OMAHA — Allied Oil & Supply Inc. founder R. Conrad Heinson died May 16 at age 96.
A native of Steelville, Mo., he served in the U. S. Army Air Force during World War II as a radar mechanic in the 867th Bombardment Group within the 243rd Army Air Force Base Unit and was stationed in Cassel, Germany.
After the war, he became a salesman for Interstate Oil in Kansas City, Kan. Upon learning the company was pulling out of the Nebraska-Iowa territory, he started his own business, Allied Oil, in Omaha in 1958.
In 1965, the company expanded its location in Omaha and opened Allied Tire Co. and Allied Construction Specialties.
By 1968 Heinson had developed a network of retail tire outlets spanning from Omaha to San Diego. In 1998, Allied opened a Michelin Retread Technologies plant.