George Ringland Conger III
July 31, 1935 – September 14, 2020
Geroge Ringland Conger III, was born July 31, 1935, in Washington, Pennsylvania. He was always quick to point out that he was a born again Christian, saved on April 2, 1951, at a city-wide evangelistic crusade in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
He died on September 14, 2020.
After graduating from Ft. Lauderdale High School in 1953, he embarked upon a long season of formal education, receiving his bachelor’s (1961) and master’s degree (1965) from the University of Miami and his Ph.D. from Florida State University (1968). His formal biblical training was taken at Columbia Bible College in South Carolina and the Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida.
While undergoing Navy pilot training in Pensacola, Florida, he met and in 1958, he married Barbara Ann Evans, an elementary school teacher from Meridian, Mississippi.
Dr. Conger’s primary career was in the field of higher education from which he retired in 1998 after serving for nineteen years as the President of Aims Community College in Greeley. However, before moving to Colorado he was a pharmaceutical detailman for Wyeth Laboratories, a certified SCUBA instructor, Personnel Director with Miami-Dade Community College for Teachers in Tennessee and Executive Vice President at Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville, Florida.
Following his retirement he served briefly as a stockbroker, a tax consultant and a consultant to community colleges in the states of Connecticut and Washington. He was also a customer relations representative for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Organization and a pulpit supply speaker.
Prior to his retirement from Aims College he was active in community life having served as the President of the Greeley Rotary Club, Chairman of the United Way Fund Drive, a committeeman on the Greeley Independence Stampede, President of the Greeley Area Chamber of Commerce, President of the Greeley Coin Club, Director of the 1st Colorado Bank of Greeley and Bank One of Greeley, a member and designated speaker in the Centennial Camp of Gideon’s International, active with the Christian Motorcyclist Association, the Greeley Chapter of the Harley Owners Group, the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Marine Corps League Detachment 1093, Past Commander of Greeley Chapter 8 of the Disabled American Veterans, active in Century Masonic Lodge 190, the Greeley County Club and Moderator for the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ. He was selected Elks Man of the Year in 1983. He served for three years on the advisory board of the Weld County Area Agency on Aging. Dr. Conger hosted a local television talk show for six years on Greeley Cablevision and he was nominated for an Emmy in 1984.
His interest were varied, including RVing, snow and water skiing, racquetball, golf and hiking. But these activities were curtailed in 2005 when he was diagnosed with progressive Multiple Sclerosis. He was designated President Emeritus of Aims College and appointed as an Aims College Fellow. In 2017, he was named a Trustee of the High Plains Library District. Dr. Conger authored several books dealing with SCUBA diving, prayer, and the Indian Head Cent, leadership and Naval Aviation. He was a parlor magician and a spirted after-dinner speaker.
Dr. Conger is survived by his son, Greg, his daughter, Leslie, and eight exceptional grandchildren: Holly and Kayti Conger; Presley, Alex, Garrett, Noah, Joshua and Gabrielle Davis; and a lovely daughter-in-law, Sharon Conger.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Gideon’s International or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Multiple Sclerosis Society
c/ Alluntt Funeral Service - Macy Chapel 6521 W. 20th Street , Greeley, Colorado 80634
c/o Allnutt Funeral Service - Macy Chapel 6521 W. 20th Street , Greeley , Colorado 80634
A Joint Celebration of Life will be held for Barbara and George at a later date, Private Family Graveside Service
George Ringland Conger III
October 18, 2020
My condolences to the family of Dr. George Conger.
Dr. Conger did so much for Aims Community College with his grace and humanity with the college community and general community that Aims served.
He would light up a room with his speeches and assemblies.
Dr. Conger would get the students, faculty and staff to move in a direction of working together as one.
Aims Community College, and the community at large is better for the hard work and wonderful words of encouragement to all.
Always well spoken, and a joy to work with Dr. Conger at Aims.
Also appreciate the work Dr. Conger did with the coin club which meant so much to myself and daughter when she was growing up.
Yes the world was blessed to have Dr. Conger.
October 11, 2020
Leslie and Greg and family, I was so sad when I saw the For Sale sign in the Conger's window and I then knew that George had passed away. My deepest sympathy to you all. The last few years had been a struggle for both George and Barbara, as you know, being involved, and it is comforting to me to think they are both at peace and together again.
I have many happy memories of them both and particularly Barbara. Among other things she was a cheerful and enthusiastic golf partner and friend.
I have no address for you but know I think of you. Mary Capra
October 6, 2020
Leslie and Greg and families -
Neighbor Karen Wittnam had told me of your father's death. I recalled his standing on a street helping to collect funds for a good cause. I know he was a community leader!
And he and your mom supported you both while you were at Greeley West where I knew you.
May God's peace and comfort be yours.
Sincerely, Ila Leavy
September 22, 2020
George was one of my dearest friends. We shared so many things together....our little investment club.....our old timers coffee club.
My wife and I grew to love both George and Barbara. We will sorely miss him. RIP
September 21, 2020
To George’s family
George was such a character. Outgoing, funny, smart, and talented! He was a good friend of my dads and I enjoyed many of the email string jokes provided by George. I miss those as my dad and mom both passed this year just like yours. George used to provide entertainment with his magic show shenanigans to our company Christmas party. A good man and he will be missed by many including me. May he and your mom Rest In Peace and find each other again in Heaven.
My thoughts are with you!