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.