Eugene A. (Gene) ConleyOctober 3, 1925 – August 23, 2013
Nebraska City native, Gene Conley, died at his home in Carmel, CA, following a brief illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Melville and Margaret Conley of Nebraska City, his wife Erma Grace (Fuller) Conley, brothers James Conley and Richard Conley.
He is survived by his brother Curtis (Unni) Conley of Westminster, Co, sister Claire Conley of East Molesey, Surrey, England, four children Dr. Tom (Sara) Conley, Austin, TX, Roger (Rebecca) Conley, Chevy Chase, MD, John Conley (Cathy Lang), Omaha, and Dr. Sue Conley (Dr. Michael Stieghorst), Middleton, WI and six grandchildren.
Gene was a veteran of the US Navy where he was a naval aviator at the end of World War II. He attended the University of Nebraska with his wife of 52 years, Erma Grace Fuller. They married in 1948.
He was an insurance executive, and retired as Chairman and CEO of Guarantee Mutual Life, now part of Lincoln Financial. He joined American Mutual Life and was an agent in Ashland, NE and Lincoln, NE, before going to the home office in Des Moines, IA. In 1972, the family returned to Omaha, where he became President of Guarantee Mutual and a leader in the insurance industry.
As a community leader, he served as Chairman of United Way, the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, University of Nebraska Foundation, Board of Governor’s of Nebraska Wesleyan University, and on the Board of Southern Methodist University.
He also served on the boards of Clarkson Hospital, Methodist Hospital, and received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He was a Councillor, then Governor of the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben. He was also on the boards of Goodwill, Henry Doorly Zoo, and the Nebraska Region of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. He was appointed a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and SAC Consultation Committee.
Gene was active in the well-being of Nebraska City. In honor of his parents, he helped with the reconstruction of the whisper bench at Arbor Lodge and with a project at the Nebraska City airport. Conley co-led the fundraising for the Lewis and Clark Interpretation Trail Center off Highway 2.Memorial services in Carmel, CA, this week and in Omaha, Nebraska September, 16.
A private burial will take place in Omaha.
Arrangements are made through Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler, West Center Road. Memorials may be directed to the Nebraska Community Foundation.