God Bless you Norma.Your words to Hoot were beautiful. I pray for God to give you comfort and ease your pain for the loss of your Darlin'. I can't imagine the emptiness you feel.Someday, you will be with Hoot again for eternity in a beautiful place.
My Precious Darlin'
I wrote this to you 25 years ago for your surprise 50th birthday roast. The words hold even more meaning today than they did then, because I have been loved by you an additional 25 years.
I wrote, " Remember how many times we've said to each other "someday I'll find a way to show you how much I love you?" Tonight, this surprise to celebrate you, is my "Someday!" Tonight is not only from me, but our family and friends to honor you in a way so suited to the man you are, with fun and good humor.
My life is so blessed for the better because you became my friend. It is hard for me to remember how life was BC (before Conner), it surely wasn't fun and was so empty. I won't be able to live long enough or love you enough to let you know how much and what you mean to me. There is NO limit or bounds to the respect I have for you. The trust, faith, and honesty that are you, make me whole. There is not a fiber of my being that is not filled with love for you. Everything I am is for and because of you. Thank you for coming into my life, so willingly and freely, giving, eternally of yourself to me.
I cherish you my Darlin', my husband, my lover, my best friend......
And now into eternity.
You have my heart and soul with you. I miss you more than words can express. I miss your hand and shoulder always being there when I reached out. I miss the many many times a day you told me you love me. I am no longer whole. The emptyness is stark. Oh, how I wish you could hold me one more time, that I could hold that sweet face of yours, and see the love shining in those blue eyes.
Thank you for sharing a life for Christ with me. Thank you for the Godly man you were. Thank you for all the memories. Thank you for the love your poured out to all who came in contact with you. Most of all for the unconditional, constant, unselfish, precious love you gave to me, every second of our life together.
I have done my best to pay you the highest honor in your passing, as I could. I think you would be proud. I have always been and always will be proud and honored to have been your Darlin'!
I Love you SO!!!!!!!
Dear Mrs. Conner, Kyle, Lesa, Michel and family,
Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Hoot was a remarkable man and lived a life of love and gratitude. His presence shows in all of you. With love,
My prayers and heart are with you. I know what you have gone through and how hard it is to continue our journey without the person we love so much. But Grampy is now with God and God will give you the strength to continue. My daughters and I are blessed to be part of the family. There are no words to express the gratitude to Grampy and you. Grampy and you were always there for Mari!!. The bond that Mari and Grampy had was wonderful and it breaks my heart to think that my daughters lost another great person. Grammy, I love you.
My darling Uncle Hoot will always be in my heart. Whenever I saw him, his huge smile, bear hug and loud "MY MUGGINS!" gave me so much happiness. I will remember and cherish his unconditional love, and I will ALWAYS be his Muggins.
I love you always and forever my Monue.
Our prayers are with you from the Navy Special Warfare Command Chaplain Wes Modder
Hoot, what a great man. He will be truly missed. Especially his bear hugs and brilliant smile. He lived life with everything he had. We all should be so lucky.
All our love,
Daniel Francois and Mishy
May 12, 2010
Dear Norma & family,
please accept my condolences on the passing of Hoot who, together with you Norma, represented the exemplary center of your family. His ever present positiv outlook on life reflected the love & admiration he received from all who knew him. His willingness to help with word & deed I experienced myself just recently when he offered to take me to a hospital for a minor operation. Little did he know then that he would be hospitalized even prior to my appointment.
To soon his well lived life ended, but he left us with a multitude of joyful memories of times spent in his company. They will serve us well to overcome our sadness.
Im so glad to have you in my life, you are an inspiration on so many levels. Thank you for your unconditional love and acceptance that I always longed for.I cherish the time we had and your love continues to do its work everyday in our lives. I know your watching
Love your Tuffy
The times we did spend together I will always charish. You and Mom were my inspiration. You are loved by all. I celibrate your new life with Our Lord. And I know that one day I will be home along with you and Our Great Almighty Father .
I Love You Daddy & Miss you'
Your Loving Daughter.
I love you and miss you so much. The lessons I learned from your words of wisdom and the way you lived your life will stay with me for the rest of my life, and have made me a better, stronger, and more loving individual. Thank you.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
You were truly God's messenger back in 1977 when we worked at the Holiday Inn Mission Valley.
Thanks for calming me down and laughing with me when the mouse jumped out of my drawer! I was pregnant with Mathieu and looked forward to your visits each day at work.
Love to you and your family. You are a great soul.
Hoot was a man who's countenance showed he was different. The difference was Jesus. He loved everyone and we all loved him. What an incredible blessing to have had him as a friend! We will meet again. Darlene
Norma & Family,
Wow! What a blessing to have met and known Hoot Conner; even for just a short time. I am deeply saddened by the loss of such a sweet, funny, dedicated man. His warm heart and sparkling blue eyes will not be forgotten. You are an amazing family...and truly a "light" shining. Keep tying those "knots". Forever in my thought & prayers. May the Lord comfort you always...until we Meet again!
We Love you dear Hoot. Thank you for your twinkling eyes, your kindness and your love. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of your family and friends. Be strong Momma Normie, we love you SO MUCH. Always, Kathy & Dan
It has been very hard for me to sit down and write about Grampy. It makes me very sad to know that he is not around us anymore. I will miss him and his big hugs! I will never forget the time that we spent together, specially Grandparents day at my school and our trips to Big Bear watching TV and sitting on his lap holding me tight in his arms.
I love you Gramy!
