Meadville Tribune

May 23, 2013

James K. Conaway

Meadville Tribune

GUYS MILLS — w/photo

James K. Conaway, 54, of Guys Mills, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family and friends, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, following an extended battle with multiple systems atrophy.

He was born in Oil City, May 1, 1959, a son of Raymond J. and Marian E. Nuhfer Conaway. He married Laura S. Burchard, June 26, 1982, and she survives.

He was the owner and operator of Conaway Building and Remodeling for more than 20 years. He was a 1977 graduate of Maplewood High School and attended Edinboro University.

He was a member of the United Evangelical Free Church of Guys Mills and was an active outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and trapping. He loved his work, the outdoors, riding motorcycles and ATVs and especially his family.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, Laura, of 30 years, include two daughters, Rachael Pavlik and her husband, Lucas, of Chesapeake, Va., and Stephanie Conaway of Guys Mills; a son, Kyle Conaway of Guys Mills; a brother, John Conaway and his wife, Colleen, of Worthington; his father and mother-in-law, Clair and Marjorie Burchard of Guys Mills; four sisters-in-law, Linda Hanson and her husband, Robert, of Edinboro, Barbara Hill of Franklin, Mona Buschak and her husband, James, of Edinboro, and Patricia Oakes and her husband, Todd, of Guys Mills; a grandchild that is expected in June; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a caregiver and special friend, Tracy Dorado of Meadville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Conaway.

Calling hours will be Friday from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Robert W. Waid Funeral Home Inc., 581 Chestnut St., Meadville.

The funeral service will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Michael Fraser, pastor of Lyona Bible Church, officiating.

Interment will be in Troy Center Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials be made to the United Evangelical Free Church of Guys Mills, P.O. Box 26, Guys Mills, Pa. 16327.

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