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Leo “Bill” W. Connors


Connors, LeoLEO “BILL” W. CONNORS, 82, of Jackson passed away on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at his home.  Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 11AM at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jackson with Father Larry Brixius officiating.  Military Honors will be provided by the Jackson American Legion and VFW Posts.  Burial will be at a later date at Calvary Cemetery in Waseca, Minnesota

Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5 to 7 PM with a Rosary at 7 PM at the Osterberg Funeral Home and on Wednesday – one hour prior to the service at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the American Cancer Society and Sanford Hospice.

LEO WILLIAM (BILL) CONNORS  was born November 25, 1928, in Waseca, Minnesota, the son of Leo F. Connors and Vivian (Fogarty) Connors.  Bill graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Waseca in 1947.  Following high school Bill spent 5 ½ years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.  He was united in marriage on June 4, 1955 to Lois Krause at the Sacred Heart Church in Waseca, Minnesota.  The marriage was blessed with five children, Joan Will (Roger) of Owatonna, Minnesota, Patrick (Deb) of Jackson, Minnesota, Francis (Solveig) both deceased, Kevin (Pam) of Spearfish, South Dakota, and Catherine of Jackson, Minnesota.  Bill passed away at his home in Jackson on Saturday, January 8, 2011, at the age of 82, 1 month, 14 days.

Bill graduated from Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Education.  He taught business at the West Central School of Agriculture in Morris, Minnesota for four years.  He worked for four years as the Business Manager of a plumbing and heating firm and two years as a traveling salesman for a plumbing and heating wholesale company.  In 1966, he was hired to teach the medical secretary program at the Jackson vocational school, where he taught until he retired in 1991.  Following retirement, Bill and Lois spent 16 years at Orange Grove RV Park in Edinburg, Texas, during the winter months.

Bill was an active member of the Jackson Lions Club for over 30 years.  He was awarded the Melvin Jones and Helen Keller Awards for his various activities.  He was also a member of the Jackson VFW, Knights of Columbus, and an active member of the Jackson Golf Club for over 40 years.  He was active in the Jackson JAY program, where he served as the director of baseball and coached football, hockey, and baseball for several years.

Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Lois of Jackson, sons, Pat and Kevin, daughters, Joan and Catherine, his brothers, Bob Connors of Waseca, Minnesota, Roger James of Big Lake, Minnesota, Tom (Donna) James of New Prague, Minnesota, Don (Mary) James of Lakeland, Minnesota, sister, Barb James of Bovey, Minnesota, grandchildren, Grace and Aaron Will, Jessy, Tim, Terry, and Tony Connors, Rhett Connors, and William, Amanda and Ben Connors, great granddaughter, Iveliss Connors.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Alfred C. James, a son, Francis, a daughter- in- law Solvieg Connors, a brother Joseph, a sister Joan Connors, and sisters-in-law Lucille Connors and Donna Connors.

Blessed be the memory of Bill Connors.

5 thoughts on “Leo “Bill” W. Connors”

  1. Jim Brennan says:

    Dear Family of my good friend, Bill.

    I extend my most sincere sympathy to each of you. You all know what a better place our friend is today. I’m sure he has a 9 o’clock tee time tomorrow, not with Gary and me, but with a group of angels on a much nicer course in heaven.

    I will cherish the many memories I have with Bill: the left handed stiff swing, the bald tires on his cart, the many stories he shared about growing up in Waseca, the undying love he had for each of you, and the 1000’s of rounds of golf we were lucky to share with him.

    God bless Bill Connors, my very good friend. Every shot will be a hole-in-one from now on.

    jim Brennan

  2. Valerie Schnoor (Bain) says:

    Kevin and family, sorry to hear of the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
    Take care, and God bless.

  3. Gary Hildebrandt says:

    I enjoyed knowing Bill a little bit. He always had a smile and a kind word to say. Our sympathies to Bill’s family.
    Gary, for the Hildebrandts

  4. Nancy Brosam says:

    Dear Lois and Family,
    My deepest sympathy to all of you for your loss. Unfortunately, I cannot be with you today in person but I will be with you in spirit. Uncle Bill was one of my favorite people. I will miss him. My prayers are with you at this time. Love, Nancy

  5. Bridget Godden says:

    I was saddened to read of Bill’s passing. What a Wonderful Man.

    I was a student of his in Jackson and graduated in 1990. I will never forget the first day of orientation when I met my instructors. I had been told that Bill was a tough teacher and was quite nervous to meet him. That morning, when all students got a quick one-on-one sit down with Mr. Connors, I was waiting my turn and nervous as I could be. I went in the room and sat down at this desk. He introduced himself and quickly ran through some of the key points to his class and what he expected from his students. I was so nervous. At the end of the meeting he said to me, “So, Ms. Godden, Do you have any questions or concerns?” I replied, “Well, I heard you’re a tough teacher and can be mean sometimes. Is that true?” He looked at me and laughed out loud and said, “Bridget, I can tell you right now that you and I are going to get along just fine.” He was right. He was my FAVORITE teacher.
    God Bless.

    Bridget Godden (Welcome, MN)

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