Terry Paul Conner, age 62, of Rockford, formerly of Omaha, NE, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at his residence.
He was born July 16, 1947, in Grand Island, NE. Terry graduated from Red Oak High School in Red Oak, IA in 1965, and attended Iowa Western College.
He served in the US Army from 1966 to 1968, and toured Europe with The Army Band.
Terry was joined in holy marriage to Joyce Kidwell Dec. 27, 1969, Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Red Oak, IA. God blessed their marriage with two children.
Terry later attended the University of Nebraska in Omaha, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s Graduate School of Banking in Madison.
Terry’s banking career began at the Federal Reserve Bank in Omaha. He also spent many years with The Hawkeye Bank Corporation.
From 1974-1987, he served at Citizens State Bank in Oakland, IA, and later was employed at Western Security and Pinnacle Banks, both in Omaha.
Terry was a talented drummer and a member of the bands “Revival,” “The Crosstown Trio,” and “Murphy’s Law.” These bands were very popular in the eastern Nebraska and western Iowa areas. Through the years, Terry brought much joy and happiness to people with his music.
A past president of the Jaycees in Rock Rapids and Oakland, IA, Terry also belonged to The American Institute of Banking and to the American Legion.
He was an avid sports fan and was always passionate about the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Terry was exceptional in music trivia, and an excellent bowler. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, nature, and was a lover of animals.
Terry is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Joyce Conner; children: Kerry Paul Conner and wife Kristie (Albrecht) of Rockford, and Andrea Sue Conner of Phoenix, AZ; two grandchildren: Chloe Conner and Julian Albanil; father-in-law Larry Kidwell and wife of Hemet, CA; brothers-in-law Michael Kidwell of Red Oak, CA, and Darrell Kidwell of Texas; a sister-in-law, Carole Alaimo of Corona, CA; other relatives, and many friends including the Campbell family in Papillion, NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry “Hap” and Elfie Conner; mother-in-law Bernice Kidwell; and uncles and aunts Jack and Virginia Bowen, and Charles and Lucille Sherman.
A memorial service took place Wednesday, March 31 at 10 a.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo. Online condolences may be directed to www.thepetersonchapel.com
Memorials are suggested for the Nebraska Children’s Home or to the Wright County Humane Society.