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Paul Conroy, 78 - March 12, 2008


Paul V. Conroy, 78, of Oconto died Friday, March 7, 2008, at Heritage Hall in Broken Bow.
A visitation was held Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Oconto from 1-7 p.m., followed by a wake service at 7 p.m.
Mass of Christian burial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Todd Philipsen officiating. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery at Oconto.
Conroy was born on Sept. 27, 1929, in a log cabin at Lomax to Andrew and Loretta Neville Conroy. He graduated from Oconto High School in 1947.
On May 13, 1952, he married Bette Berg Kauffman at Stapleton. The couple were married for over 55 years.
During the early years of his marriage, he worked as a foreman in the oil fields before moving back to Oconto in 1960, where he lived as a rancher. He also worked 16 years as a courier driver for the Pony Express.
Conroy was active with his children in 4-H clubs as well as sports and continued to enjoy various activities with his grandchildren, according to family members.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Custer County Sheriff’s Possee and was also a volunteer fireman.
Throughout his life, he had enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, Nebraska football and especially his horses, said family members.
?Conroy was preceded in death by: his parents, Andrew and Loretta; brothers—Lawrence and Lewis; sister, Rose; a grandson, Kyle Karschner; a granddaughter, Morgan Conroy.
?Survivors include: his wife, Bette; three sons—Maynard (Deb) of Gordon, Mike (Sandy) of Franktown, CO, and Mitch (Lynette) of Oconto; two daughters—Paula (Jeff) Ingram of Overton and Pam (Larry) Karschner of Kearney; stepdaughter, Vicky (Chuck) Eggleston of Gothenburg; grandchildren—Lane, Chris and Rhett Conroy of Gordon, Chantal and Brice Conroy of Franktown, Cassidy, Hallie and Taylor of Oconto, Brook Wind of Champaign, IL, Travis Wind of Kearney, Amber (Gabe) Lawrence and Ashley Ingram of Omaha, Kara (Josh) Methe of Normal, IL, Tammy (Chad) Schall, Tim (Stephanie) Eggleston, Tracy Miller and Trever Eggleston, all of Broken Bow; eight great-grandchildren; brothers—John (Gladys) of Oconto, Jim (Grace) of Lincoln; sister, Bette Conroy of York; numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to the Oconto Fire & Rescue Unit.

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