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  • Patrick Conaughty
    Patrick Joseph Conaughty, 63, passed away Feburary 22, 2017, at 2:02 pm at Herrin Hospital.


    He was born on September 30, 1953, in Christopher, Illinois, to Josephine (Mcghee) Conaughty and Carl O. Conaughty.

    Patrick attended St. Johns Catholic School and graduated from Frankfort Community High School in 1970. He recently returned to West Frankfort from his home in Battlemountain, Nevada.

    Patrick was a retired coal miner who previously worked at Zeigler Coal Company’s Murdock Mine during the early 1970’s and later at Old Ben Coal Company’s Mine No. 25 near West Frankfort, where he was employed as the bottom dumper and cager until the mine closed in 1993. Patrick was a faithful member of the Catholic Church and a founding member of the WF Knights Of Columbus.

    He was preceded in death by his father, Carl O. Conaughty, and his lifetime love and wife, Paula Lund Conaughty. Survivors include his mother, Josephine, West Frankfort; siblings: Katherine Reed (Hugh), Carefree, Arizona; Connie Peters, West Frankfort; Charlie Conaughty, Akin; Marty Conaughty (Patty), West Frankfort; Tom Conaughty, West Frankfort; Kevin Conaughty (Ronda), West Frankfort; Elizebeth Witkewitz (Pete), Orient; Mary Jackanicz (Andy), West Frankfort; Caroline Brennan (Mike), Omaha, Nebraska; and step-daughter Deborah Lund, Battlemountain, Nevada. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

    Patrick loved the western high desert where he lived. He loved his many pets over the years, most recently his faithful dog “Miley”.

    Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Union Funeral Home in West Frankfort, from 5 to 7 pm. Funeral services will be held at St. Johns Catholic Church in West Frankfort, on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Eusebius Mbidoaka and Monsignor Bill Mcghee officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery – West Frankfort, Illinois.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Johns School Fund. Envelopes Will be available and accepted at the funeral home.

    Online condolences of sympathy may be made at www.unionfh. com

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