ADA - Birchel P. "Bert" Conley, 82, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at 4:42 a.m., at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima. He was born Aug. 30, 1931, in Garrett, Ky., to Tandy and Maudie (Bolen) Conley and they preceded him in death. On Dec. 6, 1952, he married Dorothy Cramer and she passed away on Nov. 4, 1992. He later married Revel (McIntosh) Wibright on Oct. 12, 1993, and she survives in Ada.
Bert retired after working 30 years for the City of Dayton Prison System in the Maintenance Department. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1954. He was a member of the Alger First United Methodist Church, U.S.V. Lions Club, McGuffey Conservation Club and a life member of the Ada V.F.W. Post #9381.
Bert is survived by two sons; Jeff Conley and Stephen Conley, both of Dayton; one daughter, Sherrie Owens, of Dayton; two stepsons, James (Sheran) Wibright of Atwater, Calif., and Rick Wibright of Findlay; four stepdaughters, Donna (David) Hedges, of Harrod, Connie (Douglas) Crawford, of Ada, LaVonna (Dwane) Stout, of Seymour, Ind., Vicky (David) Shadley, of Horicon, Wisc.; two sisters, Mary Howard, of McGuffey, and Halie Nichols, of Harrod; 20 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter. Bert is preceded in death by three brothers, David, Bill, and Edward Conley; and three sisters, Luna Jennings, Carolyn Conley, and Audrey Shields.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at the Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Ada, with Rev. Calvin Waugh officiating. Burial will be in Preston Cemetery, Alger, with graveside military rites by the Ada V.F.W. Post #9381 Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions can be made to the charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be expressed at www.hansonneely.com