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Willard Harvey Conner
(April 7, 1919 - April 14, 2012)

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Willard Harvey Conner

U.S. Veteran

Willard Harvey Conner, 93, of Cass Lake, Minnesota passed away Saturday, April 14, 2012 at Neilson Place in Bemidji. Willard was born April 7, 1919 in East Lake, Minnesota the eldest of ten children of William and Mabel (Hill) Conner. He married Laverne Haave on December 10th, 1942 in Cass Lake, raising his family in his present day home. He served in the CC’s prior to his Army service from 1942-1946, serving the Army overseas in Africa, Sicily and Germany. He worked at the Box Factory before and after his WWII service and was actively involved in logging and gravel/coal hauling businesses. He retired after a long career with Wheeler Lumber/St. Regis. His avid love of hunting and fishing was shared with family and friends, leaving many memories, and hours of good stories. Willard is survived by two children; Judith (Dennis) Swearingen of Cass Lake and Dennis (Georgeine) of Meridian, MS; wife, Clara (Riggles) whom he married in 1987, and stepdaughter Arlene (Butch) Bubar both of Cass Lake; sisters: Viola Gamache of British Columbia, Canada, Thelma (Frank) Siegford and Lois Heath, both of Missoula, MT, brothers: Kenneth (Janette) and Ronnie (MaryLou) both of Cass Lake, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by wife Laverne; grandson, Bradley Swearingen, and sister Cleo (Peggy) Goodrich and three brothers; Clyde, Marvin and infant baby. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at the Jack Kimball American Legion Post #284 in Cass Lake with Rev. Robert Dennis officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Cass Lake Pine Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the American Legion Post #284, of which Willard was a 67 year member. Pallbearers are Larry Conner, Jamie Eidsmoe, Ryan Erickson, Rob Foster, Tomy Hegland, and Darryl Larson. Honorary Pallbearers are special friends in the Hunting and Coffee Groups, and Lennie Ellis and Rozella Mackey. His legacy as the “Orange Crush” man proved his commitment to family and friends with many years of hard work and love of life and service to his community and country.

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