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In Memory

William G Conroy

William G Conroy

GALESBURG - William G. Conroy III, 78, Galesburg, died at 7:55 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, at Marigold Health Care Center in Galesburg.

He was born Aug. 26, 1941, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to William G. and Rozella (Williams) Conroy II. He married Irene Serven in 1960. He later married Peggy Fike in 1966. He then was with his "soul mate," Jody Banks, in 1985 until her passing in 2012.

Surviving are three daughters, Meia R. Conroy of Galesburg, Emily I. (and Ricky) Marsh of Galesburg, and Faye (and Irish) Gardner of Hollywood, Florida; a sister, Cathy Conroy Campbell (and Dennis McGregor) of West Point, Iowa; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Carol Sobotta; and a nephew, Danny Sobotta.

William graduated from Galesburg High School in 1959, which was the last graduating class from the old high school. He was on the reunion planning committee for his class. He also attended Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg. He served in the United States Army as a radar repairman and was in Vietnam for one year. He was then stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. William worked for Galesburg Music, Greg's Tire and Auto Service, and Dick Blick for the last 13 years. He was a ham radio operator and loved working with computers and electronics. He was a member of Knox County Amateur Radio Club. He also enjoyed watching professional wrestling and the television show, "Gold Rush."

Cremation will be accorded. A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel with military rites by the VFW/American Legion Honor Guard. Pastor Sherman Jones will officiate. A private committal service will be at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.

Published in The Register-Mail on Nov. 1, 201

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11/07/19 11:00 AM #1    

Dale Grupe

The funeral service was good, if there ever is a good funeral service. I was impressed with the military rites! 

As close as I was with Bill over the years, I regret I seemed to lose contact with him at the last. I do not remember discussing Military with him. I was surprised to find he and I were stationed at Fort Sill at the same time!

During our senior year in high school, Bill was a member of our 'elite' explorer group. We used to explore the air tunnels and back passage ways between classrooms. I have many remembrances of things we did over the years. It almost brings tears to my eyes, remembering all the fun we had over the years!

Bill will be missed by many!

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