CRYSTAL LAKE – Kenneth Edward Fetzner died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, after a four-year battle with laryngeal cancer at JourneyCare in Barrington. He was born in Chicago, the son of Emil and Myrtle (Rosenau) Fetzner, on Jan. 26, 1931.|
He will be truly missed by all his family and friends, who loved him dearly.
While swimming at West Park Beach at Crystal Lake in 1947, Ken met the love of his life, Arlene Booth, whom he married on July 7, 1951. They enjoyed 51 wonderful years of marriage until her passing on June 3, 2003.
Ken was a graduate of Steinmetz High School in Chicago. In 1951 he joined the U.S. Marines, earning the rank of sergeant upon discharge. He then became a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 134, working as an electrician for 38 years.
Moving to Crystal Lake in 1959, he quickly became involved in the community.
Ken was a member of the Crystal Lake Jaycees and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.
He also served as a Republican Precinct committeeman, Crystal Lake Park Board commissioner and president, and as a member of the Crystal Lake Zoning Board.
Ken and his wife were instrumental in the annexation of the West End and North Shore of Crystal Lake for the preservation of the Crystal Lake watershed.
He loved to travel, especially trips to Germany, Ireland and the Virgin Islands.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming, and especially golfing with his son Kurt and his many golf buddies. Attending his granddaughter Kylee's tennis matches the last three years was always something he looked forward to.
Kenneth was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend to many. May God rest his soul.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Arlene; and brother, Donald. He is survived by his son, Kurt (Jane); granddaughters, Annie, Jamie, Kayce and Kylee; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert; and many nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to his home nurse Monica and all the staff at JourneyCare.
A private burial took place Thursday, Aug. 22, at Woodridge Memorial Park in Cary.
Memorials may be made to the
For information, call Skaja Bachmann Funeral Home at 815-455-2233 or visit www.skajafuneralhomes.com.
Published in the Northwest Herald on Aug. 26, 2013