Edward J. Connors

October 9, 2018

Edward Connors

Green Valley, Ariz., formerly Jefferson, S.D.

Edward Joseph Connors, 89, of Green Valley, formerly of Jefferson, died on May 17, 2018, with his wife of 30 years, Carolyn C. Roberts, by his side.

Graveside services will be 6 p.m. Saturday in St. Peter’s Church Cemetery, Jefferson.

Edward was born to Edward and Rose Connors, in Sioux City, and raised on a farm in Jefferson, with his siblings, Howard, Rosemary, Lois and Margaret Ann. He worked on the farm, in stockyards and on railroads through high school years, before attending the University of South Dakota, where he was a three-sport athlete, and an All-American, and graduated in 1951.

He served as a U.S. Army Combat Officer in the Korean War, before returning home to pursue graduate studies. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a master’s in hospital administration.

A kind, gentle, loving and deeply spiritual Irish man, he was a leader in the field of healthcare for more than 45 years, during which time he was also a teacher and mentor to multiple generations of new leaders in the field.

Ed’s greatest joy, however, was family, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews and all of their families. For many years, he followed his extended family, especially through semiannual family reunions, which frequently brought together more than a hundred people.

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