Joe Conley (March 3, 1928 – July 7, 2013) played many small roles on television and is most remembered for his role as the storekeeper Ike Godsey on The Waltons.
Joe Conley was born in Buffalo, New York. He started acting after returning from military service in Korea, and was running three real-estate agencies in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles by the early 1970s after beginning this second career in 1961.
Among his television credits were Casey Jones, Dragnet, Lassie, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Dennis the Menace, Mister Ed and Gunsmoke.
After twenty years of small parts in mainly television shows, he had only two bit parts in as many years before he was cast as storekeeper Ike Godsey in The Waltons. It was though, his work in real estate which made him a wealthy man.
Conley died on July 7, 2013 at a care facility in Newbury Park, California of complications from dementia. He was 85 and is survived by his wife, three daughters and son.