A true hero, Conrad proudly served our country for 34 years as a Master Sargent in the U.S. Army. Having served two tours in Vietnam, Conrad earned numerous medals, including the Air Medal, 1st Oak Leaf Cluster with “V” Device and the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device for his bravery in saving his platoon. He was also involved in the TET Counteroffensive Campaign as well as peripheral support during Operation Desert Storm. Conrad loved his military service, flying planes and helicopters and especially the opportunity to teach others he served with. During his working years, he was a master tool and die engineer for Ocello Tool and Die.
Conrad had a passion for life, a great sense of humor. He grew up on “The Hill” in St. Louis and was a lifelong Cardinals fan. For many years, he and Glyndene would play Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause, bringing joy to children at Christmas time. In his spare time, Conrad enjoyed restoring old Corvairs, cooking, woodworking, painting, hunting, fishing and sailing. He even built his own airplane. Most of all, Conrad loved his family, his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, his church and his Bible Study Fellowship group. He will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Dennis Ocello and Fred Ocello; as well as a nephew, Gaetano Piazza.
Conrad is survived by his loving wife, Glyndene Ocello; his two “fur babies,” Taco and Frito; four daughters: Vickie Drier and husband Paul of Ontario, Canada, Alicia Steward of St. Louis, Missouri, Shelly Qualls and husband Leonard of Sylvester, Georgia, Kim Granahan and husband Ken of Bella Vista, Arkansas; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters: Lois Hafner of Summerfield, Florida, Andrea Casamento and husband Tony of Sunset Hills, Missouri, Paulette Shipley and husband Bob of Brooksville, Florida; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Inurnment with full military honors will be held 1:00 pm Monday, March 20, 2017, at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, Missouri. Services and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in memory of Conrad may be made to his daughter, c/o Alicia Steward, PO Box 191457, St. Louis, Missouri 63119.