Sunbury - Kenneth E. Conrad, 90 of S. Second Street passed away Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 at his home.
Ken was born Dec. 17, 1929 in Sunbury a son of the late Ebert K. and Helen (Sarvis) Conrad. On November 3, 1952 he married the former Erath I. Edwards who survives.
He was a 1947 graduate of Sunbury High School. Ken then enlisted with the Army, served during the Korean War and retired with the rank of Major. He also served as Company Commander in the National Guard. He was a member of the American Legion Post#201, Sunbury.
"Head of Sunbury Guard, Named Captain"
"Kenneth E Conrad, was this city commanding officer of Troup B 104th armored cavalry, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, sunbury, was promoted to the rank of captain from first lieutenant, it was recently announced by the adjutant general of Pennsylvania Captain Conrad’s promotion was effective August 23.
Conrad is a veteran of 42 years combined active army and national guard service.
He first became associated with the National Guard when he enlisted as a private with Head-listed as a private with Head-quarters Battery, 190th Field artillery in July 1947. He accompanied that unit on active duty when it was mobilized for service during the Korean War in 1950. Serving with the US Army Signal Corps in Korea he was awarded three campaign credits, the UN summer-fall Offensive 1951, the Second Korean Winter, and the Korean Summer – Fall offensive 1952. He was discharged from the active service as a sergeant first class in 1952.
In December 1954, Conrad again became active with the National Guard when he enlisted into Company B 104th Armored Cavalry, Sunbury Company B later became known as Troop B through a reorganization and Conrad applied for and received a commission as a Second Lieutenant.
He was promoted to first lieutenant in May 1959.
On April 6, 1963 Conrad became the commanding officer of the city troop. Succeeding captain Edward S Fisher, resigned.
Captain Conrad has had extensive Army schooling. He attended an enlisted communications course at the artillery school at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, an armor officer basic course at Fort Knox, Kentucky, a company officer course at Fort Knox: and an armored officer maintenance course also at the U.S. Army Armor School at Fort Knox."
Mr. Conrad worked in the plaster and perma-stone industry with his father. He retired once again in 1989 after serving twenty years as a mailman for the Sunbury Post Office.
He was of the Protestant Faith and read completely through the Bible.
Ken was an avid videographer and loved to travel, especially those trips to Walt Disney World.
In addition to his wife of 68 years Ken is survived by; one daughter and son-in-law, Jane E. and Jacy L. Keefer of Northumberland, three sons and two daughters-in-law, Kurt E. and Fatima Conrad of Fredericksburg, VA, Karl E. and Brenda K. Conrad of Shamokin Dam, Kenneth E. Conrad, Jr. of Danville, grandchildren, Michelle D. Huston and husband Jayson, Ian J.C. Keefer and companion, Tina Hoffman, Jayme L. Williams and husband, Rick, Jade N. Conrad, Brian A. Conrad and fiance, Miranda Marks, Colton M. Conrad and fiance, Rachel Daku, great-grandchildren, Sydney, Hayley and Maya and one sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Ivan Goodling and his several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by; two brothers, Roger and Carl Conrad and one sister, Dora Hetrick.
A graveside service with military honors will be held at 12:00pm Saturday, Nov. 14 in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.
Arrangements are by the Zweier Funeral Home, 157 Chestnut Street, Sunbury.
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