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Bobby E. Conley

Monday, October 8, 2007

Bobby Conley
Bobby E. Conley, 77, died at home Monday, Oct. 01, 2007. Funeral Mass was observed at St. John Nepomunk Catholic Church Chapel on Friday, Oct. 5 Interment was at St. Nicholas Cemetery in Garrison, N.D. Memorial donations may be made to St. John Nepomunk Building Fund or Compassionate Hands.

Bob was born Sept. 1, 1930 in Quimby, to parents Paul and Bessie (Milham) Conley. He grew up with one brother and four sisters in the Quimby/Marcus, area. He graduated from Quimby High School.

He joined the US Navy in 1951. He served four years during the Korean War and was honorably discharged and returned to Iowa.

He then attended Iowa State University and graduated with a BS in electrical engineering. He then went on to receive his master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

His engineering career led him to Redondo Beach,California, where he worked for Douglas Air Craft and Fullerton, California, where he worked for Hughes Aircraft. There he developed a system for visual protection for pilots that resulted in his first of several patents. It was also in California where he met Mary Lou Krzmarzick, his future wife.

They were married in 1966 at Saint Nicholas Church in Garrison, N.D., and relocated to Orlando, Fla. where he accepted an engineering position with Martin Marietta. He was then offered a job at General Electric in Oklahoma City. They moved to Yukon, Okla. in 1968.

Although the company would change owners and names several times, Bob continued to work as an engineer in different capacities. He would work for this company until he retired from Seagate in 1998. He was a pioneer in the computer industry, and built his own home computer in 1978, when a home computer was a novelty.

His hobbies included playing the guitar, fishing, spending time with his family and fixing just about anything. He was very talented and knowledgeable in most areas, but especially with anything mechanical.

He was an analytical thinker who could work out any problem if given enough time. He was quiet, humble and generous with his time. He spent much of his time following his retirement helping family, friends and acquaintances with computer problems.

Bob became a member of Saint John Nepomunk Catholic Church in 1994. He was also a member of Saint John Golden Sagers. He was a very kind and tolerant man who was exceptional in intelligence and integrity.

He became a cancer survivor in 1993, but was diagnosed again in 2006 with metastatic prostate cancer that had spread to the bone. He will be greatly missed by those who depended on him the most.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Bessie Conley, and an infant brother Donald.

He is survived by his wife Mary and two daughters, Kristen of Dallas, Texas, and Kerri of Oklahoma City. He also leaves one brother, Fred Conley of Marcus and four sisters, Peggy and husband Dick Lochner of Cherokee; Pauline and husband Jerry Wolcott of Cherokee; Nancy and husband Art Limberg of Decorah; Patti Conley of Cherokee, and several nieces and nephews.