Dan Lee Conner of North Mankato died unexpectedly at the family cabin in Minaki, Ontario, Canada in the early hours of Tuesday, July 18, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. He was 71 years old.
Dan was known for his booming laugh, infectious smile, uncanny ability to connect with others, and commitment to social justice.
Dan grew up in Minneapolis as son to WWII B24 pilot Lee Roy Conner and Doris Conner. He was a graduate of University High School and Mankato State University, where he met his wife of almost 49 years, Hopkins High School graduate Marsha Ann Poffenberger.
After serving as an Air Force Captain and B52 navigator during Vietnam, he continued serving his country through a 32-year career with the Social Security Administration, retiring as the District Manager of Southern Minnesota.
He was a tireless advocate for our most vulnerable citizens and spent countless hours working in his community and serving those in need. He served on the board of Southern Minnesota Independent Living Enterprise & Services (SMILES), volunteered for Meals on Wheels, and was an active member of various organizations, including Mankato United for Safety & Equality (MUSE), MN350, and the Progressive Movement. He also actively participated in social movements like Standing Rock, for which he made supply runs with his two daughters, Liz and Megan.
A celebration of life will be held on Sunday July 30, 2017, 1-4 PM, at Mankato's Sibley Park Pavilion. Dan would ask that we do our part to ensure that our country achieves "Liberty And Justice For All." In lieu of flowers, Dan's family asks that you make a memorial donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center or ACLU.
Dan is survived by loving wife Marsha; three children, Elizabeth (Chad) Ratcliff, Clinton (Christine) Conner, and Megan (Jason) Humphries; eight grandchildren (Emma, Jacob, Conner, Caroline, Anna, Elizabeth, Lula, Arlo); mother, Doris; two sisters, Linda (Mike) Jordan and Julie (Tom) Weisbecker; in-laws Dan (Gretchen) Poffenberger and Diane Grussing; and numerous extended family members who treasured him. He is welcomed into the next life by his father, Lee; in-laws, Verle and Bette Poffenberger; and brother-in-law, John Grussing.
Published on July 28, 2017