In memory of
Connor, Jr. October 3, 1929 - February 11, 2017 OKLAHOMA CITY William Louis Connor, Jr. was born in Snyder, Oklahoma, on October 3, 1929, to William and Nancy Connor. Bill, as he liked to be called, had one brother, Joe, and two sisters, Mary and Shirley, all of whom are deceased. Bill graduated from Snyder High School in 1948. After two years at Cameron College in Lawton, he joined the United States Navy. He served from 1950 to 1954 in the Korean War. He had Basic Training and Radar School in San Diego. Most of the four years were spent on the destroyer, U.S.S. Hopewell. At the time of his discharge, Bill had the designation of Radarman First Class. He made several trips to Japan and Korea during shore bombardments. Upon his discharge, he returned to Oklahoma and set up housekeeping with Evelyn whom he married in 1953. Bill and Evelyn were married for 57 years, until her death in December 2010. They had three children. A son, Phillip Derek, died at 3 months of age. Son, DeWayne, passed on December 5, 2009, at the age of 54 after a valiant battle with cancer. His daughter Gina Faith (Connor) Lewis, survives. She is married to Terry Lewis. Bill has two grandsons, Ryan, whose fiance is Michel, and Brandon, whose wife is Laura, and one great grandson, Clark. Bill received his Bachelor's degree in 1956 from the University of Oklahoma. He worked for various companies before he became a regional manager for a law book publishing company, Bancroft-Whitney, later called the Thomson Company. At the age of 75 he developed macular degeneration which would have been a reason for many to just do nothing, but he found another way to be productive. He began his life as a volunteer at Integris Southwest Medical Center. He worked two or three days a week guiding people to the various places they were to go in the hospital. Bill has been a dedicated worker in the Church. He has been a member of the Methodist Church since 1953 when he married Evelyn. He had been a Baptist in his childhood. He has been Chairman of the Board, usher, teacher, and anything which was asked of him. Bill recently reached a milestone and was awarded special recognition for being a 32nd Degree Mason for 50 years. It can truly be said that he was a wonderful father and husband. He loved people. He was well-read and had interests in so many things. He loved to travel and read. When his reading was somewhat curtailed because of eyesight, he became a lover of books on tape which he thoroughly enjoyed. Many memorable vacations were taken with his family. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Southern Hills United Methodist Church, 8200 S. Pennsylvania Avenue, Oklahoma City.
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