Francis William Connors

May 28, 1925 - August 9, 2008
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Francis “Bill” W. Connors, age 83, went to the arms of our Heavenly Father on Saturday, August 9, 2008. Friends may gather on Monday, August 18, 2008 at the Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM with the American Legion Post #146 to walk through at 6:00 PM. There willContinue Reading

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Steve & Dawn Kaiser left a message on August 17, 2008:
Dear Marilyn and family, What a great person to have met and called a friend than Bill. He was a friend, an advisor and mostly a gentleman. Dawn and I wish to give our sincere condolences and to say the friends of Bill are truly missing a great man already. We miss you all! Steve & Dawn Kaiser
Angela and Roland Otts left a message on August 16, 2008:
Dear Marilyn. Bill was a mentor to me in the 1970''s when he was editor of the Citizen. I was a housewife, home taking care of the kids, but dreaming to be a journalist. I asked him if I could intern at the Citizen and learn something about being a reporter...and he said yes. I started out writing police reports and a few features, which he said were good and encouraged me. I suggested writing a column and he asked me to submit something to him and I did...that''s when "Between You and Me" at the Citizen started...a humor, person to person essay,once a week. Here it is in 2008 and I am still writing that column, now for the Advertiser-Gleam in Guntersville, Alabama. I''ll never forget Bill for taking a chance on me. From those early years, I went on to manage the Beaver Dam Mall, advertising manager for the Citizen and on to publishing positions in Madison. All the while, Bill was my mentor, encouraging and being such a gracious gentleman. His legacy lives on in others....more than he could ever imagine. I was a reporter for 11 years here in Alabama and have gone on to do many things in public relations. All because Bill Connors gave a young woman a chance to try out her stuff. I had emailed the Citizen earlier this year about him but never got an answer and I regret that immensely now that Bill is gone. The heavens opened up and welcomed the gentilest of men. We grieve with you and your family. All who remember Bill from so many years at the Citizen know he WAS the paper...fair and articulate. He genuinely cared about people, giving them encouragement and making them feel that they were worthy of the world of news. I carry his trust in me every day of my life. I continue to write and express views, because he told me I could, when I needed it. We are all blessed to have had a relationship with him. To me, he is the epitome of a newsman. Warm regards, Angela Otts
Bob (Kathy) Schoenwetter left a message on August 16, 2008:
It was with sadness and a sense of loss that we heard of the passing of Bill Connors... a true Beaver Dam institution. For many years he was a good friend of my parents, Howard and Marie Schoenwetter, who always held him in the highest regard. All of Beaver Dam will certainly miss his leadership, his energy and his affability. Our sincere condolences.
Kay Stellpflug left a message on August 13, 2008:
Dear Marilyn, We share in your loss of someone who truly made the world a better place. What a wonderful man who was an inspiration and a role model. We are honored to have known someone whose caring spirit touched so many lives. With warm remembrance, Kay and Jack Stellpflug
Koepsell Funeral Home left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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