Conley Stanage

Conley Stanage, age 89, of Yankton, South Dakota, died on Monday, May 11, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.

A private family memorial service will be at 10:30 AM, on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with Vicar Mary Hendricks Wilkens officiating. The service will be live streamed on Conley’s obituary page at www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com. Inurnment will be in the Vangen Cemetery in Mission Hill, South Dakota with military honors performed by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 of Yankton and US Air Force Honor Guard. A public gathering of family and friends is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, on Friday, May 15, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton.

Pallbearers are Matt Larson, Adam Larson, Jake Stanage, Sam Stanage, Ryan Stanage, and Nichole Swan

Conley was born February 18, 1931 in Yankton, South Dakota to Franklin and Clara (Johnson) Stanage. He grew up on a farm north of Mission Hill and was baptized and confirmed at the Congregational Church in Mission Hill, SD. Conley attended his freshman year at Yankton High School and then graduated from Gayville High School in 1949. He worked on the construction of Gavin’s Point Dam and enlisted in the US Air Force in September 1950. Conley served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in April 1954. He married Dolores McCabe on December 18, 1954. Conley attended South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD and graduated from the School of Pharmacy in 1959. They moved to Yankton and Conley began his pharmacist career working for Rexall Drug. He semi-retired at age 62 and worked part time for Rexall Drug and then for Yankton Medical Clinic Pharmacy, fully retiring at age 81. Dolores died on June 25, 1994 and Conley later married Dorothy Goldhorn on October 14, 1995.

Conley was proud of his country and was an active member at the VFW Post in Yankton. He enjoyed playing bingo there and would also call bingo every Wednesday night. Conley was also an active member of the Gayville American Legion, Yankton Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and Vangen Lutheran Church. He enjoyed camping, golfing, bowling and watching baseball, especially his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins. He loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed attending their sporting events. Conley was kind hearted, quiet, soft spoken and always willing to help anyone in need. He will be greatly missed.

Conley is survived by his wife, Dorothy Stanage of Yankton; four children: Val (Doug) Larson of Yankton, Don Stanage of Mission Hill, Craig Stanage of Yankton, and Mike (Kelli) Stanage of Yankton; two step daughters, Lisa (Colin) Varilek of Yankton and Amy Anderson (Jimmy Johnson) of Yankton; 13 grandchildren: Matt Larson, Adam (Chelsea) Larson, Abby (Jon) Sprecher, Sara (Cole) Blom, Ryan (Rachel) Stanage, Jake (Jill) Stanage, Kati Stanage (Jesse Jensen), Sam (Darlene) Stanage, Nichole (Joe) Swan, Jennifer (Brett) McConnell, Erin (Rob) Schramm, Brianna Anderson (Phil Wiebelhaus), and Michaela (Caleb) Lammers; 24 great grandchildren; sister, Lola DeJong of Yankton; and sisters-in-law, Kathy Stanage of Hurley, SD and Linda Storgaard of Yankton; and many nieces and nephews.

Conley was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Dolores; daughter-in-law, Rita Stanage; and two brothers, Willis and John Stanage.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Vangen Lutheran Church, 300 W. 3rd St., Mission Hill, SD 57046 or the VFW Post No. 791, 209 Cedar St., Yankton, SD 57078.

A live stream of the memorial service will be posted below approximately 5 minutes before the service.

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15 response to "Conley Stanage"

  1. By: Lorie Kjergaard Posted: May 13, 2020

    Sending our deepest sympathy to the Conley Stanage Family. I was manager of Glenridge Golf Course, Irene SD, in the early 1970’s, when Conley played golf there. He was such a fun & wonderful person to have as a member. The many stories I tell from those days are just as funny now, as they were then! He will be missed.
    Sincerely,
    Lorie & Becky Kjergaard

  2. By: Jacqueline M Ridgway Posted: May 13, 2020

    I’m so sorry to hear of Conleys passing. He was a very kind man. A great friend and cousin of my dad. I’m sure they’re having a little toast to meeting again!

  3. By: Gary & Mary Lohff Posted: May 13, 2020

    We are sending thoughts and prayers to the family. Heaven has gained a kind gentle soul!

  4. By: Sherry Hunhoff Posted: May 14, 2020

    Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. By: Bruce & Donna Schwarz Posted: May 14, 2020

    We were deeply saddend to here of Dear Conleys Passing, Heaven has gained and incredibly kind loving and funny angel to help brighten Heavens halls. I worked with Conley at the clinic. and can say I enjoyed every minute of it, His kind , quiet manner and gentle smile right along with his sharp wit made it a time of nothing but good memories. He will be missed . Prayers and Hugs to His family , he was so proud of all of you and loved you dearly.

  6. By: Bruce & Donna Schwarz Posted: May 14, 2020

    We were deeply saddend to here of Dear Conleys Passing, Heaven has gained and incredibly kind loving and funny angel to help brighten Heavens halls. I worked with Conley at the clinic. and can say I enjoyed every minute of it, His kind , quiet manner and gentle smile right along with his sharp wit made it a time of nothing but good memories. He will be missed . Prayers and Hugs to His family , he was so proud of all of you and loved you dearly. Donna Schwarz

  7. By: Jim and Mary DeLozier Posted: May 14, 2020

    Our deepest sympathies to you all. We hope you can find comfort in all the wonderful memories Conley left you with.

  8. By: DiAnn Honomichl Posted: May 14, 2020

    So sorry to hear the news . I worked for years at the clinic and Conley was always so helpful and kind. Not a lot of true gentlemen in existence today.

  9. By: Linda S Nickles Posted: May 15, 2020

    Condolences to the Stanage family.. I have know many of the family members through working at HSC. Prayers during this time and Hugs and Love to all of you…

  10. By: Dan and Amy Klimisch Posted: May 15, 2020

    Conley was a wonderful person. We had the honor of knowing him and some of his family by attending events at the VFW. He loved his country, family, and friends and will be missed by all.

  11. By: Cheryl Stahlecker Posted: May 16, 2020

    Conley was a gentle soul and will be dearly missed. My prayers to the family during this difficult time.

  12. By: John Conkling Posted: May 16, 2020

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I apologize for not attending the public gathering on Friday but I am trying to avoid contact as much as possible during this time. May God give you His peace during this time. Prayers of peace, understanding, and harmony to you all.

  13. By: Mary Katherine Koch Posted: May 16, 2020

    Dorothy..my thoughts are with you during this time…Mary

  14. By: Jane Adamson Posted: May 16, 2020

    We joined you at the service today on line and viewed the video. there were so many good photos with so many grandkids and great grandkids. Conley was a gentle man and proud of America. It was very fitting he was remembered today on Armed Forces Day. Our sincere sympathy. Jane and Greg Adamson

  15. By: Jane Adamson Posted: May 16, 2020

    Val & Doug and families,
    We joined you at the service today on line and viewed the video slides,there were so many good photos, with so many grandkids and great grandkids. Conley was a very nice, caring man and proud of America. It was very fitting he was remembered today on Armed Forces Day. Our Sincere Sympathy.
    Jane and Greg Adamson,

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