William Edward (Bill) Conner, 88, of Dallas, passed away in the early morning hours of July 6, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving wife, son Mike, and caregivers after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s.
Bill was born on June 19, 1930 in Waterloo to Andrew (Jack) and Rena (Dobson) Conner. He was the only son and oldest of their four children. Bill went to school in a one-room schoolhouse in Waterloo; later graduating from Lebanon High School in the class of 1948.
He joined the Navy in 1949. During his time in the Navy while he was stationed at Annapolis, Maryland, he met his wife-to-be on a blind date. Bill married Carolyn (Roedl) Conner in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, on Nov. 23, 1957. During their marriage they had five children. When Bill retired from the Navy after 20 years, he and his family moved back to Oregon.
Once back in Oregon he began his second career working for Willamette Industries in Dallas as their office manager. He eventually retired after 25 years in 1991.
During his retirement, Bill enjoyed bowling, gambling at Spirit Mountain, traveling across the U.S. to visit friends and relatives, and loved to play count your cards with friends and family.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, a sister Barbara Burrese, a nephew Danny McPherson, and a granddaughter Nicole Johnson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Carolyn; five children, Laura Christenson (Brian), Lisa Crowhurst (Nigel), Michael Conner, Leigh Sommerson (Walt), and Mark Conner (Ruth). He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and two sisters; Arlene McPherson and Sharon Phillips (Corbin).
The family would like to give a special thanks for the many years of care and support that was given by Sara Oliver and multiple other caregivers through the past four years. They would also like to give thanks to the wonderful people at Willamette Valley Hospice.
Funeral services will be privately held on a later date at Willamette National Cemetery with full military honors.
Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center is caring for the family. To share an online condolence, go to www.dallastribute.com.