edmund's motto was “Just do your best.” Looking back on his life, he knew that God was the one who had made the way for him to succeed. He was an amazing person and will be deeply missed.
God made a way for me where there seemed to be no way,
He worked in ways I could not see,
He was my guide, and held me closely to His side,
With love and strength for each and every day of my life.
He made a way for me. He made a way for me.
Everything I have, and have achieved, I owe to Him.
He made a way for me. Adapted from “God Will Make a Way”
At Edmund's request, no services will be held. Condolences may be sent to 1012 Crofton Drive, Waxhaw, NC 28173. Donations may be made to the Pregnancy Resource Center, 303 Landmark Drive, Suite 1B, Normal, IL 61761, www.hopeforafuture.com.