Hoot was a special part of our lives and is a treasured part of our memories. Whenever I saw Hoot, he would welcome me with his big hug, shining smile and twinkle in his bright, blue eyes. He shined with the love of Jesus. Hoot was always ready to help others. One time while camping, Andy forgot his medicine. Not to bother anyone, we tore down our camp early in the morning and drove the motor home to our home to get his meds. When we returned to camp, Hoot told us never to do that again, but to wake him and use his jeep. We love you, Normie, and we will always love Hoot. We look forward to seeing him again, and we know he is in the presence of our Lord and Savior.
Your great smile, generous hugs, and big love will be missed by everyone. You have shown me the kind of life you can live if you always stay positive, love A LOT, and feel lucky for what you have... You are truly an inspiration and I know am lucky for every opportunity I've had to spend with you.
Thank you, love you, and miss you big much.
Love you Gramy, he wouldn't have been the same without YOU.
It was our usual thanksgiving gathering at the Malecot's; with college around the corner, I felt like i missed my dad more then ever and couldn't go through another holiday without him. We were all holding hands in a circle as we did every year to say what we were thankful for, I felt Grampy's enormous hand envelop mine with such warmth...I knew that everything would be fine surrounded by a loving family. Grampy would always make everything better, even with just his presence. His gorgeous smile, bear hugs and positive outlook on life have truely impacted me.
You will always be part of me Grapmy!
I love you Gramy!
Ana Maria Burgos-Solis
Wow, to have known Hoot is to have known Jesus through him. He will always be an inspiration as to how to show the love of Jesus even in trying times we will miss him but will see him again.
Love to Hoot and Normie
Beverly and Gerry Kaye
What a blessing it has been to have known Hoot. He was a special man who always gave his smiles, his hugs and his friendship. We will miss him terribly. I will personally miss the little French conversations we had at our home group meetings. During the difficult days ahead, remember that Hoot is enjoying the special place that Jesus prepared for him and we will be seeing him again. I can't wait... We love you. Chantal and Bob
Normie, You know what Hoot meant to Ray and the connection they had. He walked across the room many years ago. I'm here for you. Love your Sis in Christ. Bonnie
Normie- our family loves you and Hoot so much and have been so blessed and honored to call you friends. Thank you especially for the love and care you and Hoot have extended to our kids. Hoot gave Shannon a couple of nursing books when she was in college that belonged to his mom and that meant more to Shannon and us than we can say. Hoot always asked about Jordan, and you both made him feel cared for when ever he saw you. The love and respect that you both showed each other was something I will never forget and always admired. We will see Hoot in Heaven one day and until that time please know Normie that we are here to stand by and support you until that day. God blessed us with both of you and we want to bless you as well! Love you Hoot! Love you Normie! ~ John and Vicki Ganeff
It has been hard to think of something to say. Almost everyday something reminds me of some place we went, somewhere we camped, the thrift stores we found all over the United States, etc. We can't imagine a life without Hoot, but praise God we know we will see him again. The best camping spot ever is waiting for us. We love you Normie! We're here for you.
Mr. Wilson and Pattiwagon
Thank you so much for including us in your circle of loved ones. We love you. Our prayers are constant and our thoughts are with you. May God's blessings surround you and give you peace. Please, if there is anything at all we can do for you guys, just let us know. Normie, I am so sorry.
Ron & Judy Arko
God put you both in my life for a reason, I believe I was supposed to see how life was meant to be lived and how people were supposed to be loved, God's way. I will be forever grateful for the relationship, even though I was and still am the Brat and the relationship you have with Nikki, Clover, and Jakob.
You and Hoot were such a big part of our lives. All those great trips to the desert. You puting me in charge of your grandkids and Hoot too!
I loved the men's breakfast meetings at Izzy's knowing that when I went in Hoot would be in his seat waiting for our "digging deeper" lesson. The great "road trips" to Pink's in Hollywood and to the ball park in Lake Elsinore. I am sure there will be more but they won't be the same. We look forward to seeing him again.
John & Kathy
Lesa and Michel,
Thank you soooo much for sending me this link to sign the guest book. It was so nice to learn more about Hoot!
I wish I had the opportuity to get to know him better, but it feels like I did because of all the wonderful stories you guys told
at the bedside. Thank you for that experience. I will never forget you and your family!!!
And words cannot express the gratitude of your kind generosity. Thank you so much for the generous gift certificate!
I will use it soon and hope to see you guys there. All of the nurses and nursing assistants also thank you greatly for your generous gift to them. You are a one of a kind family that touched so many of us and will never be forgotten!!
And please tell Norma and Kyle I said hello and I pray for blessings for the family.
Norma, Lesa, Kyle and Family,
We are holding you up in prayer and share in your grief. We have such wonderful memories of being at your home, the pool, laughter, food, our babies and always the great company... and don't forget when you all let us invade your home with 35 kids...the Caravan! Your family has always been love, just plain love and we feel honored to be apart of it for over 30 years now. Our futures will be different, but we know that our love for each other will continue.
May your hearts be filled with happy memories and may the gift of time bring about a new found peace.
Hoot will be missed.
With love and prayers
Ed, Joni Rollie and Kory Rillos
You are all in my thoughts and prayers and will be remembered in a special place in my heart always. GOD BLESS
Love Suzanne Gale RN
We just heard from Normie that Hoot has gone to be with Jesus. We are all saddened but heaven has been strengthened. We can rejoice with the assurance of knowing where he is and that we will see him again. We must be determined that all who know and love Hoot, come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ so that we can all celebrate with him some day.
Please lift up Normie in your prayers.
We love you Normie and are praying for you and your family. Shelby said,"Why are you crying mama he is with Jesus and is smiling?"
Loren, Heidi, Kyle, Trevor and Shelby
I am sooo sorry for your loss! If there is anything I can do please let me know. Love!
Santas Gone! I will miss that man, what an example of an awesome believer in Christ he IS. Goodbye Hoot, we will meet again.
