Tahlequah Daily Press

January 17, 2014

Eugene Tiger “Jiggs” Conrad


TAHLEQUAH — Services for Eugene T. “Jiggs” Conrad will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the Reed-Culver Chapel, with Pastor Danny Scott officiating

 Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Reed-Culver. Interment will be held at Greenleaf Cemetery in the Conrad family section. Online condolences may be left at www.reedculver.com.

Pallbearers for Jiggs include Billy Ward, Jason Martin, Casey Conrad, Wade Conrad, Staff Sgt. Michael Scott and Paul Waters.

Eugene Tiger Conrad was born on Feb. 2, 1921, in Braggs, the son of Medley Jefferson and Emma (Rider) Conrad. He was enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in January of 1946 and served until he transferred to the U.S. Air Force, serving faithfully as a mess sergeant, feeding the troops until his honorable discharge 12 years later.

He met and married the love of his life, Naydeen Ragan, on Sept. 2, 1951, in Claremore. This union was blessed with six children and years of happy memories.

Upon completing his military career, he began his career with the Bureau of Indian Affairs as a cook at Jones Academy in Hartshorne.

When there was free time available, Jiggs could be found doing a little fishing and hunting. There was always time for gardening, and it didn’t matter if it was fruit, vegetable, or flower, Jiggs could make it grow.

He was always ready to travel to watch his grandkids play sports, be it football, baseball, basketball, or soccer. At home he enjoyed watching baseball games on television every chance he got. His yard was meticulous, and he worked hard to make the yard a haven of peace and rest.

Jiggs was quiet, but beneath that quiet exterior there was a character lurking. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and loved to tease and pull pranks. You could bet that if he spent enough time around you, there was going to be a nickname, he had a name for everyone.

As he got older, there was nothing sweeter than rocking a grand baby on his lap and watching them take their afternoon naps. He adored all of his children, and especially his grandchildren. He was a Christian by faith, and attended the Church of the Living Water in Muskogee.

The Lord knew he was growing tired and weary, so he sent his angels to carry his good and faithful servant home on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Muskogee with his loved ones by his side. Jiggs was 92 years old. He will be greatly missed for the love and understanding he gave to everyone he met.

Jiggs is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Medley “Med” Jefferson Conrad and Ralph Conrad, and four sisters, Mary Conrad, Edith Ryan, Gladys Kincaid, and Louise Conrad.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Naydeen, of the home in Muskogee; three sons, Eugene Conrad Jr. (Theresa) and children Angie, Beth, Casey (Cassie), Melissa (James) and  Randy, Nathan Conrad (Laurie)  and children Amanda, Lindsey, Wade, Jason, Brent and Angie, and Roger Conrad and children, Austin, Anastasia, and Jarrod (Seria), all of Muskogee; his three daughters and their families include Pamela Ward (Bill) and children Stephanie (Aaron) and Billy, of Waterville, Ohio, Debbie Martin (David) and children, Sarah and Jason, of Okemah, Janet Scott and  children: Danny (Brandi), April, Staff Sgt. Michael Scott, and Darla (Chris) of Stigler; his brother Tommy Conrad (Ethel) of Claremore.

Papa Tiger’s legacy lives on in his grandchildren. He leaves 25 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones.

Reed-Culver Funeral Home, 117 W. Delaware, (918) 456-2551.