David William Conway,
57, of Cedar Rapids, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, surrounded by family at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after a brief illness. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, by Father Christopher Podhajsky. The rite of committal will be celebrated at St. John's Cemetery immediately following the funeral Mass. Papich-Kuba Funeral Service is serving the family.
Mr. Conway was born Dec. 17, 1960, in Cedar Rapids, to Donald and Vera (Valenta) Conway. He graduated from Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids in 1979. He graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids in 1984 with a B.S. degree in computer science. He was a design electrical engineer with NORAND Data Systems (INTERMEC) in Cedar Rapids from 1984 to 1988. He served as a principle electrical engineer at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids from 1988 to 2013. In 2013, he founded Conway International Limited, providing power electronics consulting expertise to companies and individuals worldwide.
Dave was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Tillie Conway and William and Anna Valenta; aunt, Vlasta Valenta; uncle, James Conway, all of Cedar Rapids; and uncle, Milton Valenta of Catonsville, Md.; and cousin, Glenn Valenta of Fallston, Md.
He is survived by his mother and father of Cedar Rapids; his brother, Daniel and wife, Paula (Smith) Conway of Middletown, R.I.; his sisters, Judith and husband, Alexander Lindsay of Central City, Cathleen and husband, Ronald Harrelson of Ely and Rebecca Stebral of Cedar Rapids; aunt, Shirley Valenta of Catonsville, Md.; cousin Paul Valenta of Manchester, Md.; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
He was a lifetime communicant of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, and was a person of great faith. He was an Eagle Scout. As a scientist and inventor, he was awarded Engineer of the Year on three occasions by Rockwell Collins, and he was awarded many U.S. Patents for his electrical designs. He earned his Black Belt and other awards while a master and instructor at Mr. Jung's Tae Kwon Do Academy in Cedar Rapids.
Those who knew Dave will miss his intensity, his sense of humor and his kind heart. He loved to roam Palisades-Kepler State Park and Old River Road, and he was inspired by all things natural, wild and free. Dave was devoted to his family. He loved to attend holiday gatherings and other special events, where he especially adored the children and the pets.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.papich-kubafs.com under "obituaries."