James Lewis Conaway, 77, of rural Warsaw, Mo., and a long-time Kansas City resident, died Monday, February 25, 2013, at the Westwood Nursing Center in Clinton, Mo., after a courageous battle against non-smoker lung cancer. He was born on September 27, 1935, in Keytesville, Mo., the son of Jerry Lewis and Leona Florence Conaway.
James graduated from Hughesville High School in 1953 where he met his future wife, Betty Lee Ingram. The two were united in marriage on July 25, 1954, in Houstonia, Mo. Together they made their first home in Germany while he was serving in the United States Army. He was discharged in April, 1957, and they moved to Kansas City, Mo.
He worked as a pressman for the Kansas City Star until 1975, a maintenance supervisor for the city of Kansas City, Mo., from 1977 to 1995, and a printing press repairman for Inland Industries from 1995 to 2006. He also worked part-time and full-time as an auto mechanic for a number of car dealerships in the Kansas City area.
In addition to instilling Christian values and the importance of honesty and hard work, one of his greatest sources of pride was that none of his children, grandchildren or great grandchildren has spent a day or night in jail. In October, 1999, he and his wife moved to Lincoln, Mo., and moved again in October, 2001, to Warsaw, Mo. James enjoyed spending time with family and friends. His pets were also another source of joy.
The family, meanwhile, would like to thank Dr. Howard A. Pickett of Liberty, Mo. for his care throughout the years that was above and beyond the call of duty, Abundant Life Christian Center Pastor, Herbert Robertson, and Sheffield Family Life Center Pastor, Mike Tosspon, for their prayers and encouragement during a time of difficulty, and the staff of the Westwood Nursing Center in Clinton, Mo.
James is survived by two sons: Jimmy Conaway, of Kansas City, Mo., and Jeff Conaway, and his wife, Gail, of Holt, Mo.; one daughter, Hedy Hall, of the home, seven grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, plus other relatives and a host of friends.
Funeral services for James L. Conaway will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Reser Funeral Home in Warsaw, Mo. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service. Burial will be in the Belleview Cemetery in Edwards, Mo.
Messages of condolence may be left online at www.reserfuneralhome.com.