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Everett G. "Ed" Conradt

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Conradt, Everett G. "Ed" 02/22/1936 ~ 02/25/2014 SAN DIEGO -- Everett "Ed" Conradt, MSgt. USMC, Retired, passed away at his home after a long illness, with family members at his side, on February 25, 2014. Ed was born in Kansas City, Kansas to Charles and Norva Conradt. Because his parents were Deaf, he learned Sign Language before he could walk. Even as a very young boy, he was called upon to interpret for his Deaf parents when they needed to interact with hearing people in social or business situations. Ed grew up in Wichita, Kansas and joined the Marine Corps in 1953. He became a Drill Instructor, given the responsibility of transforming recruits into Marines, for three separate tours of duty. He served his country during the Vietnam war from December 1967 to January 1969. He experienced the harsh reality of war on the front lines as a Company Gunny of Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1973 after twenty-one years. He considered his Marine Corps career as the most meaningful work of his life. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he went back to school to earn a college degree. He was a sales rep for San Diego Periodicals for 23 years. He married Agnes Kim of Honolulu, Hawaii in 1955 and they spent fifty-eight years together. They had four children and nine grandchildren. He participated in his children's activities, encouraging them to be the best that they could be. He coached Little League Baseball, served as a volunteer for his daughters' Camp Fire activities and helped out on numerous school projects and field trips. He was active in fund-raising activities at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School, including pancake breakfasts, parish festivals, and chicken dinners. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed taking annual trips to Baja in search of Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and other fish. He loved sports, especially baseball, football and basketball. He took his children to Padres' Spring Training games for many years, first to Yuma, then Peoria. He was an avid fan of the Padres, the Chargers and San Diego State University Teams. When his health waned in later years, he used a walking cane fashioned from a Louisville Slugger baseball bat to help him get around. He served on the Board of Directors of the West Coast Drill Instructor Association, was a participant in the 2nd Bn, 9th Marines annual reunions in Washington D.C., and was active in the Fairmount Park neighborhood of San Diego. He considered his fellow Marines and other military friends his brothers and cherished the bonds they shared. Ed had a loving heart and was the solid center of his extended family. He worked hard all his life, cared deeply for his family and country, and was a kind and thoughtful person. He was fun loving with an irreverent sense of humor. He made friends easily and will be greatly missed. His wife, Agnes, stepmother Eula Conradt, brother Ronald C. Conradt, daughters Mary Fay (Kevin), Lorraine Lyou (Joseph) and Carolyn Lemm (Jeffrey), son Charles Conradt, and grandchildren Jennifer Morley (Patrick), Michael Fay (Martha), John Fay (Shayleen), Matthias, Garrett, and Sydney Lemm, Maya, Kai, and Malia Lyou survive him. A Mass of Celebration will be held on Tuesday, March 11th, at 10 a.m., in Saint Francis Chapel at Mission San Diego de Alcala, 10818 San Diego Mission Road, San Diego CA 92108. A reception will follow in La Sala Hall. A private military service will be held at a later date at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. The family requests no flowers are sent. Donations may be made in his memory to the West Coast Drill Instructors Association, the MCRD Historical Society, the , Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the Guidance Center of Long Beach or a .

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Mar. 6, 2014
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