D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Homes - Covington Knolls

8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, IN


Gaylord L. Conrad

September 18, 1922December 5, 2019

Gaylord Lavon Conrad entered his heavenly home on Thursday, December 5, 2019. He was the eldest son of Albert and Matilda (Sherman) Conrad.

He graduated from Leo High School in 1940, where he played basketball, receiving the Allen County Player of the Year Award. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Pacific. Upon his return he married Maxine Hook to whom he was deeply devoted until her passing in 1981. He worked in the office at Zollner Corporation for forty-four years. He was a faithful member of First Missionary Church for over 70 years.

Those who remain will attest he was a true gentleman of the Greatest Generation. He lived what many would call a spartan life, denying himself while being generous with others in true need. He never failed to tithe, and his refrigerator door was dotted with pictures of missionaries he helped to support. His work ethic was stellar. During the Blizzard of ’78, he almost single-handedly shoveled out the entire alley so that he could get his car out of the garage to go to work. He was a quiet observer, sparse with his words. He did not brag; he did not gossip. He was conscientious. Once he responded to an RNC plea, apologizing to Bob Dole for his late contribution.

Gaylord was parochial, private and dependable as his old push mower. He raked the leaves, cleaned the gutters, and picked apples in the fall. He seldom read a book other than the Good Book, seldom attended a concert but sang every verse of a thousand hymns. We write these words to honor the memory of a simple, devout, loving man. ‘Well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little: I will set you over much. Enter into the Joy of your Master.” Matthew 25:21

Surviving relatives include two daughters: Connie J. Kovas Moreno (Frank); Gloria J. Bowman (Chuck) of Avon, IN; six grandchildren: Peter Myers (Jennifer); Molly Faber (Jeff); Joseph Walburn (Katrina); Aaron Bowman (Christina); Adam Bowman (Renee); Luke Bowman; great-grandchildren: Madeline, Elise and Amelia Faber; Maxwell Walburn; Andrew and Emily Bowman.

He was preceded in death by his beloved brother Jay Conrad; a sister Virginia who passed away at an early age and his very close friend Highla Ellen Kiessling.

Family will receive friends on Monday, December 9, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at D.O. McComb and Sons Funeral Homes - Covington Knolls, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46804. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at First Missionary Church, 701 West Rudisill Boulevard, Fort Wayne, IN 46807. Burial with military honors will follow at the Covington Memorial Cemetery in Fort Wayne, IN.

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  • First Missionary Church
  • Taylor University



  • Visitation Monday, December 9, 2019
  • Visitation Tuesday, December 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, December 10, 2019


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Jack Newhouse

December 11, 2019

Once you met Gaylord Conrad, you knew he was a man who walked with the Lord. He was a friend forever and his kindness and smile will never be forgotten.
Jack Newhouse

Marcia Smith

December 10, 2019

Gaylord was a wonderful and generous gentleman who showed my aunt, Highla Ellen Kiessling, unwavering love and devotion. The world was a better place with him in it. Prayers and blessings to his family during your time of sorrow. Say "hi" to and give Aunt Ellen a hug for us.

Jeff Peed

December 10, 2019

Gaylord was a good, godly, upstanding man. When he and our Aunt Highla Ellen became an "item", he became a part of our family and we became part of his. He watched over those he loved, and that included us. We often visited with him when Aunt Ellen was still alive, and continued our visits even after she passed. Whether we visited at his home or when he moved into assisted living, as Aunt Ellen would say "fun was had by all". Gaylord was a joy to be with and will be sorely missed. We know that the Lord is with the family even now. Thank-you Lord, for a life well lived. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Kathy Lahrman (Hurley)

December 9, 2019

Our sincere sympathy to you and your families. Gaylord was as precious as Maxine was, very fond memories of both. Kathy & Art

Peter Janzen

December 7, 2019

Gaylord and I met while he was a patient at St. Joseph Hospital. We bonded quickly because of our connection to Jesus Christ. I experienced his graciousness and honesty. I feel it is a privilege to have met Gaylord in this life. I know we will meet again in Heaven! May God be with Gaylord’s family in the remembrance of a godly man.

Dan Myers

December 6, 2019

Dear Gaylord,
I have have always remembered your courtesy and kindness.
Thank you.


Kayleen Reusser

December 6, 2019

I'm so grateful my mother Joan Brewer and your dad became friends and that she introduced him to me. He had a great story of military service during WWII and was always proud of what he was able to do for his country. Mom wishes she could attend the visitation but is unable. Please accept our condolences for this loss. We know he is in a better place but we still miss him. He was a great man.