John M. “Jack” Conrath, 84 of Kincaid passed away Wednesday, August 5th at Taylorville Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Conrath was born on July 15, 1936 to Joseph and Jennie “Eleanor” (Hatfield) Conrath in Bulpitt, IL. He married Mary F. Forsythe on December 31, 1954 at St. Mary’s Church in Taylorville, IL.
Jack started his work career working for the F.B.I. He later worked for IBM from which he retired and then went to work for the State of Illinois from which he also retired. He was a drummer and singer in bands including “5 Jokers”, “Steve Walko Trio”, and “Los Medicos Locos”.
Mr. Conrath was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus in Kincaid and was very active member at St. Rita Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife Mary of Kincaid, a son Rick Conrath and his wife Barbara of Lombard, IL, his daughters Michelle Brookens of Taylorville, IL and Lisa Conrath-Bova husband Mark Bova of Geneva, IL, , grandchildren Kaitlin Brookens of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Jeffrey (Rachel) Brookens of Cedar Rapids, IA, Kevin Conrath and companion Kelsey Shinner of Denver, CO, Meagan Conrath of Detroit, MI, Hailey Bova and Logan Bova of Geneva, IL, and great-grandson Jackson Brookens of Cedar Rapids, IA, along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death his parents, one brother and three sisters.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Kincaid, IL at 11 a.m. Monday, August 10, 2020. Fr. Tony will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Pawnee. Visitation for Mr. John M. “Jack” Conrath will be held from 9:30 am to 11am at the Church. Masterson Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Kincaid is honored to be entrusted with his care.
Jack wanted everyone to know: “I Made It Home” I just wanted to let you know I made it home. Everything is so pretty here, so white, so fresh, so new. I wish that you could close your eyes so you could see it too. Please try not to be sad for me. Try to understand. God is taking care of me… I’m in the shelter of His hands. Here there is no sadness, and no sorrow, and no pain. Here there is no crying, and I’ll never hurt again. Here it is so peaceful, when all the angels sing. I really have to go now… I’ve just got to try my wings. PS… I’ll be the first face you see when you get here!
Memorials in loving memory of Mr. John M. “Jack” Conrath are suggested to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place - Memphis, TN 38105