Conrad Farnhof, 82, of Fredericksburg, died Saturday, June 15, 2013.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, June 19, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Fredericksburg Funeral Home.
Farnhof was born March 3, 1933, in Los Angeles, Calif., the son of Edward Conrad Farnhof and Ellie Elisa Jusslia Farnhof. He married Karleen Carlisle on Jan. 7, 1995, in Fredericksburg and she survives.
After graduating from Huntington Park High School in California on June 15, 1950, Farnhof enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served as an air police.
After being discharged in November 1954, Farnhof joined the Fredericksburg Police Department as a patrolman and retired with the rank of sergeant.
He served the Fredericksburg Police Department on many different levels, with crime prevention being his area of expertise. He was instrumental in the organization and development of the local Crime Stoppers program and of McGruff, the Crime Dog, and on many occasion donned the mascot’s suit.
For many years, he gathered the information for the “Crime of the Week” which was published in the Standard-Radio Post and was the first announcer for the segment on the local radio station.
Other programs he helped or initiated in the community included the youth bike rodeo, Neighborhood Watch, drug and safety programs in the schools, city and county, scout troops and day cares; National Night Out in Fredericksburg; the crime prevention booth at the Gillespie County Fair and Stonewall Peach JAMboree.
In 1997, Farnhof was honored with the “Texas Crime Prevention Officer of the Year” award and in 2001, he received the “Texas Law Enforcement Achievement Award” and “The Texas Public Service Award”, as well as the “2000 State of Texas Law Enforcement Achievement Award.”
Farnhof retired from the FPD after 38 years of service.
Upon retirement with the FPD, he joined the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Department and worked as crime prevention officer for a number of years, before retiring, again.
Over the past 40 years, Farnhof was active in many community and state organizations, civic organizations and law enforcement associations and received many awards and certificates of recognition for his service.
In 1987, he was named Outstanding Public Servant by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce.
He also worked and/or volunteered with the Alamo Area Council of Governments, the Kiwanis Club, local historical preservation societies, the PTA, the VFW and Ladies’ Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Revolution and the Gillespie County Child Services board.
Farnhof was also a member of the Masonic Lodge 794 A.F. and A.M. and was raised to Master Degree on April 12, 1996.
In addition to his wife, Farnhof is survived by six children and spouses, including Jaye and Kenneth Treibs, Cristel and Jack Feller, and Tim Farnhof, all of Fredericksburg; Kathy Farnhof of Laundale, Calif.; Beca and Kerry Diggins of Friendswood, and Mike and Michelle Boerner of Boerne.
He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Farnhof’s parents preceded him in death.
Memorials may be made to the Hill Country SPCA or to the charity of choice.