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Kevin A. Conway, loved life; lived it fully and left it far too soon. As an over-the-road truck driver, he had traveled from coast to coast numerous times and at twenty-nine, concluded that "God’s Country" was Texas. He loved the landscape, the people, the climate and everything about the state he decided to call home. About a year ago, Kevin found a 1977 Triumph TR7 on e-Bay and flew to Colorado to drive it home. "Born" in the same year he was, the Triumph was Kevin’s pride and joy and on February 26, 2007, he left this life doing what he loved – driving his "TR". An instant after the accident, had anyone been able to see his spirit, they would have doubtless observed the ever resourceful "MacGyver Conway" darting about with duct tape, pocket tools and a flashlight; laughing at himself as he launched into the challenge of making his Triumph, good as new. That was Kevin. Although born in Mesa, AZ, on July 22, 1977, he grew up in St. Charles, IL. From the get-go, his eyes sparkled with mischief and his grin always told you he was up to something. The stories of his antics will entertain family and friends for generations to come. Over the phone, he taught his sister to drive a stick-shift and a friend how to hot-wire a car. By his own assertion, Kevin could "fix damn near anything" and in fact, he often did – whether you were ready or not. His memory is generously laced with "Kevin-eze" like "doh" and "bonkers". There were "Kevinism" too. For example, people in cars were "4-wheelers", the term "clumsily" became "ham-fisted-ly", conversations and phone messages ended with "Beep". Though he was not about "possessions" he did have a taste for the finer things in life. From Sushi to cigars, to fine Martinis, Kevin enjoyed the best. One of his many passions was collecting Chevettes – right up until he moved to Texas and traded them in for guns! – something he thought he needed in order to be a "Texan". Kevin had remarkable eye-hand coordination and excelled at video games and remote control vehicles. Although his job took him across the country, his gaming prowess took him around the world as he competed internationally through internet war games. He was a "Wi-Fi Wizard" and seemed to be able to pull it from the sky wherever he parked his rig. Apart from computers, Kevin loved fishing. He was so good, it seemed that he could virtually bait a hook with anything, throw it in the water and come up with a fish! Coming up with "who he was" however, was not so easy. Through high school, Kevin began flying radio-controlled planes and, after graduation, briefly pursued a career in the Air Force. When that dream failed, he enrolled in a technical institute for auto mechanics in Nashville, TN. In high school he had ranked third in state competition for small engine repair and this pursuit made sense. After "wrenching" in Nashville for several years, Kevin decided to get in the driver’s seat. He first drove for Schneider Trucking, then for Digby Trucking for about five years before landing his dream job with J.B. Hunt where he truly flourished. His easy manner and friendly banter turned strangers into friends in a heart-beat and everyone who knew Kevin knew he would give them the "shirt-off-his-back". His heart was indeed as big as the state he loved. Though his family will never meet half the people he helped along the way, his legacy will live across the miles and through the years. Whenever truckers swap stories, when internet warriors recall the best of the best or fishermen tell tales, they’ll remember Kevin -and for those who loved him, Texas will always hold a little bit of heaven. SURVIVORS He is survived by his parents, Nancy (Richard) Moeller of St. Charles, IL,His siblings and their families:Rebekkah "Becky" (Jonathan) Feryance of Wauconda, IL and their three children: Joshua (6), Jacob (3) and Isaac (1);Jonathan (Melissa) Moeller of Folsom, CA, and their daughter, Lelah (1);Rachel (Nathan) Durbin of Lake In The Hills, IL;His maternal grandmother, Eleanor Drogosz of Oak Lawn, IL andpaternal grandmother, Esther Moeller of Hermann, MO;His maternal aunt, Loretta "Lori" (Stephen) Smith of Evanston, IL, and their family: Justin, Stephanie and Anita;And his god-father, James "Jim" (Norene Nellis) Drogosz of Oak Lawn, IL;his paternal aunt, Deborah (John) Cunningham of Vienna, VA, and their family:Pamela (Ken) Alonge, Janine Middlemiss and Christine Cunningham;his birth father, Michael Conway, of Markham, IL, two uncles: Martin Conway of Park Forest, ILand James (Lynne) Conway of Worth, IL, As well as his god-mother, Casey (Conway) Ariaz of Worth, IL.PRECEDED He is preceded in death by one brother, David, his maternal grandfather, Al Drogosz, paternal grandfather, Elmer Moeller, maternal aunt, Barbara Ryndak, and paternal uncle, Kevin Moeller.
VISITATION / FUNERAL Visitation will be held Friday, March 2 from 3-8pm at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. Funeral services will follow Saturday, March 3, at 10:30am at the St. Charles Congregational Church, LaFox Road. The Rev. John Rogers will officiate and interment will conclude at Garfield Cemetery. MEMORIAL A memorial has been established in Kevin’s name to carry on his generous helpful ways. Memorials checks may be made to the Kevin Conway Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through his obituary at www.conleycare.com. For information please call 1-800-8-CONLEY.