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Paul LaVerne ConradPaul LaVerne Conrad passed away on January 10th, 2021 at the age of 84. Paul was born on August 30th, 1936 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He put himself through college doing many jobs, including driving a truck for Coca-Cola. He attended Manchester College in Indiana, where he studied music. It was there he spied his wife for the first time, walking across the quad in a pair of nice fitting red pants. Paul married Carol Stanley on 7/22/62, his wife’s birthday, stating that it would be easier to remember one date but there would be hell to pay if he forgot it. After graduating from college, he taught several years as a music teacher/band director. He was an accomplished baritone player, an instrument he started playing in high school because the school had one he could use, as his family could not afford to buy him an instrument. His son Mark got his musical talent from Paul who steered him to play the trombone (which he continues to play to this day, and is in several working jazz bands). Deciding teaching was not for him (he loved the kids but disliked the drama from parents), he interviewed for and accepted a job with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. He retired from Pfizer after 30 years, keeping his family stocked with pens for the rest of their lives. Paul took his family to all 48 contiguous states, camping in a pop-up camper. He then took Carol to both Hawaii and Alaska. Paul helped restore two vehicles, built two replicas of the Greek Parthenon, and was a whiz on the sewing machine. Paul was a loving husband to Carol, who was handicapped for much of their marriage. He took excellent care of her, building her their dream home in the woods and a RV equipped with a lift so they could travel together. They loved the Great Smoky Mountains and visiting their son, Mark, in New York. Paul enjoyed living half of the year in Florida, where his home sat on a golf course that he could play every day if he wanted. When asked if that ever got boring, he would reply that the ball never went to the same place twice. When in Cincinnati, he filled his time attending his grandchildren’s many activities and gathering with his coffee buddies every morning (just black coffee please, none of that trendy stuff). Paul's grandchildren loved going to his house and snacking on pretzels that he would leave out for them in a special basket. Paul was a lover of mandarin crepes, Matlock and crossword puzzles. His baked beans were legendary and expected at family gatherings (his secret? An entire box of brown sugar). He will leave a void in many lives. He will be missed. Paul is preceded in death by his wife Carol and his brother Duane. He is survived by his three children, Mark, Scott (Jennie) and Lori Gibbs. He also left behind 8 grandchildren whom he adored: Ryan, Randall, Isaac, Nate, Samantha, Eleanor, Beckett and Vivien. He will be missed by his sisters Virginia Marshall (Lloyd), Janet Spitler (Butch) and his sister-in-law Barbara Grenat (Steve). He was Uncle Paul to many nieces and nephews. Due to the current state of our world, the grave side service will be for family only. Paul will be buried next to his wife at Teegarden Congregational Christian Church Cemetery in Ansonia, Ohio, on Monday, January 18, 2021, at 1PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either Hospice of Cincinnati or the Make-a-Wish foundation.
Uncle Paul will be greatly missed.
Kenny Feb 4 2021 1:37 PM
Uncle Paul will be missed very much. He was so enjoyable to visit with during our yearly family gatherings. He could frequently be found sitting at the holiday table with a grandkid nearby while laughing it up with the others as they all caught up on recounting their adventures since the last time they had a chance to be together. We especially liked to hear when Uncle Paul would mention his older brother, our dad. It was heartwarming to hear his memories of our dad. Since he was one of four siblings, Aunt Virginia (Ginny), our dad Duane, Uncle Paul, and Aunt Janet Im sure that there was always a lot of fun and activity as they were growing up, even though they had to survive back then without cell phones and the internet. Going way back in memory I can remember Uncle Paul and everyone visiting at Grandma and Grandpa Conrads farmhouse. All the Aunts and Uncles would be in the kitchen or out in the backyard while us cousins would be happily running barefoot all around the farmyard. And growing up, my brothers and I had really liked visiting Uncle Paul and Aunt Carols house, they had an entire toy room in their basement, and you could always count Aunt Carol always making those peanut butter cookies with the Hersey chocolate kisses in the middle! And then later, I can distinctly recall Uncle Paul that was the very first person to ever explain e-mail ...and me wondering why in the world anyone would bother to type out a letter when you could just call them? Paul was a wonderful Uncle. He will be sorely missed and fondly remembered. With love, Julie, David, and Kenny
Julie Strunk Jan 31 2021 3:30 PM
I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the entire family. Paul was my neighbor and friend on Citadel Pl for several years. I remember well his smile and creativity. Not many would tackle adding on a room addition and insulating his home all by himself. Like so many other things, I shall hold tightly to my memories of this wonderful man and his devotion to his family. Ken Hart
Kenneth Hart Jan 16 2021 6:29 PM
Sincere sympathy to the family of Paul Conrad. They were neighbors of Alton and I when we moved in our first home on Citadel Place in Cincinnati, OH. Paul took very good care of Carol following her back issues. Paul and Carol were very proud of their children, Mark, Scot and Lori. They were very good neighbors. May your faith, family, friends and good memories be a great comfort in the days ahead. Nancy Jenkins
Nancy Jenkins Jan 11 2021 6:28 PM