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Conrad J. Zelencik

Dyer, Indiana

May 13, 1955 – May 22, 2021 (Age 66)


May 13, 1955
May 22, 2021
Dyer, Indiana


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Smits Funeral Home - Dyer Obituary

Conrad “Connie” J. Zelencik, age 66, of Crown Point, IN, formerly of Calumet City, IL,  passed away Saturday, May 22, 2021.  Beloved husband of Kathy Doyle.  Loving father of Mara Rae (Rex) Thomas, Shane Zelencik, and Brett (Travis Schamber) Zelencik and step-father of Amanda (Billy Kubida) Doyle and Vito Anoman.  Devoted grandfather of Cole Thomas and Brielle Kubida.  Dear brother of Linda (Robert Tobin) Zelencik and Trudy (Thomas) Walta. Kind uncle of many nieces and nephews.  Preceded in death by his parents Fabian and Helen Zelencik.   

Connie is remembered by his family as an avid sports fan and athlete. He started early, becoming a star player on his Knights of Columbus little league team. He excelled at football and was all-conference while in high school at TF North, went on to play center with a full ride athletic scholarship to Purdue University, and was drafted into the NFL where he played for the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills. He was a life-long golfer who counted a hole-in-one as a great personal accomplishment, and regularly played with friends and family. Connie was so adept at chess that he beat the president of the Purdue chess club, and even beat a computer program.

In his post professional football years, he worked in sales for several companies specializing in technology. His career took him around the world, and he was well-respected and accomplished for his hard work, affability and charisma. Even with a busy work schedule, he always found time for his family and considered them to be the most important part of his life. He coached every manner of sports for his kids and never missed a game.

In his spare time, he enjoyed tinkering with his pride and joy: a vintage, custom, cherry-red 1968 Pontiac Catalina convertible with a problematic gas pedal. Connie spent winters in his basement workshop building woodworking masterpieces and many other craft projects for friends and family. He loved to travel and dreamed of criss-crossing the country in an RV.

Memorial Visitation Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with a Memorial Service and Time of Sharing at 7:00 p.m. at Smits Funeral Home 2121 Pleasant Springs Lane, Dyer, IN.  Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( 

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Whenever I think of Connie I remember fun times and lots of laughs. He gathered friends of all ages wherever he went.
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You will forever be in my heart. RIP Connie

I was truly saddened to hear the passing away of Conrad and my condolences to the Zelencik family for your loss. Conrad was one of the nicest and sweetest guys that I ever met through our business relationship. We met during his employment with NDK. I was the Executive VP at Nichicon America Corp. Our company rented out office space at our company's location in Schaumburg for a few months after the explosion damage at NDK a few years ago. Conrad was my golfing partner against Russ...

My prayers to Kathy and his family. Back in TF North, I remember him being such a kind person with a great personality and a fantastic football player. Saw both him and Kathy at Knights of Columbus in Lansing about 2 years ago and was very happy to run into them and have a quick chat. Rest in peace, Connie. Heaven has gained another angel.

Connie was a truly goodhearted person.
One of the best I have ever known.
Goodhearted and bright and with a wonderful sense of humor.
He had a great love for all his family and friends.
Cheers for the truly wonderful and great Conrad.

Precious memories of him will endure.

Love and Peace and Blessings always
for the beloved Conrad
and for his beloved family and friends.

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Connie was such a gentle giant. He always had a smile, he was funny & kind. My condolences and prayers to Kathy, his loved ones and friends.

I am so saddened to hear of Conrad's passing - he was such a great guy. When his company was damaged several years ago, NDK rented space at Nichicon (where I work), and I got to know Conrad. He was always so kind and funny and cheerful, always had such an upbeat personality. RIP Conrad, you will be missed...

My father coached Connie in HS in both football & basketball. It was one of the greatest era’s in athletics TFN had ever seen. Connie was the epitome of what Calumet City stood for at the time hard work & dedication. He was an exceptional athlete and more importantly a better person. He was always kidding with my brother Mike & I joking and smiling. It made us feel important. He helped my father forge the future for TFN football and had a hand in molding my father’s career in...