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Retired COA Judge William G. Conover dies

January 10, 2012

Former Indiana Court of Appeals Judge William G. Conover died Monday in Valparaiso. He was 86.

Conover retired from the appellate court in 1993 after a legal career that spanned four decades. He served two more years as a senior judge. Judge Patricia Riley succeeded him on the appellate bench.

“Judge Conover was from a generation of people – the greatest generation – that took charge and got things done,” said Court of Appeals Judge John Baker, who served with Conover in the late 1980s and early 90s. “He was a good student of the law. From time to time he may have thought the law should have been different, but he applied it as he found it. He was a real asset to our court and the legal profession.”

Conover was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Navy’s construction battalion building and preparing airbases in the Pacific Ocean before being honorably discharged in 1946. After graduating from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1951, Conover became a Valparaiso City Court judge in 1952. Before joining the appellate bench, he maintained a general private practice and served in several public posts, including Porter County Plan Commission attorney and later as Porter County prosecutor from 1963 to 1971. His legal and community involvement included service as president of the Porter County Bar Association in 1965. Gov. Robert Orr appointed him to the appellate bench in 1981.

Arrangements are pending at Moeller Funeral Home in Valparaiso.

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