Ralph A. Conner II


ROCHELLE — Ralph A. Conner II (Skeeter) of Rochelle passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. He was born June 4, 1945 to Ralph A. Conner I and Hazel Marie (Glazier) Conner in Morrison. He married Judith Curtis on April 17, 1966. 

In addition to his wife, survivors include sons, Randel (Lisa Brock) of Mundelein, David (Barb) of Durham, North Carolina, Eric (Erin) of DeKalb, and precious grandchildren Sarah and Elliot. Also surviving is a brother, Robert Conner of Rockford, in-laws, Joyce and John Goodenough of Peoria, Bill Curtis of Davenport, Iowa, James (loretta) Kelts of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Skeeter was preceded in death by sisters, Rita (Robert) Beswick, Verneita (Ronald) Richardson, Shirley (Darrell) House, Marilyn Goodenough, Hazel Conner, Rebecca (James) Iffland and brothers, George Conner and Richard Conner. 

Skeeter attended Morrison High School, Devry Institute, University of Missouri-Rolla and University of Illinois. He served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1969. Skeeter’s favorite pastimes were talking about his grandchildren, sons, and the Chicago Cubs and Bears. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, his koi pond and spending time at the lake with family and friends. 

Due to COVID-19 concerns, private visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 16 at Beverage - Lyons Family Funeral Home, 704 N. 6th St., Rochelle. Burial will follow at Lawnridge Cemetery in Rochelle. 

A special thank you to Dr. Daisy Thomas of Rockford, the VA in Madison, Wisconsin, and Serenity Hospice, Oregon.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon, Ill.

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