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Wendell "Ike" Conrad

Ike Conrad

WATERLOO -- Wendell "Ike" Wesley Conrad, 101, died Monday, March 5, at Casa de la Luz Hospice Home in Tucson, Ariz.

He was born Aug. 1, 1916, in Gladbrook, son of William and Lillian (Hildebrand) Conrad. He married Alyce Eileen Abbe on May 20, 1946. She preceded him in death after 46 years of marriage.

Ike graduated from Gladbrook High School and served in the U.S. Army during World War II in India with the Army Railroad Battalion. He retired after 42 years from the Chicago Northwestern Railroad (formerly the Chicago Great Western Railroad), the majority of those years as a depot agent in Cedar Falls and Waterloo. 

Ike was a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge, El Kahir Shriners, American Legion, AMVETS, Elks Club and Transportation Communications International Union.

Survived by: two sons, Rodney (Judith) Conrad of Windermere, Fla., and Michael (Carol) Conrad of Tucson; four grandchildren, Susan Clark, Sarah Reuter, Mark Conrad and Christopher Conrad; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by: his parents; his wife; and a great-grandchild.

Services: 11 a.m. Friday, March 16, at First United Methodist Church, Waterloo, with burial in Garden of Memories Cemetery, with military honors to follow. Visitation will be for an hour before services Friday at the church. Parrott & Wood Chapel of Memories, an Overton Family Service, Waterloo, is assisting the family.

Memorials in lieu of flowers: may be directed in his name to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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Ike loved to play golf and when possible go to the Lake of the Woods on the Canadian border to fish. Ike holds bragging rights to catching a 37-pound 48-inch muskie at Lake of the Woods and two Hole-in-ones while golfing, the second at Gates Park when he was 90.

the life of: Wendell "Ike" Conrad (1916-2018)
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