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Vernon Conn, 78, of Concordia, MO, died June 17, 2013 in Merriam, KS. Friends are asked to join the family for refreshments at Topsy's Cafe in Concordia, MO, Saturday, June 22nd from 11am to 1pm for a celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers please donate to The Jacob Henry and Stephanie Conn Scholarship Fund (a collection jar will be available.) At a later date, there will be a partial spreading of Mr. Conn's ashes at his parent's grave site in Eldridge, MO and at his granddaughter's grave site in Edwardsville, KS.
Vernon was born on May 10th, 1935 in Eldridge, MO. As a young man he worked as a farm hand, driving and repairing machinery. Mr. Conn was a US Army Veteran and served as a mechanic while stationed in Korea. In 1961 he and his family moved to Bonner Springs, KS where he enjoyed a 38 year career as a Shop Foreman with Southwest Steel Fabrications and helped to build the staircase for the St. Louis Arch. After retiring, Vernon lived in Camdenton, Mo before moving to Concordia, MO in 2002 where he earned the reputation as the resident "Mr. Fix-it" repairing everything from weed wackers to washing machines and usually for free. He also enjoyed creating beautiful wood working projects that he loved to share with his grateful family and friends. Vernon was an accomplished singer, songwriter, and musician choosing guitars (guit-fiddles) and banjos as his weapons of choice. On most days you could find him fishing, tinkering in his shed, going to get lottery tickets and spoiling his dog. Vernon cooked & ate almost constantly, all while never gaining an ounce. He thoroughly enjoyed a strong cup of coffee, fresh long johns & any brand of vanilla ice cream.
Mr. Conn was preceded in death by his parents, 5 siblings and granddaughter Stephanie Conn (Jake Henry) in 2010.
Vernon is survived by his dog, Missy, Gladstone, MO, brother, Eugene Conn, Richland, MO, children Vernon W. Conn (Danielle Walker), Edwardsville, KS, Steve Conn (Lynn Butler), Bonner Springs, KS, Cindy Conn (Don Seymour), Gladstone, MO, grandchildren Emily Hernandez (Michael), Aaron Conn, Andrew Conn, Anthony Conn, great-grandchildren Hayden Hernandez, Spencer Hernandez as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends who loved him, too. RIP
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Published in Lawrence Journal-World on June 20, 2013