Obituary: Edward G. Schiller |

Obituary: Edward G. Schiller

Funeral services were Wednesday in Urbandale, Iowa, for Edward G. Schiller, Sr., 94, who died Jan. 13, 2013, at Mercy Hospice in Johnston.

Mr. Schiller is the father of Gardnerville businessman Mike Schiller.

Born Aug. 23, 1918, in Aurora, Ill., to John and Margaret (Wermes) Schiller, he married Bette J. Brown in 1938 in South Bend, Ind. The couple moved to Des Moines in 1946. Ed was the owner and operator of Schiller Opticians until his retirement in 1979. He finished his optical career at Parkway Optical in West Des Moines. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and proudly served his community through Knights of Columbus, Serra Club, Dowling Club, Bishop Drumm Guild, St. Vincent DePaul Society and Score.

Survivors include his children, Ronald (Cheryl) Schiller of Clive, Michael Schiller of Gardnerville, Nev. and two sons, Justin and JJ Schiller, Edward (Debra) Schiller of Norwalk; eleven grandchildren; seven plus great-grandchildren; sister, Clarice (George) Pearce of Oswego, Ill. Ed was preceded in death by his parents; several siblings; wife, Bette; daughter, Annette; and son, Jimmy.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Trinity Catholic Church Foundation, Mercy Hospice, Dowling Catholic High School or Deerfield Retirement Community. Online condolences may be made at

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