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Duke Conrad, born May 29, 1933, passed away on December 9, 2020.

Duke was born and raised in the city of Allentown, P.A.

His humble beginnings lead us to tell his story today

One of his many interests was playing with prose

and such is the reason this format was chose.

He went peacefully at home, at the age of 87

By all accounts, he’s already ascended to heaven

He graduated high school from Allentown High

Pictures confirm he was a most handsome guy

Duke became a teacher, training at East Stroudsburg State

His students would tell you that his skills seemed innate

Then off to the Army, being all he could be

By the time he got out, he’d have a son on each knee

9 years teaching high school in the State of PA

Adding 2 daughters with Dolores, in the months of April and May

In ’66, Yellow Springs & Antioch would beckon and call

Where he’d teach and form clubs of soccer, basket & softball

Years with youth soccer, then coaching YS High from ’75-’79

When Antioch struggled financially, it was an obvious sign

To Iowa Wesleyan, where he taught majors in H.P.E. & R.

Coaching 2 women’s teams, co-ed swimming & raising the bar

Yellow Springs pulled at his heart strings, a town hard to compare

Working at a specialist in morale and welfare

He finished working and coaching in the public schools of Troy

Finally retiring in ’03, he could hardly conceal his great joy

He followed Cardinals baseball and men’s basketball at U.D.

Traveling, gardening and friends, having fun was the key

Duke spent his life teaching and coaching, not for the glory

Making a difference in young lives, that was his story

Duke Conrad will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Dolores and his children Duke S. (Bobbi), Craig (Mary), Kathy, Gwen (Scott)Gregory and will also be fondly remembered by his 5 grandchildren Nicole (Eric) Reynolds, Jake (Krista), Kendra, Kelsey & Nicholas Gregory. Special thanks are extended by the family to Adam Lambert and Felicity Nibert for their dedicated service to Duke the past 2 years and the caring staff from Hospice of Dayton. In this unusual, COVID19 year of 2020, no celebration of life is immediately planned. The family will notify loved ones in the future when a service is scheduled.