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September 1, 1942 ~ October 11, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old
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Edward Lenchard, 81, passed away in Palos Hospital on October 11, 2023. Born on September 1, 1942, Ed was lovingly known as The Duke or Dukie by family and close friends. He had a meticulous mind and a soft heart. He found joy throughout his life in teaching, history, sports, family, pazckis, and Portillo's beef.
Majoring in History and Political Science at Ripon College, Ed went on to be an educator, Director/Principal, and sports coach for over 25 years at Menlo School and College in California. Ed challenged students in the classroom and on the field as a coach for soccer, baseball, and wrestling, Ed was known for being vocal and directive as well as caring. His enthusiasm was contagious! He even built a game room on campus for students to hang out in between the rigors of school. Whether on the field, in the classroom, or in the office, Lenny (his California nickname) was often seen with his beloved Samoyed, Snow, by his side, helping to keep things in order while also spreading smiles. Ed received many accolades during his teaching career, including the prestigious Emerick Teaching Prize for his ability to inspire and motivate students.
When Ed retired to the Chicago suburbs, his new title became The Duke of Tinley, as he devoted his time to gardening, bowling, playing cards, volunteering as a church usher, and to his sister (Debbie), brother-in-law (John), and niece (Stephanie) and nephew (Jonathan), whom he spoiled affectionately (He even turned his loft into a playroom for them when they were young).
A fast-food aficionado and critic, Dukie knew all the best spots for beef sandwiches, fried shrimp, hot dogs, fries, onion rings, and his weekly pizza. Long after hanging up his coaching cap, Ed remained vocal on the sidelines of Chicago sports as an avid fan of the White Sox, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks, as well as soccer and softball games.
The seat of The Duke cannot be refilled, but shall live on posthumously in emeritus as sports continue to be played, gardens continue to grow, and loved ones and students continue to remember the positive mark he left on this world.
When you plant your garden, plant something in memory of Ed and watch over it and help it grow, as he helped grow the minds and athletic ability of hundreds of students. Take care of what you plant too, as Ed always took care of his family and friends.