Conrad Koble

Today with heavy hearts, we watched our husband, father and grandfather cross over for his eternal walk with Jesus following a long illness. Conrad Koble, son of Conrad and Katherine (Leier) Koble Sr., entered into life on Aug. 14, 1932, at Smokey Lake. He passed away at the age of 81 on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at his home in Surrey with his loving wife of 47 years along with their four children, future son-in-law and some of the grandchildren by his side.

On Aug. 19, 1952, Conrad enlisted into the Army, serving with the Battery A 61st Field Artillery Battalion, stationed in Korea. He received the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Service Star, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, United Nations Service Medal and the ROK Presidential Citation. He was honorably discharged on July 28, 1954. Following his discharge, Conrad began a career with the Great Northern Railway as a truck driver and brakeman.

Conrad was united in marriage to Barbara Burckhard on July 9, 1966, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Minot. Together they had four children: Kay, Gerald, Kristie and Carina. He continued to work for re-named Burlington Northern/Santa Fe Railway, and retired following 37 years of service.

Conrad was best known for his “Oh Boy.” He was raised on the family farm and loved the farm life. He loved to work in his garage and tell many stories. He loved the outdoors which included camping, fishing, mowing and beautifying the yard, and family time.

In 1968, Conrad’s father-in-law, Mike Burckhard, asked his good friend if he would care for his wife and nine children upon his death. Conrad took this promise very seriously and was determined to set an example and raise those kids. He assisted with food, shelter and guidance until they were able to be on their own. He was always willing to lend a hand with any maintenance issues. Conrad has always been known as “Mr. Fix It!”

He was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church for 48 years.

Conrad is survived by: Loving wife of 47 years, Barbara “The Governor”; children: Kay Koble; Gerald (Sherri) Koble and their children Justin, Josie, Jaxson, Jessica and Josh; Kristie (Todd) Schwarzkopf and their children Conrad, Maggie and Camden; Carina Koble (Lionel Young) and their children Taishaun, Ashantai, Kamya and Kaiya; brothers, Pete (Marlys) Koble and Robert (Shirley) Koble; sisters, Alice Axtman and Faye (Joe) Roerich; brothers-in-law, Ray (Lynn) Burckhard, Dave (Peggy) Burckhard, Mike (Phyllis) Burckhard, Jim (Kim) Burckhard, Mark (Michelle) Burckhard, John (Lisa) Burckhard; sisters-in-law, MaryAnn Hanson, Beverly (Randy) Thom, Kathy Newman, Janice (Ron) Burckhard, Joan (Chuck) Massey and Gunda Koble; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Conrad was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, John and Gerald; sisters, Kaye Fettig and Christine Wold; and his father- and mother-in-law, Mike and Mary Burckhard; brothers-in-law, Gordon Hanson and Warren Newman; and a nephew, Todd Burckhard.

Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, Jan. 16, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Minot.

Burial: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.

Visitation: Wednesday, Jan. 15, from noon to 5 p.m., at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot, and from 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Minot.

Vigil prayer service: Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m., in St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Minot.

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