Dr. Bradley Ross Conner, EDD
September 19, 1953 – December 22, 2021
Dr. Bradley Ross Conner, 68, of Papillion, Nebraska, passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. He was born in Oregon, Wisconsin, on September 19, 1953, to Robert and Mildred (Yoder) Conner.
Brad was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, fishing buddy, educator, administrator, neighbor, tennis partner, and friend to many who will miss him immensely.
He grew up in Crete, Nebraska, and graduated from Crete High School. Brad went on to attend Doane College where he graduated with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. He earned two Specialists degrees in School Administration and School Psychology and a Master of Science from the University of Nebraska – Kearney, a Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
He married his high school sweetheart, Connie, on the Doane College campus on June 29, 1975. They were blessed with two daughters, Jill and Leslie; and three grandchildren: Cael, Conner and Jude.
Brad loved being a dad and a grandfather even more, and sharing his passions for fishing, hunting, cheering on the Green Bay Packers, gardening, canning vegetables and watching dirt track racing. Most often he could be found on a lake or a river while spending time in the Nebraska Sandhills or Northwest Wisconsin with family and friends.
Brad was always fair and kind. He was well respected, especially by those he worked alongside in Nebraska’s education community. He always cheered for the underdog, in any situation, unless it was a football team playing against the Packers. He and his wife were best friends, who simply enjoyed time with each other, sitting on the deck and taking turns feeding the chipmunks, birds and squirrels at the lake and making each other laugh.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Connie; daughters, Jill Lippincott (Derek), Leslie Van Winkle (Brent); grandchildren: Cael Fitch, Conner Van Winkle and Jude Lippincott; siblings, Sid and Cheryl (Wilson) Conner, Randy Conner and Diane Reynolds, and Connie (Conner) Haeffner; and brother-in-law, Steve and Joan (Gergen) Wilson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mildred (Yoder) Conner; father and mother-in-law, Wayne and Betty (Best) Wilson.
A visitation will take place on December 29th from 11am to 1pm at Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler, located at 7805 W. Center Road, Omaha, NE 68124, immediately followed by a MEMORIAL SERVICE. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Doane University Wrestling Program, or to the Doane University Conner/Wettergren Endowment Fund (Doane University, Office of Advancement, 1014 Boswell Ave., Crete, NE 68333).