Arthur Emerson Conner, 82, passed away Sunday, March 1, 2009 at his home while in hospice care. He was born February 23, 1927 in New Castle, Pennsylvania the son of Glenn and Tillie (Nord) Conner. He married Dorothy Helen Buehler on June 4, 1957 in Emery, South Dakota. Art, known by many as “Sandy”, served in the United States Army while stationed in Germany after World War II. He worked in industry in western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio prior to moving to Dubuque, Iowa where he attended the University of Dubuque and graduated in 1958 from Dubuque Theological Seminary. Later that year he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister by Shenango Presbytery at the Presbyterian Church in Bessemer, Pennsylvania where he grew up. He served churches in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota. In 1968 and 1969 the family lived in Seoul, South Korea where Art worked with Christian Children’s Fund. In 1986 he became a certified chemical dependency counselor, working at Keystone Treatment Center, Canton, South Dakota and Serenity Lane Hospital, Eugene, Oregon.
Art is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters, Susan (John) Enwright of New Ulm, MN and Elizabeth Conner (Van Smith) of Mesa, AZ; a son, Jon (Amy) Conner of Mankato, MN; three granddaughters, Stephanie and Rachel Enwright and Bailey Smith; one brother, Harry (Bettyanne) Conner of Bessemer, PA; sisters-in-law, Maxine (Dale) Mallory of New Castle, PA, Marjorie Nebelsick of Alexandria, SD, Karon (Robert) Fuller of Vermillion, SD and Darlene (Ronald) Mattice of Sioux Falls, SD; brothers-in-law, Robert (Shirley) Buehler of Emery, SD, William (Marji) Buehler of Tucson, AZ and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Jack Conner, father and mother-in-law, John and Helen Buehler and brothers-in-law, James Buehler and Duane Nebelsick.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the John and Helen Buehler Memorial Endowed Fund at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Office of Advancement, 2000 University Ave, Dubuque, IA 52001-5099 and the Avera Hospice, 525 N Foster, Mitchell, SD 57301..