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Stewart J. Conover
On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, Stewart J. Conover, loving father, grandfather, great
grandfather, and uncle, completed his life’s journey at age 97. He had resided at the Clyde Lassen Veterans Nursing Home in St. Augustine, Florida since August 2021.
Stewart was born on July 19, 1925 in Albany, NY to Stewart B. and Lillian (Emmett) Conover.
He enlisted in the United States Army in October 1943 during his senior year of high school. He
was a member of the 83rd Infantry Division, seeing action during World War II in both Normandy
and at the Battle of the Bulge. As a result of his service, he was awarded two Purple Hearts,
the Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, the European, African, and Middle Eastern
Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and the American Campaign Medal. On July
24, 1948, he married Jeanette (Gomez) Conover who predeceased him in September 2021.
He received training as a Master Watchmaker and Jeweler as well as many more advanced
trainings during his career as an Industrial Engineer. He retired well into his 80’s as a Quality
Control Inspector. One of his most proud accomplishments of his career was to design a clock
that was installed in the capsules of the Gemini Space Program.
He was a Lifetime Member of VFW Post 9787 in Oxford, Maine, serving as Quartermaster and Adjutant for several years. He was also a Lifetime Member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed hunting, hiking, camping, and visits with family, and was
very artistic showing meticulous attention to detail whether woodworking or oil painting. Many
family members treasure his beautiful paintings, frames, and small furniture pieces. He was
also known for his sense of humor, his infectious smile, his deep faith, and his kind and
Stewart was preceded in death by his loving wife of 73 years, his sister, Lillian, and his brother,
James. He is survived by his five children, Gary (Linda), Susan (Mark), Glenn (Teri), Sandra
(Bob), and Barbara (Aaron), sixteen grandchildren, thirty-two great grandchildren, and
numerous nieces and nephews.
His funeral service will be held at 11:00 pm on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at the Oxley-
Heard Funeral Home chapel on Amelia Island, FL. He will be interred with his wife at 1:00 at
the Jacksonville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider donating to Wounded
Warrior Project (support.woundedwarriorproject.org).