He graduated from Quitman High School, Quitman, TX in 1939 and began working in the oil fields of east TX as a roughneck for Rowan Drilling Co.
After the war he returned to work for Rowan in west Texas and later transferred to Louisiana as oilfield exploration moved across the Gulf Coast and into offshore waters. He worked on some of the earliest drilling tender operations in the Gulf of Mexico for Rowan in the late 1950's until his retirement in 1974 as a rig superintendent in New Orleans. He began work for Gulf Oil Corp. as a company man and continued until 1979 when he retired and formed his own oilfield consulting company. During his years as a consultant he was afforded the opportunity to supervise the drilling of many deep wells requiring his well control expertise. He became a member of the "4-mile deep" club while drilling deep in the Tuscaloosa Trend in the Baton Rouge area for operators including the late "Doc" Pennington, Louisiana Land and Exploration and Amoco. He retired completely in 1995.
Visitation was at Charlet Funeral Home, Zachary on Thursday, November 6. Religious services were held Friday, November 7 at First Baptist Church, Baker followed by burial in Azalea Rest Cemetery, Zachary.
He is survived by a daughter and three sons and their families, Ann Conger Mueller of Fresno, Calif., Russell Paul Conger Sr., Amite, Robert Mark Conger, Prairieville and Steven Luke Conger, Gretna; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was formerly married to Ellen Barbin Conger of Baker.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert F. Conger; mother, Minerva Elizabeth Stevenson; two brothers, Lloyd A. Conger and Paul Conger.
Grandpa was truly a one of a kind man. You always knew what grandpa belived in. He always told it how he saw it, and at the end of the day, you would be proud to know him. He will be sorely missed by all. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at www.charletfuneralhome.com