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April 24, 1932 - December 24, 2022
Charles M. Conner died on December 24, 2022 at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City, MO. Mr. Conner was a retired Naval Chaplain. He was a 1953 graduate of Tulsa Oklahoma University and 1959 graduate of Concordia Seminary in Clayton, MO.
He served as a minister of the Lutheran Church of Missouri Synod, retiring in 1994. He was ordained in his home church, Grace Lutheran in Tulsa. He was installed as Minister first, Ada Mission and later to the mission in Moore and lead both to build beautiful church buildings. He served several missions in Oklahoma and Missouri.
He worked at the Lutheran Radio Station KFUO in St. Louis. He served as Executive Director of the St. Louis Council of Lutheran Churches as well as Director of Religion and Public Service Programs for CBS Channel 4 for a few years. Conner served in Parish Ministry at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in St. Louis and Good Shepherd in Arnold. His life long desire to preach on the water was his final gift of ministry when he established a Christian Boat Ministry at Lake of the Ozark after his retirement in 1994.
Conner’s parents were Otto and Bernice (Weeks) Conner of Tulsa, OK. He was born in Ardmore, OK on April 24, 1932.
He is survived by his wife, June (Wilkinson) Conner of Festus, two sons, Nickolas Conner of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Timothy Conner of Canadian, OK, two daughters, Jackie Resch of Odessa, MO, and Anna Conner of Macon, GA; stepdaughter and stepson, Kathleen Sanchez and Kevin Schraer both of Festus. Numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren from several states.
Mr. Conner was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Crystal City. He willed a Gift of Body to St. Louis University Medical School.
Final arrangements were provided by Dietrich-Mothershead Funeral Home in De Soto. Memorials can be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church Altar Fund at 221 Brierton Lane, Festus, MO 63028 of Mercy Hospice Care.