"We will miss Hoot so much. His smile , his laughter. My prayers are with you and your family, Normie! We love you so much and are here for you...I know God is holding you up in His mighty arms..."
I write you today with a sad and happy heart all in one. Ever since I first met you and Hoot you have felt like family. My nana (Lenda Scott) must truly have been blessed by the Lord to have had such good friends as you both are. And in turn, my family and I have been blessed as well. When I heard about Hoot’s battle with cancer, I immediately became a prayer worrier on your behalf. Having witnessed Justin go thru cancer a good 5 years back I had a great burden for you. It is very hard seeing someone you love so dearly suffer so. But, I also think of Hoot, I can see that big strong man and his equally big grin and think, God must have really wanted to bless him with such a short passing. I know that you guys were so full of life, spending every moment of life on one adventure or another. I’m glad that you both were able to spend your last few months living together and that you have so many memories having fun and so little memories of his sickness Praise the Lord for His Grace. I will never forget Hoot’s love for life and for Jesus Christ. I know that God must have missed him an awful lot to take him so soon and I know that heaven is a lot brighter now with Hoot’s big ol’ smile and hearty laugh. I love you dearly and pray that these words bring some small comfort to you. God Bless You and your family, you have many here in Lubbock who are praying and thinking of you.
"Normie, you are in my prayers. I am sorry for your loss. Hoot was a true
man of God and always brought so much love and joy to the lives of each
person who knew him. God will hold you through this. All my love Normie!"
Lesa and Michel~
My heartfelt condolences to you, Gramy and your family on the passing of
Grampy. I feel so blessed to have known him, as he was someone who always made my day better when I saw him (and Gramy).
God certainly works in mysterious ways! I had not seen Grampy for 3-4 years after I left The French Gourmet, yet in the past couple of years, I ran into him down in the bakery numerous times, just by chance. It was always so great to see him...a BIG hug and smile everytime! I was so touched that he remembered me and treated me with such warmth. A little bit of peace comes to me knowing that Grampy is with the LORD. He definitely exuded HIS love and spirit when I saw him.
I know the days ahead will be hard, and if there is anything that I can do, please don't hesitate to let me know. My prayers and love to all of you.
OH, OH, OH, I AM SO SORRY! To me Hoot was a great guy and a VERY best friend. WE WILL MISS HIM!
Am so very sorry to hear of your loss. I will remember him as the great guy I looked up to on the PT boats at Boat Support Unit One. He sat the example for all of us to follow.
I am so sorry to hear about Hoot. He was always a bright light to everyone whenever he stopped by to visit. I know he spent much time in gathering the graces of God so I know he is happy. He is a man I will never forget. I know God will help you though these times. Our prayers are with you.
Our prayers were with you and continue to be with you. I often think of, and smile about, Hoot's expression one time when I was doing a solo. The end of the song had a blurb of the old hymm, Coming Home, Coming Home, Never More to Roam, etc. I remember looking down at the audience and seeing Hoot. His face was lifted up to the Heavens, eyes closed, and that grin plastered on his face. Now . . . we know he's truly home. God bless and love you.
Dear Aunt Norma,
Hoot is still such an Icon for hundred's of people! I think about how much I have missed not taking trips out there to see everyone and catch up on family. Sometimes I think we all know that we will always be around to see some day. But I am assured that I will get to see many wonderful people when I die or if the Lord comes and gets us before then.
I just want you to know that my heart wants to reach out to you and let you know how much I care and love you.
Dad will always be bigger than life itself......He will always be in our hearts and will lead us in the right direction with faith, life lessons, and character of his name. It has been said behind a great man is a even greater woman and we thank you for your direction in faith, life lessons and character and name. You are an unbelievable strong woman, we need you now more than ever. Stay strong and spread your love as you always have with your children and grandchildren. You are an inspiration to all Conner women and may we all keep the light burning and gain from your love, peace, and faith in our everyday lives with our familys. I will never stop loving you and will always keep you in my life as one of the most loving mothers I have. Blessed we are to know his name and live in his spirit....I love you Mom and we'll be seeing you!
Samantha and Dan xoxoxo
April 30, 2010
Where do we begin? Hoot was and always be a special man in our lives. Always a smile, always a hug, always a joke of some sort. We will miss Hoot and his huge, loving and caring heart. We were so blessed to have him in our lives. We will always remember Hoot and the way he has touched our lives, the way he has helped us see good in people and showing us a better way to treat people. Our condolences and love to the family.
Bill & Leanne Markle
Wolfy & Lulu
Love is the highest gift of God; Humble, gentle, patient love....That is the love Hoot had for you. I too, have known that love in my husband, and my heart feels your pain. It was an honor to have known him. You are part of what made him such a wonderful person. Thank God you came into his life.
Love, Eddie & Virginia Phillips
Our dearest Norma,
Hoot will always be in our hearts. We were blessed to have had the opportunity to meet him. We always felt his kindness and love when he greeted us with his big hug and smile which we will never forget. The camping trips we experienced with you both were wonderful and we have such great memories. Andy and I will always remember and be grateful to have met such a great man and loving couple. May God Bless You,
Dear Norma, You and Hoot have been very special people in my life. I will miss him greatly. I will miss his "Guten Tag, wie geht's?" and big hug and kiss. He was such a kind and considerate man and always put others first, especially you Norma. His devotion to you was unique. "Auf Wiedersehen" Hoot, until we meet again.
With much love, Ilse
Norma Jeanne, Lesa, Kyle, Ricky & families:
Hoot was a wonderful man with a heart of gold and such a love for his Darlin'. He will truly be missed. A favorite memory is seeing him on a cold starry night on the mountain and singing "You Are Always a Child in my Eyes". He sang it so beautifully.
