William G. Conover

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William G. Conover, retired judge from the Indiana Court of Appeals, died peacefully on January 9, 2012 at the age of 86. He was the only child of Dr. Garrett D. Conover and Sadye Tapson Conover, and was a lifelong resident of Valparaiso. After graduating from Valparaiso High School in 1943, he served his country in the Pacific Theatre of World War II with the U. S. Navy Seabees, the Navy's construction force. His battalion's projects included building the strategic airfields on the small island of Tinian near Saipan. He subsequently received the Navy's Good Conduct Medal and was honorably discharged in 1946. He graduated with a B.A. from Valparaiso University in 1949. Two years later he was awarded his law degree from Valparaiso University. He maintained a private law practice, and held several public service posts in Valparaiso, beginning with his appointment to judge of the Valparaiso City Court in 1952. From 1961 to 1964, he was attorney for the Porter County Plan Commission. In 1963 he was elected Porter County Prosecutor, ultimately serving eight years in that capacity. Prior to his service on the Court of Appeals, Judge Conover was active in Republican Party politics. After serving as chairman of Porter County's Young Republicans from 1956 to 1958, he was Porter County Chairman for the party from 1958 to 1963. He was a delegate to the Republican state convention from 1958 to 1976, and to the Republican National Convention in 1972 and 1976. In 1981, he was appointed to the Indiana Court of Appeals by Governor Robert D. Orr. Judge Conover took his seat on October 26th of that year. After serving for twelve years, he retired on December 31, 1993. Judge Conover was a member of the Porter County Bar Association, serving as President in 1965. He was also a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Institute for Judicial Administration, and the American Judicature Society. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1991. Having served on the executive board of the Indiana-Kentucky Lutheran Synod from 1983 to 1986, he was most recently a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Valparaiso. He was also a member of the American Legion, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Pottowattamie Council of the Boy Scouts, the Saturday Evening Club, Kappa Iota Pi social fraternity, and Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. He was a member of the board of directors of the Valparaiso Junior Chamber of Commerce from 1953 to 1958, and a member of the Valparaiso Rotary Club from 1961 to 1970. Judge Conover capped his distinguished career by serving as a senior judge of the Court of Appeals from January 1, 1994, the day following his official retirement, to December 31, 1995. He was preceded in death by his son, Garrett Victor, and is survived by his wife, Victoria Marie and his children: Charles William, Steven Garrett, Roberta Lee, William Lindberg, Paul Robert, David Mark; ten grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Judge Conover's death on January 9, 2012, means that yet another member of America's "Greatest Generation" is no longer with us. He taught us well by setting a lifelong example of how to live with honor and integrity. He left an admirable legacy, and will be missed by his large family and his many friends. The visitation for Judge Conover will be Friday, January 13, 2012, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso. The funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, at Christ Lutheran Church 2610 N. Campbell, Valparaiso, Rev. Jerry Castleman officiating. Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church or the Salvation Army. www.MoellerFuneralHome.com

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Published in The Times on Jan. 11, 2012
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