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Howard “Bob” Conrad


A graveside service will be 12 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, with Jerod Koenig officiating. Full military honors will be accorded. Arrangements are under the direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.

Howard Robert “Bob” Conrad, 75, of Fair Grove, passed away  Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. He was born July 29, 1946, in Joliet, Illinois, the son of Harvey and Elizabeth (Voight) Conrad. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1967. On Aug. 16, 1968, he and Linda Kay Smith were married.

After serving his country in the U.S. Navy, Bob became a Springfield firefighter, serving for 12 years.  He worked for Oak Grove Construction for more than 20 years, and was also a self-employed drywall installer.

Bob enjoyed being in his shop, working on cars and rebuilding engines of all kinds. Also a giving person, Bob was generous to the food pantry, Convoy of Hope, Doctors without Borders and the Missouri Sheriffs Association. He was an organ and tissue donor.

Above all, Bob loved his family and always looked forward to being with them. He will be missed by each one.

Survivors include: His wife of 53 years, Linda; a daughter, Jennifer Morris and husband Brent of Ozark; a son, Christian R. Conrad of Fair Grove; grandchildren, Leah Faye Morris, Luke Conrad Morris, Caitlyn Renea Conrad, and Carson Robert Conrad; two sisters and their husbands, Lynn and Edward Masters. and Linda and Kenneth Joslin, all of Joliet, Illinois; nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and brother-in-law Larry Smith and wife Jean, of Columbus, Georgia.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Joseph Michael McKeon, and Cary Joseph Conrad, his parents. and his mother-in-law, Dorothy Faye Smith.