John Conley, 34, of Cedar Rapids, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, following a kayaking accident in Indian Creek, Cedar Rapids. Gathering of family and friends: 3 to 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, with a Celebration of Life service at 6 p.m. at Squaw Creek Park's Prairie Oak Lodge, 4201 Big Bluestem Dr., Marion.
Guests are invited to wear camouflage or casual
clothing, as would be John's wishes. Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids, is caring for John and his family.
Survivors include his wife, Samantha; children, Landen, Avri and Kane; mother, Julie (Randy) Stoneman; parents-in-law, Mike (Kathy) Henry and Teri (Rick) Butz; siblings, Sarah (Charles) Roberts, Alison (Shawn) Graham and Laura Meloy; grandparents-in-law, Bill and Blanche McVey and Nancy Oujiri; siblings-in-law, Stephanie Henry and Mollie McDonald; nieces and nephews, Ryan, Mitchell, Olivea and Piper Roberts, Kourtney, Hunter and Benson Graham, Parker Henry, Tayron Swanson and Camryn McDonald; Matt McDowell, who was like a brother to John; Dave Heck, who was like a second dad to John; and many extended family and countless friends.
John Michael Conley was born Jan. 8, 1984, in Cedar Rapids, to Michael and Julie (Moore) Conley. He was a sincere, driven and cute kid, and a wonderful son. He graduated high school through Kirkwood Community College, then began work for Smith Massman, then Landscape by Design with Bryan Hughes, and later began his own company, Conley Concrete. He enjoyed anything outside and was a great outdoorsman, including hunting especially bow hunting, fishing, boating and archery. John was an ambitious, honest, hard-working, selfless, well-respected and well-liked man. He was a man of few words, always on the go, and was down for anything his family and friends asked him to join in on, especially if it included Busch Light. He sincerely valued his beloved family. John was a man to be proud of, a wonderful and cherished husband and father, and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Michael; uncles, Patrick Moore, Dan Conley and Tim Conley; and grandparents.
John's family would like to extend a grateful thank-you to the agencies, friends and community members that assisted in the search and recovery of John.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to John's family.
Please share your support and memories with John's family on his tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.