Twenty-year Carmel resident, Gene Conley died Friday, August 23, 2013, following a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Erma Grace (Fuller) Conley. He is survived by four children, Dr. Tom (Sara) Conley of Austin, Texas, Roger (Rebecca) Conley of Chevy Chase, MD, John Conley (Cathy Lang) of Omaha, NE, and Dr. Sue Conley (Dr. Michael Steighorst) of Middleton, WI; six grandchildren; brother, Curtis in Denver, CO, and sister, Claire in London, England.
Gene was a veteran of the US Navy where he was a naval aviator at the end of World War II. He was appointed a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and was a member of the Strategic Air Command Consultation Committee.
Born in Nebraska City, Gene attended the University of Nebraska. Married in 1948, he and Erma Grace had four children while he established himself as a leader in the life insurance industry. He began his career as a sales agent, then quickly ascended to management where he was the Director of Agencies at American Mutual Life in Des Moines. In 1972, the family returned to Omaha where he became President, CEO and later Chairman of Guarantee Mutual Life.
Gene was an active participant in the life of the Church of the Wayfarer in Carmel.
Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 10:00 am at Church of the Wayfarer, Carmel, CA. A private burial is planned for Omaha.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Community Foundation for Monterey County, 2354 Garden Road, Monterey, CA 93940 or Church of the Wayfarer, PO Box 2205, Carmel, CA 93921.