Curtis Edward (Curt) Conaway, Jr.
Funeral Services for Curtis Edward (Curt) Conaway, Jr., 75, of
Farber, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Bienhoff
Funeral Home in Vandalia with Reverend Glenn Forman officiating,
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at the
Curtis Edward “Curt” Conaway, Jr., 75, of Farber, Missouri, passed
away November 9, 2019, at the University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri
He was born on March 15, 1944, in Fagus, Missouri, the son of the
late Curtis Edward and Leona Mae (Young) Conaway.
He was united in marriage to Janet Yolanda Flowers on April 28, 1996.
Survivors include his wife Janet Yolanda Conaway of Farber,
Missouri; three sons: John Curtis Conaway, Matt Coose and wife Emily of
Perry, Missouri, and Marcus Coose of Vandalia, Missouri; two daughters,
Joanna Mullins of Qulin, Missouri, and Beth Miller of Farber, Missouri;
nine grandchildren: Justin Ewing of Texas, John Curtis Edward Conaway
of St. Louis, Missouri, Joseph Cloister Conaway of Sioux Falls, South
Dakota, Jordyn Clarice Conaway of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Dylan Barr
of Hannibal, Missouri, Will Coose of Hannibal, Missouri, Kelsie Anderson
and husband Chris of Sturgeon, Missouri, Shelbie Miller of Hannibal,
Missouri, Stephanie Miller of Farber, Missouri; great-grandson, Brayden
Anderson of Sturgeon, Missouri; four brothers: Wayne Conaway of Benton
City, Missouri; Tony Conaway and wife Sharon of Kennett, Missouri, Benny
Conaway of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, and David Conaway of New Town, North
Dakota; and many other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Leona Conaway
and brother, Gregory Conaway.
As a kid Curtis and his family picked cotton and went state to state
picking fruit. On January 3, 1963, he joined the Navy after serving a
little over a year in the United States Army. During his career in the
Navy, he traveled all over the world. He was honorably discharged on
June 30, 1982, serving over 20 years as a Gunners Mate and earning many
awards including the Combat Action Ribbon, 2 Purple Hearts,
Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnam Service Medal with Seven Stars,
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Expert Pistol with Silver E, Expert
Rifle with Silver E, National Defense Service Medal, and many other
distinguished honors. After the military, he worked for the Missouri
Department of Corrections for 20 years and the Montgomery County
Sheriff’s Department for 2 ½ years.
He enjoyed making walking sticks, attending auctions, fishing and
camping, and was known for his storytelling. He was a fan of the St.
Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, and NASCAR especially watching his
favorites – Dale Earnhart Sr., and Dale Earnhart, Jr.
Additional funeral services will be held Saturday, November 16,
2019, at 11:00 a.m. with Bro. Jay Masterson officiating. Burial is in
Williams Cemetery near Piggott, Arkansas. Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home
of Piggott, Arkansas, is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation is
Saturday 10:00 a.m. until service time.
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