John Conrad

John P. Conrad

Saturday, March 17, 1956 - Monday, February 11, 2019
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John P. Conrad, 62, passed away on February 11, 2019 after a valiant fight with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
He was born in Altoona on March 17, 1956, grew up in Lilly, PA, and resided in Tyrone for the last 30 years. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Elaine Boal Conrad, his father John Francis Conrad of Lilly, one daughter, Heather (Tom) Lancaster of Wenham, MA, two sons Byron of Tyrone, and Tyler of Pittsburgh, three grandchildren Mae, Anna, and Julia Lancaster, siblings Jean Ann (Ted) Beck, Mark Conrad, Charlene Conrad, Mary Rose (Ken) Adams, DeSales (Gary) Wertz, Eleanor (Keith) Kearney, brother-in-law Phil (Mary Jo) Boal, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Mae Conrad of Lilly.
He graduated from Penn Cambria High School in 1974 and received his Bachelor of Science Civil Engineering degree at Penn State University in 1979. He was a Professional Engineer licensed to offer Railroad Bridge and Railroad Consulting Engineering services. John had Class I railroad experience with Chessie System Railroads in West Virginia, Ohio, and Illinois from 1979-1984 as a Structures Inspector and then CSX Transportation from 1984-1988 as a Structures Supervisor. From 1991-2002 John was a partner in Uni-Tech Consulting Engineers in State College. He then was a sole proprietor as a Railroad Consulting Bridge Engineer until present day. He consulted, inspected, or led bridge construction projects for 36 railroads and 580 bridges, across multiple states, including PA, WV, OH, MD, NY, DE, NJ, and TX. He was a member of the ASLE, AREMA, and ASLRRA. In recognition of his structural design achievements, John will be honored when the bridge he designed spanning the Loyalsock Creek in Williamsport, PA will be dedicated as the John P. Conrad Bridge.
John was an active member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church was Parish Council President and the Project Manager of the St. Matthew’s restoration and gathering space building. John was a member of the Diocesan Building Committee, was elected to the Tyrone Hospital Board in 2007, and served on the Blair County Democratic Committee.
John was a kind and honest man of integrity. He never hesitated to help others – from a random hitchhiker to his best friend. He stood for what he believed in through his thoughts, words, and actions. He lived by his grandfather’s motto, “Be conservative with yourself, and don’t be liberal, be ultra-liberal with your fellow man.” He didn’t compromise his principles or morals and was loved by many.
Friends will be received on Friday, February 15 from 4-7 pm at the Richard H. Searer Funeral Home, Inc. ( A funeral mass will be held at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church at 11 am on Saturday, February 16.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in John’s name can be made to the ALS Association online or to the Western PA Chapter at 416 Lincoln Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15209.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 15, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, February 15, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Richard H. Searer Funeral Home, Inc.
    115 W 10th Street
    Tyrone, PA 16686
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 16, 2019 11:00am
    St. Matthew's Roman Catholic Church
    1105 Cameron Ave.
    Tyrone, PA 16686
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Jozef Kovacik
  • Interment

    East Lawn
    Address Not Available


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Kate de Silva

Posted at 10:25am
To John's family:

I worked with John twice; once around 2009 when Moran Industries was adding a rail siding in Watsontown, and more recently as Clinton County converts a rail bridge for bicycle/pedestrian use. It has been a great pleasure to deal with someone as intelligent, sensible, and straightforward as John! If I had to think of one word to describe how he seemed, professionally and in life, I think it would have to be SOLID. Great guy. We here in the Clinton County Planning Department are very sorry for your loss, and ours.

Kate de Silva
Greg Smith
The Clinton County Commissioners

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