SPRINGFIELD (Dec. 17, 2019) ─ The Springfield City Commission issued a proclamation to Conroy Funeral Home, declaring Dec. 10, 2019 as Conroy Funeral Home 100th Anniversary Day. The proclamation was presented before the commission’s legislative session on the same date.
“(Conroy) is one of our longstanding local businesses in the community,” said Springfield City Commissioner Rob Rue. “I thought it was very important, as they’re celebrating a milestone anniversary, that we take an opportunity to honor them.”
The proclamation was accepted by the current proprietors, Kyle and Bryce Conroy, the fourth generation to operate the business.
“I would like to thank the City for this proclamation, it’s an honor and a blessing to have served the Springfield community for 100 years.” Kyle Conroy said. “I want to thank the City of Springfield for their trust and support over all those years. It is our goal to serve the City of Springfield to the best of our ability and follow in the footsteps and values of my father, my grandfather, and my great-grandfather.”
Conroy said that he is proud to work with other funeral homes in the area to best serve the community.
“We work really well together in this city. One thing that I’ve really strived for is to work with them; we share vehicles, we help each other out when we can and we all have the same goal of serving the public. Working together makes us all better.” Conroy said.
The Conroy family has chosen to honor the 100-year legacy of the Degenhart Conroy and Conroy Funeral Homes by donating $1,000 a week for 52 weeks to charities in social service organizations with the help of United Way of Clark County, Champaign County and Madison County.
The business was founded by George Degenhart, who graduated from the Cincinnati College of Embalming in 1906. Degenhart spent several years in the Pacific Northwest serving families of fallen lumberjacks, eventually returning to Ohio and establishing a funeral business in Springfield in 1919.
In 1945, Degenhart invited his son-in-law Jack Conroy to join the family business. Mr. Conroy graduated from the same mortuary school and became a partner in the newly-named Degenhart Conroy Funeral Home, now Conroy Funeral Home. Mr. Conroy’s son, also called Jack, and his grandsons continued the family business, serving generations of the Springfield community’s families with respect and dignity.
Rue said that Springfield citizens are urged to follow the senior Jack Conroy’s business principle of treating the families that you serve as if they were your own family.
The Springfield City Commission meets biweekly in the City Hall Forum.