Leo Edward Conway
February 24, 1935 - June 4, 2017

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. Burial is in St. John's Catholic Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at Joyce Funeral Home. There will be a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 4:00 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 6:45 p.m.

Leo Edward Conway, Jr., son of Leo and Nelle (Calentine) Conway was born February 24, 1935 in Graettinger, IA. He attended country school near Graettinger, and he was a 1953 graduate of Emmetsburg Catholic High School where he was active in basketball and baseball. Leo received his AA from Iowa Lakes Community College.

Following his education, Leo entered the United States Army where he was stationed in Germany for two years. In 1957, Leo was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Arlene Burns, and together, they raised four children. One of his greatest joys was watching and being involved in his children and grandchildren's sports and school activities. Leo worked for 35 years for the United States Postal Service.

He was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church where he was an usher, Eucharistic Minister, lector, sang in the choir and served on the parish council. Leo was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, V.F.W. Post 2295, the Rural Mail Carriers Association and the St. Patrick's Association.

On Sunday, June 4, 2017, Leo passed away at his home in Emmetsburg.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Arlene of Emmetsburg; daughters: Kathy (John) O'Malley, Jeanne (Tony) Sambol and Molly (Tim) Sprakel all of Omaha; daughter-in-law, Mary Lynn Conway of Sioux City; 13 grandchildren; 5 step-grandsons; 14 great-grandchildren; 6 sisters: Lucille Sewell, Alice Murphy, Delores Hauber, Mary Ellen Schroder, Virginia Fokken and Frances Brink.

Leo was preceded in death by his son, Patrick Conway; parents; and two sisters: Florence Lynch and Edna Nelson.
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Date & Time

Tue, June 6, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Joyce Funeral Home
2302 23rd Street
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536

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Wed, June 7, 2017
10:30 AM


Holy Family Catholic Church
2001 Broadway Street
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536


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Tony Condon
Jun 12, 2017

Deepest Sympathy from the Iowa Lakes Alumni & Friends Association.

Alice Frederick Haht
Jun 8, 2017

Arlene and kids..so sorry to hear of Leo passing. He always had a smile and a kind word. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Benji Rouse
Jun 7, 2017

Arlene and family: My deepest sympathies for your loss. Leo was always sure to greet me with a smile and a wink and I had many great conversations with he and Grandpa Lyle. Prayers of peace to you all.

Dick & Anne Marie
Jun 7, 2017

Uncle Leo leaves a great legacy with his wonderful family and his faith filled life; a great man gone but never forgotten.

Mary and Marc Benedetto
Jun 6, 2017

Dear Mrs. Conway, Kathy, Jeannie, Molly and families, We are so sorry for your loss of your husband, dad and grandpa. Loved seeing all those happy family pictures. We know Leo was greatly loved by all and we are holdin... more

Jun 6, 2017
Dear Mrs. Conway, Kathy, Jeannie, Molly and families, We are so sorry for your loss of your husband, dad and grandpa. Loved seeing all those happy family pictures. We know Leo was greatly loved by all and we are holding you tenderly in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you at this difficult time.

Mary and Marc Benedetto
Christine Shreve
Jun 6, 2017

Arlene and family, So sorry for your loss. Leo was a gentle loving peaceful man and will be missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to you during this time. love you all! Christine and Paul Shreve

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