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LeRoy “Lee” Conaway, 83, passed away May 17, 2013, at his residence, peacefully following a courageous two month battle with cancer.

He was born July 26, 1929, in Lima to the late Elmer and Anna Mills Conaway. On May 7, 1954, he married Gayla Wynkoop, and she survives.

Lee owned and operated Lee’s Hydraulics, Lima, for over 40 years, and retired in 1985, after 28 years, from the Ford Motor Co. Lima Engine Plant. He had owned, trained and raised harness horses. He was an avid fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes . Lee had served in the Army during the Korean War, where he received the Purple Heart.

Survivors also include four children, Debra Sapienza, of Findlay, David L. (Carolyn) Conaway and Darrin Conaway, both of Mount Cory, and Dina (Art) Kennon, of Clay City, Ky.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Charles Conaway, of Lima.

A brother, Eugene Conaway; and two sisters, Violet Swartz and Anna Marie McDaniel preceded him in death.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Bluffton. The Rev. Leland Brehm will officiate. Burial will be in Clymer Cemetery, near Mount Cory, with military rites.

Friends and family may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Arthur G. James Cancer Research Center, Columbus.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at chiles-lamanfh.com.

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