The Ottumwa Courier

January 8, 2013

Duane Conrad, 90, Melcher-Dallas


MELCHER-DALLAS — Duane Conrad, 90, passed away Jan. 6, 2013, at the Knoxville Area Community Hospital.

Duane was born on the family farm on July 4, 1922, to Lawrence and Amelia (Bauer) Conrad. Duane married Mary Cornwell in October 1954. They raised four children on the family farm.

He graduated from Melcher High School in 1941, where he was a four-sport letterman. He turned down a football scholarship to work on the family farm. Duane enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served aboard the cruiser USS San Juan in the Pacific Theater. His was the first ship to enter Tokyo Bay at the conclusion of the war. He served occupation duty in Japan and then returned to the U.S. to be honorably discharged in 1946.  

Family was always the center of Duane and Mary’s life together. Duane had a great love of the farm and was proud that it is now a Century Farm.

Duane was elected post master in Dallas in 1966 and served briefly as post master in Lacona until retiring in 1990. He was an avid sportsman, hunter and fisherman.

Surviving are children, Becky Conrad of Winterset, Kelly (Rhonda) Conrad of Ottumwa, Jim (Karen) Conrad of Papillion, Neb., and Chris (Laura) Conrad of Centerville; nine grandchildren; siblings, Esther Knight of Des Moines, Kathy (Bob) Stickle of Knoxville and Madonna Ennis of Mexico City, Mexico; and sister-in-law, Lucille Conrad of Knoxville.

Preceding Duane in death were his parents; wife, Mary in 2003; and siblings, Arnold Conrad, Raymond Conrad, Geraldine Bailey and Gladys Nelson.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Melcher-Dallas. Interment will be at the Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the church.

Memorials are requested to the Melcher-Dallas Athletic Booster Club or to Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Online condolences for the family may be left at

The family wishes to thank the wonderful community of Melcher-Dallas for their many acts of kindness and support.

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