Conrad Hansen Nebeker 1930 ~ 2005 Conrad Hansen Nebeker died suddenly November 21st during a morning of hard work on his beloved Indian Creek Ranch at Bear Lake. He was born in Salt Lake City on June 14, 1930 to La Rue Hansen and Sidney J. Nebeker, who raised him on South Eden Ranch at Bear Lake. After his father's death, he continued to ranch with his grandfather and ride saddle broncs. He wintered at East High (class of '48), where he was a state track champion. He served a mission in Australia and then volunteered for the Army during the Korean War. While attending the University of Utah, he met Carolyn Rich, his loving wife of 47 years. They were married by David O. McKay in the Salt Lake Temple on August 8, 1958. Conrad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and trained in internal medicine at San Francisco General Hospital, University of Iowa, and the University of Utah. For over 30 years, he practiced solo internal medicine in Ogden. Making frequent housecalls and volunteering regularly at the Rescue Mission, he loved his patients generously. He was proud that Medicare cited him for charging his patients too little. Conrad was a visionary. Among other businesses, he established the first retirement home and opened the first salad-bar restaurants in northern Utah. He invented a rotary engine, car turntable, prostate shrinker, and microwave pothole fixer. His most ambitious project was to move Hong Kong to the Baja Peninsula in the late 1980's. Just recently, he was working on a sustainable solution for nuclear waste disposal. Always hard at work, he moved sprinkler pipe, bucked bales, and remodeled houses until the day he died. He found creative expression building large water features and whimsical structures such as the Bear Lake Monster, the Shoe House, and the Ranch Hand truck stop that featured his hand-made, barbed-wire chandeliers. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Rich Nebeker and his four sons Jonathan Rich Nebeker (Melinda), Jason Rich Nebeker (Cindy), Michael Rich Nebeker (Reyna), Adam Rich Nebeker (Heidi) his 11 grandchildren, and his three siblings Sidney Jay Nebeker, Mary "Dearie" Winters, and David Eliot Nebeker. He was buried preservative free at Sagebrush Cemetery, Bear Lake on Tuesday. There will be a memorial service 11 am, Friday, November 25th at the Ogden 43rd Ward at Fillmore Ave and 26th Street. Visiting 45 minutes prior. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Dr. Conrad H. Nebeker scholarship at the University of Utah School of Medicine, 540 Arapeen Way, Suite 120, Salt Lake City, UT 84108.
Published in the Deseret News from 11/24/2005 - 11/25/2005.