Michael Bruce Conley, 72, Little Falls

June 24, 1949 – January 22, 2022

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Michael Bruce Conley, 72, of Little Falls, MN, died Jan. 22, 2022 while wintering in Orange Beach, AL.

Born June 24, 1949 in St. Cloud to Jack and Shirley Conley, they moved to Forest Lake in 1959. He graduated from Forest Lake High School in 1967 and the University of MN in 1971. Mike married his sweetheart from high school, Linda Shelfer on September 5, 1970, they moved to Little Falls after college. He was a middle school language teacher for 33 years, until his retirement in 2006. He enjoyed teaching, especially reading and telling stories to his students. The Hobbit and Watership Down were two of his favorites. Mike had many varied interests, but he was best known for his love of gardening. He had many gardens (and a waterfall) and grew his flowers from seed. He liked to receive all the catalogs in the winter to plan for the spring. Mike loved music, he played in the U of M Marching Band for 5 years, was in the Minnesota Orchestra Auxiliary Brass for a year, sang in several choirs and participated in numerous musical theater productions. He was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about animals of all kinds. He volunteered for many years at the Pine Grove Zoo, had many dogs over the years, and in 2019 fulfilled his life’s dream of going on an African safari. But most important to him was his family. He was always there to listen and help if needed, and he showed his love by making sure everyone was fed. He loved us all so much and his good advice and good food will be forever missed.

Predeceased by his parents, Jack and Shirley Conley. Survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Linda; children, Erin Beeson (Mark), Joshua Conley (Jessica “Boots”); grandchildren, Damion, Sophia, Nora, Devon and Carter; brothers, David (Debbie), Tim (Cheryl); sisters-in-law, Paulette Wulff (Lowell), Rita Blaeser (Greg); and many wonderful nieces, nephews, cousins ​​and friends.

Memorial Service Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, 2100 Riverview Dr., Little Falls. Visits one hour before church service.

Memorials can be directed to the Pine Grove Zoo or the First Lutheran Church.

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