Connie was born February 13, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois to Rudolph C. and Viola Fern (Longenecker) Anderson. He spent the first 12 years of his life in Chicago helping run his dad’s filling station and parking garage which catered to ritzy customers. This was the beginning of his lifelong affection for cars.
He and his mother moved to Warsaw where Conrad attended 8th grade at Atwood School. Connie spent summers on his uncle’s farm near Rossville. He graduated salutatorian with Warsaw High School’s class of 1953. He also attended Indiana/Purdue, Fort Wayne (Indiana).
On June 11, 1981 he and Marcia Colleen Marlatt were joined in holy matrimony. Living most of his life in Warsaw, he was a faithful member of Dutchtown Brethren Church serving as treasurer. He was a former member of Warsaw Brethren Church where he served as moderator and trustee and also taught Sunday School. Conrad had a beautiful voice and sang bass with Praisegiving Quartet for several years. Connie was a faithful prayer warrior.
Conrad began working as a general laborer at Sun Metal Products, retiring 43 years later in 1998 as its Vice President/General Manager. He was able to travel extensively throughout the United States and Europe for the company including a trip to China during the last part of his career.
His love for motorcycles began at the age of 17; he continued owning and riding Harley’s and lastly his Honda Gold Wing until his health would prevent him from that enjoyment. One of his high moments came when he drove a BMW motorcycle at 180 MPH on a test track in Germany. Connie was a charter life member of American Motorcycle Association.
In addition to bowling on leagues for over 25 years, he was an avid reader, domino player and a die hard Cub fan. He was a jack of all trades and master of none (according to him). Connie was one of the faithful Breading’s Bums. He always looked forward to attending the Indianapolis 500 and did so for nearly 50 years consecutively. Mario Andretti was his favorite driver.
He and Marcia enjoyed 31 great years going to Brown County and were blessed to have a vacation home there for many years. It was indeed their favorite place to go. For many years he and Marcia collected vintage cars and travelled to many car auctions.
Left with years of special memories to treasure deep within her heart, is his loving wife of 31 years, Marcia Anderson. Also surviving is his daughter and son-in-law: JoLynn and Rick Mylin; son and daughter-in-law: Michael and Stacey Anderson, all of Warsaw; 5 grandchildren: Logan Anderson, Brad Anderson, Shelby Anderson, Kyler Mylin and Tayler Mylin; sister-in-law: Ann Baldridge, Warsaw; 2 nieces: Danielle Brown and RoseAnn Brown, both of Elkhart, Indiana; nephew: John Ford of Springfield, Ohio; 3 great nephews: T.J., LaVon and Dominique; 6 great nieces: Daitriona, Destiny, Makayla, Ariel, Destiny and Faith; several cousins and many friends as well as Marcia’s Aunt Gwen and Aunt Edie; and lastly his beloved cats, Betty Rose and Martha.
Preceding Connie in death was his parents, special mother-in-law, Rose Margaret Marlatt and friend, (Uncle) George Zajicek.
Friends and family gathered to share memories and conversation on Tuesday, June 26th at the Titus Funeral Home, Warsaw. A service celebrating his life took place on Wednesday, June 27th with the Pastor Jack Worth of Dutchtown will officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw.
The family has asked that memorial gifts in Connie’s memory be given to Dutchtown Brethren Church, 4057 E. 300 N, Warsaw, Indiana 46582 or Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, PO Box 1196, Warsaw, Indiana 46581-1196.Read More