CANASTOTA >> C. Darrell Conley, 81, of 3670 Cottons Road, Canastota, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at University Hospital, Syracuse, after suffering a stroke at home last week.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1932, in Canastota, the son of Clarence E. and Gertrude Johnson Conley.
Darrell lived in Canastota all of his life, graduating from Canastota High School. He later graduated from Dean Academy in Franklin, Mass., and attended Colgate University and Syracuse University. He played football at both Dean Academy and Colgate.
After college, he entered the family business, Westlake Manufacturing Corp. in Canastota, where he worked with his father, and later owned and operated the business for many years. Following retirement, he worked as a Toll Collector for the NYS Thruway.
He was a Korean War veteran, serving overseas in Germany as a radio operator with the U.S. Army.
Darrell was a member of the Canastota Lions Club, and the Canastota Rotary Club, serving as president for one term. He was also a member of Kanon Valley Country Club.
He adored spending time with his two daughters and three grandchildren. Darrell enjoyed running, fishing, golfing, football, playing horseshoes, cooking, and the company of good friends.
Darrell married the beautiful Lois A. Davie on July 4, 1957, in Canastota. Lois passed away on Aug. 7, 2007.
Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Kirsten and Petit Jean Goodman of Fayetteville, and H. Erin Nelson of Lenox, Mass., and her fiancé, Anthony DiLeva, of Schenectady; three grandchildren, John-Philip C. Goodman, Meghan R. Nelson, and Shannon M. Nelson; cousins, Douglas Johnson of Oneida, and Carlton and Jacqueline Johnson of Portsmouth, R.I.; Lois' siblings, Mary Mero of Oneida and Ralph and Carole Davie of Kiawah, S.C.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at the J. Homer Ball Funeral Home, Inc., Canastota. The Rev. Donna Chapman, pastor of Whitelaw Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Lenox Rural Cemetery, Canastota. Calling hours will be held on Monday, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home, 201 James St., Canastota. In his memory, contributions may be made to Canastota Canal Town Museum, (to be used for a special project in his name), 110 Canal Street, Canastota, NY 13032, with envelopes available at the funeral home.
Published in The Oneida Daily Dispatch on Oct. 20, 2013
J. Homer Ball Funeral Home
201 James St Canastota, NY 13032