Jerry Conley Obituary

Jerry  Conley
Jerry Conley

June 25, 1931 - December 17, 2020
Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa


Longtime Des Moines educator and volunteer, Gerald “Jerry” L. Conley passed away unexpectedly and peacefully Thursday, December 17, 2020, at Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, IA. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 27, 2021, in the Bucksbaum Auditorium at Caspe Terrace (33158 Ute Avenue, Waukee). The service will be livestreamed on the Iles website. Go to at 10:15 am Friday and scroll to the bottom of Jerry's obituary to join in the service. Private burial of the urn will be at Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.

Jerry was born June 25, 1931 in Fort Dodge to Leo and Loretta (Rieman) Conley and grew up in Waverly. He served with honor during the Korean Conflict as a naval Petty Officer before marrying Mary Katherine Cunningham in 1957.

Jerry served as a high school teacher, vice principal, junior high principal and as high school principal at Des Moines’ Roosevelt High School for 14 years before retiring in 1994. He was a member of Des Moines Intentional Eucharistic Community, a volunteer at Methodist Hospital, a 25 year volunteer for the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP), and a member of Golden K Kiwanis among other organizations.

He is survived by his son, Mark (Elias Rincon Aguilar) Conley and bonus granddaughter Luisa Rincon Guerrero of Windsor Heights; brother, David Conley of Omaha, NE; sister, Monica (John) Klug of Florida; brother-in-law, John Cunningham of Winterset; and sister-in-law, Carol Conley of Omaha, NE. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Mary Katherine Conley; his parents; brother, Robert Conley; and sister-in-law Rose Conley.

The family will receive friends from 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday, August 26, at Iles Westover Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa or Iowa Weimaraner Rescue. Online condolences will be welcomed at




Memorial Visitation
Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, August 26, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Celebration of Life
Bucksbaum Auditorium at Caspe Terrace
33158 Ute Avenue
Waukee, IA US 50263
Friday, August 27, 2021
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Animal Rescue League Of Iowa
5452 NE 22nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50313
Iowa Weimaraner Rescue
4349 NW Urbandale Drive
Urbandale, Iowa United States 50322