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Brunk Jerralyn Conley

December 9, 1943-April 2, 2017

Marion- Brunk 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 mid-Willamette Valley.

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.

Graveside service 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.
 


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