Richard Lee Conner, age 68, a resident of West Washington Street Churubuco, Indiana died Wednesday morning February 20, 2008 in the emergency room of the Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City, Indiana following a sudden illness. Mr. Conner was born November 16, 1939 in Churubusco, Indiana a son of the late Howard and Leila M. (Krieger) Conner.e He spent his formative years here in the Churubusco area and entered the US Air Force where he served faithfully for20 years. During his military service he was stationede at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, in the Republic of Vietnam as a Mobile Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team member under hostile fire.e He was also promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and received the Bronze Star, and was united ine marriage in Denver, Colorado to the former Dorothy L.e Sagee.e After retiring from the Air Force he was ae truck driver for Lakeside Transport Co. in Wolcottville,e Indiana. He retired from there in 1990 but continued to drive for them part time. He loved to fish, and was a member of the Churubusco V.F.W.e The survivors include his wife Dorothy Conner,e their children Shawn L. (Micheal) Hartman of Churubusco, Indiana,e Steven E. Conner of Churubusco, Indiana and Julie (Estill) Stratton of Albion, Indiana.e One sister Ruth Ann Morgan of Albion and 6 grandchildren. In addition to his parents,e he was preceded in death by a brother Robert Conner, and an infant sister Margaret Conner. The family will receive friends in the Sheets and Childs Funeral Home on Saturday March 1, 2008e from 1:00 p.m. untile 2:00 p.m.e A memorial service honoring Richards life will be held ate 2:00 p.m.e in the funeral home.e ************************************** To leave a condolence for the family in Richard's memory; please clock on "condolences" below.