Edward Kimpton Conrad, 93, passed away on Aug. 4 in Spokane, Wash. A rancher and rural mail carrier, he was well known in the Crow Creek Valley between Toston and Radersburg, Montana. Later he and his family moved to Helena and during retirement they lived in both Bozeman and Helena.
Ed was born Jan 14, 1920 in Luverne, Minn. He was the son of James H. Conrad and Addie P. (Kimpton) Conrad. Ed and his older brother Lewis lived with their parents in Wilsall until the death of his father in 1922. His mother moved with her two sons to her parent's ranch in Crow Creek Valley near Toston. The boys lived with their grandmother Kimpton while their mother taught school at St. Vincent's Academy in Helena. Later his mother became postmaster in Toston. Addie married George Mitchell in 1928. Ed attended elementary school in Toston and Broadwater County High School in Townsend. In 1938 Ed enrolled at Montana State College in Bozeman where he obtained a degree in mechanical engineering and completed ROTC. On graduation in June 1942, Ed was immediately inducted into the Army Air Corp and sent to Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. Ed worked on the design and production of aircraft engines including the turbine for the first U.S. jet fighter. After the service he was employed by General Motors
at their Allison Engine Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. Tired of corporate life and missing his native Montana, Ed returned in 1946.
In 1948, Ed married Bonnie (Yvonne J.) Schiltz of Townsend. They were married at St. John's Lutheran Church in Helena. They nearly reached their 65th wedding anniversary. The Lord blessed them with three children: George E. (Spokane), Mark J.(Colorado Springs, Colo.), Elizabeth A.(Richland, Wash.). Ed and Bonnie have three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. In 2007 they moved to Spokane. Ed has gone on to eternity with his Heavenly Father but will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Ed's committal service was Aug. 12 at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake, Wash. There is a memorial website at: http://home.comcast.net/~geocon/site/
The website has many photos, comments, memorial service information.