The fire service was in Conrad’s blood from the very beginning. His father was a lieutenant with Sherwood Fire Department and served for 30 years in the fire service. Conrad began his fire department career at the age of 18‚ when he joined Sherwood Fire Department after graduating from Fairview High School. He also served on Cecil Volunteer Fire Department and was serving with Delaware Township Fire Department at the time of his passing. Conrad was always there to help with fire department functions and fundraisers. The fire department was Conrad’s passion‚ along with his family and his love for the outdoors.
Conrad was someone who just loved everything! He loved going fishing and camping with his grandson‚ Brody. He was also an avid Ohio State fan‚ and he never missed an opportunity to razz members of his family who were Michigan fans! He loved attending the Ohio State vs. Michigan games with his friends. They went no matter which state the game was held in that year. Conrad was also an excellent chef‚ and he loved to cook for birthday parties and special occasions.
Everyone knew Conrad. He never met a stranger. He was a big clown and loved teasing new members who came onto the fire department. Conrad was always the one driving the fire engine‚ and his fellow firefighters said they always felt safe when Conrad was the one behind the wheel. They always knew he would not put their lives at risk. Conrad LOVED children. He never missed a year of going to the schools for Fire Prevention Week. He was always dedicated to his community. He was very proud of the fact that he was an organ donor‚ and because of his giving nature he was able to improve and save the lives of over 70 people. He was always the first to lend a helping hand and was committed to making his community safer.
Conrad is dearly missed by his family‚ his fire department family‚ his friends‚ and his community. He leaves behind his wife of 16 years‚ Mary; his stepdaughter‚ Patty; his two grandchildren‚ Brody and Aubrey; three sisters‚ Olive‚ Debbie‚ and Laura; one brother‚ Gale; and his mother‚ Ina; along with his many nieces‚ nephews‚ and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father‚ Gale‚ and his older brother‚ Conrad James.
Conrad will always be remembered for the way he helped people. He was truly an angel here on this earth.