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March 18, 1944 – September 5, 2018

Richard Connor
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Obituary for Richard Connor

Richard R. Connor, loving husband father, grandfather and friend, passed away Wednesday, September 5, 2018 in Grace Village Healthcare after a brief illness. A Warsaw resident, he was 74 years old.

Richard was born to Richard K. Connor and Margaret (Chamness) Connor in Chicago Heights, Illinois on March 18, 1944. He graduated from Bloom Township High School in 1962.

Richard loved his time in the US Army, having been drafted on June 4, 1965 during the Vietnam War. He was proud of his E5 Sergeant rank and of his service. Honorably discharged on June 2, 1967 from Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Richard moved to Long Beach, California.

Richard went on to earn an associate degree from Long Beach City College and, on June 18, 1966, Richard was united in marriage to Marcia Schuck in Long Beach. The two spent 41 years together before her passing on October 11, 2007. Blessed to find love twice, Richard was wed to Doreen (Byers) Whitney on July 18, 2009 at Dutchtown Brethren Church; Doreen survives.

Professionally, he spent most of his life in the auto body business working for and managing several body shops. He loved playing basketball during his high school years, church softball and served as the game director for AWANA at his church for many years. He loved to golf, was famous for his huge calf muscles and had abs of steel - before that was a trendy thing. He also played Santa Claus for nearly twenty years for friends and family as he loved children. Richard served his church faithfully as a trustee, deacon, nursery worker and head usher. One of his greatest joys was being a Grandpa; Richard was a people person and was always known as being kind and friendly to others.

In addition to his wife, Doreen Connor, Warsaw, those surviving with memories to treasure include two sons: Ryan Richard (Rachelle) Connor, Warsaw, and Kyle Rowe Connor, Long Beach, CA; three grandchildren: Judah Connor, Joshua Connor and Camden Whitney; a step-son, Matt (Dana) Whitney, Fort Wayne, and two sisters, Barbara (Brian) Hutson, Lockport, IL and Jeanette McGurr, Savannah, GA. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law, Robin (Paul) Perencevic, Long Beach, CA and Nancy Hawkins, Seattle, WA. Richard was preceded in death by his first wife, Marcia Connor; father, Richard K. (Christine) Connor; mother, Margaret Marconi and by brother, Kenny Connor.

Friends may join family for visitation at Titus Funeral Home, 2000 East Sheridan Street, Warsaw, on Friday, September 7th from 4 to 6 p.m. A funeral service which celebrates Richard’s life will be held on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in the Funeral Home with military honors conducted by members of the United States Army, Warsaw American Legion Post 49 and Warsaw VFW Post 1126. Private burial will be in Marion National Cemetery.

Those wishing to express their sympathy may leave condolences at www.TitusFuneralHome.com or may give to the following charities:

Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice, 334 Enterprise Dr, Warsaw, IN 46580

Tee-Ball at Pleasant View Bible Church, 2782 W. 200 N. Warsaw, IN 46580

First Visitation

When September 7th, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Titus Funeral Home
2000 Sheridan St
Warsaw, IN 46580
Additional Information

Service Information

September 8th, 2018 10:30am
Jack Worth
Titus Funeral Home
2000 Sheridan St
Warsaw, IN 46580
Service Extra Info
Military Honors at Funeral Home

Interment Information

Marion National Cemetery
Address Not Available
Marion, Indiana