Roy Lee Conley

February 9, 1925 ~ November 14, 2019 (age 94)


Obituary for Roy Lee Conley

Roy Lee Conley, 94, of Baker City, Oregon passed away at his residence in Meadowbrook Place Assisted Living Community on November 14, 2019.

Roy Conley came into the world on February 9, 1925 in Garrett, Kentucky. He lived in Garret for the first four years of his life and then moved to Peebles, Ohio by horse drawn wagon. The family had a tobacco farm and also grew corn. After Roy graduated from high school, he went into the service at age 18. His basic training was at the Great Lakes Naval Base in Great Lakes, Illinois. Roy spent twelve weeks in basic training. After basic training he went to Pearl Harbor. From there he boarded a ship to the Gilbert Islands to help secure the seven islands. His next mission took him to Guam aboard the Curtis. Shortly after the ship docked, Roy went on leave. Soon after he got off the ship, the Curtis was attacked. He turned around and saw the Curtis was totally engulfed in flames. While on leave he was told he was reported missing by fellow ship mates. He was thought to be still on the ship when it was attacked. After leave, he was assigned to the Payne, which was a troop transfer ship. This was after the war. The troops were picked up and brought back to the states. He then went to the criminal action trial and was a stenographer for Admiral Nimitz. The trial was criminal charges against the officers. After the trial he was shipped to Burlington, Washington to be discharged from the Navy. He lacked one day of being in the service for three years. He was discharged with a rank of Yeoman First Class.

After he was discharged from the Navy, Roy and his bride, Mable Lee, came to Baker to visit her sister. The plan was to visit for a month and then move to Ohio to live. After spending a few days fishing around Baker, they decided to stay and go hunting in the fall and then move to Ohio. Roy absolutely fell in love with the mountains, trees, and all the other beautiful scenery in Oregon and decided to make it his permanent home.

His first job in Baker City was a painter. He then went on to work at the Baker City Airport. While working at the airport, he received his pilot’s license and met Harvey Miller, the inventor of the flying car. From there he went on to work for the Forest Service building roads. Then he worked as a mail carrier during the Korean war. After that, Fred Basche hired him and he ended up working for Basche Hardware for 37 years.

Roy was a very loving and carrying man and he meant the world to his family. His family feels very blessed to have had him in their lives.

Roy is survived by his son, Patrick Conley of Baker City, Oregon and daughter-in-law, Karen Conley; his grandchildren: Sean Conley, Shane Conley, Mary Cooley, Julie Rucker, Kennith Conley, and Jessica Conley. He is also survived by fifteen great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Memorial contributions in memory of Roy can be made to the Ronald McDonald House through Coles Tribute Center at 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.

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