John D. Connor

John D. Connor

John David Connor, 82 of Galena, IL passed away Friday, September 14, 2018, at Ennoble Skilled Nursing, Dubuque, IA. The funeral mass will be 10:30 AM, Thursday, September 20, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Galena. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM, Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at the Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena where the Knights of Columbus will conduct their service at 7 PM. Burial will be in the church cemetery. He was born October 30, 1935, in Galena the son of William and Genevieve (McGraw) Connor. He attended St. Michael’s grade school, Galena and went onto graduate from high school at Sacred Heart Seminary, Geneva, IL. After graduating he attended Platteville Miners College for two years prior to being drafted. John served in the United States Army from 1956 until his honorable discharge in 1958. He was united in marriage to his wife of fifty-eight years Janet Heins on May 28, 1960, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Galena. John was employed at John Deere Dubuque Works for thirty-five years where he served as a General Supervisor of Inspection. He enjoyed playing baseball and softball in his younger years, bowling, woodworking, reading, antiquing and refinishing and caning furniture. John loved being with his family taking them on trips when his children were young to most of the National Parks something he valued as very important. He later cherished his time with his grandchildren. John was very proud of his Irish heritage and would spend his time working on his genealogy. He served on the Cemetery Board of St. Mary’s Cemetery, ARC Board and the Historical Board and served with fourth degree Knights of Columbus. John was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and New York Yankees. He is survived by his wife, Janet, two children, Michael of Cary, NC, Carlie (Steve) Larson of East Dubuque, IL, six grandchildren, Mandy and Tim Larson, Ben, Lydia, Abbey and Julia Connor, two sisters, Juanita Dawn Steichen of Dubuque and Cassie Hollatz of Boulder Junction, WI, two sister-in-laws, Marilyn Abrahamsen of North Vale, NJ and Jean Heins of Dubuque and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his biological parents, and his adopted parents, Donald and Juanita Connor, three siblings and four brother-in-laws. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Dubuque, the staff at Ennoble and Mercy Medical Center, Doctor’s Vandigo, Janes and Rahm. Your care and compassion during this difficult time will never be forgotten.

 

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