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Dale D. Conaway

   He was born at Fairview, W.Va., in Marion County, a son of the late Willis P. and Mary R. Conaway. He was a 1946 graduate of Fairview High School. He was an Army veteran serving as a Paratrooper in the 508th Airborne Infantry. He had retired from Kaiser Aluminum after 28 years of service. After his retirement he devoted much of his time driving veterans who were unable to drive to the Veterans Hospital at Clarksburg, W.Va., and did this until he was unable to drive. He also was a foster parent to 194 children over a three-year period. Dale was an avid sports fan and was the rock his family leaned on. He was a member of the Rockport Church of Christ.

   He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley Conaway; his daughters, Vanessa Conaway, Teressa Harper and Mary Wittekind and her husband, Mike; one son, Willis Conaway and his wife, Cheryl; his grandchildren, Tracie Fury, Scott Harper, Michael Wittekind, Ashley Conaway, Paul Conaway, Jeff Wittekind, Taylor Wittekind, Cody Conaway and Christopher Conaway; his great-grandchildren, Tyler Fury, Trinity Fury, Jarod Harper, Alex Hill, Zane Wittekind, Blake Hill and Laykin Wittekind; and one brother, Robert Conaway and his wife, Louella.

   Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Leavitt Funeral Home in Parkersburg, with Evangelist Steve Morgan officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen North Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today.

The family wishes to express their thanks to Dr. Tahbaz and the Gambro Kidney Dialysis Center in Belpre {Ohio) for their support and kindness during Dale's illness.

(Parkersburg News, Oct. 17, 2007)

[courtesy of  Craig Hart]

Grave marker for Dale D. Conaway in Evergreen Cemetery North, Parkersburg (Wood county), West Virginia.


Dale registered for the draft on 23 October 1948 and was inducted into the army on 16 January 1951.  He served in Company A, 508th ARCT. 

He was discharged as a Corporal on 15 January 1953.

Two months later, he married Shirley Ann Duskey at Fairmont, WV.

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