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RICHARD "DICK" CONROW, 82, of Churubusco, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021, at his home. Born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Nov. 10, 1938. Dick spent his formative years in Fort Wayne. After high school Dick served in the United States Navy. Dick was married to Sara Thiel on April 11, 1981 in Fort Wayne. Dick founded C & A Tool in 1969, in his garage on Line Street in Churubusco. By the mid 1970's, his business had really started to grow. He expanded the corner building known as the Project House. In 1984, the company established itself as a company that kept up with the latest technology. In 1990, The Modern Machine Shop Magazine did a cover story on C&A Tool. Then in 1999, a new 110,000 square-foot building was constructed to house C&A's headquarters. The company grew to provide employment for more than 600 people. "Dick always did it his way!" He served on the Town of Churubusco's Council. He was a member of Pheasants Forever. He was a mentor to many young people, either in business or just in life, a proud supporter of Junior Achievement and Ivy Tech. In his free time he enjoyed fishing at their cabin, spending time with his family and FireKeepers Casino. Dick is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sara Conrow; four daughters, Beth (Mike) Konger, Deborah (Scott) Leitch, Lisa (Auggie) Gatt Jr., and Gina Conrow; sister, Kathryn (Roy) Stevens; brother, George (Bobbie) Pollitt Jr.; six grandchildren, Lucas (Jen) Konger, Jessie (Kyle) Kater, Nik (Jana) Leitch, Ethan (Judy) Leitch, Joe (Emily) Smith, and Jake Smith; 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathleen Pollitt; stepfather, George Pollitt Sr.; and a grandson, Benjamin Konger on Aug. 7, 2004. Private services will take place. Memorials to The Churubusco History Center ot The Ben Konger Memorial Scholarship c/o Whitley County Community Foundation. Send an online note to the family at

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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers from Apr. 8 to Apr. 9, 2021.
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April 12, 2021
Sara and family: My deepest sympathy on the Dick's passing! May God look over all of you in this trying time!
Robert C. Spencer
April 8, 2021
Richard would always let me my step dad and my mom go back the there cabin to fish or go mushroom hunting Richard was really nice. R.i.p
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