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John E. Connor

July 18, 1939 — September 26, 2020

John E. Connor


John E. Connor age 81, of Ellinwood, Kansas died Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Hays Medical Center, Hays, Kansas. He was born July 18, 1939, in rural Barton County Kansas to Robert E. and Aurelia (Schugart) Connor.

He grew up in Hoisington, Kansas and was a 1957 graduate of Hoisington High School.

After high School he entered The Oratory in Rock Hill, South Carolina. In 1961 he joined the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in the United States, Germany and Turkey. He received his Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Emporia State University. He lived in the Kansas City area for a number of years, and was a Social Service Worker and counselor, working with the youth. He then moved back to the Great Bend, Kansas area and retired from the Larned State Hospital. The last four years he has been a resident at the Woodhaven Nursing Home in Ellinwood, Kansas.

Survivors include two sisters, Loretta Ulrey, Logan, KS; Barbara Lehning and husband, Mike, Logan, KS; two brothers-in-law, Leonard Ehrlich, Great Bend, KS; Reuben Flagor, Hoisington, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert Connor and Jim Connor; three sisters, Margaret Ehrlich, Jean Flagor and Mary Lou Komarek.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions a private graveside service and inurnment will be held at St. Johns Cemetery in Hoisington, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to the Woodhaven Nursing Home in care of the mortuary.

Services are entrusted to Clines-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601.

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