He was a past member of the Cleveland Ham Radio Club and the Cleveland Gun Club. He was an aircraft mechanic and retired in 1972 after 20 years of service in the U.S. Navy as an electrician.
He was a 1978 graduate of Reedley College in California with a degree in aircraft mechanics. He was a scuba diver at a young age and learned to fly an airplane in his 30s.
He was a son of the late Ernest and Nancy Rogers Conatser. He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers and sisters: Ida Belle Conatser, Eunice May Conatser, Robert Virgil Conatser and Merle Francis Conatser.
Survivors include his wife, Mary “Lee” Conatser of Calhoun; brothers and sisters-in-law: Bill and Libby Conatser of Blue Springs, Mo., and Maurice and Mary Conatser of Townsend; and sister, Nancy Conatser Goodwin of Maryville.
The funeral will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2013, in the North Chapel of Bordwine Funeral Home in Etowah, with Dr. Barry Purser officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Monday prior to the service.
Family and friends will assemble at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Chattanooga National Cemetery for the committal service with military honors.
If you are unable to attend, sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com.