J. Russell Conaway, active in Little League

June 23, 2020

J. Russell Conaway, 83, of Georgetown died peacefully Friday, June 19, 2020, at the Delaware Veterans Home in Milford.

Russell was born and raised in Georgetown and served in the U.S. Army from 1956-62.  He was employed as a superintendent by John L. Briggs Construction for many years.  He later accepted a position as supervisor of building and grounds for Indian River School District.  

Russell was an active member of Georgetown Little League where he coached baseball for over 40 years. He also served on the board of Pop Warner Football League and was a member of Lewes-Rehoboth Moose Lodge #646.  Russell was an avid hunter and enjoyed attending family sporting events.  

Russell is preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and Elsie (Shockley) Conoway; his loving wife of 50 years, Louise (Mitchell) Conaway; a stepson, Jerry Downes; a sister, Doris Wilson; and a brother, Dale Conoway.

He is survived by a son, Tim Conaway (Beth); a daughter, Kelly Conaway (Mark Collins); a stepson, Terry Downes (Holly); three grandchildren, Chris Conaway, Clay Conaway and Rae Lyndsay Downes; a sister, Carol Lingo (Kenny); as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 29, in the chapel of Short Funeral Services, 609 E. Market St., Georgetown.  A time of visitation for family and friends will be held from noon to 2 p.m.  Burial will immediately follow at Union Cemetery.  Those attending must wear a mask and adhere to social distancing and gathering protocols.

Flowers are accepted, or contributions in Russell’s name may be forwarded to Georgetown Little League, PO Box 105, Georgetown, DE 19947.

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