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Orville and June ConradOrville M. Conrad
age 89, of 6120 Duchess Road S.W. and a former City View Drive, Sherrodsville, Ohio resident, died early Friday evening, May 23, 2014 in the Mercy Medical Center at Canton following a brief illness. He retired July 4, 1986 as a supervisor from the Gradall Company in New Philadelphia after 35 years of dedicated service. He was born Aug. 8, 1924 in Pickens, W. Va. and was the son of the late Orville "Hobson" and (Sarah) Elizabeth Anderson Conrad. On Aug. 27, 2007, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret June Sharp Conrad, whom he married August 16, 1946. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a brother Eugene and two sisters Bernice and Leona.
He was a faithful member of the Calvary United Methodist Church at Sherrodsville, where he taught Sunday School for many years, and shared his talents through his involvement in a number of church committees. He was affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America for 15 years and was member of Sherrodsville Post #660 of the American Legion. He proudly served his country as a World War II Army veteran, and served in both the European and Pacific Theatres.
He was a 1943 graduate of the former Sherrodsville High School. Orville was a kind and gentle person by nature. His family always regarded him as a loving, caring and thoughtful father and grandfather, and were continually inspired by his advice and intelligence. He consistently left a positive impression on those individuals that he encountered throughout his daily life. He has always been regarded as his family's caretaker, borne mostly by the devotion he showered upon his wife June throughout her illness. Orville had a deserved reputation as a skilled cook and baker, and some of his specialties included his Tomato Dumplings, Pecan Pies, and Texas Sheet Cake, for which he set an unreachable standard. He gained comfort from providing some of these dishes to his friends and family. Orville felt that he could never do enough, although his efforts invariably helped to ease the burden of others. Orville's family was his focus and priority. He cherished the opportunity to share visits with his family to his birthplace in Pickens, West Virginia. But mostly, Orville left his family and friends with the peace and comfort that their lives were better because of his influence.
He is survived by a daughter and two sons Mrs. Dan (Ann) Tope, Sr. of Sherrodsville, Tom (Karen) Conrad of Bowerston, Ohio., and Doug Conrad and Jim Gay of Dayton, Ohio, two sisters Mrs. Al ( Melbalene Belknap) Snyder of Pleasant City, Ohio and Lenita "Jean" Henry of Malvern, Ohio., his five grandchildren Dan Tope Jr. of Sherrodsville, Mrs. Donnie (Amy) Palmer of Bolivar, Ohio., Kirt (Amy) Conrad of Canton, Ohio., Chad (Janet) Conrad and David (Marcy) Conrad, both of Bolivar, and seven great-grandchildren Tyler Tope of New Philadelphia, Ohio,, Shawn Conrad, Cody Conrad, Blake Conrad, and Cade Conrad, all of Bolivar, and Meredith Conrad and Addison Conrad, both of Canton.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014 in the Calvary United Methodist Church with Rev. Kenneth D. Ogg officiating. Interment will follow in the Sherrodsville Memorial Gardens. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 5p.m. until 8p.m. in the Baxter- Gardner Funeral Home at Sherrodsville. The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to either the Sherrodsville E.M.S., c/o P.O. Box #31, Sherrodsville, O. 44675, or the Calvary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box #277, Sherrodsville, O. 44675. To leave an online condolence message please visit the funeral home website. "I understand, Lord."
Baxter-Gardner Funeral Home
7345 Roswell Rd Sw Sherrodsville, OH 44675
Published in The Times Reporter on May 26, 2014