I remember his hugs, laughter and gentleness. Norma just remember that his love is always with you and God will take care of you.
I love you all dearly,
How blessed we were with your visit last year!! To get that one on one time with you and Hoot was a treasure for us! When we were sitting with the boys and discusing what had happened- they were very impacted by their times with you- Christmases (of course) and by your example of togetherness- Thanks so much Normie for sharing so much of your lives with us! We are blessed, encouraged, strengthened, and grateful to know that we will be spending an eternity together!!!
With love and gratitude, The Zaryckis
We love both of you so much. Remember this sunset at Sweetwater Summit on the first day of 2010? It was such a fun time & a beautiful sunset God gave us. Miss that sweet man!
Just wanted to pass on condolences from another "Crowd Control Engineer."
I worked along side Hoot for three years during my college days and I will have to say we had some good times at Mickie Finns.
My condolences to the family.
As we read about Hoot's life in the paper we were amazed at the remarkable life he had lived. It is so sad that often times we do not know a lot about a person until they are gone. However, one thing we did know was what a wonderful loving, smiling encouraging person he was. We were recipients of those huge hugs, big smiles and love each Sunday morning. To Normie and family we would share a special verse with you, one of many about God's faithfulness: Isaiah 54:10 "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,"says the Lord, who has compassion on you. Our prayers have been with you all and will continue to be with you. God Bless, Al& Sandy Mitchell
Hoot will be so greatly missed. It is just hard to imagine. You and your family are in our hearts and thoughts daily. We feel sadness as well as joy to think Hoot is with Jesus and will one day greet us with a ginormous hug. We love you.
Thank you for being strong through all of this. I really appreciated that you told me that Hoot loved me. You and he were two of my strongest supporters throughout my ordeal and I thank you so much for your love and kind hearts. I will miss him so much, but I know that he is with us always.
Love your adopted grandson,
I will miss you but we'll sing again one day. You are one of my most Precious Memories.
I messed around with work too long and just retired and was planning to reconnect with others from Boat support unit. So sorry for your loss, I know he was always one of my heros. ENCS Clarence Hart
Our hearts are so saddened for you and we lift you up to our Lord daily for new strength hour by hour as you we know you are missing you darl'in so much. "God is refuge and strength. A very present help in time of trouble".
Dave and Barbara Holmquist
We were all so blessed to have had Hoot in our lives. He loved us all so much and we will all miss his presence, but he lives in our hearts forever. Manu, LG and Kyle you are in our prayers and we love you. Love, Don, Cone, Jen-Jen and Carley
'Tiny' Conner was a big man with an even bigger heart. He could always bring a smile even if you did not feel like smiling and, he was always there when you needed him. He will be missed by all. The last time I saw Tiny & Norma was in Fiddler's Cove RV park on the Strand a couple of years ago. We were there in our Motorhome & were glad to see him again. I spent 23 years in Coronado in UDT & Seal Team & met a lot of GREAT Guys. Tiny was one of them. God Bless.
My dearest Grammy,
I'm so sorry. I love you. I don't always understand God's plan but I know we have to trust him. Three of the most amazing people in my life have all gone home to see Jesus in 2010. Dude was one of a kind! I am so thankful that he had the chance to meet Miss Lynden. Words cannot express how much I hurt for you. I cannot wait to give you a hug. I love you.
To our beloved Gramy and Grampy, I am sure that Grampy was welcomed into Heaven with open arms by many as that is how he approached life and love, with a big huge hug. Some of the great things for all of us to remember about him is his great smile, the incredible love he had for his darlin’ and the respect he had for the lord above. He left behind a wonderful legacy in his large family, extended family and friends. <3 He will never be forgotten in our hearts <3
Lots of love and prayers sent your way, The Lauricella Family - Michael, Denise, Layne and Garrett (Grampy’s Puddles).
Dear Ms Conner,
Our loss is not Hoot's to share. He is enjoying the company of our Lord now. Hoot and I worked at Hawthorne Power Systems until his retirement. We connected through Hoot's undieing love for Jesus. God has always sent me someone to walk along side me here at Hawthorne and lift my spirit. Though that person may go, another comes along in Hawthorne somewhere. Until we meet again Hoot.
Respectfully in Christ,
My Dearest Norma......... for the first time in my life I am speechless and for anyone that knows me they know how impossible that can be. I know there are no words to make you feel better about the great loss we have all just experienced, but I hope you know how loved you are. Hoot will always be in our thoughts and in those little momments when you say "oh I wish Hoot could see this" but remember HE IS SEEING IT......... now we are all in trouble, cause now he really sees ALL. Love you more than you will ever know.
Ms Normie, I served with Tiny in BSU 1/ CRS1. I am sorry of hearing of Tiny's passing. Tiny will live on in the Alumni section of Warboats.org and so his many shipmates will remember him. Tiny, May you always have Fair Winds and Following Seas. Thanks,Jim Thomas,EN1 ,BSU 1 / CRS 1
Dear Norma, Lesa, and Kyle. My heart aches for your loss. Hoot was a very special person and will be missed by everyone lucky enough to have known him. I have very special memories of Hoot that make me smile everytime I think of them. I hope the comfort of family and friends will help you thru this very sad time.
