JEROMESVILLE -- John L. Conner, 79, of Jeromesville, passed away suddenly Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
He was born on Dec. 6, 1937, in Big Prairie to Ralph and Ella Mae (Gruver) Conner and was a 1955 graduate of Big Prairie-Lakeville High School. He also attended Ashland College.
He worked for 20-plus years at Hills Supply of Canal Fulton selling, installing and maintaining milking parlors and was proud to have served for several years in the U.S. Air Force.
He loved being with his grandchildren and studying and researching the Bible and the Civil War. He enjoyed mission work, in particular his 17 years with Christian Appalachian Project. He also loved animals, especially the many dogs and cats he cared for over the years.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 53 years, Karen (Mumper) Conner; his daughters, Lesley Conner of Columbus and Jenny (Brett) Southworth of Upper Arlington; his grandchildren, Grant and Ella Southworth; his sister, Nancy (Jack) Fortune; his brother, Roger (Betty) Conner; his sister-in-law, Reva Jane Conner; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his uncle, Louis Gruver; aunts, Marcella Gruver and Marguerite Eby; and his brothers, Deward and Charles Conner.
John was a faithful servant of the Lord; a devoted husband and father; and a loyal friend, wise spiritual adviser and good neighbor to many. He will be greatly missed.
Memorial services to honor his life are planned for a later date. Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville assisted the family. Online condolences may be made at www.fickesfuneralhome.com.