John R. Conley

January 29, 2014 • Obituaries


ConleyNov. 27, 1920 – Jan. 24, 2014

John R. Conley, 93, of Berrien Springs, formerly of Wisconsin and retired to New Mexico passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Loving Care Home.

He was born to [auth] the late John and Phoebe (Burnham) Conley in Madison, Wis., on Nov. 27, 1920.

After graduation, he enlisted and served his country proudly in the United States Navy aboard the USS Haven during WWII as a pharmacist mate. His hospital ship, the USS Haven, took him to the South Pacific and he was present at many of the battles including Nagasaki and Iwo Jima. While in the Navy, he met a young woman who stole his heart. He asked Virginia Winans for her hand in marriage and on May 17, 1947, John wed Virginia at a ceremony in New York. Virginia passed away just shy of their 50th wedding anniversary. John once again found companionship and love and on Aug. 20, 1999, he wed the former Allene Houston.

John was a man who found enjoyment in the simple things in life. He had a special place in his heart for the many German shepherds he raised. John took great pride in his vehicles, and spent time making sure they were well maintained. Current events were of great interest to John and he diligently followed the news. He was known as a very hardworking man, who worked two full-time jobs. He loved his family.

He is preceded by his parents and his first wife, Virginia.

John is survived by his second wife, Allene Houston-Conley, of Carlsbad, and his two daughters. Meg (Ed) Serafino, of Galien, Mich., and Bonnie Conley, of Tampa, Fla.

Those wishing to make a memorial donation in honor of John may do so to the Pet Refuge, 4626 S. Burnett Drive, South Bend, IN 46614.

Visitation for John will be on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, from 4-6 p.m. with service beginning at 6 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, Niles. He will be interred next to Virginia at South Park Cemetery, in Roswell, on Feb. 3, 2014.

Photos, memories, or condolences may be left for the family at or

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brown Funeral Home.

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