Steven D. Conley
May 13, 1950 – May 18, 2020
Survived by Darcy Beck; children: Stefanie D. Conley, Kristina M. Conley, and Sandra E. Conley, grandchildren: Autumn M-R. Love, Jayden I. Conley, Payton M. Love and Brayden T. Love.
A private family service will be held, with a celebration of life at a later date.
You might have seen Steve at a Storm Chasers game, wrangling rowdy grandchildren, or passed him at Menard’s as he and wife Darcy obsessed over picking the perfect shrub for a home landscaping project. Maybe you caught sight of him proudly cruising the street in his classic 1966 Cadillac or spotted him on the golf course patiently teaching a grandson to swing.
Steve was hard to miss — a giant of a man with bright red hair and an even brighter smile. And if you had the privilege of getting to know the person behind that smile, you discovered wry humor, warmth and a good-hearted willingness to help.
The only child of Don and Irma Conley, Steve was born and raised in Omaha. After graduating from Westside High School, he attended University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he earned an architecture degree. His career included positions in design, building and project management for private firms as well as public entities including the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Steve had three daughters with his first wife, Marti. The oldest, Stefanie, is an award-winning teacher and mother to his four grandchildren, Jayden, Autumn, Payton and Brayden. Daughter Krysti is a pediatric intensive care nurse at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Sandy, the youngest, is a project manager for the Union Pacific Railroad.
Each of the grandchildren had a unique relationship with Steve. He taught Jayden woodworking and inspired his interest in carpentry. He planned to teach Autumn to drive. He took Payton to his football games, Brayden to his baseball games, and he out-cheered every other grandparent.
Steve’s devotion to his children and grandchildren was matched only by his love for Darcy, whom he married in 2000. The two of them shared their love of home design, art, fashion, good food and large pets. Steve leaves behind two grieving dogs and one cat in addition to his human family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Steven D. Conley Scholarship Fund for Architectural Studies, to be awarded by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.