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Richard "Dick" Conrow

November 10, 1938 ~ April 5, 2021 (age 82)


Richard "Dick" Conrow, 82, of Churubusco, passed away on Monday, April 5, 2021, at his home. 

Born in Los Angeles, CA, on November 10, 1938. Dick spent his formative years in Fort Wayne. 

After high school, Dick served in the United States Navy.

Dick was married to Sara Thiel in Fort Wayne, on April 11, 1981.

Dick founded C & A Tool in 1969, in his garage on Line Street in Churubusco. By the mid-1970's his business had really started to grow. He expanded the corner building known as the Project House. In 1984, the company established itself as a company that kept up with the latest technology. In 1990, The Modern Machine Shop Magazine did a cover story on C&A Tool. Then in 1999, a new 110,000 square-foot building was constructed to house C&A's headquarters. The company grew to provide employment for more than 600 people.

Dick always did it his way! He served on the Town of Churubusco's Council. Dick was a member of Pheasants Forever and a proud supporter of Junior Achievement and Ivy Tech. He was a mentor to many young people either in business or just in life. 

In his free time, he enjoyed fishing at their cabin, spending time with his family and FireKeepers Casino.

Dick is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sara Conrow; his four daughters, Beth (Mike) Konger, Deborah (Scott) Leitch, Lisa (Auggie) Gatt, Jr. and Gina Conrow; his sister, Kathryn (Roy) Stevens; his brother, George (Bonnie) Pollitt, Jr.; grandchildren, Lucas (Jen) Konger, Jessie (Kyle) Kater, Nick (Jana) Leitch, Ethan (Judy) Leitch, Joe (Emily) Smith and Jake Smith; eleven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathleen Pollitt; his stepfather, George Pollitt, Sr.; a grandson, Benjamin Konger on August 7, 2004.

Private services will take place.

Memorials to The Churubusco History Center or The Ben Konger Memorial Scholarship C/O Whitley County Community Foundation.

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Private Services
April 9, 2021

Sheets & Childs Funeral Home - Churubusco
206 North Main Street
Churubusco, IN 46723


Churubusco History Center
201 N. Main Street, Churubusco IN 46723

Ben Konger Memorial Scholarship
400 N. Whitley Street, Columbia City IN 46725
Tel: 1-260-244-5224

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