John D. Conroy Jr.
1950 - 2021
BORN
1950
DIED
2021
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Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home, Inc.
3125 Walnut Street
Harrisburg, PA
John D. Conroy, Jr. D.O, 71, of Middle Paxton Township, passed away Monday September 27, 2021 at UPMC Harrisburg Hospital. Born September 19, 1950, in Philadelphia, he was a son of the late John D. and Margaret (Duffy) Conroy. John attended Penn State University, serving in the Ranger ROTC unit at the Abington-Ogontz Campus, and studied International Relations and Russian History. Following his graduation from Penn State, he enlisted in the U. S Marine Corps where he attained the rank of Major prior to his honorable discharge. John attended LaSalle University for his Pre-Med studies and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1981. He then completed his Fellowship in Oncology and Hematology through Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia. A patient-centered practitioner, he had a genuine love and concern for his patients and found great enjoyment in diagnosing and helping them through incredibly complex medical cases. John founded and operated a multi-physician practice, Central Pennsylvania Hematology & Medical Oncology Associates, which supported Holy Spirit Hospital, the Pinnacle Health System and the Carlisle Regional Cancer Center with its services. He also pioneered a partnership within the Central Pennsylvania region to be the first affiliate of Johns Hopkins Hospital. John had a deep interest in flying – piloting his own plane for many years – and established a research foundation tasked with researching hypoxia in pilots. An avid historian, John enjoyed reading and traveling the world which he knew so well through books. He had a huge appetite for living life and serving his fellow man. He pursued humanitarian efforts to help others who could benefit from his expertise. One experience being the time he spent in Mongolia sharing his extensive knowledge surrounding emergency planning and management. This led him to become one of only a handful of non-citizens of Mongolia to receive the Medal of Honor from the Emergency Management Ministry for his remarkable contribution in action dedicated to strengthening the Emergency Management Organization of Mongolia. John is survived by his sons, Sean E. and Christopher P. Conroy and daughters, Julia C. Parkins and her husband, Robert, and Kathryn J. Conroy and her husband, David Robb. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Edison and Jeanne Robb and Liam, Lowen and Anders Parkins; his former wife, to whom he was still beloved, Dr. Jane K. Conroy; brother, Bill Conroy and his wife, Sharon and sisters, Margaret Conroy Liebman and her husband, Andy, Maureen Conroy McCarrie and Mary Ellen Conroy. His Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated at 11:00am on Thursday October 14, 2021 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, 6150 Allentown Blvd., Harrisburg, with Rev. Edward J. Quinlan as Celebrant. Interment with Military Honors will be held at 1:30 P.M. at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family during his viewing on Wednesday October 13, 2021, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home, Inc., 3125 Walnut Street, Harrisburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the U.S. Army War College, 122 Forbes Avenue, Carlisle, PA 17013. Those wishing to share memories or condolences with the family are invited to visit BitnerCares.com.

Published by Patriot-News from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 2021.
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Oct
13
Viewing
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Hetrick-Bitner Funeral Home, Inc.
3125 Walnut Street, Harrisburg, PA
Oct
14
Mass of Christian Burial
11:00a.m.
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church
6150 Allentown Blvd., Harrisburg, PA
Oct
14
Interment
1:30p.m.
Indiantown Gap National Cemetery
Annville, PA
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I knew John at PSU Ogontz. It was obvious he was brilliant, would do very well in the military, and was a high caliber human being. Several of us Ogontz Rangers were trying to have a reunion with him, I will always regret that never happened. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.
FRED BRANYAN
School
October 20, 2021
Sending love and comfort to my friends and family.
Deborah Dowling Sweigart
Family
October 13, 2021
The Dowling family
October 13, 2021
Cherished the time spent back in the early 90's with John, Captain Moss and Dr. Jane Conroy. At Quantico with John when he became "Distinguished". He was an inspiration to those who knew him. "Fair Winds and Following Seas".
Bill Dunn
Friend
October 13, 2021
Dr. John and I worked together as he was designing his medical building on the hill. Our task was to determine its appropriate size. That accomplished, he went on to build a place of healing and comfort for his many grateful patients. He will be missed by all who crossed his path in medicine, those honored by his friendship and we who laughed at his corny jokes.
Virginia Barr
October 12, 2021
Dr. Conroy was not only a brilliant gentleman and excellent physician - but it was a true joy to be in his company as he always had a humorous story to tell. He will be missed by patients and physicians alike.
Dave Long, MD
Work
October 11, 2021
So very sad for your loss. I pray that your fond memories will provide you with comfort and peace. We are praying for your beautiful family.
Drs. Bonnie and Jeff Lehman
Friend
October 11, 2021
Thanking you all for your kind words and memories about Dad.
Kathryn Conroy
October 10, 2021
Sending our deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your loved one
Anna and Garland Phipps
Other
October 8, 2021
Anna Phipps
October 8, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Regina Dufner
Friend
October 8, 2021
TO DR CONROY'S FAMILY I AM SENDING MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY . DR CONROY WAS MY VERY BEST DR AND FRIEND FOR MANY MANY YEARS . I KNOW HE WILL BE MISSED BY HIS FAMILY AND THE FRIENDS HE MADE . I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HIS FRENDSHIP AS MY DR .
CHERYL KAY MARTIN
Friend
October 8, 2021
Charles Cwenar
Friend
October 8, 2021
I first met John when he was a recruit for the Ogontz Rangers in the fall of 1968. From the beginning, John was always a `Hard Charger´ and `Gung Ho´ and excelled in everything he did. We spent a lot of time training in the field together, including at Fort Indiantown Gap. The next year John was the First Sergeant of the 1969-70 Ogontz Rangers and voted "Ranger of the Year". On 25 March 1972, I was commissioned a 2LT and USMC Cadet John Conroy was there to give me my first salute and collect a Silver Dollar. I was fortunate to reconnect with John last year. I stopped by his place several times. We caught up on of our lives, reminisced about the Ogontz Range days, shot a few rounds down range, went out to dinner. I had hoped hook him up with some of our other Ranger buddies for old time´s sake. My sympathies to John´s family and friends.
Charles Cwenar
Friend
October 8, 2021
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