Dennis L. Conner

            Dennis Lee Conner, son of Raymond Everett and Marjorie Shepard Conner, was born May 15, 1943, at Fayette, Iowa. He graduated from Fayette High School in 1962, and served with the U.S. Army from December of 1964 to December of 1966.

            On December 31, 1964, he was married to Judy Salmon. They later divorced. He was married on December 5, 1983, to Cheryl Chase and later divorced.

            Shortly after his return from military service, Dennis employed his own construction crew in the Fayette area until 1984, when he began working as a carpenter for Upper Iowa University in Fayette. He remained at Upper Iowa until 2006, when ill health forced him to retire. Three years ago he moved to Oelwein to make his home with his son, Robert and family. His death occurred there on Friday, September 30, 2011, following a lengthy illness. He was 68 years old.

            Dennis had been a member of the Fayette American Legion, the Fayette Jaycees, and the Randalia Volunteer Fire Department. Among his many interests were spending time with his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, and shooting a game of pool.

             He is survived by one son, Robert (Laura) Conner of Oelwein; three daughters, Georgia Conner of Oelwein, Connie Conner of Sumner, and Denise Conner of Oelwein; seven grandchildren; and two brothers, Darwin “Beezer” Conner of Fayette and Roger Conner of Postville.

            He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Donald Conner; and one sister, Melva, who died in infancy.

            Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette with Rev. Carl Tenney officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Monday, October 3, 2011, at Becker-Milnes Funeral Home in Fayette and for one hour preceding services at the chapel on Tuesday. Interment will be at Lima Cemetery in rural Fayette. 


Jeff & Peggy on October 5, 2011 at 1:32 PM said:

Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.
Mark Dahling on October 3, 2011 at 5:56 AM said:

What can be said here that hasn't already been said in person? Denny was an eclectic man! Though he's still with us in spirit, he will be prolificly missed by all that knew him. Find comforting knowing his mortal pain is gone - besides, I hear the fishing is better in Heaven anyway!
Tracy Follon on October 2, 2011 at 7:57 PM said:

Georgia, I will be thinking of you and your family. I always remember your dad shooting pool back in our college days. He was a fun guy, and I know he will be greatly missed. Take care!!!
Bev Lange on October 2, 2011 at 2:47 PM said:

My sympathy goes out to my dear cousins!!! Sending you love...may your memories comfort you!!! Love, your cousin, Bev
Jean Murphy on October 2, 2011 at 7:36 AM said:

My deepest sympathies to Denny's children...Denny always made my days at UIU enjoyable, with his quick sense of humor. He made the most out of everyday & will be greatly missed.

Tricia Pugh on October 1, 2011 at 3:21 PM said:

Connie, we are sorry for your loss. I'm so glad that you were with him by his side the last few weeks. Please let us know if you need anything at all.

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