Edward C. Fouts, D.C. of Valparaiso, unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. He was only 71 years old. The family is deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden death. He was born on December 12, 1951, in Evergreen Park, IL, to the late Harold and Elaine (Walton) Fouts.
Edward is survived and missed by his loving wife JoAnn (Ditter) of 50 years who were married on October 28, 1972, in Lansing, IL. Ed and JoAnn were high school sweethearts since the age of 15 years old, sharing their journey through life ever since.
Ed graduated from Thornton Fraction South High School, Lansing, IL class of 1970. He attended Eastern Illinois University then graduated from IUN. He went on to receive his Chiropractic degree from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL in 1976. He began his career as a chiropractor at his office, Valparaiso Chiropractic Center, where he served his community for over 42 years.
Ed was a talented musician who began playing saxophone at the age of 10. He was inspired by such greats as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Sonny Stitt to name a few. He performed with many local bands since he was 16 years old, including the Red Gross Big Band, Charlie Blum Band at the Holiday Star, and most recently, Midwest Big Band. Throughout the years, Ed played many musical performances at the Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso.
Ed is also survived by his son, Matthew (Michelle) Fouts; grandsons, Maverick and Archer; sisters, Cheryl (Ray) Maida and Kimberly (Mark) Wallace; mother-in-law, Barbara Ditter; sisters-in-law, Marilyn (Don) Olsen and Brenda (Bryan) Pedigo; brother-in-law, Richard (Beth) Ditter; and many loving nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Michael Fouts; and father-in-law, John Ditter.
He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend who will be deeply missed. Ed adored his two young grandsons and cherished his time as “Papa” with them. He could be found each evening sharing his favorite chair with his beloved dog, Lexi.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso, with a family time of sharing starting at 7:00 PM. A private burial will take place at Angelcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Save the Music Foundation.
We are saddened by this news. We were patients with him from the early years. Great man, kind, he will be missed. There aren't many people that were a true gentleman. But Dr Fouts was just that. Prayers for his family. -Kelly Myers
We lived next door to Ed and JoAnn for 11 years. They were the best neighbors one could have. Ed was a wonderful person. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and former patients. God Bless Ed Fouts. -Al and Lynn Reichle
Joan and family: I was so saddened and shocked by Ed’s passing. We go back a long way, back to my Dad who was one of your clients. As I am lost for words to provide comfort, I would only say you both mean a lot to me as most wonderful neighbors for over 30 years. All of us wish to provide you comfort as we think of Ed as a gentleman of great pride and strength. With Love the Hewlett Clan
We were sadden to hear about Ed passing away. So sorry for your loss JoAnn. -Mark Stanley
We are so saddened by Dr Fouts sudden passing. We were patients of his back when his office was still on Indiana Ave. He was always such a nice man that truly cared about his patients. Our sympathy to all family and friends. -Nancy and Dean Wise
I am so thankful for my memories of Ed in high school. He was the consummate gentleman who treated each person with respect and kindness. I am so thankful for his life.
My heart and prayers reach out to JoAnn and family at such a difficult time. -Liz Crocker (Van Gorp)
Joann, we are so shocked and sad for you and your family. We haven't stayed in touch but I think of you both often. Our family of Meius are broken hearted for you. Please know that we send prayers. I just saw that You lost Michael as well... I am so very sorry. May God send his mighty Angels to surround you and may His peace find and settle in your heart. Sending hugs and prayers. -Bob and Denise Svetich