Charles F. Conrad, 90, Fort Wayne, formerly of North Manchester, passed away at 2:50 a.m., Feb. 19, 2018, at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester. The son of Joseph and Cora (Holstein) Conrad, he was born on July 17, 1927, in Peru.
During WWII, Mr. Conrad enlisted in the Navy to help his country and enlisted again during the Korean War. Being a veteran and helping veterans was always important to Charlie. He was a member of American Legion Post #286, North Manchester, the Moose of North Manchester and the VFW of Huntington. On May 23, 1952, he married Mary M. Blackwell, who was also in the Navy. For 39 years the two built a beautiful life together, including three children. The two were only a few weeks away from celebrating 40 years of marriage before she passed away on June 10, 1992.
After the military chapter in his life was complete, he went to work for Heckman Bindery. For 27 years he worked as a salesman before retiring in 1989 to take care of his wife, Mary. During his wife’s health struggles and his time in the military, faith was also important to Mr. Conrad. He was a member at Faith Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Manchester. For all who had known him, he will be remembered as the life of the party. He liked being social and enjoyed life, and the company of those around him. He was a very giving person and loved his family dearly.
The loving memory of Charles F. Conrad will be forever remembered by his companion, Jane Steinacker, Fort Wayne; one son, Tony (Mary) Conrad, San Francisco, Calif.; one daughter, Gina (Steve Lynch) Conrad, Kennesaw, Ga.; one son-in-law, Charles Morgan, North Manchester; eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Cora Conrad and one daughter Tanna Morgan, who passed away on Nov. 2, 2017.
Friends and family may call from 10 a.m.-nooon, Friday, Feb. 23, at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester. Funeral services will begin at noon on Friday, Feb. 23, at McKee Mortuary. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester.
Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary