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“Harry Jr & Family - your Dad was one the nicest people you would ever want to meet. He always had a smile, a nice thing to say whenever we would...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Dan Kunitzer - St Pete Beach, FL

“I have such fond memories of Mr. Conway! Whether it was walking to the next door office with my Dad, Jim Sumner, or heading out to the farm to see...Read More »
2 of 14 | Posted by: Patty Hagan

“Harry Jr. Very sorry for your loss, prayers for you and family! ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Michael Rosa - Franklin, WI

“I too, met Harry Conway at a much later stage in life. Being a friend of Joan's, I would pick her up and we would go to dinner, a movie, or just...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Madalyn Trumblee - Battle Creek, MI

“Harry Conway was a champion of downtown and someone you wanted on your team. He had a huge personality and a wisdom that went deep. It was a...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: Rita DeVore - Indianapolis, IN

“Harry certainly did lead an interesting life. It was a pleasure to know him & listen to story's and wisdom he would pass on. My condolences to his...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Mike Rhoades - Battle Creek, MI

“My sincere condolences to Harry''s family. I am so sorry for your loss. Keep the memory of him alive in the days ahead by thinking and talking about...Read More »
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8 of 14 | Posted by: Sally Fisher - Battle Creek, MI

“I only met Mr. Conway one time but it had a profound, significant, impact on my life. Mr. Conway was my parent's insurance agent and when it came...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“NOT REPLACEABLE!!!!! ONE OF A KIND!!!!"Larger-than-life" personality. Honest, kind and compassionate beyond description!.... "Old...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Dave Oursler - Battle Creek, MI

“What a wonderful man Harry Conway was. I met him in his later years but wish I had had many more years to listen to his life stories. He lead such...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: Laura Herzing - Battle Creek, MI

“Harry was such a kind, interesting man! I will have fond memories of birthday gatherings and dinners out with Harry and his family. He certainly...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Lynne Paliwoda - BattleCreek, MI

“I was honored to call Harry my friend! I will miss his stories and humor. It always made me smiled when Harry introduced me as one of his...Read More »
13 of 14 | Posted by: Becky Squires - Battle Creek, MI

“Fortunately and unfortunately, I only came to know Harry in his later years. What a kind, sweet, dignified gentleman with plenty of amazing stories...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Jamee Lussier - Battle Creek, MI


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Harry G. Conway, 98, of Battle Creek died peacefully at his home on Monday, April 2, 2018.

He was born in Hackensack, New Jersey to William J. and Anna (Gurnee) Conway on July 14, 1919. He graduated from Hackensack High School and attended Rutgers University before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1941. Mr. Conway was commissioned a lieutenant, and served as commander of a military police company in England during World War II. In 1945, he became part of the occupation force in Berlin, Germany.

While in Officers' Training School at Ft. Custer, he had met Ingrid Carlson at the Officers' Club. After the war, they married in the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek on September 14, 1946. After living in New Jersey for several years, the Conways relocated to Battle Creek where Harry owned and operated the Conway Insurance Agency for 40 years. His interests included golf, investments, his farm on Harper Creek, his horses, and his family. For more than 50 years, Harry was a member of Rotary, the First Presbyterian Church, and the Battle Creek Country Club. He was involved more recently in the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, having put his 60 acres in a land conservation trust.

Harry is survived by his children Harry and Joan Conway, both of Battle Creek, and his daughter Nancy Conway of Denver, as well as grandchildren Caroline and Patrick Conway. He was preceded in death by his wife Ingrid in 2003, and by brothers William and Robert Conway.

Friends will be received 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where funeral service will be officiated by Rev. Patricia Weatherwax 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of South Central Michigan, 2500 Watkins Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49015 or to Children & Family Services, Inc., 778 W Columbia Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49015. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.