A Celebration of Life Service for Michael Jennings Conner, 73, Lawrence KS, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church in Lawrence. Inurnment will be held at a later date at Maple Hill Cemetery in Kirksville, Missouri. He passed away Friday, September 21, 2018 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
Michael was born May 13, 1945 in Greentop, Missouri. At the age of 10 days he was adopted by Dewey Sterling and Vera Eldora (Steele) Conner. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served from 1966 until his Honorable Discharge in 1972. He was a 1963 graduate of Kirksville, Mo High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Masters of Arts at Truman State University formally NE Missouri State University. Michael was a member of Phi Delta Kappa. He was a charter member of Delta Omicron Mu. He was Director of Special Education in Garden City and Eureka KS for 14 years. Michael J. Conner M.A. LUTCF was both a District Manager and agent for Farmers Insurance Group from 1986 until his passing. Michael received numerous awards during his career such as: Agent of the Year, Top Life Agent, Premier Agent Award, Toppers Club, Life Masters, Commercial Select Agent, President LAIFA, President General Agent and Managers Association (G.A.M.A.), Farmers Forum – Top 50 US Qualifier and Top Life Premium – District 04-03. He was President of G.A.M.A. 1990-1996 and President of N.A.I.F.A. from 2004-2005. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Shrine.
He married Patricia Garrett on March 11, 1978 in Garden City, KS. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include their children, Sean Conner (Karen) Lawrence, KS, Rachelle Nuessner (Mark) Rogers, Arkansas, Debra Puga (Belen) Wichita, KS, Steven Alpers, Aventura, FL, Larry Alpers, Dallas, TX, Rebecca Shehadi (David Sr.), Dorset, Vermont; 18 grandchildren, Reilly, Kamryn, Tyler, Paige, Jared, Morgan, Evan, Corey, Joshua, Sarah, Nina, David Jr., Joe, Michael, Lisa, Daniel, Christine, Marcus, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents Dewey and Vera Conner and uncles, Earl, John and Jennings Conner.
Michael was an avid KU fan, having season football tickets for over 30 years.
Michael was an organ donor and will be able to enhance the lives of many people including the gift of sight.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to The American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, Shriners Childrens Hospital, or to a charity of the donor’s choice and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.
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