Lyle F. Conaway, age 91 of Virginia, died Saturday, October 9, 2021 at Waterview Pines in Eveleth with his daughters by his side. He was born May 8, 1930 in Virginia, MN to Cecil and Ruth (Smith) Conaway. He married Patricia M. Ulicsni on July 26, 1949.
Lyle joined the United States Marine Corp in 1945. He served from 1945-47 and again in 1950-51, in the Korean War, where he became severely wounded and was honorably discharged. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Navy cross.
He worked many jobs in Virginia including the Virginia Police Department, Loomis driver and was the “Virginia Dog Catcher” for many years. Lyle was a part of the Netflix documentary series, Medal of Honor part 6, where he told about his experience in the Korean War. He authored “Joe and I” and built 7 Stearman planes in which he flew, entertaining the people of Ridgewood with. He was also a great storyteller, reminiscing about all of his experiences throughout his life and a wonderful singer.
Lyle is survived by his eight children: Dan (Shirley) of Orr; Dave (Mary Lou) of Virginia; Kate (Nick) Pershern of Virginia; Kurt (Deb) of Eveleth; Scott of Two Harbors; Maureen Holappa of Virginia; Brian (Diane) of Britt; Pete of Virginia; Flying buddy John Mohr and family; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; extended family and friends.
He was proceeded in death by wife: Patty Mae in 2006; parents: Cecil and Ruth; all siblings; son-in-law: Larry Holappa in 1996 and grandson Tommy Pershern in 1981.
A memorial gathering will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at the Virginia Serviceman’s Club
Memorials are preferred.
Family services provided by Bauman-Cron, A Bauman Family Funeral Home in Virginia. To share condolences online, please see: www.baumanfuneralhome.com .
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