Love You, Tracy Rillos
How do I go on without Palmer; my heart is saddened by your loss and am sorry I did not find out in time or I would have been there. Mere words cannot express what my heart is feeling right now. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. My chuch was in prayer for you that God will comfort you throughout this roadtrip that you are about to take without your "PALMER". They too express their sympathy. You and Palmer toched our lives while visiting here in Mississippi. I will visit soon. Remember, Blessed are they that mourned, they shall be comforted....Barb Jeffers - Jackson, Mississippi 769-610-2846
Dearest Normie and Family,
You have all been a part of my life since I was about 9 years old which is for more than 40 years. I so admire the friendship that you have had with my parents. I cannot remember a time that Hoot, Normie, Booboo Kitty, Buddha, LeRoy and Little Bit didn't travel together and have a wonderful time. There are no words that can accurately express the gratefulness I have in my heart to have had Hoot for so many years in my life. He was the light that illuminated bright. He is the star that will shine the brightest in the night's sky. His belly laugh made everyone aware..."HOOT'S ARRIVED!" The picture of Hoot behind the motorhome with the beach scene and the look on his face epitomizes HOOT...words cannot describe such a wonderful human being who is now an angel throwing down pennies from Heaven to let us know that he is watching over us all! I have so many memories from camping, the river, ensenada, cruises, Julian, Lakeside, Halloween and any time together was a fun-filled event. The bear hugs and twinkling baby blues carry on in his children, grandchildren, his legacy to the world. God Bless You All and thank you Lord for allowing HOOT to be a part of our lives. He touched so many people. You only had to meet HOOT once and he left an impression on your heart that time can never erase. I Love You Normie... Yvonne (baby) N e c o c h e a Hancock
I don't know how to say goodbye to someone I can't believe is gone. Words can not describe the amount of happiness and joy you not only brought to my life but to everyone you touched. I love you Uncle Hoot.
Norma and family,
Hoot was a special friend and someone who made a difference in many lives including my own. I knew him for over 30 years and everytime I saw him he had a smile on his face. His personal accomplishments were amazing but his love for you and his family is what stands out. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Hoot will never be forgotten!
I will Never forget you Hoot.
In the couple of times I met Hoot, He made me smile and was such a Happy person that one could feel his cheerful energy. Love always, Ellie Harb
It was an Honor to have met Grampy. I will continue to pray for the family and friends to get through this tough time.
My dear Norma,
I was deeply saddened when I heard about Hoot’s passing. He was like a Teddy Bear we imagine to be; full of Love, Kindness and Laughter, and his loving hugs which he shared with everyone, they are truly going to be missed. My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of sorrow. Hoot’s memory will always be in our hearts.
Our thought and prayers are with you.
I new "Hoot" all through elementary and high school. Lost track of him until I another high school friend telephoned me of his passing when he read it in the Wheeling paper. I extend to his family my sincere sympathy.
Normie, I wish there was something I could say or do to help ease the pain for you and your family at Hoots passing. The only love bigger than his love for you was his love for God. The 2 of you are a perfect bluepirnt of a Christian marriage. May you and your family find comfort in God's arms until you are reunited with Hoot in his new home. Love to you all.
Grampy was and always will be, my inspiration. Grampy helped me become so much of who I am today. Teaching me lessonos that only Grampy could. He had a way of explaining things that just made sense to me. Grampy showed me the true power of love and all the wonderful things that come out of love and faith. He showed me how easy it is to be happy if you fill yourself with love and always project it onto others. Grampy's commitment to loving others has inspired me to keep love in my heart and a smile on my face. Grampy's legacy will live on through all of us in our love and in our faith. I miss you Grampy, and I can't wait to join you in the spot you promised you'd save for me in heaven.
I am Hoot and Norma’s son-in-law. Lesa, their daughter is my wife. Grampy, as our family calls him, was the pillar of our family. He unites us in faith and love. I always looked forward to cooking for Grampy and Gramy. He enjoyed everything from a simple every day meal to a holiday feast. When he came to visit me at work, he always took time to say hi to all the employees. He was generous with his hugs and everyone he touched had a better day. I was there at his side during his last two days. Hoot quietly hung on, pretending not to be in pain. He smiled in his rest. He knew where he was going. Dozens of visitors came. He recognized and acknowledged all of them. He made us feel stronger in our pain. Every opportunity he had, he told us and Norma “I Love You”. He always asked Norma for a kiss before dozing off, smiling. Hoot was a great man. It is said that behind every great man there is a greater woman. In his case, that woman is Norma.
Gramy now that Hoot is gone, more than ever we need you. Be strong; continue to help us see the light. Teach us to love like he did. We love you Gramy. Your grandchildren need you. We all need you to be strong for us.
Wow, Having went all through school with Hoot I knew he would do something, either good or bad and he really turned out to be a hero and wonderful man.
While working with the reunion committee for Wheeling High I tried to locate Hoot. Many years ago I stopped because some where I heard he had died.
I wish I had keep on looking. We are having a 58th year reunion next year in Wheeling and we will certainly remember Hoot when we get together.
I live in Northern Calif and visit San Diego every several years. Just wish I have known Hoot was there.
Again deepest sympathy to his family.
Bull Pritchard (Rancho Murieta, Ca)
Dearest Normie, My heart aches for your loss....although we only had a short time together camping and the Zoo. the Hootster was to me what a Husband, Father, Friend, and hero should be, I was then and remain today honoured to have been his/your friend I will miss him more than words can express, may you always know peace in the fact that you will be together again.......WE Love and Miss You ED & Linda Ammon
Wow! I thought I knew how amazingly awesome Hoot was until I read this and found out he was far more amazing then I knew. I will always remember Hoot being the first person my daughters and I met at ECWC and the one jalepeno eating contest where Hoot had me dumbfounded watching him swallow those like they were candy and yes, he won. My life is richer because I was blessed by Hoot Conner. See you someday when I 'graduate' to heaven. My love to Darlin' Normie....... Kathy Thomas
It was my great pleasure to have met Hoot and his family. It is a great loss to all. My thoughts and prayers are with you. As the Navy saying goes "may he have good winds and calm waters" love to the family. Gary Wellman (Moundsville, WV)
I am so sorry for your loss Aunt Jean. I really glad that Mom was able to come out and see you. Know all of us here have you in our prayers and we love you. Your nephew Gary Rodgers (Broken Arrow,OK)
I first recall meeting Hoot as my "Santa Claus". At that point he was like a very special Grandpa actually like another father. He was an amazing man! I will truely miss his friendship. I am proud to say that Hoot impacted my life, and I know he has touched so many others. My prayer goes out to our Normie!!! We love you! It also goes out to his kids and families during this time. More over that the people whose lives he touched as a man of God. That we continue his work and continue the legacy he was a part of! Thank you for who you were Hoot. Enjoy your time off - we will continue your work. We love you and Normie.
