Conard J. “Dude” Conway

March 29, 1922 ‒ November 22, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Conard “Dude” Conway, a member of the greatest generation, a decorated war hero, member of the Ohio Military Hall of Fame, Civic leader, Union leader and labor advocate, passed away, in the comfort of his family, on Thursday evening.  He was surrounded by family members and his wife of 65 years.  They were married on Thanksgiving Day.

Dude was a man of vision and determination to make things better for everyone else.  He experienced hardship that motivated him to be a positive influence in creating a better destiny for everyone he touched.  He was a man who loved in deeds as well as in words.  He was a powerful force in bringing about change to benefit the lives of people who needed opportunity.  He had genuine insight into the needs of people and was inspired by the Grace of God with earthly deeds and heavenly insights into the love of Christ.

Dude was born on March 29, 1922, to William and Catherine (Lonzo) Conway.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and by two younger sisters at an early age, his sister Pauline Conway, and his two brothers, Jim (Eleanor) Conway and William (Flo) Dempster.  Dude is survived by his wife Rita (Zuccaro) Conway, and his eight children, Gina Spearman, Colleen (Timothy) Duffey, Patricia (William) Fulcher, Kelley Watson, Catherine McCarter, William Conway, Therese McGowan, and Nancy Fitzsimmons.  He has numerous grandchildren that he loved dearly.

Dude was proud to be a member of the local AMVETS, and a life member to the VFW and Elks Clubs.  The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the ROTC program, 306 Martinsburg Rd., Mt. Vernon, Ohio 43050.

Friends may call on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.  A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m. at Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 303 E. High Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050.  Rev. Father Daniel Olvera will be Celebrant.  Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery.

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  • Rita: I was so sorry to hear of Dude’s passing. He was such a kind person and will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to you and your family.

    Mary Ann

  • My heart is heavy heading the news of Dude’s passing. I was fortunate enough to be on his Honor Flight. He was a dutiful civil servant to our community, and loved his family. Prayers of peace to his family.

  • Rita, Nancy and family,
    I’m sorry to have read Dude passed away. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Tina Wise

  • Gina and family,

    We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead. 

  • Rita and Family — We were saddened to read about Dude’s passing. He has been an icon for this community for many years, and his legacy will live on. Always so nice to work with, whether we shared the same views or not. He was a voice for those he worked with and always was a kind man to us. Please know that we are sharing in your loss. Sending you our deepest sympathy and friendship to all. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Rita, Nancy, and family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Dude was a true American, wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He will be missed but leaves behind truly wonderful memories for all who had the privilege to know him.

    With Love and Prayers,
    The Davis’

  • Rita and Family,
    I am sorry to hear of Dude’s passing. He was a good neighbor, always supportive and a friend. Many good memories! 🙏🏻🙏🏻

    Pat McLarnan

  • To the families, a well respected person, got to know (Dude) while employed at the Knox County Board of Elections, and a pleasure to share the Democrat of the year with him. Many blessings and prayers to all.

  • He was the finest of the finest. A true American hero. He wore no cape …. but walked amongst us as humble as a man could be. Our nation mourns the loss of such individuals … but thankful that they have been called up by the Lord himself to enter the realm of Heaven. He comes from the earthen ground of America. He will rest there … knowing that he, above all, has given all that a man can give and continue on with life. God Speed Dude!!!

  • Dear Rita and Family — We are saddened to learn of Dude’s passing on to his new life. He gave from his heart & soul for our community family for many years and will be forever remembered by all who have been fortunate to have known him. May God’s love and your many joyous memories sustain you at this difficult time.
    With deepest sympathy to all of you.
    Nancy & Larry Vail

  • Rita and family, I am sorry to hear that Dude passed. He had a full rich life with all you In it! God watches over him for all those years, how fortunate to have had all those years of life. My thoughts are with you Rita


  • Dear Rita and family,

    We will always remember Conrad and visiting with you both! Due to our new schedule, we were unable to visit! Love you sooo much!

