Fred ‘Phred’ Hendershot Jr.

By on November 8, 2012

Fred “Phred” Hendershot Jr. , 89, of Elburn, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.

Fred was born Aug. 18, 1923, in Tecumseh, Mich., the son of Fred Sr. and Corinne Hendershot.

When Fred was a young child, his family moved to Oak Park, Ill., where he attended local schools. Around the age of 8, he took on his first job selling newspapers. Fred went on to graduate from Oak Park High School, where he was a member of the Oak Park-River Forest football team.

After graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he proudly served his country stateside during World War II. He went to officer school and earned the rank of Second Lieutenant. Fred continued his education upon his return to civilian life by enrolling in the University of Michigan, where he studied business.

On June 14, 1947, Fred married his high school sweetheart, Barbara Ann Swikard, and they were happily married for the next 52 years before Barbara Ann’s passing in 1999.

In 1948 they welcomed their first child, Susan. Over time, their family grew to include Kurt, Mark, Karla, Janet and Lance. In the 1950s, after spending some time finding a place to call home, they settled in Mt. Prospect for the next 25 years.

In March of 1981, Fred and his family moved to Elburn, where they created many more memories.

Over the years, Fred worked as a salesman for Ware Aluminum Windows and Frama Building Products.

Fred was a long time member of St. Charles Moose Lodge No. 1368. He also spent time volunteering with the Salvation Army and Golden Diners.

He is survived by his children, Kurt (Sandy) Hendershot, Mark (Christine) Hendershot, Karla (Mike) Teafoe, Janet Hendershot and Lance (Courtney) Hendershot; grandchildren, Derek, Kendra, Bekki, Kyle, Taryn, Mitchel, Haley, Wyatt and Landon; five great-granchildren, with 2 on the way; and sister, Barbara Jean Hendershot

He is preceded by his loving wife of 52 years, Barbara Ann; and his daughter, Susan Reed.

Visitation was held Saturday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn. A memorial service celebrating Fred’s life was held at the funeral home. Pastor Lisa Kruse-Stafford of Cornerstone United Methodist Church officiated.

A special message from Fred:
“In lieu of flowers or donations I ask you take a friend to lunch or dinner and tell him or her the things we think of only after someone is gone.”

Tributes and condolences may be mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. You can read Fred’s full life story on the web at