Dennis Conway

Dennis Patrick Conway, 80, of Muscatine, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

Visitation will be Monday, October 10, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the family in care of Loretta Cooley.  Online condolences may be made at

Denny was born January 18, 1942, in his family home in Muscatine, Iowa, the son of Philip and Lucille (Harper) Conway.  He graduated from Bishop Hayes Catholic High School in 1959.  Denny was united in marriage to Joyce Milder on May 15, 1965, in Nichols, Iowa.

Denny was a lifelong resident of Muscatine and worked at Hon Industries.  He started in 1965 on his 23rd birthday and retired from the desk line in April of 1998.  During his early adulthood, Denny was a member of the Muscatine National Guard.  While a member, Denny served on the Honor Guard for the burial of former President Herbert Hoover in West Branch in 1964.  One year later, during the great flood of Muscatine, he patrolled the levees to make sure there were no breaches.  Denny also spent over 10 years working for Walmart.  But, he loved the farm.  He enjoyed working with his brother on the family farm, which has been in the family for over 100 years.  He was at the farm nearly every day after work and on the weekends. He grew up on the farm and the farm never left him.

More than just the farm, Denny was a family man; he loved and was deeply loved.  He never missed his sons’ or his daughter’s ball games.  His truck was usually full of kids heading to the ballpark.  And he adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  If he was not at the farm, he was visiting his grandchildren to watch sporting and other activities.  Denny loved all kids and his grand and great-grandchildren were truly bright twinkles in his eyes.

Denny will be missed by his wife, Joyce Conway of Muscatine; children: Philip Conway of North Liberty, Loretta (Tom) Cooley of Ankeny, Patrick (Carrie) Conway of Wilton; grandchildren: Dennis (Cecily) Grimm of Pleasant Hill, Heather (Bryce) Whitmore of Newton, Elizabeth Cooley of St. Joseph, Missouri, Carolyn (Alex Pauley) Conway of West Branch, Erin Conway of Dubuque, and Grant Conway of Wilton; great-grandchildren: Lilly, Kamden, Dennis, Leland and Layla; his sisters: Janet (Robert) Godwin and Mary Lou Flagel; and many nieces and nephews.

Denny was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John.

A burial will be held at a later date.