Conrad TeVelde, age 78, transitioned to heaven from home with his family around him on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020.
Conrad was a skilled craftsman and carpenter. He was known as the “Doorman” and “Copper Con,” specializing in installing doors and hardware in banks, schools, the hospital and jail throughout Whatcom County. He had a strong work ethic.
Conrad was born on Jan. 1, 1942, in Brooten, Minnesota. His parents, Lubbertus Henry “Hank” and Gertrude (Vos) TeVelde came from Nanevelde and Enschede, the Netherlands, respectively. Conrad grew up in Minnesota, but spent his last 60 years in Washington State. He served two years in the U.S. Army. Conrad married Carol Klein on Jan. 31, 1969, at Everson Christian Reformed Church.
Conrad enjoyed Wood-Mizer sawmilling and building garden sheds and benches. He drew up the plans and built the home he and his wife have lived in for 50 years. Conrad built two different cabins on a small lake for spending vacations with family. He liked cutting wood and even crafted his own wood splitter.
Conrad and Carol attended Wiser Lake Chapel. He loved the Lord his Savior all his life and enjoyed reading scripture and studying a lot about end-times eschatology.
Conrad is survived by his wife, Carol; sons Steve TeVelde (Jenell) of Bellingham, Ron TeVelde of Everson and Chris TeVelde (Marlys) of Blaine; and grandchildren Hunter TeVelde, Paige TeVelde, Cora TeVelde and Emmitt TeVelde. He will be greatly missed by sisters Bertha Smit of Ferndale and Gertrude Bothof of Wisconsin; brother Gerrit “John” and Elsie TeVelde of Lynden; sisters-in-law Nell TeVelde of Lynden and Patti (Curt) Tinklenberg of Lynden; brothers-in-law Marlon (Glenda) Klein, Brian (Shari) Klein and Terry (Stacy) Klein; parents-in-law Hermina and Adrian Arendse; and several nieces and nephews.
The family thanks Whatcom Hospice and its nurses for their tender care and kindness in Conrad’s final days at home.
You are invited to join family for visitation at Gillies Funeral Home on Tuesday, Jan. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. The memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Wiser Lake Chapel, 7121 Guide Meridian Rd., after private family burial in Ten Mile Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to Rhada Manickam of Missions Door, 2530 Washington St., Denver, CO 80205; or Lighthouse Mission Ministries, P.O. Box 548, Bellingham, WA 98227.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.