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Kenneth Harper

Published August 25,2016

Obituary's Biography:

Ken Harper, age 50, of Grayslake, passed away suddenly Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in Chicago.  He was born June 1, 1966 in Dayton, Ohio, to John and Virginia Harper.  Ken grew up in Parsippany, New Jersey and graduated from Rowan University with a Bachelor of Science degree.  Ken worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 18 years, most recently with Heron Therapeutics as Senior Director, Trade Channel & Reimbursement Ops.   He loved to play tennis and was a New York Yankees and Jets fan.  He loved to spend his free time out on the patio by the pool, listening to music, smoking a good cigar, cooking on the grill, and enjoying his family and dear friends.  But, most of all, he loved his family. Ken is survived by his soulmate and the love of his life, his wife of 18 years, Cindy, whom he married on March 22, 1998 in Hawaii; his children James Kaplan of Brementon, Washington, Catherine and Nanrae of Grayslake, Illinois; and his siblings, John (Liz) of Whippany, New Jersey, Mike of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and Tom of Taipei, Taiwan.  He was preceded in death by his parents.  Friends of the family may visit from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Strang Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 410 East Belvidere Road, Grayslake, IL 60030, with the funeral service commencing at 6:45 p.m. at the funeral chapel.  In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to his children’s college fund at https://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser-widget.aspx?frid=632497  For information, please call 847-223-8122 or log on to www.strangfuneral.org

10 replies on “Kenneth Harper”

  1. Cindy, we’re so sorry to hear about Ken. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family during this difficult time. Please let us know if there is anything we can do.

  2. I am so sorry to hear this news. I know how much Ken loved his family and he talked about the kids often. He was a true professional at work and will be missed. Sending prayers and sympathy to the entire family.

  3. Dearest Harper family, I am sending my deepest sympathies to you as I learned of your loss today. Ken was truly one of a kind and I was fortunate to have worked with him at TAP Pharmaceuticals as a trainer in Chicago. My heart breaks as he was such an amazing person with a heart of gold. He was too young to leave us. Prayers go out to Cindy and his children. I am so very sorry. May his memories console you during this most difficult time.

  4. Dear Cindy and family
    I will always hear Ken’s voice greeting me with a “Billy Boy”. I am so lucky to have had him as a friend, I will truly miss him.
    Bill Hanvey

  5. It was a pleasure working with Ken- he was a kind and gentle , polite and thoroughly professional colleague. He will be missed. Prayers and thoughts to his wife and children.

  6. Cindy. I don’t think we ever met but Joel has only great things to say about you and Ken and your family. Stan and I are so sorry about your loss. He was way too young and had so many more years to share. Cherish your memories of Ken . Our condolences to your whole family

    Carol and Stan Konya

  7. Ken was one of the most sincere, kind and easy going people I have had the pleasure to know and work with. I will forever cherish the wonderful moments we had together whether at work, enjoying the Chicago Blues Festival, in Hawaii with Cheryl and Cindy, or at our house watching football and celebrating New Year’s Day. Cheryl and I always enjoyed Ken and Cindy’s company. Such great memories of a wonderful man and friend. You will be missed! Cindy, our love and prayers are with you all.

    Much love,

    Todd, Cheryl, Maclain and Madison

  8. I am so very sorry for your tremendous loss. I worked with Ken at TAP years ago but will always remember what a great manager he was and, most importantly, what a great person he was. I felt blessed to have had the chance to know him and my prayers are with you and your family.
    In sympathy,

  9. Cindy, so sorry to hear of the loss of Ken you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!

    Cousin, Tom Welch

  10. Cindy –
    I am so sorry to hear of Ken’s passing. I worked with Ken for a long time at TAP and have lots of fond memories. I also lost my wife this year at 45, so please feel free to reach out if there is anything I can do or say that might allow to pass along some wisdom, or just be there for you

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