February 18, 2019

Orison C. "Bud" Conway

Died June 19, 2018


Orison Charles “Bud” Conway, 96, of St. Louis, Mich., passed away peacefully with his family by his side on June 19, 2018.

Orison was born in Vassar on July 26, 1921, the son Paul and Jannetta (Reed) Conway. He attended O'Connor Public Schools in Lupton. Orison's father and uncle were instrumental in the development of Shady Shores Park in Lupton. Orison owned and operated Conway’s Supermarket and Conway’s Beer Garden on George Lake for many years.

On Dec. 20, 1941, Orison married Dorothy Straight in Angola, Ind. Orison and Dorothy raised their three sons in Shady Shores Park. They were also camp hosts at Tawas Point State Park during their retirement. Dorothy preceded him in death in 2004 after 62 years of marriage.

Orison proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Before going overseas to his assigned MOS, he served in the Military Police. Orison was then a combat engineer Special Forces in the Asiatic Pacific Theater part of the Ryukyus Campaign for Okinawa, Japan. He received the rank of tech sergeant 5. Orison earned the Bronze Battle Star, Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, one Overseas Service Bar, one Service Stripe and a Good Conduct Medal.

Orison was a supervisor for Redman Manufacturing from 1965 until it closed. After Redman closed, he worked for Michigan Chemical and later retired from St. Louis IGA where he ran the meat department.

Orison is survived by his sons, Douglass (Linda) Conway of Oscoda and Randy Conway of Lansing; daughter-in-law Pamela Conway of Flushing; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Orison was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Jannetta Conway; his wife's parents, Hiram and Florence Straight; wife, Dorothy; son, Melvin Lee Conway; grandson, Christopher Conway; and sisters, Vera Cooley and Pauline “Peggy” Nelson.

According to Orison’s wishes, a cremation has taken place and there will be no services. In honor of his military service, a private interment ceremony will be held at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, at a later date.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to the St. Louis Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3055, 1295 W. Monroe Rd., St. Louis, MI 48880. Online condolences can be sent to www.smithfamilyfuneralhomes.com. The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes, St. Louis.


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