Eugene “Gene” R. Conaway of Vandalia, Illinois was born July 4, 1945 in St. Louis, Missouri to Raney Carbon and Hester Martha (Bridger) Conaway and passed away Friday, November 1, 2019 at the age of 74 years.
He married Doris Donelle Hicks on November 15, 1986, Vandalia, Illinois.
He worked for Phillips 66 as a Coding Pipeline Inspector.
He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was also a former member of Temperance Lodge #16 A.F.A.M. Vandalia, Scottish Rite Bodies Valley of Southern Illinois, Belleville, Illinois, Ainad Temple Shrine, E. St. Louis, IL, VFW Post 3862 and American Legion Post #95.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raney and Hester Conaway.
He is survived by his wife, Donelle Conaway of Vandalia, Illinois; daughters, Tonya Jean Bonar and Robert of Waynesville, Missouri, Patricia Ann Ingram and Justin of Licking, Missouri and Deborah Kleinik and Gordon Morton of Granite City, Illinois; sons, Don Kingston and Carol of Vandalia, Illinois and Darren Kingston of Vandalia, Illinois; grandchildren, Amanda, Autumn, Heather, Taylor Ann, Ryder, Destiny, Josh, Leah, Bailey, Qwentyn and Taylor Michelle; great grandchild, Addie; brothers, Danny Conaway and Tamie and Donald Conaway and Sandy, all of Cuba, Missouri; extended family, Mike Kleinik, and Udo Sines and Paula, all of Vandalia, Illinois; other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019 at the Unity Baptist Church in Vandalia, Illinois and from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Unity Baptist Church in Vandalia, Illinois.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at the Unity Baptist Church in Vandalia, Illinois with Pastor Joe Lawson officiating.
Burial will follow at the Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia, Illinois with Military Rites by Crawford-Hale American Legion Post #95, Vandalia, Illinois and Brownstown VFW Post # 9770.
Arrangements under the direction of the Miller Funeral Home in Vandalia, Illinois.