Alton Ferd Conrad “Bud”
Alton “Bud” Conrad, 84, passed away in his sleep on January 11, 2014 at his home in Susanville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Joseph Conrad Sr., his mother Mary Estella Conrad (Osment), wife, Bonnie Kathleen Conrad and daughter, Janice Faye Ash.
He is survived by his brother, Andrew Joseph Conrad Jr., of Glendora, CA; daughter, Judy Shelton of Susanville; son Rick and wife Dana of Susanville. He was a loving grandfather of seven, great-grandpa to seven, and great-great grandpa to two.
Born in Harrisburg, Arkansas, he grew up on the family farm along with a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins. Eventually, his father and uncle came to California for “a better life;” they found work and settled in L.A.’s South Bay. Dropping out of high school, Bud joined the Army and served his country in Korea. After returning home, he married his sweetheart, Bonnie, inherited two wonderful daughters; Janice and Judy. A year later, son Rick was born. Bud was a faithful and loving husband for the next 51 years.
After retiring from forty years as a pipefitter at the Texaco Oil Refinery in Wilmington, California, Bud and Bonnie moved to Lassen County to live out their golden years. Here they found all they had hoped for and spent time travelling the high desert and spending time with family and friends.
Bud was a man of faith and member of Community Church, an avid fan of any team that played the Los Angeles Dodgers, and thoroughly enjoyed southern gospel music. He will always be remembered for his wit, humor, gracious spirit and welcoming hospitality. He made deep and lasting friendships and will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. His was a life well lived and now he’s safely home in the arms of his beloved Savior.
Internment is Friday, January 17, 2014 at Diamond Crest Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will be held, Saturday, January 18, at Community Church.
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