Robert Conover

Obituary of Robert Morton Conover

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ROBERT MORTON CONOVER JANUARY 30, 1942 – JANUARY 15, 2021 Robert Morton Conover, of Sylvania, Ohio, passed away, peacefully, at home, on January 15, 2022, surrounded by his children, and listening to big band music. Born January 30, 1942 to David and Marion (Morton) Conover, in Ilion, NY. Bob was raised in the Mohawk/Ilion/Frankfort area. He was a 1960 graduate of Ilion Central High School. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in December of 1960. After finishing his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Bob completed electronic equipment repair school at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS in June 1961. Bob was ultimately stationed in Germany, where he served in the 7030th Combat Support Wing, on special assignment, at the U.S. Army Sembach Airfield, in Bremerhaven. Bob married Linda Kornbrust in 1962. Linda joined Bob in Germany and their first child, Tracy Alane, was born later that year. The family rented rooms, off base, from Herr & Frau Schneider. Bob learned a lot of Deutsch while living with the Schneiders and seemingly never forgot any of it. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Bob went to work for Sperry Rand/Univac, in Ilion and Utica, NY, in electronics and computer programming. He also became a lifetime member of the American Legion, Mohawk chapter. Robert Scott was born in 1967. In 1971, Univac transferred the family to Streamwood, IL. Bob and Linda divorced in 1977. Bob married Linda Elwess, in 1982. Their daughter, Valerie Marie, was born in 1984. In 1989 Univac/Unisys transferred the Conover family to Bluebell, PA and a year later, transferred them again, to Sylvania, OH. Bob retired from Unisys in 2000. Sadly, Linda lost her battle with breast cancer, six months later. Growing up in a musical family, Bob loved everything music and the arts. In high school, he played percussion in the school’s Dance Band, Concert Band, and Orchestra, as well as singing in the Choir. While in the Airforce, Bob became a charter member of the Sembach Base Orchestra. During and after high school, Bob and his father participated in the Black Hawks Drum and Bugle Corps of Utica, NY, where Bob was part of the drumline. While living in Illinois, Bob rekindled his love of drum corps, playing with the Chicago Connection, the Spirit of ’76 (of Racine, WI) and the Chicago Vanguard. Bob was an accomplished percussionist, but also played the trumpet, for his “own amazement”. After moving to Ohio, Bob played tympany/percussion with the JCC Orchestra, the Maumee Community Band, and sang with the Lourdes College Choir, (where Valerie eventually joined him), and its Good Company Ensemble. Later, he sang with the Sylvania Senior Center Choir, and participated in their annual Follies, but, nearest and dearest to his heart, was singing bass with the Toledo Choral Society. Bob’s life was filled with good friends, music, and dining at his two favorite places, Classic Café and Mayberry Diner. For over 10 years, friends fed him and drove him to restaurants and rehearsals. When COVID took most of that away, he was hit hard by the isolation. During this time, his small circle of close, dedicated friends, who had already adopted him into their families, provided meals, transportation, groceries, companionship – you name it, they were there. They never left him. It was through their dedication, that Bob was able to remain in his home, until the end. Bob’s family thanks you all, from the bottom of their hearts. you know who you are. Bob is survived by his Aunt Barb (Morton) Tibbits, brother Gary (Carmon) Conover; his three children, Tracy (Curt) Conover-Beck, Robert S. Conover, and Valerie (Sam) Conover; four grandchildren, Curtis & Daniel Beck, Shelby & Ben Conover; and one great granddaughter Calianna Miles. Viewing will be Sunday, January 23rd from 2 to 6 p.m. with a memorial service at 6:00 p.m., at Reeb Funeral Home, Sylvania, OH. The Memorial service will be live streamed on Reeb’s Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Toledo Choral Society (toledochoralsociety.org) or Ohio Living Health and Hospice (giving@ohioliving.org or call (800) 686 7800). Online condolence to reebfuneralhome.com
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