Joe Conley - best known for his role as Ike Godsey on "The Waltons" died July 7 in Newbury Park, California at the age of 85. According to Conley's wife, he had been suffering from dementia.
He was born March 3, 1928 in South Buffalo, New York on Whitfield Avenue. Speaking on his hometown Conley said, South Buffalo was a nice place to grow up."
Conley caught the "acting bug" while still in hight school at South Park where he performed in plays. His school mates dubbed him "Hollywood Joe". Little did they know how true their nickname would become.
While Conley moved to Los Angeles after high school, he would have to play another role - for three years - as a member of the United States Army in what he termed a "command performance". While serving in Korea as a forward observer, Conley earned a Silver Star for valor.
After returning from the Army, Conley landed his first television role in 1950 as a man in the crowd on "The Sound of Fury". From there he went on to appear in over 50 roles including "Big Town", "The Adventures of Jim Bowie", "Lassie", "The Silent Service", "Make Room for Daddy", "Casey Jones", "Boots and Saddles", "Dragnet", "Wanted Dead or Alive", "M Squad", "Dennis the Menace", "Gunsmoke", six episodes of "Mr. Ed", "Green Acres", "The Beverly Hillbillies", "The Brady Bunch", "Knight Rider", "Cast Away", "Blind Obsessions", and 172 episodes of "The Walton" along with several of their television movies and reunion shows.
Along with acting, Conley was a successful real estate agent and manager; he owned a series of real estate offices.
Conley is survived by his wife of over 40 years Louise and children - Kevin, Julie, Erin, and Janna -, and grandchildren.