Allnutt Funeral Service - Estes Park Chapel

1302 Graves Ave., Estes Park, CO


William Lawrence Conger

June 19, 1937July 26, 2019

William Lawrence Conger 82, of Estes Park, CO, died on July 26, 2019 in his home with family by his side. Bill was born to Harold and Lera (Dixon) Conger in Danville, PA, on June 19, 1937. They moved to Louisville, KY where he graduated from Atherton High School in 1955. Bill attended the University of Louisville Speed School of Engineering in Louisville, KY, and received his bachelor’s degree in 1960. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania to complete his PhD in 1965. Bill married his first wife, Carol Ann Seaton, in 1961. He remarried on December 14, 1979 in Lexington, KY, to Caryl Jane Worthington, his wife of 40 years. Caryl and Bill moved to Blacksburg, VA in 1983 and stayed until 2003 when they retired to Estes Park, CO. Bill was a chemical engineer at Esso (now Exxon Mobile), an Associate Professor in Chemical Engineering and Dean of Extension at the University of Kentucky and the Department Head of Chemical Engineering for 18 years at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and earned his Eagle Scout on October 13, 1953. Later, the Boy Scouts of America awarded him the Order of the Arrow Vigil, the Silver Beaver, and the District Award of Merit from the Blue Grass Council in Lexington, KY. Bill was Vice-President of the Estes Park Gun and Archery Club and served as chairperson for the Little Valley Home Owners Road Committee. He had many hobbies including hiking, canoeing, hunting, fishing, traveling, his dogs, and Disney Vacations. Anyone who knew him knew he loved telling stories and knew of his love for Native American art. Bill was honest, ethical and principled in work, family and life. His son often heard him say “It builds character.” He is survived by his wife Caryl Jane Worthington Conger of Estes Park, CO, son Christopher Lee Conger (Michelle) of Batavia, IL, daughters Catherine Elizabeth Conger Davis (Randy) of Tuscumbia, AL, and Susan Marie Conger Vest (Mark) of Pinetop, AZ, brothers Richard Byron Conger (Maggie) of Chapel Hill, NC, and Stephen Lee Conger (Marie) of Lexington, KY, and grandchildren Hanna Victoria Conger, Jacob Christopher Conger, Samuel Roland Conger, Nicholas John Conger, William Randall Davis, Christopher Clayton Davis, Katherine Grace Davis, Jennalin Marie Vest and Caralea Lorien Vest. A private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in Bill’s name be made to the Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy or the Pet Association of Estes Park in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 1302 Graves Ave., Estes Park, CO 80517.


  • Rocky Mountain Nature Conservancy
  • Pet Association of Estes Park


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Jack and Sandy Burns

August 16, 2019

Dear Caryl and family: Bill was a great friend, fabulous sense of humor, hard working beyond belief, interesting stories that he loved to tell and of course an EXTREMELY valuable LVOA Board and Road Board member who never stopped working to make Little Valley a beautiful and safe place to live. We have so many fond memories of Bill, and we enjoyed his love of animals, Indian artifacts and history, people, food and life! He was so generous with his time for any cause--Sandy remembers his many trips up into the forest when she would find, while hiking, unattended campfires, call him for help and he would magically appear in his jeep with gallons of water! He was "the man" for sure. Much love, Sandy and Jack

Katie Davenport Davis

August 15, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Conger's passing. He was such a wonderful mentor for me while I was in Chemical Engineering at VT. He was my first professor in the department for mass and energy balances, and he was always so supporting and encouraging. He believed in me even when I was unable to believe in myself. There were many times I was ready to throw in the towel, and he would not let me give up. He would patiently explain how I should look at the problem, even if we had just done something similar five minutes before. And I don't think anyone of us will forget the cookouts at your home, or his infamous questions about moonshine on his separations exams! Dr. Conger was truly one of the most influential people in my collegiate career and he has touched fifteen years of my own students through his example. Again, I am truly sorry for your loss.

Diane Cannaday

August 2, 2019

Caryl and family:
It was so sad to hear of Dr. Conger's illness and passing. I have so many fond memories while he was Department Head in Chemical Engineering. One of the nicest bosses and friend a person could have. I remember his excitement when he was building his retirement home in Colorado and all the stories, and the cards and pictures he used to send once he was living there. He always loved the outdoors and his four-legged friends who visited the office on occasion. I could go on and on....It was so good to get to see him a couple of years ago when he came to Blacksburg. I know he will be missed. My condolences and prayers for you and the family during this time. May God bless.

Valerie YOung

July 31, 2019

Bill was a mentor for me when I was a PhD student at Virginia Tech. I was incredibly fortunate that he was there, and doubt that I would have finished without his invaluable support. After I joined Ohio University as faculty, and was tasked with founding an advisory board for our department, I reached out again to him for advice. He was always honest, always cared about the students, always held it to be of the utmost important to do the right thing. My condolences to his family.