Norman Walter Konrad was born on November 3, 1930 to Walter and Helma (Bietz) Konrad on the family homestead east of Tripp, South Dakota. He was confirmed in the Christian faith at St. John Lutheran Church in Kaylor. He attended country school through the 8th grade and later high school in Kaylor, SD. Norman farmed alongside his father on the family homestead until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952. He completed his military training in Kentucky and went on to serve in Germany until his honorable discharge in 1954 at which time he returned home to farm.
On September 4, 1956, Norman was united in marriage to Leola Isaak at Pilgrim Congregational Church in rural Tripp. Together they made their forever home on the Konrad family homestead. Norman was a farmer who enjoyed working. He raised cattle and crops of corn and beans. He looked forward to his time combining. His greatest joy was when working alongside family on the farm. Norman cherished watching the kids learn and grow as they worked in the fields and helped with chores.
Norman loved his grandchildren and was extremely proud of their accomplishments. By example, he taught them patience and work ethic and yet made plenty of time for fun and games. He gave them wonderful memories of 4-wheeler rides, playing marbles, and card games.
Norman was a member of the Jelkin-Harms American Legion Post 142 and Frieden’s Reformed Church in Tripp. Later in life, he enjoyed pinochle, word search, reading history books and watching old westerns.
Norman was a reserved, dependable man who determined that his legacy in this life would be his family.
Norman passed away on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Ava Hospice House in Sioux Falls, South Dakota having attained the age of 88 years, 4 months, and 15 days.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years Leola Konrad of Tripp, SD; sons Thomas (Tina) Konrad of Tripp, SD, and Joel (Tami) Konrad of Geneva, IL; grandson Robert (Catherine) Konrad and great-granddaughters Addison and Isabel of Pierre, SD; grandson Daniel Konrad of Pierre, SD; grandson Michael (Angela) Konrad and great-granddaughter Cora of Bennington, NE; granddaughter Jennifer Konrad Oak Park, IL; and grandson Adam Konrad Geneva, IL; granddaughter Olivia Konrad of Tripp, SD; sister Marlene Nuss of Tripp, SD; brother Dwayne (Bonnie) Burlington, CO; and brother Harlan (Judy) Konrad of Watertown, SD; and many nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Willard Konrad, grandson Thomas Matthew Konrad, nephew John Konrad, and brother-in-law Floyd Nuss.