Dr. James W. Conaway

Dr. James W. Conaway, 84, of Shiloh, IL, born December 13, 1926, in Uniontown, PA, died Sunday, May 22, 2011 at Cedar Ridge Healthcare in Lebanon, IL.

Dr. Conaway was a retired psychologist for Alton School District and consultant for Belleville Special Ed. Department. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Washington University, a Masters of Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesorta and a Doctorate of Philosophy with a major in Education from St. Louis University.  He was a 50 year member of First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, IL. He served as an Elder, Deacon, Stephens Minister and a charter member of Stephens Ministry Program at the church. He also participated in Men's Bible Study and served on many mission trips. He was a U.S. Air Force World War II and Korean War veteran.

He was preceded in death by his:

  • Father: James G. Conaway
  • Mother: Hester nee Farmer, Frankhauser
  • Step-Father: Claude Frankhauser

Surviving are his:

  • Wife: Margaret nee Hogan, Conaway
  • Children
    • Patti (Dr. Dennis) Guardia of Litchfield, IL
    • Kathy Blaylock of Sacramento, CA
    • James (Maria) Conaway Jr. of Georgetown, TX
    • Nancy (Randy) Tolson of Rockwall, TX
    • Joann Conaway of Belleville, IL
  • Adopted Daughter: Beverly Buckhanan of Belleville, IL
  • Grandchildren
    • Rachael (Louie) Staub
    • Erin Guardia
    • Andrew (Joy) Guardia
    • Bethany Tolson
    • Melissa Tolson
    • Jerry Conaway
    • Cynthia Conaway
  • Great-Grandchildren
    • Cody Staub
    • Christopher Staub
    • Penelope Staub
    • Melody Guardia

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff at the Cedar Ridge Health and Rehab Center, to Heartland Home Care and Hospice and to Rev. Mike Garrison for their kind and gracious care.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Deacon's Fund at First United Presbyterian Church or Heartland Home Care & Hospice.

Visitation: Friends may call from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at the Kurrus Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. & from 10:30 am - 11:30 am Thursday, May 26, 2011 at First United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, IL

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11:30 am Thursday, May 26, 2011 at First United Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Alex Henderickson officiating. Interment will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, MO.

Condolences left for Dr. James W. Conaway:

    Margaret and family - I share your sorrow at the loss of my friend. With Jim, I believe in the resurrection and know that Jim is at rest with his Father. God bless all of you in this time of trial.

    Les O'Neal Fairview heights Illinois 62208

    May he fly upon the wings of our savior..and become and angel to those in need.

    Valerie Sydow Belleville IL 62221

    Joann, Beverly, and Family,
    My prayers are with you and your family at this time. May God comfort all of you. God Bless!


    Linda Weck Belleville IL 62220

    Mickey and family I am so sorry to hear of Jim's death, please accept my condolences.

    Marilyn Linton Belleville IL 62226

    Joann and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. May God continue to keep his loving arms around you and your family always.

    Cookie Shaw

    Cookie Shaw Mehlville MO 63125