GLEN ROSE — Edwin Thomas Conger, 86, a former school board and Glen Rose City Council member, died Monday, June 7, in the city after a brief illness.

A funeral service was held Thursday at the Glen Rose First United Methodist Church. Burial was at Squaw Creek Cemetery in Rainbow.

Conger was born in the Hill Creek community of Bosque County on Jan. 21, 1924, the son of Eugene Mitchell Conger and Effie Lee Owens Conger. He was married to Oleta Fae Goff on Aug. 25, 1951. Edwin and Oleta had resided in Glen Rose ever since.

Conger served many years on the Glen Rose Independent School District board of trustees,  three terms as a Glen Rose councilman and many years as treasurer of First United Methodist Church,  as well as on several church boards and committees. He participated in building the church's parsonage and Fellowship Hall.

Conger grew up in the Hill Creek community, attending a one room school and later graduating from Walnut Springs High School. From early days spent working on the family farm and other surrounding places, he soon began working on various buildings. He moved to Glen Rose in 1949.

When asked how he began his homebuilding career, his answer was, "Somebody asked me to build one, and I never got caught up.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Claude, Ocie and Aubrey and sisters Maybeth Collins and Maurine Jackson.

Survivors are his wife, Oleta, son Calvin and wife, Gwen, son Dale and wife, Deborah, and  grandchildren Bryan, Bo and Abbey.

Published June 16, 2010

Glen Rose Reporter