William O. Conaway, 65, of Celoron, passed away Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in WCA Hospital following a lengthy illness with his family at his side.
He was born Aug. 8, 1948, in LaPorte, Ind., the son of the late Oliver and Sarah Klingler Conaway. He grew up in Franklin, Pa.
William began his medical career, serving as a medic in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Midway. While in the Navy, he sang with the Bluejacket Choir. Following his discharge, he worked as an operating room technician at the Franklin Hospital in Franklin, Pa. It was during that time when he was called to the ministry. He graduated from Houghton College and received his master's in divinity from the Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio. William served as youth pastor at Levant Wesleyan Church in Falconer, N.Y. He was later ordained an elder in the Free Methodist Church, serving several churches in the Oil City Conference for many years. He continued his training at Clinical Pastoral Education at the Cleveland Clinic, and prior to his retirement due to failing health, served as a volunteer chaplain at the Ashtabula Medical Center in Ashtabula, Ohio.
William O. Conaway
William was also an accomplished musician and published author.
Surviving are two sons: John (Brandy) Conaway of Jefferson, Ohio and Matthew Conaway of Euclid, Ohio; a daughter, Sarah (Francis) Fofie of Moon Township, Pa.; 10 grandchildren: Caprisha, Brykel, De'Vonte, Tremaine, Matthew Jr., Alonna, Emmanuel, Laura, Olivia and Lorenza; two great-granddaughters: Lebraiah and Le'Anna; two sisters: Jenny (Rick) Logue of Franklin, Pa. and Gloria (Mike) Hogg of Florida; a brother, David (Susie) Conaway of Fairfield, Ohio; and his former wife and friend, Susan Rudisille-Conaway of Seneca, Pa.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Conaway.
In accordance to Williams wishes, he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Memorials may be made to fight Wegener's Granulomatosis Disease wgassociation.org; or the National Kidney Foundation www.kidney.org.
You may light a candle in remembrance of William at www.lindfuneralhome.com.