Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Roger Connor

On Feb. 8, 2011, Roger Connor died peacefully at home with his family.

Roger was born in Chicago in 1923 and met his wife, Martha, 16 years later at Hyde Park High School. They were married Feb. 5, 1943, at Fort Collins, Colo. He spent World War II in the European theater as a combat MP. He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from IIT and went on to receive a master's in physics from UCLA while working at Douglas Aircraft.

In 1952, the couple moved to Crown Point, Ind. He ran a successful mechanical contracting company. He played chess, bridge and tennis and skied. He never stopped learning. At age 75 he received an associate's degree in the classics from the University of Chicago. After retiring from contracting, he taught engineering at Purdue University, and became a quality control engineer at Great Lakes Naval Station.

In the 1990s, Roger and Martha retired to Hailey, Idaho.

Roger is survived by his wife of 68 years, three sons and their spouses, and five grandchildren.

There will be a gathering of friends at the Senior Center, Saturday, Feb. 26, from 1-3 p.m.

He was truly loved and will be sorely missed.

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