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Lyle Holden Conner was born February 22, 1926, in Cheyenne Valley southeast of Waynoka, to Holden and Iris (Gillespie) Conner and passed away March 8, 2015 at the VA Center in Clinton, Oklahoma. He attended first to third grade at Liberty, Mountain View and Del Plain country schools and from the fourth through seventh grades at Quinlan, Oklahoma. In 1938, his family moved Northwest of Chester and he attended Oak Grove School thru the 8th grade. He attended high school in Seiling, graduating in 1944. Because of World War II he was drafted and in August, 1944 was inducted into the U.S. Army. He completed basic training at Ft. Hood, TX and shipped overseas in February, 1945. He served in the Pacific theater during World War II, mostly in the Philippines (Saipan, Okinawa, Mindanao, and Manila); also in Hawaii. Because of his ability to type and take shorthand he was assigned to the commanding officer at Battalion Headquarters for the 381st Infantry 96th Division. At the close of World War II he was re-assigned to the Headquarters for the 86th Infantry. He received numerous medals and ribbons during his service to his country. He was discharged in September, 1946, as a Staff Sergeant. He married Virginia Louthan, his high school sweetheart, on November 16, 1946, at Wellington, Kansas. To this union were born four children: Janell, Dennis, Dale and Delores. They made their home in Chester where he worked for Major County. They moved to Cheyenne Valley in 1947 and worked for Ira and Pearl Marlatt until 1950 when they moved to the “home place” northwest of Chester. They farmed and ranched there together for the next 57 years. He and Virginia were faithful and lifetime members of the Elm Grove Assembly of God Church and he served on the Elm Grove Church Board for 31 years, serving as Sunday School Superintendent for 35 years. He also served on the Major County Conservation Board for 33 years, serving as Chairman for 15 years. He and Virginia enjoyed many ski trips and a lot of laughter with his sister Roseanna Langston and husband Gary and his brother Don Conner and his wife Elmeda (Medie). Due to failing health, they moved to Grace Living Center, Clinton, Oklahoma in 2007. They lived there until Virginia’s passing in 2011. In 2012 he moved to the Clinton Veteran Center and lived there till his passing. He was preceded in death by Virginia, his wife of 64 years (in 2011), his parents, his brother, Donald G. Conner, sister, Marjorie (Conner) Harris and her husband Paul. He is survived by his children: Janell Reutlinger and Donald, Freedom; Dennis Conner and Darlene, Woodward; Dale Conner, Seiling; Delores Rich and Danny, Chester. Ten grandchildren: Raenell Hollis and Rod, Justin Charboneau, David Conner, Lisa Wilson and Jeremy, Deidre Archer and Justin, Brooke Zonneville and Jeff, Danielle Rys and Brandon, Brandon Rich, Jarad Rich and Alessia, and Lynelle Jones and James; fifteen great grandchildren: Heather Harrington and Matt, Stephanie Hollis, Cody Conner, Justyce and Jocelyn Wilson, Madison and Peyton Archer, Haley and Layla Zonneville, Paisley and Holden Rys, Alleah and Alana Rich and Azlynn and Dylan Jones. One great great grandson Evan Joe Harrington. His brothers Doyle Conner and Joan, Longview Washington; Loren Conner and Norene, Soap Lake, Washington; sisters Mary Sites and Bill, Sulphur, Oklahoma; Roseanna Langston and Gary, Woodward. His sister-in-law Elaine Shuck and Derald, Chester, Oklahoma and sister-in-law Elmeda Conner Vici, Oklahoma. Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Elm Grove Community Church in Chester with Pastor Orville White and Pastor Michael Brien presiding. Burial will follow at the Conner Family Cemetery. The family requests donations be made to Alzheimer’s Research with Redinger Funeral Home being in charge of contributions.
Published on  March 12, 2015
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