- 36 years old
- Date of birth: May 23, 1979
- Date of passing: Aug 20, 2015
"Nick was the older brother I never had. He always treated me like his little sister. I have so many memories of Nick since we basically grew up together; from pulling pranks, riding motorcycles, him teaching me how to shoot a rifle, to introducing me to my husband...I will forever be indebted to him. My most fond memory was when Nick was about 17 or so...he had been joking around poking fun at my expense and I finally had my fill and I took off and tackled him knocking him on his tail end. I was probably not the last chick to drop him to the ground but i sure was the first....we always laughed about that day. I will never forget him. He was always willing to drop what he was doing to help those he loved. I will never forget how loyal he was to our family, how caring, and his ability to tell it like it was. Nick wasn't big on sugar coating anything. I am praying for the Conrad family during this very difficult time. We are here for you all when ever you need us. Nick you are resting with those you have loved and lost and I am at peace knowing that you are in good hands. Love you big brother....till we meet again"
"So many stories about Nick continue to run through my mind. One of the cutest occurred when we visited Barb and John when Nick was a little boy. Before we arrived that day, Nick had handcuffed his brother, Scott, to the bed and could not find the key, and he had thrown the neighbor boy's bike in the storm sewer. As we were watching a movie and having popcorn, he spit an unpopped kernel of corn into Leslie's bowl. That was the last straw for Barbara, She told Nick to go to his room and never come out again! Mr. Mischief could have easily been Nick's nickname!"
"Nick was my brother. We were brothers almost immediately when he arrived in Germany; and he introduced me to my wife. We were an unlikely pair as we did not have that much in common. In fact, I think it is fair to say Nick and I were polar opposite. However, there are a few things I can say about Nick, through the disappearing truck routine, to the flawless patient evaluation listed above, Nick was about as loyal as they come. He rarely looked at how it would affect him, if he was asked something, or you needed something the man would have thrown down in broad daylight for you. Rough housing was in his nature, after suffering a fractured pelvic bone from wrestling with him at the cox residence I think I am qualified to call that one. And lastly Nick was fearless, regardless of where that came from he was a stone cold in the face of danger and I always admired that. I will miss my battle buddy, but I will drive on, because Nick would have just called me a string of names if I didn't. Jon and Barbara my condolences on your loss, Scott and Patty you have my condolences as well. I apologize I will not be able to make it to the funeral but Nick will be in my thoughts on that day. Parker and Colton you are my nephews and you know I am always here. A phone call away or a text if I don't answer. For those that knew him remember Nick wasn't big on the whole despair deal, he would have told us to to take a stiff drink and Ruck the $&@: up. I for one plan to do exactly that. But that will not diminish the memories I have of him. Hopefully Nick is now in a place with unlimited ammo, low wind and automated targets. And if he will continue to watch over those he cared about from higher ground. Until Valhalla my friend"
"Nick, your legacy will live on in the faces of our boys, their smiles their Laughter, it's all you. You gave me the best two gifts of my entire life and I thank you. You will be forever our Superman! Love you."
"13 years ago I was at Fort Hood Texas and this new soldier was assigned to the 545Th MP Company. He walked in loud, confident, and very sure of himself. lol I thought, "Oh Geeze, another airborne junkie." Little did I know that this man and I would fast become inseparable. He saved my life. We loved driving around post in his old Chevy truck just looking for something to get into. Cooking on the BBQ and relaxing in the hot tub. He was so driven as a soldier, an incredible leader, fearless, and always ready to go where ever the Army sent him. He was always there when I needed him and I was always there for him. We would laugh together, cry together, yell at each other, hate each other and then love each other again. Even when we were worlds apart, we still kept in touch. This decorated soldier is my definition of a Hero. He was an awesome father to his 3 son's, a wonderful son to his amazing parents and one of the greatest men Ive ever known. His wild and crazy personality was contagious. I miss you so much Nick. I am not looking forward to Wednesday but I will be brave for you and your boys. You will forever be my Superman, my best friend. I love you...till we meet again. Hooah..."
"So many things to say about Nick. He was like my 4th child while we were in Germany. During our deployment to Kosovo, Nick was an intergral part of our daily operations. Nick had a way to make me laugh even when I was extremly mad. Nick was able to make a HMMWV disappear at the most inopportune time. Nick was full of life and left his mark on people. We havent talked in forever but you have always been in my thoughts. Rest in Peace young man...Regulator 3A.."
"When Thomas Latham was sworn in to the Texas Legilature, Nick, in his dress uniform covered with medals, was the center of attention. Nick took my cane that I was using as a result of a fractured femur and offered his arm for support. Since I was unable to maneuver the stairs, a group of family members waited for an elevator. Several elevators came but were too crowded for all of us to enter. Nick said, "Jane and I are getting on the next elevator. The rest of you can fend for yourselves!"
How I loved being escorted on the arm of the dashing young soldier!
I realized early in his life what strength Nick possessed. When John and Barbara came for a visit when Nick was only a few months old, I sat down to rock him. He put his head under my chin and stiffened his legs, and I could not move him. I said, "I need help! This baby had taken me down!"
All our family loved Nick so much, and we will miss him terribly."
"A moment of Nick Conrad I'll never forget. In the field on a training exercise in Germany. Conrad was basically our platoon medic, even though he was an MP. He had recently attended the Army's EMT course. Eager, to show off his skills, he was itching at the chance to use them. Then it happened. A Soldier wasn't feeling well. The cause was suspected to be "battle fatigue". So to begin his assessment Conrad began with a series of questions. The answers to which would help discover the cause of the Soldier's feelings of illness. To this day, I still believe Conrad was on to something, even though his questions did not lead him to the cause of the illness. The following is the conversation between Conrad and the ill Soldier:
Conrad: "Did you eat?"
Conrad: "Did you eat shit?"
"Will miss you my friend."
"I have just found out about Nick through Facebook. What a shock! I am just heart sick for all of you. I talked with Jane and found out the arrangements. I fear that Brad and I will not be able to see all of you and attend the funeral. With Brad's job, he just has to do daytime sleeping. I know it will be so special, as Nick was. He did so much for our country. I hope he knew how much everybody appreciated him. My prayers are with all of you! God Bless!"
"Make every moment count! I cannot thank my favorite soldier enough for changing my life. I just wish I could have added as much to your life as you did to mine!
1979-2015 Nick Conrad you are so loved and missed.
There isn't enough room to share all the memories I have but I thank you for introducing me to the love of my life, your brother, Scott; and thank you for entrusting your boys to me for 12 years. God used you in an amazing way in my life and I have grown so much and had such joy because of you."
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