Rodney Dale Conley, 77, of Bristol


BRISTOL — Rodney Dale Conley of Bristol passed away Dec. 9, 2021, at his home after a hard-fought, five-year battle with cancer. Rod was born July 22, 1944, in Barton, Vt.

After graduating from high school, Rod joined the Navy and came out as an E5 after 4 years. Rod worked at Simmonds Precision/Goodrich for 38 years, until his retirement.

He spent much of his free time participating in sports. He played broom hockey, was a pitcher in softball into his early sixties and was a softball umpire until he was 72. Rod was an avid golfer and enjoyed bowling on various leagues for 40 years. He was most proud of his perfect games, bowling five 300 games after the age of 68.

He was a charter member of the Eagles club in Vergennes and member of the Vergennes American Legion.

He leaves behind his loving wife Linda, of 40 years; his two adult children, Jason Conley (East Braintree, Vt.) and Kerry Conley (New Haven, Vt.); two older brothers, Royce Conley and wife Lillian (Glover, Vt.), and Raymond Conley (Glover, Vt.); six grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and close friend Jim Hines of Bristol.

Visiting hours will be held Thursday, Dec. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m., at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 17, at Brown-McClay Funeral Home in Bristol. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Bristol.

In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the American Cancer Society, Vermont Affiliate, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

To send online condolences to his family please visit A video of the service will be available at the bottom of the online obituary for those who cannot attend. ◊

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