Donald Ray Conner

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Donald Ray Conner, 80, of Woodburn, died at home with his wife and children by his side on May 31, 2014.

Born in Portland to Lester E. Conner Sr. and Winnetta B. Conner, he attended Highland and Orient Grade Schools, graduating in 1952 from Gresham High School.

Don worked various jobs before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1953, serving in Germany until 1955. Don worked for Union Pacific Railroad and Western Auto until 1960 when he was employed at NW Natural Gas in Eugene for 35 years, retiring in 1995.

Don married Helen L. Snell in May 1957. After retiring Don and Helen enjoyed family and friends at their home in Florence, where they loved to fish for salmon. In 2004 they moved to Woodburn with a golf course in the back yard, where Don loved to golf. They also enjoyed spending winters in the Arizona sun.

Don is survived by his wife Helen and their three children: Dale Conner of Woodburn, Kristi Miller (Steve) of Springfield and Kelly Young (Harold) of Keizer; nine grandchildren: Renee Miller Harding, Tonya Miller, Cameron, Kyle and Colby Hlavinka, Hailee, Bryce, Tyler and Priscilla Young and two special girls, Xena and Dezarae.

There are eight great-grandchildren: Camielle, Wyatt, Tessa, Tucker, Conner, Stella, Kassidy, Bennett and a ninth one soon.

Don is also survived by two brothers and four sisters: Lester Conner Jr. (Nancy) of Vancouver, Charles Conner (companion Martha) of Tigard, Lois Christensen (Jerry) of Woodburn, Linda Conner (companion Jane) of Oregon City, Barbie Boren (Tom) of Prineville, Kathy Weidman (Bill) of Sandy and numerous nieces and nephews.

Don had a passion for many things; golf, fishing, hunting and camping, but most of all spending time with family and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 6 at the Woodburn Senior Estates Auditorium, 1776 Country Club Road, Woodburn. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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