Thomas E. Conley

WACO —Thomas E. Conley, age 87, retired Air Force officer and school teacher, died at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center in Waco, Texas following a prolonged illness.

Graveside services at Mitchell Cemetery in Iredell, TX will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 2, 2009 with the Reverend Richard Rust officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet at the Iredell Baptist Church Hall for food and fellowship after the graveside service.

Thomas was born January 3, 1922 in the town of Iredell, in Bosque County, to the late Charles and Eugenia Conley. He attended Iredell schools, graduating in 1939. He served in the U. S. Air Force in both World War II and the Korean War. He was stationed at Burtonwood Air Base near Warrington, England during World War II and spent the remainder of his military career stationed in Okinawa, Ottawa, Canada and and numerous assignments throughout the United States. He Attained the rank of Major and proudly served his country. Mr. Conley received numerous service medals and award, the most notable being the World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Korean Service Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal with Oakleaf Cluster. While in the military, he earned his BS from the University of Nebraska and later a Master’s Degree from North Texas State University.

On Nov. 22, 1946 he married Ruby Lang and had 3 children., Elaine Aberer, Carol McMillan and Robert Conley. After retiring from the Air Force in 1968, Mr. Conley became a school teacher in Fort Worth, Texas where he taught Industrial Arts and drafting at Diamond Hill Jarvis High School and J. P. Elder Middle School. Following teaching and the death of his wife Ruby, he married his high school sweetheart, Juanita Floyd and moved to Waco where he lived a happy and fulfilling life in retirement. Thomas was treasurer of the Burtonwood Air Depot Association which serves to remember the brave men and women who served at Burtonwood, England over the years and was also a lifetime member of the Iredell Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Floyd Conley; a sister, Charlene Sloter of Stephenville, daughter Elaine Aberer and husband Gary of Manteca, CA, daughter Carol McMillan and husband Al of Ft. Worth, son Robert Conley of Fort Worth, 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild as well as the children, Robert Floyd and wife Susie and Frank Floyd and wife Rhonda, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of his wife Juanita.

The family would like to thank all the staff of Lake Shore Village Rehabilitation Center, Providence Health Care Center, Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Hillcrest Home Care and Community Hospice in Waco for their loving care and support during his final days.

Published March 1, 2009

Stephenville Empire-Tribune