James Daniel Conerd, Jr., 67, of Oelwein passed away on Thursday November 29, 2018 at his home with his family by his side. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 pm on Sunday December 2, 2018 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein where there will be military rites at 7:00 pm led by American Legion Ross Reid Post # 9 of Oelwein. There will also be visitation for one hour before services on Monday. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am on Monday December 3, 2018 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein. A memorial fund has been established.
Jim was born on August 3, 1951 in Independence, Iowa the son of James D., Sr. and Ida Mae (Beck) Conerd. He graduated from Independence High School in 1969, then served his country honorably in the United States Navy as a radioman from 1969 to 1973. Following his service he was employed with City Laundry as a route driver. In 1974 he decided to attend college at Iowa State University where he was united in marriage with Joyce Ann Kono on April 27, 1974. In 1976 they moved to Washington, Iowa and then in 1980, they moved to Independence where he worked for the KOUR radio station. In1984 they moved to Oelwein and Jim was a self-employed flooring contractor, also working for PCI Floors and Wood Floors in Cedar Rapids. He established Jim Conerd Flooring in 1999. He was also employed with Bertch Cabinet Mfg. in Oelwein for ten years. Jim was a former President of the Hazleton Jaycees and had served as Commander of the American Legion Post 9 of Oelwein. When he wasn’t working he enjoyed working on his home and yard. Jim was great at what he did and his work spoke for itself. He will be dearly missed by all his family and all who knew him.
Jim is survived by his wife Joyce Ann; his sons: Bradley James (Heidi) Conerd of Cedar Rapids and Jeremy Daniel Conerd of Indiana; his daughter Angela Joy (Darrin) McCann of Oelwein; nine grandchildren: Michaella Green, Brian Bass, Emma Nelson, Noah Conerd, Autum McCann, Tristin McCann, Jaycee Nuss, Ryker Nuss and Rylinne Reaves; three great grandchildren: Nevaeh, Kash and Karter; his brother David Lee (Connie Coonrad)Conerd of Independence; his sisters: Becky (Jeff Shonka) Peterson and Sharon (Ed) Francis. He was preceded in death by his daughter Michelle Conerd; his brother Richard Conerd and his parents.