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John Conatser

September 6, 1938 –
 February 27, 2022


On February 27, 2022, the world lost a faithful and wise servant, John L. Conatser. John, 82, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving wife, children, and grandchildren.

John was born September 6, 1939, in Perry, Oklahoma to Frank & Mary Conatser. God called John at an early age to serve, share his wisdom, and help heal His hurting people. John spent his life pursuing that call. John’s life was dedicated to following Jesus and teaching the gospel through word and deed. His hope in life was reflected in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave His one and only son, so whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John received his first Bachelor of Science in Religious Education from Southwestern Assemblies of God College. He went to earn his Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees. John achieved his calling by working with youth throughout Texas. In retirement, he continued his life work by serving as his church’s licensed professional counselor. No matter where his work took him, he was a devout man who continued to disciple and help his fellow Christians. As many friends have shared with his family, no finer man has ever lived. John was always full of encouragement, wisdom, and grace. All who knew him are better for having loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank & Mary Conatser, and sister, Donna Graham. He is survived by brother David; his wife of 44 years Cheri; his children Johna Walker (Stephen), Cortney McMichael (Rob), Kim Crew (Dan), Edgenie Bellah (Robert), and son Michael Hathoot (Emily); his grandchildren Morgan, Stephenie, Madison, Trinity, Teagan, Hope, Tracey, Jonathan, Alexander, Christian, Joshua, Vivian; and great-grandson Solomon.

The family is holding a private Celebration of Life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in John’s memory to the Union Gospel Mission Dallas at You can sign the guest register book and/or send condolences at

    Becky Elliott (Armstrong)
    13 Oct 2022

    My deepest condolences to you all. I loved him like my own and send my love to all of you. Many memories growing up with John, Cherie and Cortney!! Almost 40 years worth since I don’t remember much before age 5 Thank you for sharing him with us as he was the most caring and gentle human being with so much thoughtful information to provide. Prayers for peace and comfort ❤️ ❤️

    Beth Shepperd
    13 Oct 2022

    RIP, John. Prayer for your family.

    Melissa Phillips
    13 Oct 2022

    So very grateful for this Godly gentle giant! He loved me through the worst of times and encouraged me to always do all for the glory of God, my redeemer, my faithful Lord. John, I really really do miss you, your funny humor brought much laughter and lite a dark period in my life with the love of Jesus. Thank you for being my friend. I am forever blessed for having you in my life. Love, Melissa

    Emilie M. Kief
    13 Oct 2022

    I did not know you, sir but you have a lovely, hard+working, caring daughter (Edgenie).
    The traits that were used to describe you are traits that I often saw in her. May you rest in peace.

    Cindy Damron
    13 Oct 2022

    ❤️ to the family and prayers!

    Edward, Heather, Cameron, and Stephen
    13 Oct 2022

    So sorry for your loss. Hoping that the memories of good times shared with him will help fill your hearts in this time of grief.

    James Leon Bellah and martha j bellahI
    13 Oct 2022

    I did not know you but your Obiturary showed that you lived and and taught god word in all you did.

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The Gillilands
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Dear John,

It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Thank you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you.

Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands


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