In 1959 we met the family of Kenneth and Eileen Conrad, we started attending a church where they were members. This was such an amazing family. Kenneth had been a paratrooper in WWII and coming back through Florida, he met Eileen Pinder. A wonderful cultured young lady from South East Florida. Eileen had a wonderful singing voice and so did her sisters and they sang as a trio. I have heard stories of these ladies range and harmony, after hearing Eileen sing, I knew this lady could have sang in Carnegie Hall.
The story continues….. Kenneth being an honest guy, but also a sweet talker, married Eileen and took her from the modern conveniences and warm weather she was used to here in Florida to a farm house with running water, and also an out house in North central Missouri.
Eileen was happy being a farm wife, learned very quickly the ways of a Missourian, and in the process bore 10 children. We met them when there were 9, David Luke was the baby and came later.
Anyway thru the years we have kept in touch. Friend Kenneth has passed on but the rest of the family is still around, some scattered.
Today we travel to Pompano Beach to attend a Birthday for Juanelle. I am thinking she is the third child, she and some flying in from Missouri.
Harry the tall guy is playing with Juanelle’s hair. In front of Jua, is Glenda holding the baby at the time, Vickie. Front row is Irma, Lil, Mary.
Second row is left Robert, Kenny, and Vickie.
This is a singing family:
The guy here is David Luke, master carpenter and the baby of the family. Every one of the children have been successful in their own right.
This is Glenda with Irma Lea, or Aunt Nee as she is affectionately called. the eldest Harry Vietnam Vet.
This is Eileen and Vickie singing, this family sings. Vickie has even more range and strength than mama Eileen.
This is our son Mark and Little Vickie, today will be the first time they have seen each other in 50 years.
the Birthday girl, Jua….
Happier times with Kenneth and Eileen on one of our passes thru Missouri. Kenneth farmed 40 Acres and worked full time at HB Chance. They raised a marvelous family….
Old Friends are great.
Kenneth had a dodge about like this, When the family was in it, it was LOaded.