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 W.P.A.F.B.as 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.