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Bruce Raymond Conrad

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Bruce Raymond Conrad 1924 ~ 2005 Bruce Conrad died at Manor Care Nursing Home in Ogden, Utah December 16, 2005. He had been in poor health following a stroke several years ago. We appreciate the many fine nurses and staff at Manor Care who helped care for Dad during the past two years. Bruce was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma September 5, 1924 to Murl Hildreth and Alene Elizabeth Conrad. He graduated from high school in 1943 and was a member of the Will Rogers High School basketball team that won the state tournament. He was a signalman in the U.S. Navy during World War II and served on the USS Cape Es-perance aircraft carrier. Following his Navy service, Bruce enrolled at Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) where he graduated in 1950. At OBU, Bruce was on both the basketball and tennis teams. He also met Beatrice McKown at OBU and married her July 7, 1951. The couple moved to Fort Worth, Texas where Bruce graduated with a Master's degree in religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1953. Bruce and Bea were appointed by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to serve as career missionaries to Native Americans in Ponca City and at Chilocco Indian School near Newkirk, Oklahoma. Bruce was pastor of Ponca Indian Church for nearly three years while also ministering to students at Chilocco. After a full time pastor became available at the Ponca church, Bruce served at Chilocco for another seven years. In 1964, Bruce and Bea accepted an assignment to work with Native American students at Intermountain Indian School in Brigham City, Utah. Bruce pastored the mission, Intermountain Chapel, until the school closed in 1984. Bruce and Bea then moved to Salt Lake City where Bruce was pastor of a new mission, Central Indian Church, working with Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Tongans, and Vietnamese. Bruce served as pastor until his retirement in 1998. Bruce was among the longest tenured missionaries of the SBC with more than 40 years of service. Following a stroke, Bruce was cared for at home by his loving wife, Bea, until her death October 13, 2003. Bruce spent the last two years of his life as a resident at Manor Care and he often attended First United Methodist Church with his son, Tim, and sang in the choir. As we remember our father's life and his love for us, we are reminded of a valuable lesson he showed us through example - acceptance of others no matter the circumstances. Our father dedicated his life to helping others and he had a direct influence on countless numbers of individuals. Dad was always out visiting and talking. In addition to ministering to church members, you could find him visiting in jails, nursing homes, and homeless shelters. He could talk to anyone and always communicated his concern for each person he encountered. Bruce is survived by a sister, Jan Sutter; his four children, Victor (Melis-sa), Tim (Kerry), Ramona Conrad Cooper (Marlin), and John. Bruce has eight grandchildren, Sarah Conrad Lewis (Dan), and Brian, Anna, Paul, Adam, Jared, Jenna, and Julia Conrad. Bruce also has one great-grandchild, Alexander Lewis. Please join us this Tuesday, December 20th at First United Methodist Church, 2604 Jefferson Avenue in Ogden, Utah to celebrate Bruce's life and our love for our father. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 9-10:45 a.m. at the church and the service will begin at 11 a.m. A short graveside service will be held at Brigham City Cemetery following the funeral. Directed by Myers Mortuary, Brigham City. Send condolences to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Dec. 18, 2005
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