Robert Conover

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Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home
327 N South St
Wilmington, OH

Robert E. Conover, 87, of Wilmington, passed away 5:20 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at his home. His loving wife of 58 years, Mary V. Johnson Conover, preceded him in death on June 13, 2006.

Bob was born on Nov. 21, 1926 in Wilmington, a son of the late H. Lee and Gertrude West Conover, and spent most of his childhood in Cuba, Ohio.

He was a 1944 graduate of Martinsville High School, and played on the tournament-winning Clinton County basketball team that year.

After graduating, he joined the United States Navy and served during World War II, returning home to marry his high school sweetheart, Mary, in 1948.

He worked with and was part-owner of Farquhar Heating & Air Conditioning Company for more than 40 years. He was truly committed to serving others through his volunteer work within the community.

He was a 45-year member of the Ohio State Patrol Auxiliary and a 23-year volunteer at Clinton Memorial Hospital.

He was also a member of the Wilmington Church of Christ, the American Legion Post 49 and the Clinton County Sportsman's Club.

While his mother was living, he visited her daily, along with the other patients of Prairie View Apartments, and then Wilmington Heath Care, caring for them and even taking them to see parades and other outdoor events.

Bob was an avid fisherman, hunter and marksman, enjoyed camping, raising a garden and other outdoor activities with his family and friends.

He is survived by a son, Dr. Steven (Vicky) Conover of Centerville; two daughters, Deborah (Buddy) Kienle of Clarksville, and Susan (Forrest) Priest of Leesburg; 10 grandchildren, Peter Conover, Luke Conover, Paul Conover, Grace Conover, Faith Conover, Cade Kienle, Drew Kienle, Saylor Priest, Conner Priest and Paris Priest; and a dear lifelong family friend, Grace Patton of Wilmington.

In addition to his wife and parents, two brothers, Jim Conover and Don Conover, preceded him in death.

The funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the Wilmington Church of Christ, with Steve Wetterhan officiating.

Friends may call from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

The burial will take place in the Sugar Grove Cemetery in Wilmington.

If desired, balloons will be collected and given to CMH and Cape May patients, or memorial contributions may be made to Community Care Hospice, P.O. Box 123, Wilmington, OH 45177.

The Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home in Wilmington is serving the family.

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Published in News Journal from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2014
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