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Sean Conner Langley

October 21, 1999March 31, 2021
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Sean Conner Langley, age 21, of Rockford, IL died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Sean was born October 21, 1999 in Huntington, West Virginia. Sean was a graduate of Harlem High School class of 2018. He worked at UPS, where he had many beloved friends. He was an avid PlayStation gamer and loved playing with groups of family and friends. He loved cooking, helping others and could not decide between becoming a Chef or a Psychologist. He will be missed by many.

He is predeceased in death by his grandmother, Sharon Langley; grandfather, Billy Oldham; great-grandparents, Harold and Lillian Smith; great-grandmother, Sadie Hansler. He is survived by his mother, Shelia (James) Vanderkolk; his father, Dean (Sue) Langley; his siblings, Ethan (Rene), Corey (Tianna) and Caelyn (Trinity) Langley, Madilyn Forster; step-siblings, Matt and Nadia Vanderkolk, Shae (Brandon) Watts, Thomas and Raymond Forster; his grandmother, Darlene Oldham; his grandfather, Roger Langley; grandmother, Donna Vanderkolk; many aunts, uncles, cousins and numerous beloved friends.

Funeral Service at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 5th at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Visitation at 1 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Sean's name to either The Trevor Project at www.thetrevorproject.org or the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at www.afsp.donordrive.org

Services

  • Celebration of Life Open Visitation

    Monday, April 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, April 5, 2021

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Kimberly Gardner

April 8, 2021

I don’t think there will ever be the exact right words to describe Sean. Knowing the most gentle human in the world, working with him the past three years is something I’ll forever cherish. I went into load planning after working with him in the scale house and for an entire year every night he’d make sure to at least acknowledge me, he would come up at the end of the night and grab my hand. I’d look at him and he’d always say, “how you doin’?” and whatever I would say he’d tell me words of encouragement. Last time we talked he told me how proud he was of me for finishing college. There was even a night we were all bored during a storm at work and he went,”How many balls do you think the east ball mat has?” And we went and counted every single ball there was, he had a whole algorithm going on.

We’d go to breakfast every Friday morning with our friends after work, sometimes we would go to someone’s house and I’d cook for them and he would clean up without hesitation, “You need to sit down I’ll clean up”. We would all hang out in the parking lot until the sun came up, We would talk about everything, he was the mediator, the compassionate and understanding one, always selfless, he knew before I even said a word what was going on and even in his bad days he’d make sure you were okay. He worked so hard, and took any job he was given at work responsibly and with pride even in the stressful times. We always ended up dying our hair the same colors unintentionally and it would make us laugh, we enjoyed it.
He was a major part of what made UPS feel like a family and second home..
There will never be another like him, I and many others are truly saddened by the loss of a remarkable person as he was. I’ll remember him fondly and cherish the pure soul he was and always will be.

Dominic Krischke

April 2, 2021

Sean was an essential team member at UPS. He always went above and beyond, not only as a coworker, but as a friend too. His compassion was overflowing and contagious. I always enjoyed walking out of the building in our group and going to eat breakfast. It has been a couple years since I’ve worked there, but I will always remember Sean’s smile and colorful hairstyles.

Sherri Pelley

April 2, 2021

To Sean's Family ,
Iam so sorry for your loss .I hope you find strength in knowing how Special Sean was to his UPS family .Sean had the biggest and even brighter smile ,so smart and bright ! He has touched so many and will be greatly Missed !

Joshua Reeves

April 2, 2021

Sean was the life of the party for our breakfast group. He was the shoulder to cry on, and who was more than likely the best ball-matter in all of UPS the entire time I knew him. Sean you will be dearly missed.

Cathie Getts

April 2, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. Sean was a big part of our UPS family, I loved watching him do his tec work on the ball mat checking cans and when the planes came in. Then he became a supervisor, it was fun training him. He enjoyed working with his new crew. Sean is greatly appreciated and missed. He had such a gentle soul!

Robert Webley

April 2, 2021

Sean was the best person. It didn't matter what was happening in his life, He would make your's better. He cared only for others. He made so many people happy. We will all miss him dearly.

Maggie Messer

April 1, 2021

Shelia ,Dean and family,
So very sorry for your tremendous loss. Know our hearts are breaking for you all. Many prayers are going upward for all of you, may Gods peace and love fill you, His light surround you and His loving arms hold you and comfort you in days ahead. If you need anything, just let us know!😘🙏♥️😪😪😪

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