Conrad John Kradolfer, Jr.
October 25, 1925 - June 21, 2007
Conrad John Kradolfer, Jr., 81 years old, passed away at the home he shared with his loving friend, Beverly Godman, in Medford, Ore., on June 21, 2007, with his youngest daughter, Katie and Beverly present. He was born in Helena, Mont., on October 25, 1925, as the youngest of three children born to Conrad John Kradolfer, Sr. and Agnes Stoudt Kradolfer. He and his sister, Phyllis, grew up in Butte, Mont., after the family moved when he was a toddler. (His older brother had passed away in infancy). He attended Emerson grammar school and then Butte High. Connie took an early graduation from high school in order to enlist in the Navy to serve in World War II. He served as a radio man in the South Pacific war theatre and then in Manila and occupied Japan after the war ended. Letters kept by his mother show the secret code he had a friend on shore leave send home that allowed him to send details of his whereabouts past the military censors to his parents in his letters home. They also show that he was present at the Battle of Iwo Jima, operating the radio from the ship. However, his war experiences were something he never shared once he returned home.
Following his discharge from the service, Connie returned to Butte and followed his father in working for the Butte Daily Post newspaper as a stereotyper. He met Patricia Campana at a dance at the Columbia Gardens and swept her off her feet. They married on June 17, 1950. During their 52 years of marriage, they had five children, Kimberly, Conrad, Karen, Katie and Curt.
In 1963, Pat and Connie moved their family to Bozeman, Mont., and bought Northside Meat Market with friends, Don and Irene DeBorde. That was the first of several businesses they owned and operated there, including City Dye Works Dry Cleaners, a laundromat on West Main and the House of Clean janitorial cleaning supply business. Pat and Connie worked as devoted partners throughout their lives together -- as parents, as business partners and in their recreational activities. Pat and Connie both enjoyed socializing at cotillions and at their long standing dinner/bridge club, playing golf, and watching and wagering on sports. Connie was an avid and talented poker player both in informal games and in tournaments and enjoyed pinochle and bridge, too. He especially enjoyed card games with his friend Bill Hitchcock. Connie and Pat enjoyed traveling, whether by themselves or with the Hitchcocks, both before and after retirement, including memorable adventures to the Super Bowl, New York City, Jamaica and a trip driving through southern Europe.
Connie was always known as a guy who never met a stranger. He liked people, made friends wherever he went and always had smiling eyes!
Connie and Pat retired in 1987, turning the business over to Conrad and Curt. They permanently moved their home to St. George, Utah, after several years of staying a little bit longer each year on their southern sojourns each winter. They enjoyed life in St. George, playing golf and bridge and taking regular trips to Mesquite to play poker.
Connie was preceded in death by Pat in October 2004. He then became reacquainted with Beverly Godman, a good friend from high school and his days in the Navy. Beverly had recently lost her husband of 56 years and they provided great comfort and joy to each other the past two and a half years. Connie moved to Medford, Ore., to join her in the summer of 2005. They greatly enjoyed their remaining time together, taking cruises to the Panama Canal and Hawaii, as well as other trips around the country to see family and friends. She kept him sparkling and took such good care of him!
Remembering him forever are Beverly Godman and her family and his five children, their spouses and his grandchildren: Kimberly A. Kradolfer and Richard Misplon and Sam and Ben Misplon, Helena, Mont.; Conrad J. Kradolfer, III and Tana Kradolfer, Bozeman, Mont. and Kyle Kradolfer, Bozeman, Mont. and Kristin Kradolfer, currently living in Spain; Karen (Kradolfer) Scheer and Gary Scheer and Lisette of Pullman, Wash. and Nicole Scheer, Selinsgrove, Pa.; Kathryn (Kradolfer) Johnson and Mark Johnson, Carson City, Nev. and Curt Kradolfer and Cathy Kradolfer and Chris Strand, Bozeman, Mont.. He is also survived by seven nieces, nephews and their families: John Driscoll, Toni Driscoll Freeman, Jay Driscoll, Paul Driscoll, Marjorie Driscoll, Ralph Driscoll and Marianne Driscoll. He is also survived by former daughter-in-law, Vicki Orazem of Bozeman and by numerous great-nieces and nephews. He will be missed by them and by his surviving friends.
Besides being preceded in death by his wife, Pat, he was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Phyllis, most of his cousins and many good friends. He lived 20 years longer than his parents did and enjoyed his life to the fullest!
A service will be held at noon on Sunday, June 24, at the home he shared with Beverly Godman at 2398 Springbrook Road #1, Medford, with a gathering afterwards.
A mass of the resurrection will be held at Resurrection Parish, Bozeman, Mont., on Friday, July 20. Details of that service will be published in the Montana Standard, the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and the Helena Independent Record at a later date.
Conrad John Kradolfer Jr.
Conrad John Kradolfer, Jr.