Dear Normie and Family ~
God bless your hearts ... My deepest sympathies for you all.
Normita, Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. If I had known, I would have been there for you. "Palmer" will surly be missed by me. My heart is broken. My church and I are keeping you in our prayers and will always be here (Mississippi) for you. I mourn with You. Love Barb Jeffers, Jackson, MS 769-610-2846
WHAT AN AMAZING MAN. WE LOVED HOOT WHAT A
GREAT EXAMPLE HOOT AND NORMA WERE TO ALL OF
KENNY & TAMMY ROGERS EL CAJON, CALIFORNIA
What a man of God. An example to all and willing to be the Light for any who search. You will be greatly missed. I look forward to seeing you again at my "welcome home party". Friendship always, Anne
We were so sorry to hear of Hoots passing.In reading all of Hoots accomplishments,he was an amazing man.May God give the family peace in knowing they will meet again.Until then, I wish you strength,comfort,and peace and God's Blessings knowing he was loved by so many.We will miss seeing your smiling face in church every Sunday.Rest in Peace Hoot.
Hoot was my older cousin when I was a kid in the 60's in Wheeling WV. Although it's been maybe 40 years since I've seen him, I can remember like it was yesterday how he made me laugh. I'll never forget his laughter and songs. There is a huge party in heaven this day.
We will always remember Hoot. God Bless him.
John and Sue Burroughs
Normita, Lesa , Kyle & Granchildren,
Words cannot describe the void we feel in our hearts since Hoot's passing. We will miss all of his attributes that made us love him so much. He always had a smile that would light up a room, a hug that would wipe your cares away. A love of life that could be felt through his stories and his interactions with whomever he was speaking with. Hoot had accomplished so many things we were not even aware of. The one thing we knew for sure, was that he was the luckiest man by having such a loving wife. We could see it in his happiness & he let us know it. Jose and I said from the beginning that we would be blessed to have a marriage like Hoot & Norma. A true love story. Hoot knew no strangers for he made everyone feel like a friend. He was loved and he will be missed by many, may his example of of how he lived his life inspire all of us to take time to reflect and make someone feel special. I know he loved and was proud of many of the accomplishments of his family especially his grandchildren. Our prayers & sincere sympathy are with all of the family. We love you Normita.
Dear Norma & family - I was so saddened to read about Hoot. I will always remember his big smile & even bigger heart. I remember he helped me buy a bedroom set & tv from a hotel that was being renovated back in the 70s. Both of you showed me kindness when I needed it & his hugs were always heartwarming. I will be there in spirit at Saturday's service as I have a prior commitment. My thoughts & prayers are with you as well as my deepest sympathies.
Words cannot express our sadness to you Normie and the Family ~ Scott and I both loved Hoot dearly. So many loved ones and so many friends.....his memory will never fade. God Bless you all and I pray He lays His Precious Hands on you for peace in your heart. With our thoughts and prayers ~ Love ~
Norma ,Lesa,Kyle:you are in our thoughts and prayers. blessings to you
Joe Hunter and family
Hoot jr. My prayers are with you and your family. what a wonderful man your daddy was..and he lived a very fulfilled life!
Love the graduated to heaven part! With God`s promise we will all be together again one day.It maybe years to us on earth but a blink of an eye to those waiting for us in heaven. Love, Rhonda Ivan
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Dearest Normie and family...
Hoot will be missed by so many people. He holds a special place in our hearts. Always loved the the times we got to spend with the two of you and seeing the great love the two of you had.What a wonderful example of soul mates!
***We love you and will miss you Hoot!
Joe,Laurie and Desiree Rymer
My dear sister and family,
My heart breaks for you as our family can identify with your sorrow. Please know that we are all praying for you to give you strength to face the future without your "love". I will be there with you on Saturday in spirit and with you in my thoughts in the future.
Hoot was such a joy to be around with that big smile of him and his enormous voice and laughter......will treasure the wonderful times we spent together, never enough.
I love you,
Norma, Lesa and family,
We're with Nathalie-Rose....how do you pick one word to describe Hoot? He lit up the room with his smile, hugs & kind words. He reminded us how to love the Lord and one another, and walked the walk in all he did. He will be so missed.....We love you all.
It's hard to describe Hoot in words. Hoot was a happy, smiling man. He always met one with a big bear hug, and gave you the feeling of belonging. Most of all I will remember his caring ways. He always had a ready ear for any situation, good or bad. He always had words of wisdom and encouragement during my troubled and good times.
Hoot I know you are now preparing a place in God's house of many rooms for your Darlin', family and friends. I only hope when I make the journey to the other side, we will pass in the halls, smile, share a hug,then you'll say,"Hello Critter!"
Each night when I look toward the heavens, and see a twinkling star, I'll say "Why that's not a star, that's Hoot's eyes twinkling up there!"
He's watching us from afar. I'll wave and shout "Hello Friend!"
