Conley a man who gave back to his city

ROGERS CITY – Delmar Conley, a former Rogers City Area Schools superintendent and Rogers City Planning Commission member who died Thursday at the age of 84, is being remembered for his contributions to the city.

Mayor Beach Hall called Conley a “wonderful contributor to the community.” In fact, Rogers City City Council gave him a Lifetime Achievement Award for all the ways he helped out in his home town.

“As I’ve told numerous people, he was a consummate volunteer,” Hall said.

Conley had served on the Rogers City Planning Commission for many years until December 2012, when his term expired and he chose not to be reappointed, Hall said. It was one of the many ways he was involved with his community and the city. He chaired the Presque Isle District Library board, was a member of the local Kiwanis Club and was actively involved with St. Ignatius Catholic Church and School.

Hall and Conley worked together frequently in the time since Hall moved to Rogers City. They both were on the library board, both were Kiwanis members and both were on the Presque Isle County Historical Museum.

“Because we looked alike, and were about the same age, sometimes we got mixed up, and I told anybody that apologized for calling me Del, they had done me a great honor,” he said.

Conley also worked for Rogers CityArea Schools for many years, starting out as the band director, then moving to principal before becoming superintendent.

“I wish I had a thousand more people like him in Rogers City, just maybe 30 years younger” he said. “He was just a wonderful, wonderful citizen.”

Robert Urlaub sat on the Rogers City Zoning Board of Appeals with Conley, and was also his golf partner for many years.

“He was a very busy man in everything that he did for the community, he was very involved,” he said. “And he was a good friend.”

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