John L. Conrad 83, Ephrata Hospital employee, Korean War vet, active in church

By on March 12, 2014

John L. Conrad, 83, of Honey Brook, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Meadows Health Care Center at the Tel Hai Retirement Community, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

He was born in Chicago, Ill. on July 30, 1930. John was the son of the late Clarence and Clara (Cooper) Conrad. He was the husband of M. Kathryn (Kern) Conrad, with whom he shared 61 years of marriage.

John was employed as an orderly/nursing assistant for the Ephrata Community Hospital and Lancaster General Hospital for over 38 years. He served his country proudly in the US Army in the 18th Engineer Combat Division, during the Korean War, while stationed in Germany. After his military service, John worked at Lukens Steel in Coatesville. Prior to retirement, he was employed as an assistant animal caretaker at Federated Medical Resources.

John was an active member of the Honey Brook United Methodist Church for 61 years. He served on the Pastor-Parish Relations Committee and the trustees of the church. John participated in the Lay Witness Program of the United Methodist Church for many years, also the Pocket Testament League and Operation Carelift. He was also a volunteer at Lancaster General Hospital, after his retirement. John enjoyed Philadelphia sports, with the Eagles and Phillies as his favorite teams.

He is survived, in addition to his wife, by a brother: Fred Conrad of Fla.; and a sister, Josephine Chisholm of Washintgon; and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by two sisters: Mary Spredbury and Sue Conrad.

Service were held March 10 from The Labs Funeral Home, Honey Brook, Pa., with Rev. Dr. James Bamberger officiating. Burial followed at the Honey Brook Methodist Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in the memory of John to the Honey Brook United Methodist Church, PO Box 178, Honey Brook, PA 19344-0178 or the Tel Hai Care Assurance Fund, PO Box 190, Honey Brook, PA 19344-0190.

For additional information and online condolences, visit: thelabsfh.com. Arrangements by The Labs Funeral Home, Inc., Honey Brook.

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