Tricounty News

Robert Conley, 61

Robert Conley died Thursday, Sept. 18, 2008, at his Watkins home. He was 61. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Watkins with Rev. John Brunner and Rev. Michael Becker officiating. Interment followed in the parish cemetery. Robert A. Conley was born Jan. 21, 1947, in Cheverly, Md., to Rolly and Mary Eileen (Becker) Conley. Robert worked with the railroad in Virginia and worked as a service officer for the government traveling from state to state. He also made guitars and violins for Gibson Guitars in Montana. Robert served two tours of duty in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a lobbyist and groundbreaker for the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. He moved to Watkins in 1988 and was united in marriage with Janice (Walters) Kelly on March 18, 1989. Family was important to Robert, and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Robert was a member of the Wat-Kim-Valley V.F.W. and was very interested in Civil War and World War II history. His hobbies included traveling, reading, music, and building guitars. Robert also enjoyed collecting rocks and guns. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, and grandson Brad Maurer. He is survived by his wife Janice of Watkins; children Jerry (and Sandy) Kelly of Kimball, Kim (and Dave) Maurer of Fair Haven, Sheryl (and Kit) Miller of Watkins, Frances (and Nick) Kastellos of Pelican Lake; 12 grandchildren; brothers and sisters Connie Carnahan of Panama City, Fla., Dick Carnahan of Tuscarora, Nev., Cindy (and Tony) Beaks of Lexington Park, Md., Harry (and Debbie) Pool of Hollywood, Md., Eddie Carneal of Laurel, Md. Urn bearer was Justin Miller. Music was by Kathy Pauls. Arrangements were by Ertl Funeral Home in Watkins.