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Anthony S. "Tony" Coniglio, Sr.March 22, 1936 ~ December 27, 2017 (age 81)
Anthony S. "Tony" Coniglio Sr., 81, of Macomb passed away at 7:18 a.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
He was born on March 22, 1936 in LaGrange, Illinois to Samuel C. and Antoinette Vallone Coniglio.
He is survived by one son, Anthony Coniglio Jr. of North Adams Massachusetts; two daughters, Kathy Luke of Centerville, Utah and Sheila (John) Knibbs of Exeter, Missouri; Stepdaughter, Katherine Clausen of Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren, Stuart, Eli and Wyatt Coniglio, Justin, Janessa and Cassie Luke and Brhttanie and Donica Pitkins; three great-grandchildren; one sister Rose Okmark of Oakbrook and many special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law and sister, George and Caroline Langas and brother-in-law, Lars Okmark.
Tony moved to Macomb in 1970 and was well known for the joke of the day for Macomb radio. He was a car salesman and did commercial radio spots for Woodrum Inc. in Macomb. He was a DJ as well as general manager for several radio stations. Some of Tonys work is in the Radio Hall of Fame. He was the emcee for Grundy County Corn Festival for 35 years. He started WCSJ radio station in Morris, Illinois. Was an emcee for many things in McDonough County, such as the Ugly Dog Contest, and the Heritage Days Parade. He was a Ham radio operator and a storm spotter. He did the first childrens television show called Tony the Fireman. Tony knew thousands of people.
Tony was a life member of North American Hunting Club, Macomb Eagles, Elks and VFW clubs and volunteered for the Salvation Army. He was a McDonough County Board member for 16 years. He was President for the Lamoine Saddle Club for many years, where many horse riders can remember hearing "GOOD RIDE" during each ride. He was proud to have received the 35-year Belt Buckle Award for trail riding in Eminence, Missouri. He helped many organizations and was a master entertainer making people feel very special while he was an emcee for many area functions.
He served 8 years at Great Lakes Naval Station in Chicago in the Navy Reserves.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Celebration of Life to be held in March of 2018 with date and time to be announced later.
Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb is in charge of arrangements.