Till we meet again,
It's hard to describe Hoot in words. Hoot was a happy, smiling man. He always met me with a big bear hug and gave me the feeling of belonging. Most of all I will remember his caring ways. He always had words of wisdom and encouragement during my troubled and good times. Hoot I know you are now preparing a place in God's house of many rooms for your Darlin', family and friends. I only hope when I make the journey to the other side, we will pass in those halls, smile and have a hug, then you'll say "hello Critter!" Each night when I look toward the heavens, and see a twinkling star, I'll say "Why that's not a star, that's Hoot's twinkling up there!" He's watching us from afar. I'll wave and shout "Hello Friend!"
Till we meet again, Your Friend Shriley
Dear Lesa & family, It is unfortunate that I never had the opportunity to meet Hoot but I can feel that his passing is a great loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time.
Love and hugs,
Dear Norma, Dear Lesa,
We say "au revoir" to a wonderful man. Be sure that he will always be in our hearts with his legendary smile and sparkles in his eyes.
Nous sommes de tout coeur avec vous.
Dear Norma, Dear Lesa,
We say "au revoir" to a wonderful man. Be sure that he will always be in our hearts with his legendary smile and sparkles in his eyes.
Nous sommes de tout coeur avec vous.
Lesa, Michel and Family: Hoot sounds like a wonderful man, loving and kind... just like all of you. I'm sadden for all of you - keep those dear memories close to your heart, they will get you through in the days ahead. Love you all.
Aunt Jean and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I didn't know Uncle Hoot very well, but the times I did spend with him were so much fun. I appreciate how much he loved you. Never forget that God has a plan for each of our lives.
Love in Christ,
As I think of Uncle Hoot, one special memory comes to mind. He took me out to his big truck on Mom and Dad's driveway and we listened to a Randy Travis CD together. He sang a little for me, which was beautiful. We talked and laughed for quite some time that day. His hugs were the best, even though I didn't have enough time with him. I know your pain is unbearable, but Christ will carry you through and be with you always.
I love you, Lori
Grammy, Aunt Lesa, Kyle and Family,
Just sadden by the loss of Grampy (that is all I know him by) I have not
known him long at all and I probably saw him maybe 7 times in all but
everytime I did see him he gave me a big hug as if he knew me all my
life. He showed me love with every hug. He will be missed!
Mom and family,
So sorry we can not be there with you all.Hoot will always have a place in our hearts.I will always remember his bear hugs and literally picking me off my feet in the meantime.We are so fortunate to have had him spend his last birthday with us and meeting little Linden. God Bless you all and look forward to seeing you all again.
Rickey,Maray and Clint
Cole,Heather and Lynden
Dear Normie and family
We send our deepest sympathy on the loss of Hooter. He was such a blessing,friend and brother to me and Nancy or as he would say "Girl Friend". We know heaven is rejoicing as we deal with our loss. Normie,we love you and are hear to help you through these difficult times.
Our heartfelt condolences are with you and your entire family. You have all been in our prayers. I will always remember your dad as on of the cheeriest men I have ever met. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a warm smile upon his face.
With much love,
The Hall Family
We wish to sincerely send our condolences on the loss of Hoot. We often enjoyed get togethers with Hoot and Norma. We will miss him. Love, Bill and Jean Runner
I had a dream the night Hoot died. I saw him sitting and waiting on a bench in a park near the sea. I saw his brother, my father, walk up to him. They embraced as brothers do, joyous in their reunion. As they turned to walk up the path together, they both turned back to look at me. Hoot said, "now we BOTH got our eyes on ya, kid!", and they walked off together.
William Thor Conner, loving nephew.
I met Hoot and his beautiful wife about 25 years ago in Sierra Mesa when my father introduced me to his next door neighbor "Hoot". My first impression of him wasn't that he was such an impressive man in stature but more an impressive man as a man. Hoot made an impression on me that you only get once in a lifetime. i am sorry to hear of your loss. Hoot was a tremendous, loving and incredibly inviting individual. I have not seen Hoot for at least 20 years but he never leaves you.
My deepest condolences,
Dear Grammy, Lesa and family,
Please accept my sincere condolences during these very trying times. Grampy's warm presence, loving smile and big hugs will forever be in my heart.
With love always,
Dear Lesa and family,
We were very sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful Dad. We all have great memories of Hoot and his loving ways towards everyone he came in contact with. Please accept our condolences and give your Mom a hug for us.
Janis, Billy and Jimbo
Hoot, mon ami, you left us so suddenly, without saying goodbye. But, maybe this was on purpose as your spirit will continue to live on in all those whose lives you graced with your earthly presence. Your " bonjour, mon ami, comment ca va?", and your resounding laughter will forever echo in our minds and in our hearts.
Norma, my friend, I cannot pretend to know the pain you feel, the hollowness in your heart as you reflect on the one you so cherished. I do know that together we mourn the loss of a great and wonderful person, your Hoot. I wish you peace and solace in the difficult days ahead.
Donna & I have been truly blessed to have had the opportunity to know and spend real quality time with you and Norma – doing what we all immensely love---CAMPING! Hoot always had the biggest hugs and biggest smile a guy could give and receive. As I read the history of your life and amazing accomplishments, I come to realize we didn’t know but a small fraction of the man you were here on this earth. We are just so thankful for knowing what little we do, and that says it all - “No one ever needed to know very much about you to love you”. What I will miss the most is the silly camping antic’s, like riding at 20 foot long chain link fence as a paperweight to clear the land at our property in Miller’s Valley. When we were finished pulling Hoot around for an hour, the only white (clean) thing on him was his teeth with that big bright smile….and then Hoot says “Let’s do it again!” With love and Friendship,
Tony & Donna
Dear Normie & Family:
Throughout life we may encounter loss; but, none greater than losing a very dear and loved one. We send our sincere condolences and grieve with you the loss of our very good Friend Hoot. Memories of great times spent with Hoot and you, Normie, will keep him close. We pray for comfort to all saddened hearts and lives. Hoot's footprints of his presence will be remembered as we recall his smiling face and his beautiful blue eyes. May God's blessings comfort You and the Family.
