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Charles F. Conrad, 90, Fort Wayne, Indiana formerly of North Manchester, Indiana passed away at 2:50 a.m. on February 19, 2018 at Peabody Healthcare Center, North Manchester, Indiana. The son of Joseph and Cora (Holstein) Conrad, Charlie was born on July 17, 1927 in Peru, Indiana.
During WWII Charlie enlisted in the Navy to help his country and enlisted again during the Korean War. Being a veteran and helping veterans was always important to Charlie. He was a member of American Legion Post #286, North Manchester, the Moose of North Manchester and the VFW of Huntington. On May 23, 1952 he married Mary M. Blackwell, who was also in the Navy. For 39 years the two built a beautiful life together, including three children. The two were only a few weeks away from celebrating 40 years of marriage before Mary passed away on June 10, 1992.
After the military chapter in Charlie's life was complete, he went to work for Heckman Bindery. For 27 years he worked as a salesman before retiring in 1989 to take care of his wife, Mary. During his wife's health struggles and his time in the military, faith was also important to Charlie. He was a member at Faith Lutheran Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, North Manchester, Indiana. For all who had known Charlie, he will be remembered as the life of the party. He liked being social and enjoyed life, and the company of those around him. Charles was a very giving person and loved his family dearly.
The loving memory of Charles F. Conrad will be forever remembered by his companion, Jane Steinacker, Fort Wayne, Indiana; one son; Tony (Mary) Conrad, San Francisco, California; one daughter, Gina (Steve Lynch) Conrad, Kennesaw, Georgia; one son-in-law, Charles Morgan, North Manchester, Indiana; eight grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Cora Conrad and one daughter Tanna Morgan, who passed away on November 2, 2017.
Friends and family may call Friday, February 23, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, Indiana. Funeral services will begin at 12:00 noon on Friday, February 23, 2018 at McKee Mortuary. Pastor J.P. Freeman will officiate. Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester, Indiana.
Arrangements are entrusted to McKee Mortuary
American Legion Post #286
215 East Main Street, North Manchester IN 46962
North Manchester Moose
207 East Main Street, North Manchester IN 46962
220 West Park Drive, Huntington IN 46750