In Memory of

Robert "Bob" Conley

August 29, 1928 - May 13, 2020
From: Cherokee, IA
          Bob was born on August 29, 1928 to James R. and Margaret “Hazel” (Collister) Conley.  He graduated from Wilson High School in Cherokee with the Class of 1947 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He spent from 1947-1950  in the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps as a Corpsman.  After his honorable discharge, he worked briefly on the Capitol Police Force in Washington, D.C.  He returned to Cherokee.  On February 13, 1951 he was united in marriage to Sharon Lea Fuhrman.  He worked in the Cherokee County Engineer’s Office and in 1958 began work for Lundell Construction Co., Inc.  He worked there for 58 years until his retirement on April 30, 2016. 
     He was the band leader for the Bob Conley Orchestra for twenty-five years.  The band played for ballrooms, country clubs, dance clubs and proms within a 150 mile radius of Cherokee.  His hobbies and likes were being around his grandkids, hunting and shooting targets with them, music, taking trips on his Harley motorcycle, enjoying his gun collection, and playing his trumpet.  In 1943 he started playing Taps for military funerals.  He was honored to continue this tradition for 77 years.  He played taps for two Civil War veterans,  one Spanish American War veteran—Guy M. Gillette, who was a United States Senator , countless World War I, World War II, Korean, Vietnam and one Desert Storm Veteran—Nathan Schubert. 
     He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars,  American Legion, Little Sioux Wildlife Association, and National Rifle Association. In 2009, Bob was placed in “Buglers Across America”.  
   Survivors include his four sons and their wives:  Steven (Theresa), James (Janelle), Robert (Veronica), Daniel (Renee);  eight grandsons—Derek (Kari), Dana (Renee), Drew (Abby), Tyson (Julia), Jon (Kim), Peter (Allyson), Calvin, and Gabriel (Clara Wulfson, fiancee’); five great grandsons—Kaden, Theodore (Theo), Cael, Dominic, and Owen, and six great grandaughters—Alexa, Alivia, Brylee, Teagan, Katherine, and Ada.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Sharon in 1993, his parents in 1995, and his sister and brother-in-law, Joanne and Vince Specht.
A private family graveside service will take place at a later date at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Cherokee.
Father Mark Stoll
Derek Conley
Dana Conley
Tyson Conley
Drew Conley
Jon Conley
Peter Conley
Calvin Conley
Gabriel Conley
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. During visitation, a total of 10 people practicing social distancing will be allowed in the funeral home at all times.
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Cherokee, Iowa

Military rites will be provided by the V.F.W.  L.A. Wescott Post 2253, Cherokee, IA and the Cherokee American Legion.


Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 1:27 PM
“Dani and I lived next door to Bob for a number of years. He was a great neighbor and always had his yard looking great. We would sit outside in the mornings having coffee and we could hear him playing his trumpet inside the house. Always a great start to the morning. ”
- Scott Weber
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 1:27 PM
“Condolences to the Conley family. Bob was a great influence and neighbor in the community. ”
- Michael Lundy
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 7:38 AM
“Sailor, rest your oars.”
- chuck petterson
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 7:38 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear about Bob's passing! He will always be remembered as a great man who contributed so much of himself to so many people, especially his family and friends. He will also be remembered by the community he worked in, and especially for his service to his country as well as the Veterans & their families for the funerals he played "Taps" for. He will be GREATLY missed by all who knew him! ”
- Rose Beazley
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 7:38 AM
“To the entire Conley family, God Bless all of you in this very difficult time. We respected your father so much. When ever I called him for help at work or home. Bob came through. Your father was very helpful. And he was a very good little league baseball coach. I knew when we played one of his teams it would tough to win.

Mark and Kimberly George ”
- Mark George
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 7:38 AM
“Remembering “Bob the Bugler”.🎺 Deepest condolences to his family, May your have special angles playing Taps for you today my friend. 🇺🇸✝️
I was related to Bob by my mother’s family (Chiles) and (Collister’s) what a great man you will be missed tremendously. ~~Debbie”
- Debbie Winn
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 5:55 PM
“When I learned of Bob’s passing, I heard “Taps” playing in my head. He played for so many vets, including my father when he passed. What a wonderful tradition. Our deepest sympathies for your loss.”
- Tom and Nancy Green
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 12:51 PM
“Peace be with the family of Bob Conley. Bob was tops in my book. When I was a little guy my dad delivered oil to Lundell's, I would go along. When ever we needed some big construction Bob was the man. Rest in peace. ”
- Craig w Wiese
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 1:01 PM
“Dan Renee and families,
So sorry and shocked to hear about Bob , he just stopped by my office last week and we had a nice chat. Always such a gentle man. My sympathies to u all and prayers during this sad time.
- Peg Hinkhouse
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 1:01 PM
“Bob was a true example of the generation that made this country great! Marc always enjoyed working and visiting with Bob. Our sympathy to all of the family. Special thoughts to Jim, Janelle and family. ”
- Marc and Marsha Kjar
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 1:01 PM
“Steve, Jim, Rob, and Dan . Sorry for your lost..what a great man.”
- Dennis and Donna Henrich
Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 8:07 PM
“Bob was always a good friend to our families. Our sympathy to all of you.”
- Doug and Linda French
Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 8:07 PM
“Our sympathy to the family of Bob. Bob was a honest and caring person. He will be remembered kindly by all who knew him.”
- Chuck and Joanne Clark
Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 8:07 PM
“Our sympathies to Steve, Jim, Rob, Dan and your families. Bob was a great guy and a loyal employee, he will be missed by many.”
- tom and corrine lundell
Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 8:07 PM
“Rest Easy, Bob!!
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 8:07 PM
“So sorry to hear about your. Such a nice guy always! Prayers for your family.”
- Sue Roberts
Sunday, May 17, 2020 at 8:05 PM
“Dedication, dedication, dedication: ..compassion swelled Bob's Patriotism expressed with lung and heart as the Trumpet sounded > Farewell, Thank you. Peace + at last.”
- Father Gene Sitzmann
Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 1:28 PM
“Please accept our condolences, thoughts, and prayers for you at this time of loss. Blessings.

Steve and Marilyn Fassler”
- Steve and Marilyn Fassler
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