Conrad Norris Newsom, 76, of Bloomington and formerly of Bloomfield, passed away Monday evening at the Meadowood Health Pavilion in Bloomington.
Born Nov. 2, 1929 in Worthington, he was the second youngest child of Allen G. and Eva D. (Jessup) Newsom.
Upon graduation from Worthington-Jefferson High School in 1947, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry branch and later fought in the Korean War. While stationed in Japan, he met and married Junko Uchida. He was decorated with a Purple Heart with Oak Leaf cluster, Combat Infantryman's Badge, Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, and Expert Markmanship's Badge. After an assignment in Fort Knox, Ky. and Fort Benjamin Harrison, he returned home to Greene County and worked as a munitions technician at Crane, where he retired in 1987.
Some of his favorite pastimes were fishing, hunting, scouring the hills for morels, reading science fiction, and astronomy. He also enjoyed watching college football and IU basketball.
Survivors include: his son and daughter-in-law, William David and Gladys Newsom; grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Joey and Sarah Newsom, of Indianapolis; grandsons, Vincent Conrad Newsom and Wyatt Isaac Newsom; son and daughter-in-law, Steven Andrew and Lori Newsom; granddaughters, Kaitlin Marie Newsom, Eve Lauren Newsom, and Jenna Grace Newsom; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Helen Newsom, of Macon, Georgia and Bill and Joanna Newsom of Worthington; and sixteen nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Junko Newsom, his siblings and their spouses, Richard and Lucille Newsom, Ruth Newsom, Robert and Maureen Newsom, Charles and Pauline Newsom, infant James Newsom, Jane and J.D. Woolley, MerleDean and Bob Kent, and three nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Worthington Cemetery in Worthington with Rev. Helen Enari officiating. The Worthington American Legion Honor Guard will provide military graveside rites.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Korean Memorial War Foundation; 163 Dearbrook Trail; Pineville, LA 71360 or to Ducks Unlimited, One Waterfowl Way; Memphis, TN 38120 Attn: Becky Paysinger.
Day Funeral Home in Bloomington is in charge of arrangements.