    Don and Barbara Horn

  • Dear Rita and family,

    We will always remember Conrad and visiting with you both! Due to our new schedule, we were unable to visit! Love you sooo much!

  • Dear Rita, Nancy , Camille and Family, I was truly saddened when I heard that Dude had passed. Dude loved his family so much. No one could tell a story quite like Dude. He will be missed . Rita, please let us know if you need anything. We have had many good talks through the years. So even if you just want to talk call me. You and your family are in our prayers. Love, Jody and Larry

  • Rita and family,
    My heart aches for you all at the loss of your loved one “Dude” . Such a funny man. May our Lord comfort you through this trying time. Loving thoughts and prayers go out for you and yours.

  • Dear Rita & Family,
    We are saddened to hear of Dude’s passing. He was a great example of what is good in this world. Sending you thoughts, prayers, and deep sympathy in this sorrowful time.
    Robert Messer & Debbie Messer Hudepohl

  • To my dear Conway family, my sincerest condolences in Dude’s passing. I loved making visits to your home, Rita always trying to share their candies with me, making sure I didn’t go out the door without a treat.
    Loved hearing Dude tell his stories about his military days, gosh what a brave man, I admired him. Rita you are a prime example of what those wedding vows are all about, what a journey you & Con had of 65 years. May you all have a sense of peace surround you, as I am certain Dude has earned his wings. Love you all.

  • Memories ,as a small child , when he and Rita visited Chicago to visit my grandparents, Rita’s aunt, Mary Spicuzza! Good memories.

    May he rest in the loving arms of our Father.

  • Gina and family so sorry for your loss. He was a great man of many talents. He will be missed. Prayers for you all.

    Cathy Carter

  • My deepest sympathy to Rita and family. I remember Dude so fondly as I grew up. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. Wishing you many happy memories and peace.

  • We are sorry to hear about Dude’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    The Buckner’s

  • To the Conway family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss of your loved one.
    Tyanna and Keith Hughes

  • Rita, Pat, Poogie, Kelley, Colleen, Cathy & Bill,
    A true American. Always kind, concerned & caring. 718 East High Street….a place you were always welcome. Day or night. Dude & Rita, two of the finest people to have ever walked our Lord’s earth. The most treasured of memories, locked in a special place in my mind, treasured & never to be forgotten.

    William Dell

  • Dear Rita and the whole Conway Family,
    We were so sorry to hear about Dude. He was definitely one of the greats among the “greatest generation.” We pray for peace and comfort, and thank God that he is in His perfect care!

  • Dear rita,
    Sorry to hear of your loss, my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

  • My sympathies to the entire family. Conard (Dude) was a big part of the Knox County community for a long time and will be missed by many. Thinking of you.

  • Rita and family-

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. He was a very special man and it was so much fun to just sit and talk with him. We feel honored to have known him.

    Lots of prayers for you and your family.

    Thinking of you
    Janet McAlexander & Aimee Morrison

  • Dearest Rita, Standing in for Nancy, I send our love and deepest sympathy for having Conard pass on. I am thinking that he is enjoying a laugh with Tom and Nancy. You were both so important in my parents lives, with unending friendship and love. I hold you both into the light, with love, Shea Ann

  • Tim and I are so sorry to hear of your great loss. You are his legacy and he has much to be proud of.
    You and your family will be in our prayers.

  • Dear Rita & family,

    I send my sincere condolences in the passing of Dude. I remember him with fond memories. May he rest in eternal peace & may God’s loving arms surround you all.

  • Dear Rita, Gina, Heather, and family, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Val McManis and family

  • I want to pass on my condolences. I worked with Dude while serving as Assistant Clerk of Council for the City of Mount Vernon.

  • I was sorry to hear of “Dudes'” passing. I remember him as a thoughtful, intelligent gentleman with a grande sense of humor. His story of how he got the nickname “Dude” was an all-time classic!!!!!
    My condolences to the family!!!