Jerralyn Conley died peacefully in his home on Sunday, April
2, 2017 in Marion. He was born December 9, 1943 in Pikeville,
KY to Elva Wakeland and Brunk Winston Conley. Brunk was the
eldest of their three sons.
Brunk was preceded
in death by his parents, wife Mona, and brothers Leon, Leslie,
and Bill Holley.
He is survived by
sisters Susie Baughman, Shelley Conley-Rone, brother Steve
Holley, and cousin-brother Patrick Conley; three children,
Brunk Wesley (Laura) Conley, Julie Christina (Gar) Robinson,
and William Leslie (Harry) Conley.
In addition, he was blessed with 10 grandchildren:
Phillip, Brunk, Jen, Nicholas, Jacob, Jennifer, Betsy,
Zachary, Caleb, and Lucas; and 5 great-grandchildren: Endya,
Ryan, Savannah, Riley, and Cilous.
He married Mona
Marie Upton on June 8, 1962 and after finishing his military
service, they settled briefly in Florence, and then in the
Brunk was a proud
infantryman and paratrooper.
He served in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg
in the early 1960ís. He
returned to Oregon and spent many years working in the Oregon
woods he loved as a timber faller.
He later joined the
Oregon Army National Guard and retired as a Sergeant First
Class. He spent
some full-time years serving in the Counter Drug Program in
the 1990ís. He
served in units in Albany, Silverton, Salem, and Corvallis.
While Brunk and Mona
raised their family and spent most of their lives in the
Willamette Valley, they had lived for several years in LaPine,
Oregon, where Brunk was a member of the Band of Brothers and
the American Legion.
Brunk was an avid
hunter and especially loved pursuing the Wiley Wapiti! He had
a lifelong love for the Oregon State Beavers and everything to
do with the Medal of Honor and its recipients. He was the
founder and CEO of CONCO Inc., which had military surplus/book
stores in Stayton and Lebanon.
will be at Willamette National Cemetery on Thursday, April 13,
2017 at 3:00 pm. There
will be a gathering in Marion following the ceremony. Serving
the family, North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.