Lonnie Allen Conger

November 29, 1917January 2, 2012

Lonnie Allen Conger joined his heavenly father on Monday, January 2, 2012 at Crest Health Center, Ridgecrest Village, Davenport, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at Runge Mortuary Chapel, Friday, January 6, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Runge Mortuary, with Masonic services to follow, which will be open to all. Memorials may be made to Faith United Methodist Church, Shriners Hospital, Gideons International, Ridgecrest Village or your favorite charity. Burial will be in the National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois. American Legion Post 26 will do the military service. Online condolences may be made at

Lonnie was born November 29, 1917 at Marne, Iowa, the son of John and Mary (Kerr) Conger. He was a 1934 graduate of Bayard (Iowa) High School. He was a 1939 graduate of Iowa Welding Institute, Des Moines, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Bertha Jennings on July 2, 1939 at the Wesley Methodist Church Parsonage, Muscatine, IA.

Lonnie was a Navy Veteran of World War II, serving aboard the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Wasp in the Pacific Area at Okinawa, Iwo Jima, and the Japanese mainland. He returned to Davenport in October 1945 after serving six years of active duty in the Navy. He then served 30 years in the Naval Reserve retiring as a Master Chief Aircraft Maintenance Man. He spent eighteen years with Standard Oil Company, and was superintendent for ten years in charge of warehousing and distribution for twenty-five counties in southeast Iowa plus Rock Island County in Illinois. He retired from the U.S. Army Weapons Command as an Inventory Management Specialist after serving 23 years that covered two time periods. He retired in 1983 after five years as a Real Estate Salesman with Ruhl & Ruhl Realtors.

Lonnie was a Charter Member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Walcott and Faith United Methodist Church, Davenport, where he served as Lay Leader, Administrative Board member, Sunday School Teacher, Lay Delegate to Iowa Methodist Church Annual Conference for several years, Iowa Annual Conference Trustee for eight years, District Lay Leader and District Lay Speaker for several years.

He held life memberships in the American Military Society, American Veterans Association, American Legion, Forty & Eight Voiture Nationale, Fleet Reserve Association, Naval Enlisted Reserve Association, The Retired Enlisted Association, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was Past Commander of the Iowa American Legion.

He was Past President of Gideons International of Iowa, Life Member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and Past President of the Iowa Association of Chapters, Past President Iowa-South Dakota High Twelve Association and Davenport High Twelve Club, Past Prelate of Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Iowa, Past Chaplain Royal Arch Masons of Iowa, Past Commander of St. Simon of Cyrene Commandery No. 9-K.T., Past Illustrious Master of Scott Council No. 53, Past High Priest Davenport Chapter No. 16, R.A.M., Life member of National Sojourners, past Master of Trinity Lodge No. 208, past Potentate KAABA Shrine, member of Brubaker Lodge No. 675, Davenport Scottish Rite and Mohassan Grotto. Dad devoted his life to the service of others.

Lonnie and Bertha traveled many miles to attend meetings, conferences and conventions related to the many organizations of which Lonnie was a member. As a result they visited all fifty United States plus many foreign countries.

Lonnie and his wife, Bertha had many years of carefree, easy living at Ridgecrest Retirement Village, Davenport, Iowa. Family was very important to Lonnie and Bertha and their many traveled miles allowed them to include visits to immediate family members as well as relatives some of which they discovered through genealogy research.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Bertha, and his children, daughter: Janice DePover(Bill) Davenport, and sons: Cary Alan (Carole) Sac City; Larry Allan (Lin), East Derry, New Hampshire; six grandchildren: John Conger (Kristine Minami), Maryland; Christopher Conger, Nevada; Kent Vensland (Jane), Virginia; Kathy Nohia (Joe), Illinois, Marnee Michalman (Christopher), New Hampshire, and Amanda MacDonald, Maine, nine great-grandchildren; brothers: Dale (Kay) Conger, Davenport; Gerald (Jean) Conger, Benton, Pennsylvania, and Marvin (Judy) Conger, Davenport, and his faithful friend, Dick Winterlin.

Lonnie was preceded in death by his parents, and infant son, Steven Arthur, three brothers: G. Allen, C. Max, Kenneth, three sisters: Elsie Dooley, Hazel Powers and Helen Banks; half sisters: Minnie, Gladys, Maude, May and Phillis; half brothers: George, Roscoe, Clyde and John plus many nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Thursday, January 5, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 6, 2012

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Don Howard

January 6, 2012

Lonnie was a blessing to have known and chatted with since I first came to Faith Church. He and Charley Turner had some great stories to tell about their Masonic and Military experiences. God has to be happy to have them as his faithful servants in Heaven. All the best to Bertha and her family.

Bill Towns

January 6, 2012

Our prayers are with the family as we praise God for the life of this Legion member and Past Department Commander. May he rest in peace as the fruits of his service to community, state, and nation flourish.

National Chaplain
Sons of The American Legion

Steve & Linda Garrington

January 6, 2012

Lonnie will be missed by so many. I had the honor of working with him as a United Methodist, Salvation Army, Honor Flight, American Legion, and so much more. Wherever you turned Lonnie seemed to be there. He was what made the Greatest Generation so great. He was honorable, trustworthy, believed in God and country, and knew what was right was not always popular. We are sorry and saddened by you loss, but know that Lonnie lived a life worth living, and went to his maker as a true man of God. Steve & Linda Garrington

January 5, 2012

We are fellow Gideons of the Davenport camp Although we will miss Lonnie, we are delighted to know that Lonnie has gone home to be with his Lord. We wish to convey condolences to Bertha and the other members of the family. Thank you for sharing Lonnie with us. You will be in our prayers. Don Boldt, president of the Davenport Gideons

January 5, 2012

Sorry to hear of your loss. Lonnie accomplished much. Will always remember our chats when Lonnie stopped to visit while he was walking at the Mall. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

Ron and Verna Freeman(Davenport, IA)

January 5, 2012

Don and I are sorry for your loss. We too will miss Uncle Lonnie. We will not be coming to Iowa as Kirk is home on leave [from Korea] for Donal Dean's 80th birthday. Love & God's Blessings to you all. Darlene, D.D. and Kirk

Calvary UMC

January 4, 2012

The Calvary United Methodist Church is saddened to hear of the loss of Lonnie. Our condolences to each of you.
Calvary UMC was privileged to have the years of service which Lonnie provided.
We know that God has accepted one of his beloved children home.
May God bless his family.
From your friends at at Calvary UMC, and Rev. Nicholas Needham

Dick and Kathy Villhauer

January 4, 2012

Dick and I are so very sorry to hear of Lonnie's death. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. We have such good memories of times spent at Shrine meetings with Lonnie. May those wonderful memories help sustain you during this time. RIP Lonnie....