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Lonnie Alvin Conner
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Birth: Jun. 24, 1925
Stevens County
Washington, USA
Death: Feb. 19, 2010
Franklin County
Washington, USA
Lonnie Alvin Conner died after a brief illness at home on February 19, 2010, at the age of 84. His long and fruitful life began in Kellogg, Idaho, with his parents Lonnie L. and Nina Barrett-Rupert Conner and his sister, Arlene. Lonnie served in the United States Army Infantry 94th Division from August 1944 to July 1946, and was a Bronze Star recipient. He married Mary Doris Smith of Colville, Washington on December 27, 1946. Lonnie and Mary shared in the building and enjoyment of a life together that spanned 63 years of marriage. In 1953 Lonnie graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and he and Mary moved to Pasco and bought a farm that included a Concord grape vineyard. He worked at various Hanford companies and then at Energy Northwest, retiring in 1976 to farm full time the vineyard that he and Mary had expanded through the years. In 1993, Lonnie retired from grape farming but stayed involved in the industry. He was busy and active and had many interests. Lonnie served as an elected official of National Grape Cooperative, Inc. from 1963 to 1988. He served 7 years on the Benton-Franklin County Fair Board, 7 years on the Franklin County Open Spaces Advisory Committee, and was a member of the Washington State Grape Society 2, 4-D Advisory Committee until it disbanded in 1984. Representing Washington State Grange, he served on the Governor's transition team (1984), Washington State Department of Ecology committee (1990), and Governor's Council on Agriculture and the Environment (1994). He received the Washington State Grape Society's Walter Clore Award in 1992, the Lloyd Porter Grape Grower Award in 2000, and was a Franklin County Ag Hall of Fame inductee in 2005 for his contributions to the grape industry in Franklin County. He and Mary received the Kiwanis Club of Pasco Agriculture Award in November 1991. Lonnie was a life member of American Legion, VFW, NRA, Columbia Valley Grange and Washington State Grape Society. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, most things mechanical, and being in the mountains. He accomplished all these things with quiet dedication, perseverance, humor and competency. He will be greatly missed by those who loved and enjoyed him. Lonnie is survived by his wife Mary, his son Douglas and daughter-in-law Kelly Conner, his daughter Rebecca and son-in-law Craig Cooper, step-grandchildren Caleb Cooper and Emily Cooper, and one niece. Arrangements and cremation are in charge of Hillcrest Memorial Center and at his request there will be no service. Contributions may be made in Lonnie's memory to The Chaplaincy, 2108 West Entiat Avenue, Kennewick, 99336, or to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center, 7350 West Deschutes, Kennewick, 99336.
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  Lonnie L Conner (1898 - 1965)
  Nina V Barrett Conner (1905 - 1980)
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Per Alvin's request, his ashes were scattered over one of his favorite areas.
Created by: Twila
Record added: Feb 23, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 48625533

My thoughts are with you and Doris today. May you rest in peace.
- Twila
 Added: Feb. 19, 2016
It has been three years today and you are still in our thoughts. May you rest in peace.
- Twila
 Added: Feb. 19, 2013
Happy Birthday, Alvin. You are missed by many.
- Twila
 Added: Jun. 24, 2012
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