PEORIA, Ariz. — Francis Marion Conrad, 85, entered this world Oct. 15, 1928, in Lancaster, Ohio, to William H. and Lila R. (Cly) Conrad. He died Jan. 7, 2014, in Peoria, Ariz., and went to be with his Lord for all of eternity. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Helen L. (Mace) Conrad; three children, Barbara J. Amstutz (Maynard), Pamela S. Morgan (Larry) and Jeffery Allen Conrad (Vicki); eight grand and stepgrandchildren; 16 great and stepgreat-grandchildren; three sisters, Patricia Conrad, Mary Reedy and Carolyn Wagner; as well as a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, William H. Jr. (Bill), Robert (Bob), Grant (Joe) and Gary.
He attended Lancaster City Schools and enjoyed playing basketball.
Francis (Boogie as he was called) began working on his father’s farm about age 12 and later with his father’s construction company building houses. Later, for a couple of years, he expanded his experience working with another local builder. At age 21, he went to work for the Pennsylvania Railroad for five years. He then started his own custom home construction company, building as much as he could while sustaining his family from time to time with second and third jobs in such places as North American Corp and the Army Depot. Boog’s company built homes for 26 years. His amazing skills, partnered with his wife’s eye and detail work made Conrad homes exceptional in the community. In 1980, Mount Vernon Nazarene University invited him to join the buildings and grounds team and in a short time, he became the team’s superintendent. He served the university for 11 years and finally retired in 1991.
Francis was a member of the International Church of the Nazarene for 67 years, having come to faith in Jesus Christ shortly after marrying Helen. He served the Kingdom as a Sunday School bus driver, Sunday School teacher, as a worship service usher and church board member. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, golfing, swimming and playing pool. He also enjoyed college football and basketball (especially The Ohio State Buckeyes) and Arizona Diamondback baseball.
Most of all, he loved and enjoyed his wife and family.
A memorial service will be held at Sun City Church of the Nazarene, 14636 N. Del Webb Blvd, Sun City, AZ 85351, on Friday, Jan. 24, at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for the Rocky Point Mission in Rocky Point, Mexico, through the Sun City Church of the Nazarene.
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