COLONEL JOSEPH CONRACE
LAMAR-A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Fort Scott National Cemetery in Fort Scott, Kan., for Colonel Joseph Ettor Cornacchione Conrace, Jr., 80, Lamar, who died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Missouri Veterans Home in Mount Vernon following a long illness. Fort Riley Honor Guard will conduct full military honors.
There will be no formal visitation, but friends may view and sign the guest book from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at Daniel Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, Mary K. Finley Library or Barton County Memorial Hospital, in care of the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent at www.danielfuneralhome.net.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Conrace, of the home; three sons, John Conrace and wife Sara, Columbia, George Conrace, Lamar and Mike Conrace, Joplin; a daughter, Krissie Walsh and husband Jason, Joplin; his mother-in-law, Edith Walters, Lamar; a brother-in-law, David Walters and wife Galena, Kansas City; two sisters-in-law, Karla Browne, Carlisle, PA and Kristy Ann Heckman, Lamar and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brother-in-laws, Terry Heckman and Scott Browne.
Col. Conrace was born July 8, 1933, at Richmond, Va., to Joseph and Lillian (Litzenburger) Conrace. On his quest to becoming a child psychiatrist, he graduated from New Mexico Military Institute, the University of Virginia and Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery. During his military career, Colonel Conrace served as an armored officer and child psychiatrist in Germany and various stateside U.S. Army posts. He also spent many years in private practice psychiatry.
In addition to membership in several professional organizations, Dr. Conrace was a 32nd Degree Mason in the Blue Lodge in Kansas City. He was an avid reader and enjoyed golf and tennis. A licensed lay reader, Dr. Conrace was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Carthage.
He married Eva Susan Walters on June 19, 1971, at Kansas City, Mo.