Joseph J. Conner, age 88, formerly of the Linden area, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at Golden Living Center following a long illness.
Joe was born on June 1, 1925 in Dodgeville to Steven and Anna (Laufenberg) Conner. He married the former Pearl French in 1953 and they were together for 18 years. He married Lucille Bymaster in May of 1979 and she preceded him in death in May of 1983. Joe married Delores Osborne in August of 1985 and they divorced in 2005. Joe farmed in his younger years and also worked construction, building barns. He then worked for the University of Wisconsin at both Platteville and Madison. He loved being outdoors, whether farming, hunting, fishing or gardening. He also enjoyed working on cars and doing odd jobs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Russel Bymaster; a granddaughter, Angel Winch; a great granddaughter, Lybertie Davis; a stepson, Hank Bratzke; three brothers, Wilbert, LaVerne and Glenn Conner; a sister, Mary Jane Klingaman and a special niece, Valarie Conner. Joe is survived by five daughters, Johanne Bymaster of Lancaster, CA; Mary Towsley of Blue River; June Hlavac (Tom Aide) of Montfort; Laurie (Cary) Turner of Prairie du Chien and Threasa (Bruce) Ramsden of Blue River; two sons, Paul (Robin) Conner of Lone Rock and Eugene Conner of Boscobel; 26 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren three stepchildren, Susan Hollander of Rockford, IL; Sandi Russell of Greeneville, TN and Clyde Bymaster of Lancaster, CA; a stepdaughter-in-law, Polly Bratzke of Spring Green as well as other relative and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the McGuire-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home in Highland. Fr. Jim Murphy will officiate with burial in St. Philip's Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. and on Tuesday after 10:00 A.M.