Lawyer, Joseph Conrad 5/23/1945 - 10/10/2016 Vero Beach, FL Joseph Conrad Lawyer died on Monday, October 10, 2016 in Naples, Florida. He was 71 years old at his death. Joseph was born on May 23, 1945 to Francis Joseph Lawyer and Catherine Erma (Brunett) Lawyer in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Joseph was known for his loyalty to family and friends, his warm personality, quick mind and wit, and his exuberant zest for life. Joseph will be deeply missed by all who knew him and loved him. If you knew Joseph you would always remember him. Joe is survived by his wife of 50 years, Betty Lynn (Eason), his son Sean Christopher, daughter-in-law, Jennifer Lynn (Ray) and his two grandchildren, Katleen Elizabeth and Kieran Alexander. He is also survived by his siblings, John William Lawyer (Carol), Kathleen Ann Thompson (Eugene), Patrick Francis Lawyer, Mary Alice Stegemann (Allan), Eileen Elizabeth Palermo. He is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews. Joe's death leaves a huge hole in our hearts and our lives. Joe graduated from St. Alphonsus Grade School and Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, attended Northeast Mississippi College, in Booneville, Mississippi in 1965, then transferred to the University of Wisconsin where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1969. Joe then went on to a highly successful career in business, including years at U S Steel, Christie Park Industries, Chatwins Group Companies and Reunion Industries, stepping down as CEO in 2000 and remaining Vice Chairman of Reunion Industries until his death. He was also a long serving Director of Respironics, also serving on the boards of directors of several other companies. There will be a reception/memorial at The Bent Pine Golf Club on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 4:00 6:00 p.m. for family and friends. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, a donation may be made in Joe's name to the VNA Hospice of Indian River County, 1110 35th Lane, Vero Beach Florida 32960.
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