Obituary of David Conrad (1927 – 2021) – Woodstock, IL

David R. Conrad
David R. Conrad, 93, of Woodstock, Illinois, died on August 5, 2021 at his home. Originally from Aurora, Illinois, he had resided in Woodstock since 2007. Prior to that date, he had lived in Sugar Grove, Illinois, DeKalb, Illinois and Lander, Wyoming.
Mr. Conrad, a WWII US Navy veteran, was stationed aboard the Pearl Harbor-based USS Bumper, SS-333 and then served at the Midway Islands Submarine Base. He was born on September 11, 1927 in Aurora, Illinois, where he attended public schools. He graduated from East Aurora High School, received a BS in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and an MA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois.
He had a long career in the service of several public services and ended his career as director of personnel at Northern Illinois University, where he retired in 1993. At DeKalb, he was a member and president of the Lutheran Church Emmanuel, President of Rotary Club DeKalb and DeKalb United Way, Board of Directors of Kishwaukee YMCA and Salvation Army. He served on the DeKalb Police and Fire Commission. He was chairman of the advisory committee of personnel directors to the merit committee and was a municipal councilor for the first ward. He was a member of the Kishwaukee Country Club.
In Lander, Mr. Conrad was an active member of the Bethel Ev Lutheran Church, serving in several offices. While living in Woodstock, he was an active member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake. He was a member of USS Bumper, SS-333 Association, Foreign Wars Veterans Association 15052, American Legion Post 2910, Northern Illinois University Alumni Association, American Numismatic Association and Galizien German Descendants. Mr. Conrad was a frequent traveler with a keen interest in the study of the Bible, history, genealogy, numismatics and Native American artifacts.
He is survived by his stepson Michael Walrod of Norwood, MA; his stepson Brett Walrod and his wife Laurie of Woodstock, IL; her stepdaughter Elizabeth Lazear and her husband James of Anaheim Hills, California; former daughter-in-law Peggy Walrod of Duxbury, MA; five grandsons, two granddaughters, several nephews and a niece.
He was killed by his wife Beverly (Walrod) Conrad; brothers Norman Conrad and Donald Conrad; sisters Ruth Townsend and Florence Cooper; and his parents Frieda and Philip Conrad, Jr.
Mr. Conrad had a grateful heart and a constant love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Graveside Christian and Military Services and Internment will take place Thursday, August 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Fairview Park Cemetery in DeKalb, with Rev. Larry Rubeck, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Crystal Lake, Illinois. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Conrad family in the care of Anderson Funeral Home, Ltd., PO Box 605, 2011 South Fourth Street, DeKalb, IL 60115.
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Published by Daily-Chronicle from August 10 to 14, 2021.

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