Fred Kenneth Konrad, beloved son of Lillian Bernice Smith and Kenneth Anthony Konrad, passed away on September 8th, 2023 at his home in Northbrook. He was born on October 22, 1940 in Springfield, Illinois.
Fred had a remarkable career as a liaison, where he dedicated his time and effort to bridging the gap between Ameritech and the FFC. He was known for his exceptional skills in communication and problem-solving, which earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues.
Education played a significant role in Fred's life. He was crowned the Jr. Prom King and Senior Homecoming King at Springfield High School. Later on, he attended the University of Illinois, where he became a member of the BETA THETA PI fraternity and majored in physics and political science. Fred valued education and embraced opportunities for personal growth throughout his life.
Described as caring and loving by those who knew him best, Fred had a heart filled with compassion for both humans and animals alike. One of his greatest passions was breeding AKC Golden Retrievers with his partner Diane for over 35 years. Together, they ran "Paws Here Pet Resort" in Ogleby, IL, where they provided a loving home away from home for countless furry friends.
Fred's dedication to the American Kennel Club (AKC) was one of his proudest accomplishments. As an esteemed member for over 40 years, he actively contributed to promoting responsible dog ownership and improving the well-being of dogs across the country.
In addition to Diane, Fred is survived by his sister Galey Sue Decker; nieces Stacey Hodgson and Stephanie Cox; daughters Piper and Jenny; and son Michael. His love for family ran deep, and he cherished every moment spent with his loved ones.
Fred Kenneth Konrad will be remembered as a kind-hearted individual who touched the lives of many. His commitment to his career, his love for animals, and his devotion to his family were the cornerstones of his life. He leaves behind a legacy of compassion, integrity, and unwavering love.
May he rest in eternal peace.