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Kenneth Conley

Kenneth Eugene Conley

May 24, 1951 - July 4, 2015

Kenneth Eugene Conley of Hot Springs died peacefully at the VA Medical Center in Hot Springs, on Saturday, July 4, 2015, at the age of 64.

Kenneth was born May 24, 1951, in Vallejo, Calif., to Jean and Leroy Conley. He graduated from Colton Union High School, in Colton, Calif., in 1969, where he first met his wife-to-be Arlene in bookkeeping class on first day of school senior year.

Kenneth volunteered for the U.S. Army in June of 1969, and he remained in the service until his retirement in October of 1990, with the rank of Sergeant First Class. Kenneth graduated in 1993 from Washburn University of Topeka, Kan., with a degree in respiratory therapy. He served as Respiratory Director at Clay County Medical Center, Clay Center, Kan., for nine years.

More recently, he served veterans via the Veterans Administration as a registered respiratory therapist at the Spokane, Wash., and Hot Springs VA Medical Centers. He retired in January 2014.

Kenneth and Arlene reunited many years after high school and were married in 2008.

Kenneth held a private pilot’s license, was instrument rated, and participated in the group ownership of a Cessna 172. A spur of the moment flight to Bismarck, N.D., in 2013, completed his list of having visited all fifty states.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Arlene Conley, two daughters; Colleen (Carl) Parker of Suffolk, Va., and Cassandra Conley of Manhattan, Kan., and his son, Christopher Conley of St. George, Kan., his parents, Leroy and Jean Conley of Hot Springs, and his grandchildren; Mattieson, Charles, Mary and Noah Parker of Suffolk, as well as his three sisters; Carol Conley of Sacramento, Calif., Delores (William) Herren of Manhattan, and Darlene (Kenneth) Greer of Meadow Vista, Calif.

Memorial services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs with Chaplain Martha Beck officiating. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Kenneth’s life.

In lieu of flowers, and in gratitude for the respiratory therapy education Kenneth received, contributions may be sent to the Washburn University Foundation, 1729 SW MacVicar Ave., Topeka, KS 66604 to benefit the Respiratory Therapy Program Fund.

Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.

Arrangements have been placed in the care of Chamberlain-McColley’s Funeral Home in Hot Springs. Written condolences may be made at

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03/02/16 09:10 AM #1    

Paul Durbin

Hi Bob, Paul and Jason,


Though you don’t know each other, I’m writing to you all together. I hope that is okay.


My dear husband Ken has died. His passing happened on the Fourth of July pretty much just as our little Hot Springs was lighting up all the skies with fireworks. It seemed a fitting send-off for an old soldier who loved the Fourth above all other holidays. Strangely, I can specifically remember every one of our Fourths together. The other big holidays have quite blurred.


His path with the cancer was rugged and fill with suffering. Peace was needed. Peace was deserved. Still, I miss him so.


He specifically asked that I let each of you know of his passing. You each held a special place in his heart.


Very best,


Arlene Conley

03/02/16 09:54 AM #2    

Brice 'Stan' Bowman


Rest in PEACE Ken. Thanks for being a Veteran and your service to Vets. We appreciate it.   

Brice (Stan) Bowman


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