Jerry Dean Conner, age 87, of Webb City, Mo., passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018, at National Health Care in Joplin, Mo.
He was born on June 18, 1931, in Webb City to Otis Conner and Beulah (Wingo) Conner. Jerry graduated from Webb City High School in the class of 1949 and joined the United States Navy Veteran and served in the Korean War. He worked as a welder and in quality control for Rocketdyne and also Tri-State Motors.
Jerry loved to fish, was a master tomato gardener, an avid Webb City Cardinals fan, and also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Webb City.
Jerry married Carolyn (Henry) Conner on Jan. 6, 1951, in Webb City and she survives him at home.
He is also survived by his son, Craig Conner and wife, Mary, of Cedarville, Ill.; daughters, Cathy Shipman and husband, Jerry of Diamond, Mo., Janet Bradfield and husband, Rod, of Webb City; and a sister, Fern Bair, of Joplin; along with ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Jerry was preceded in death by a daughter, Suzanne Mclaughlin.
The family will be present for a visitation on Monday, June 25, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Webb City from 6 to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the church on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Reverend Kyle Beverlin officiating. Burial will follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery in Joplin with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Emmanuel Baptist Church in his memory.
Services are under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home in Webb City.
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