A funeral service celebrating the life of Sherwood A. Conner, age 92, of Heath, will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 6, at Heath United Methodist Church with Pastor Jeff Belt, officiating. Burial will follow at Newark Memorial Gardens in the Masonic Section and military honors will be observed by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.
Sherwood passed on August 2, 2019 at his home. He was born on March 13, 1927 in Green Township, Clark County, Ohio to the late Clarence C. and Gertrude A.E. (Wendt) Conner.
Retired from the Newark Air Force Base (NAFB) in January 1983 with 35 years of federal service. He retired as a Supervisory Quality Assurance Specialist in the Missile Division. He worked 12 years at Gentile Air Force Station in Kettering, OH and 21 years at the local AF base. He also worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Chicago in 1948 and for the Bureau of the Census in 1990 and 2000.
Served as Chairman of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) for NAFB in 1970 and Chairman of the Residential Division of the United Way campaign in 1982-83.
He was on the first Board of Directors that helped form the Hopewell Federal Credit Union at the former Newark Air Force Base in the fall of 1962. He was the first treasurer from 1962 through 1964. He later served five years as chairman of the Audit Committee 1969-1974.
Member of the American Society for Quality Control (ASQC) where he was one of three NAFB employees who earned Quality Engineer status. He later became a Senior member of ASQC.
He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving from July 3, 1945 to November 5, 1946. He spent most of 1946 doing Occupational Duty in North China. On October 2, 2010 he was privileged to travel with the HONOR FLIGHT to Washington, DC.
He and his wife Barbara joined Heath United Methodist Church April 25, 1970 and both were very active from 1974. He served as Chairman of, Finance Committee, Pastor Parish Relations Committee, Festival Committee for 15 years (1979-1993), Ushers, Acolytes, Liturgists, Greeters.
He was a church historian from 1985 through 2010. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Building Committee, a group that developed the planning and construction of the new sanctuary in 1985. He served as Lay Delegate for the church to the Annual Conference at Lakeside, Ohio 1988-1998. He served as Coordinator between the church in 1991, 1995, 2000, and 2005.
Mr. Conner was a charter member of Heath Masonic Lodge #771 F&AM. Master of Heath Lodge in 1975. He held every office in Heath Lodge except treasurer. Sixty-three-year member of the Masonic Fraternity (16 years in St. Andrews Lodge #619 in Springfield, OH and 47 years in Heath Lodge #771 in Heath, OH.) He was very active in Heath Lodge since 1968.
Treasurer of the 771 Fellow Craft Club for 25 years (1971-1995). District Education Officer for the 19th Masonic District 1980, 81, and 82. Grand Chaplin for the Grand Lodge of Free & Accepted Masons of Ohio 1991-92.
President of the Heath Masonic Temple Company (HMTC) from its beginning in 1982 through November 1985. The HMTC did the planning, construction, and final consecration of the Heath Masonic Complex at 875 Irving Wick Dr. West in Heath by the Officers of the Grand Lodge of Ohio September 29, 1985. Was President of the New Air Masonic Club at Newark AF Base in 1964.
Member of Licking Chapter #551 Order of Eastern Stars. He and his wife joined January 1977 immediately after Licking Chapter moved to Heath. Worthy Parton of Licking Chapter in 1979-80. Officer in several other positions in Licking Chapter. Grand Aide to the Deputy Grand Matron in 1986.
A member of the Accepted Scottish Rite (AASR), Valley of Columbus where he received the Special Merit Award in 2005. Was a sixty-two-year member of the AASR (15 years in the Valley of Dayton and 47 years in the Valley of Columbus)
A member of the cast of the ninth and tenth degrees (AASR) for over 15 years. Ambassador between the Valley of Columbus (AASR) and Heath Lodge for over 36 years. Member of the Licking County Scottish Rite Association where he has been Chaplin for the last eight years. He is also County Director for the AASR in Licking County. He was honored by the AASR by being named the HONOREE for the Spring Reunion held at the Reese Center on OSU-N Campus April 18, 2015. Member of Warren Chapter #6 Royal Arch Masons since February 1974. Member of St. Luke’s Commandery #34 Knights Templar since 1976. Member of Aladdin Temple Shrine since May 1971. Member of Licking County Shrine Club.
Member of National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE). Licking County Chapter #310 since October 1982. Served as Chairman of Nominating Committee for three years, Travel Committee for six years, Program Committee for five years, Advertising Committee 2003 through 2014 (12 years). Served as a volunteer for the NARFE Service Officers since June 2012. Received SERVICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR award for the whole state of Ohio in 2015.
Was a member of the Ohio Genealogy Society (OGS) since the early 70’s. He became a member of the “First Families of Ohio” in 1976 by proving his ancestors were in Ohio on or before 1820. Also, a member of Fayette County (OH) Genealogy Society, Greene County (OH) Genealogical Society, Clark County (OH) Genealogical Society, and Licking County (OH) Genealogy Society.
A member of AARP since October 1982. Member of Heath City Planning Commission since January 1984, and Marine Corps League Chapter #602 of Licking County.
He and his late wife volunteered for nine years at the OSU Medical Center in Columbus, OH. He volunteered one year in the satellite pharmacy in Rhodes Hall and eight years in the James Cancer Center where he provided inspiration to other cancer patients, because he was a cancer survivor.
He is survived by a son, Darrell E. (Deborah) Conner of Derby, KS; three daughters, Linda D. Morrett of Ossian, IN, Kathryn E. Conner of Heath, OH, and Sandra K. (Gary) Dilts of Newark, OH; five grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara J. (Lower); a brother, Stanley S. Conner; a half-brother, James Chester Conner; and a son-in-law, John Morrett.
Calling hours will be held at the Heath United Methodist Church, 1149 Hebron Road, Heath, on Monday, August 5, from 4-7 p.m. Masonic and Eastern Star Services to be held at 7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made in Sherwood’s name to Heath United Methodist Church, 1149 Hebron Road, Heath, Ohio 43056 or Shriners Hospitals for Children–Cincinnati, Donor Development, 3229 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229.
The Heath Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Fond memories of Sherwood, whom I first in 1974 at OSU Hospital. He was a fighter, and was victorious in his fight with disease. Lost touch with him until the 2000’s when we would visit during his annual Mason’s trip to Ft. Myers, Fl. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this...
Fond memories of Sherwood, whom I first in 1974 at OSU Hospital. He was a fighter, and was victorious in his fight with disease. Lost touch with him until the 2000’s when we would visit during his annual Mason’s trip to Ft. Myers, Fl. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.