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Leon Condley

Leon Condley

This picture was taken at my High School graduation, I left from High School and joined the Navy. I went to Boot Camp at Farragut Idaho. After boot camp I went to Treasure Island in San Francisco, from where I was assigned to the USS William C. Miller, which was in Pearl at the time. I hitched a ride on the USS Guffy. I went aboard the William C. Miller on October 27 1943 and was a crewmember on her until she was struck from the Navy's list on 8 January 1946, I had attained the rate of MMoM2c by the time I left the ship. I then proceeded to Great Lakes, Illinois for discharge on February 4 1946.

Leon and Parents
Leon with Parents while home on leave

Leon and family 2004
Leon with family, son Roy, daughter Julie and wife Lois
at 2004 reunion

Leon Condley (1924 - 2009)
Our shipmate has gone sailing on calmer seas.
We'll miss you Leon

Leon F. Condley Share E-mail Leon F. Condley, 85, of Topeka, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the Colmery-ONeil VA Medical Center in Topeka. He was born on August 10, 1924 in Bowie, TX, the son of Paul J. and Adella C. Ginn Condley. He graduated from Topeka High School in 1942. Leon was a Navy veteran of WWII, serving on the William C. Miller naval carrier. Leon was employed as a fireman for the City of Topeka for 32 years before retiring in 1984. He was also employed by the Colmery-ONeil VA Medical Center for 37 years before retiring in 1981. He was a member of Crestview United Methodist Church. Leon married Lois I. Hildenbrand on September 9, 1956 in Stull, KS. She survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Julia (David) Strobel of Topeka, one son, Roy Condley of Topeka, two grandchildren, Jennifer Shofe and Janelle Lida (Vince) Strobel-DiGennaro, one great-grandson, Tony DiGennaro, two sisters, Hazel Basker of Mishawaka, IN and Ann (Merle) Bradley of Casscade, CO. Leon was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis Condley and Art Condley. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Crestview United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Stull Cemetery southeast of Topeka at 1:30 p.m. Leon will lie in state after 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel where the family will receive friends from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Crestview United Methodist Church, 2245 SW Eveningside Dr., Topeka, KS 66614 or to the Helping Hands Humane Society, 2625 NW Rochester Rd., Topeka, KS 66617. To leave a special message for the family online, visit