3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017 at
St. John United Church of Christ in Lincoln and one
hour prior to the service on Sunday
2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017, at the church
Wayne A. Conrady, 86, of Lincoln
passed away at 4:40 a.m. on October 29, 2017 at his
home at Timber Creek Village, Lincoln.
Wayne was born on December 5, 1930 in Lincoln, son
of Benjamin Franklin and Viola Ferne (McChesney)
Conrady. He married Lois Elaine Paulus on October 7,
1951. She preceded him in death on July 23, 2014.
Surviving Wayne are his children: three daughters,
Elaine Conrady, Lincoln; Carla (Greg) Jurgenson,
Atlanta; Jan (Mark) Schleder, Green Valley; two
sons, Gary (Valerie) Conrady, Lincoln; and Greg
(Lisa) Conrady of Hartsburg; twelve grandchildren,
Ryan (Lyndi) Alberts, Alissa (Rob) Smith, Theresa
(Justin) Kegley, Leanne (Dan) Walton, Caleb (Jordan)
Schleder, Sawyer, Schyler, and Sage Conrady, and
Cody, Savannah, Wyatt and Shyanne Conrady, and nine
great grandchildren; two brothers: Gene (Joyce)
Conrady and Benjamin (Rosemary) Conrady both of
Lincoln; one sister-in-law, Alice Paulus. He was
preceded in death by his parents, one brother,
Harold (Margaret) Conrady, brother-in-law Wilbur
Paulus and son-in-law Daniel Hayes.
Wayne graduated from Hartsburg-Emden High School,
Hartsburg, and attended Lincoln College of which he
served on the Alumni Board.
As owner-operator of Big Oak Farms and Big Oak
Hunting Paradise, Wayne’s true passions were Family,
Agriculture and Civics. If Wayne was not at an event
with family, he was out working with livestock or
raising crops, or advocating for the rural
community, agriculture and natural resources.
Through Wayne’s lifetime, he was a member of Lincoln
Jaycees (Outstanding Young Farmer, 1964), the Logan
County Board (Chairman ‘82-‘86), Land of Lincoln
Workforce Board (35 yrs.), Lincoln Courier Man of
the Year, Lincoln Elks; Logan County Agriculture
Toastmasters, Logan County Soil and Water District,
Agriculture Advisor to USDA Secretary Edward
Madigan, Logan County Pork Producers, Illinois Pork
Producers (Pork Promoter of the Year, 2011), Annual
Illinois State Fair Pork Patio Cashier, Logan County
Angus Association, Illinois Angus Association
Director, American Angus Association; Breeder of the
Year Logan County Calf Scramble, Pheasants Forever,
Quail Unlimited, and a proud NRA member.
Wayne was an active member of St.
John United Church of Christ where he served on
Church Council in various leadership roles.
Wayne’s love for life was fueled by
his active support of children, grandchildren and
great grandchildren. His loyalties encompassed
Hartem Stags, Lincoln Railers, Midwest Central
Raiders and most recently Mount Pulaski Bruins.
Livestock shows were his summer highlight, Angus
cattle and swine shows. He also enjoyed attending
music programs, award ceremonies, and the Farm
Progress Show to see his grandsons’ contributions to
the ag industry. Thank goodness for Face Time so he
could interact with his great grandchildren who do
not live locally. His greatest joy was food, fun,
and laughter as he retreated with the whole family
each summer in various locales.
A memorial service for Wayne will be held at 2:00
p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017, at St. John United
Church of Christ in Lincoln with Rev. Kenneth Kramer
officiating. Visitation will be at the church from
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017,
and one hour prior to the memorial service. Burial
at Hartsburg Union Cemetery will follow the service.
Memorials may be made in Wayne’s name to the Logan
County 4-H Foundation/Ross B. Conrady Scholarship
Fund or Land of Lincoln Workforce (to provide
training funds for individuals in need).
Wayne’s family would like to thank the staff of
Timber Creek and Jennifer Wallace for all the care,
love and support that was given to their father.
Services are entrusted to Fricke-Calvert-Schrader
Funeral Home in Lincoln.
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