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..
entry posted by Tom and Lola-Towlerton Downs 03-10-09 on 03-10-2009
It was with great sadness that we read of the passing of Art. We remember many happy, loving times with him as the pastor of our church in Madison. We all had tears in our eyes as he officiated at our wedding 37 years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
entry posted by Marvin & Carolyn Camp on 03-09-2009
Our hearts are sad as we mourn the loss of Art our dearest friend for nearly 55 years. We have so many fond memories of our "babysitter" and helper who stood with us in all circumstances in life. It has been a joy to travel life together with your family and we long for the day when we will all be together again in Heaven. Dorothy, you and the children have a special place in our hearts. We have and continue to keep you all in our daily prayers for comfort which can only come from the Lord. May God bless each of you.
entry posted by Mark Armstrong on 03-08-2009
Cousin Dorothy, I'm saddened by your loss. It was an honor to know Art who was a kind and generous man. Know that we stand with you before the Great Spirit.
entry posted by La' Quinnesias & Quinton Dunham on 03-08-2009
It's was always a pleasure to see Mr. Connor on one of our trips to Arizona he was a wonderful person. We were blessed to have an opportunity to know him.
Our prayers go out to the family and we hope that you all find comfort in the fact that his suffers no more and he is now in the company of our Lord.
entry posted by Cathleen Becht Bourque and Family on 03-07-2009
Jon and Family.
I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
entry posted by Bill & Mary Ressler on 03-06-2009
Jon and family,
We are sorry to hear about the loss of your father. You have our heartfelt sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
entry posted by Janell Jucht Beck on 03-05-2009
You have my sincere sympathy in the loss of your special loved one. My prayers are for peace and comfort during this sad time of adjustment.
entry posted by Carolyn Newsom on 03-05-2009
Dorothy and Family: My Prayers are with you at this difficult time. Art was a wonderful man and will be missed. It will not be a easy journey without him, but God will lead you on.
My Love and Prayers,
Cousin Carolyn Newsom
entry posted by Jean Buehler on 03-05-2009
Dorothy and family, you have been in our prayers. We love you. Love, Jean, Janae, Jared, Jessica&Justin
entry posted by LeAnn & Kathy on 03-05-2009
Beth and family, LeAnn and I are thinking of you at this time, may you lean on each other and your many friends.You are in our prayers.
entry posted by Karen (Hyink) Hirsch on 03-05-2009
Sending you my heartfelt sympathies to the whole family. I have so many fond memories of Art and our church family in Madison. Be comforted in the many good times you shared together. God's peace to you all.
entry posted by Cyndi (Buehler) Fischer on 03-05-2009
Dorothy and family,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss. He is in a wonderful place relaxing in the arms of our Lord. I remembe all the wonderful family times that we spent tgether at their home or my home growing up. Thank you for all those precious memories.
entry posted by Les and Shirley Schoffelman on 03-04-2009
Our first memories go back to University of Dubuque days. We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to renew our friendship while we both lived in Mitchell. Our love and prayers are with you all.
entry posted by Gordon and Jane Aggers on 03-04-2009
Dorothy and Family, enjoyed the times we spent with Art when he lived in Eugene. Some good times, experiencing Dorothy's cooking...just setting and discussing the goodness of the Lord. Our prayers are with you and we know the Lord is well pleased with His servant.
entry posted by Patty Adams (friend of Jon & Amy) on 03-04-2009
My sincere heartfelt sympathy to you in the loss of your beloved father. Please know that you are in my prayers. May you find comfort in God's promise of life eternal.
entry posted by Bob and Bonnie Beaudoin on 03-04-2009
Dorothy and family,
Jeff has kept me posted on Art's condition and was sorry to hear of his passing. He is now enfolded in gpd's loving arms and is free of pain . The two of you were always special to me and were always so good to me while I was at Madison. I have never forgotten that.
Love and prayers to you all,
entry posted by MARTY BARINGTON (VILLAGE BOWL) on 03-04-2009
IT WAS ALWAYS A PLEASURE HAVING ART AT TUESDAY MORNING SENIOR BOWLING. HE ALWAYS HAD A POSITIVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE AND PLENTY OF CHEERFULNESS TO GIVE AWAY. HE WILL BE MISSED OUT HERE ON THE LANES. HIS FAMILY ARE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. WE WILL MISS HIM.
entry posted by Barb Harmdierks on 03-04-2009
I am so sorry to hear the news. I have such fond memories of Art and all of the good times at church, especially youth group at your home on Lincoln!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Barb (Davidson) Harmdierks and family.
entry posted by Melani Hanisch on 03-04-2009
Jon, So sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Blessings, Troy, Melani (Johnson), Austin & Ellie Hanisch
entry posted by Dale & Arleen Weerheim on 03-04-2009
Dorothy and family, we are saddened to hear of Art's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
entry posted by Wes Tschetter on 03-03-2009
I met Art in Madison in the late70's .What a kind loving Man he
was. Remembering the family in prayers
entry posted by Albert & Shirley Ohden families Neil, Craig on 03-03-2009
We have fond memories of your families and rejoice in the Lord in knowing you. Our prayers are with you now that you will receive strenght and comfort in His love. It was my joy to work with him at our church in Carnarvon. God Bless !!
entry posted by Carol Carter on 03-03-2009
My prayers are with the family in this time of loss. he will now watch over you all from heaven above. so he has not left you he just sits high and look low to the ones he love the most.
God Bless you and give you strengh daily.
entry posted by Marla (Dammann) Chisholm on 03-03-2009
Sandy was my mother's first cousin. As a little girl, I went to his ordination in Bessemer, PA. All of the family knew that Sandy was a very special man. I used to love hearing stories my mom and grandma would tell me about Sandy, Jackie, and Paddy. I don't remember the last time I saw him because it has been awhile, but he was good about keeping in touch with me after my mom, Arlene Dammann, died. He knew that I liked to be informed about the Nord family.
Bless you, Sandy, and may God be with your family as they mourn your loss. My prayers are with you all.
entry posted by Ray and Cynthia Smith on 03-03-2009
Though we only met Mr. Conner briefly, we were impressed by his love for the Lord and for his family. We are constantly reminded of the type of father he must have been through the beauty, love, patience, and kindess he passed along to our sister-in-law Elizabeth (Beth). We are thinking of you all and praying for God's comfort and grace to help you through this difficult time.
entry posted by Dottie (Reiter) Rathje on 03-03-2009
Going back to the University of Dubuque 50 years ago, I have many fond memories of Art and Dorothy as they dated and of meeting up again with them a few years ago. He is not far away, only on another journey, and is loved and blessed by all. Peace, Love and Prayers.
entry posted by Jim & Amy Trewin on 03-03-2009
I didn't have many times to meet or even talk with Art. But the times I did I always was refreshed and encouraged. His steady walk with The Lord was apparent to me and something I hope to have as I aged. I think he mentored me without even knowing it. I saddened by his passing but rejoice in his future in the company of our Lord.
I pray that the entire Conner family experiences God's peace and comfort during this time. I also pray that they have many great times of sharing fond memories of Art.
entry posted by Al & Marcie Straatmeyer on 03-03-2009
We have known and loved Art for more than 50 years and feel an indescribable loss in his passing. These days, our love, thoughts, and prayers are constantly with you, the members of his family.
entry posted by Kathy and Jim Ressler on 03-02-2009
Our prayers are with you now.