Conner, Forest C. 1931-2019

CHILHOWEE, Mo. Forest C. Conner, 87, of Chilhowee, formerly of Raytown, Missouri, passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019, at Country Club Care Center in Warrensburg.

Forest Clinton Conner was born June 21, 1931. in El Dorado Springs, Missouri, son of Omer B. and Novella M. (McKnight) Conner.

He graduated from high school in Raytown.

He served in the army, and later, in the Navy Seabees, during the Korean War.

He was united in marriage to Betty Jane Bird on Jan. 21, 1951, in Raytown.

Forest was united in marriage to Barbara Ruth Vogelsang on Nov. 7, 1975, in Warrensburg. The couple made their home at Raytown until moving to Chilhowee in 1978.

He was a self-employed carpenter for many years. He was also a fireman in Independence, retiring in 1992 as a Captain.

Forest was an active member of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. His hobbies included fishing, wood working and spending time with his family

Survivors include: his three children, Michael Conner, of Chilhowee, Holli Burge, of Warrensburg and Craig Burge, of Holden, Missouri; brother: Dennis (Joanne) Conner, of Centerview, Missouri; six grandchildren, Nathan (Ashly) Conner, of Booneville, Missouri, Matthew (Megan) Conner, of Texas, Jason Burge, of Belton, Missouri, Aimee McCurdy, of Holden, David Eppright (Fiance, Stefanie Foster), of Holden, and Christi (Keith) Riecke), of Wentzville, Missouri; seven great-grandchildren, Morgan and Paisleigh Conner, Abbi and Adam Burge, Danielle McCurdy, Andreaw Dunsmore, Marie Bryant, and Jackson and Sam Riecke; and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by: his beloved wife, Barbara; son, Terry Bruce Conner; and brother, Max C. Conner.

Funeral Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at Williams Funeral Chapel in Warrensburg, with Brother Neil Wolfe officiating.

Interment will follow at Floral Hills Cemetery in Raytown, with Military Honors provided by United States Navy Honor Guard.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Short, Craig Adkins, Bill Eppright, David Eppright, Nathan Conner and Matthew Conner.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Dennis Jones, Keith Riecke and Jason Burge.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions are suggested to Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in care of the funeral home.

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