Like many other families this Labor Day weekend, Andy Conderman's spent it together, but no one thought it would be for this reason.
"It's just unexplainable," said Chad Conderman, one of Andy's four sons.
64-year-old Andy Conderman was the man who was killed in the tragic accident on Friday night involving three Stillman Valley cheerleaders, according to his family.
WREX spoke with Conderman's daughter-in-law Monday morning. She confirmed that her father-in-law was the one who was killed. 17-year-old Emily Fleming, a cheerleader at Stillman Valley, was also killed in the crash. Two other Stillman Valley cheerleaders were also injured.
Witnesses told police that a car carrying the three cheerleaders on Big Mound Rd. did not stop at a stop sign and collided with a truck that was driving south on Highway 251. Conderman was the driver of the truck.
Vicki Conderman said the couple had been married for 44 years and went together four years before that. They were high school sweethearts.
"He kept coming over to see my brother, but that's okay, because I got him," said Vicki.
Conderman had 10 grandchildren. He was retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation after nearly 40 years before becoming a consultant with the agency.
Chad said his father was on his way home from work on Friday evening when the crash happened.
"Ironically, he's helped many people in a car accident before," said Chad.
Corey, his other son, added, "There were many times I'd come across him saving some people he'd find floating down the high waters in the creek. I didn't even know it was my dad. We'd be coming back from work and we were like, 'Hey, that's dad.' He was just in the right place at the right time."
Vicki Conderman knows another family is grieving. She has this message to Emily Fleming's family.
"I've never lost a child, but I know it would be devastating to me if I lost my children," said Vicki. "My prayers are with the family who lost their daughter. Andy, my husband, was waiting up there to help her through the gates because that would be the type of person Andy is."
Funeral services have been announced for Andy Conderman:
Funeral services will be held on Saturday Sept. 12, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Dixon. Burial of Cremains will be on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Prairie Repose Cemetery in Amboy with military honors by the Amboy American Legion Post. Visitation will be on Friday Sept. 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy with a Masonic Service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. A memorial has been established. Condolences may be sent online at www.thejonesfh.com.