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Roger B. Conkright

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Roger B Conkright entered into rest on Jan. 9, 2009 in Chico, CA of natural causes. He was born August 6, 1930 in Napa, CA to late parents, Ivy Jewel Hubbard and James Carpenter Conkright, Sr.

He was preceded in death by sisters, Marie and Althea; brothers, Lawrence, James and Joseph. Roger is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Sandra (Sandy); first wife and friend, Donna J. Snow; and brother, Rex Conkright. Survived also by children, Angela Millar (Brian), Paulie Mobius (Mike), Christoper Conkright (Stephanie), Nell Conkright, Mary McMahon (Patrick); step-sons, Shawn and Tim McClearey. He was an adored grandfather of 14, and great-grandfather of four.

He attended school in Napa, CA and then served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1954 on the USS Harry F. Bauer and the USS Albatross. He worked at Mare Island as an engineering draftsman from 1955 to 1956. His employment history includes working at the U.S. Post Office for 5 years and the Butte County Sheriffs Dept. from 1966 to 1979. After retirement from the Sheriffs Dept. he went on to further his education at Sacramento City College to be an Airframe & Powerplant mechanic. After graduating from college with his Associate Degree, he worked at McClellan Air Force Base. He was a long time member of Mensa and was a member of the Washoe Indian Tribe of the Tahoe area. He was a pilot at the young age of 16, and loved anything having to do with aeronautics. As a young boy he loved building model airplanes; as a man he loved flying his own. Family and friends remember him being "a brainiac" who always knew the right answer. He was a kind and honest man with a keen sense of humor.

A viewing will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Jaunuary 24, 2009 at Newton-Bracewell Funeral Home. You may share your memories online at nbcfh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Jan. 19, 2009
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