James Stephen "Jim" Conrad
1941 - 2019
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February 14, 1941 ˜ July 1, 2019

James Stephen Conrad (Jim) of Vancouver, Washington, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2019, at the age of 78. Jim was born in Madison, WI, on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1941, to Edwin C. Conrad, a former Madison City Attorney and Alderman, and Phyllis A. Conrad nee Legler, a surgical nurse originally from New Glarus, WI.
Jim attended Shorewood Hills Elementary and West High School. He lived in Syracuse, NY, his senior year in high school while his father worked as a visiting law professor. Jim studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, and spent his summers in ROTC training courses and fighting fires with the US Forest Service in Idaho.
After graduating from UW in 1964, he was commissioned into the US Army as a Second Lieutenant and earned a Bronze Star serving a combat tour in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967.
Following his discharge from the Army, Jim joined Crown Zellerbach as a pulp and paper engineer in Eureka, CA. He would work for CZ and later incarnations James River, Fort James, and finally Georgia-Pacific, for the next 32 years at the Wauna mill in Clatskanie, OR, in corporate engineering in Seattle, and at the mill in Camas, WA.
In 1969, he married Nancy Conrad nee Johnson and the union resulted in three children. James retired in 2000 and rededicated himself to his lifelong hobbies: skiing, golf, cribbage, model railroads, gardening, backyard wildlife, woodworking, cheering on his beloved UW Badgers, and of course, spending time with his growing brood of grandchildren.
He is survived by his brother, Joseph (Jan) of Salt Lake City, UT; children, Andrew (Laurie) of Sammamish, WA, Nathan (Emily) of Vancouver, WA and Rebekah Bhansali (Vineer) of Laguna Beach, CA; cherished grandchildren, Johan, Jillian, Arif, Jacob, Kieran, and Ara; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Jim will be laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery in Happy Valley, OR at 2:00 p.m on August 2, 2019. A gathering for friends and family will follow.
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Published in The Columbian on Jul. 7, 2019.
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Willamette National Cemetery
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July 13, 2019
There will be a gathering to celebrate Jim's life on Friday, August 2nd, 2019, from 3:30-5:30pm at Mill City Brew Werks in Camas (339 NE Cedar St, Camas, WA 98607). We hope to see you there!
Nathan Conrad
July 11, 2019
i sure will miss you, my friend! Thank you for all the trips you took to the coast for my birthday, for attending my birthday party years ago, for all the cards and texts. Your last text was on June 22 where you said you were better, and then you were gone! It was an honor to know such a special person. God rest your soul.
Nancy Miller
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