SIDNEY - James "Jim" Everett Conard, 76, of 1501 S. Children's Road, Sidney, passed away at 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at his residence.
He was born on Nov. 22, 1935, in Huntington, W. Va., the son of the late Carl and Ida (Chinn) Conard.
On Aug. 13, 1980, he married Linda Hetzler, who survives along with five children, David Conard (Debbie) of Maineville, Mark Conard (Nayia) Conard of New York, N.Y., Carrie Trotter (Tom) of Troy, Patrick Minick of Sidney and Danni Hirschfeld (Dan Koverman) of Anna. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, Reece and Eric Conard, Karen Cervantes, Kylie (Jordan Reedy) and McKenzie Hirschfeld, Alexandria, Taylor and Johan Trotter, and Leonidas Frangouli Conard; one great-granddaughter, Lola Mae Reedy; one sister, Linda (David) Ellis of Lexington, Ky.; one brother, Tom (Judy) Conard of Huntington, W.Va.; sister-in-law, Gloria Conard of Cincinnati. One brother, Robert C. (Buck) Conard, preceded him in death.
Jim was a proud graduate of Marshall University, Class of 1958. Anyone who knew him knows his blood ran green and he held a deep passion for football. He attended Marshall on a football scholarship where he played as a lineman for three years. After graduation, he began his football coaching career at Chesapeake High School in Chesapeake, before moving to Troy, and coaching what was touted as the top area football team of the last 50 years in 2001. They were known as the 71 Trojans; a group of athletes and coaches that formed an everlasting bond. In 2002, he was honored as the first member of the distinguished Marshall University M Club. He also established the Jim Conard Award for outstanding Lineman at Marshall University in 2009. As a way for Jim and Linda to give back to the university he loved so much, they endowed an athletic scholarship.
Jim spent 37 years in the educational field. He was a teacher, coach, assistant principal, superintendent and wrestling official. Jim retired as an area coordinator from the Ohio Department of Education in 1995. During retirement, he and his wife Linda enjoyed traveling to numerous places and following Marshall's Thundering Herd football. Jim was known for his legendary storytelling and will be missed by his friends and family.
Jim was a member of the Sidney American Legion, the SAE Fraternity, the Moose Club, the Masonic Lodge and was a member of Pasco United Methodist Church for 32 years and was the narrator for the church choir for many years.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from Cromes Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney, with Pastor David Brisker officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Point Cemetery in Pasco.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Jim and Linda Conard Endowment Scholarship, Marshall University, Big Green Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 1360, Huntington, WV 25715. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the Conard family at the website, www.cromesfh.com.