Kenneth Sr. & Ophelia Necochea
HOOT'S TEACHINGS: Work on yourself to make yourself into the kind of person you admire and respect; Discipline yourself to resist acting, or speaking in a negative way toward anyone, for any reason; Insist on always doing things in a loving way, rather than a hurtful way. And let us always meet each other with a smile, and a warm hug! Our love always, your pacos.
Although we did not get to meet Hoot, he sounds like a wonderful man and certainly left behind a great legacy in his daughter, Lesa. Sending condolences and prayers to the whole family.
All the best,
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
My deepest condolences to all of you during this difficult time. I have great memories of you two growing up on Galahad. I remember when you poured new concrete in your driveway and you let me and my sister put our hand & feet prints down. I also remember so clearly the day I stopped to wave at hoot and broke my leg and how he scooped me up and carefully ran me back home. We've lost touch over the years but I've always remember what special people the 2 of you were. Take Care. Elizabeth Bowman-Bailey
Huge Cyber hugs to you Normie. Hoot was such a special man. How blessed we are to have known him. Your marriage was such an example to everyone around you. How my heart aches for you and the family. May God comfort you and hold you up. Prayers for you from Texas.
The Beck Family
Hoot will always leave a flood of memories with us..He was a true friend to all who met him...He was a pillar in his communtiy, and a true witness for his lord..We will always miss those great big bear hugs. Hoots towering presence, was as big as the smile on his face..I know everyone and especiallly his dear little normie will miss him so...Every morning we get to look at you hoot, in our dining room with that cowboy pic of you and your buddy Dick at the lakeside rodeo..We love you, and you our friend will be in our hearts as long as we live..See you and waiting for the great big hug in heaven..Marilyn and Tom Taylor..
We love Hoot and you for many reasons, but the most important one is how you reflected Jesus in your love for each other and for all of us. Your example and friendship led us to Jesus and has filled our lives with the beauty of God's love. Our joy is to know that we will see Hoot again in the glory of God's presence.
Dearest Mom, Lesa & Family,
No words cannot describe our loss at such a good man. I will always remember the times that I spent getting to know him again and the smile he always had. He was a wonderful Father to us all and so blessed to have Mom. I know in my heart he is watching us from above and will continue to do so everyday of our lives. I Love you Daddy and Thanks for being a part of my life.
All My Love
Our sincerest condolences to the entire Conner family. We share your sorrow and grief. We can relate to losing a loved member of your family. We were glad to be able to meet with Hoot at the Tribute to David. He shared his wonderful hugs with us, helping us in our time of grief. We fondly remember the good times at the football games at Kearny. As always, Ray and Evelyn Buttles
I remember meeting Uncle Hoot and Aunt Norma in Texas many, many years ago. I remember Hoot made such an impression on me - even back then. He was such a kind man with a warm smile and a great spirit. I always considered Hoot and Norma my favorite Aunt and Uncle and were delighted when they showed up to my wedding with Paul and Gaye Janice. You will be missed Uncle Hoot. Aunt Norma, please know that you and your family are in our hearts and prayers. Love, Christi & Chris Hildebran (Billie's Best Friend)
You have taught me much and were my favorite Uncle,The time we shared together I will treasure for the rest of my life!You taught me to put my feelings aside and just help those in need.There is so much more I want to say,but unlike you i am not that strong!
We will miss you immensely.
and will see you later on down the road,until then I will be waiting!
Alphonse Paul Janice
Our condolences to the Family
Norma we love you and will surely miss HOOT
John and Louise Stroman
We are truly grateful for the wonderful memories that will remain in our hearts forever. How blessed we feel for that. Our love and prayers go out to the family. Bunkie & MuuMuu
Dear Mom & Family,
I truly miss the man who was our Father. I'm so glad all of us were blessed by him. He truly made a big impression in my life. I Love you all and know that he is now at peace and will remain in our hearts forever.
Love Your Son & Brother
Dearest Norma and Family,
With our deapest sympathy. GOD BLESSED you for the many years you two shared together. Until you both meet again in heaven. With all our love,
Fair Winds and Following Seas Ship Mate
You will be missed Tiny HOOOOYAAAA
Norma, we loved worshipping the Lord with Hoot in the choir. We were blessed every time he sang. We miss you both. Love, Chip,Aggie,Bradley and Stephen Johnston
Hoot was a great role model for how to live LARGE -- in every positive sense of the word. He was funny, interested in others and the world around him, and always put a smile on people's faces. That's a great leagacy, and fond memories of Hoot will keep his positive presence alive in the hearts of all of us who came in contact with him.
Dear Norma, Lesa, and family,
I feel that I have lost a great friend and a very warm and hearted person. His voice still resonates in me. And also his HO!HO!HO! Santa Klaus stature. He sure left us too fast and too early. We all share your sadness. I think that we should be comforted by the fact that he seemed to have enjoyed his life fully and wisely.
MIiss Lesa i am sorry about your DADDY ... My Condolences to you and extended Family.. I remember he had a smile on his FACE all the time , when i would see him at the FG I WOULD PUT MY HAND OUT ,HE WOULD GIVE ME A HUG... God bless HIM ... SAL CORONA
Sorry to hear about your loss. They came to Dodge City for an evening and after the evening was over we felt like we had been friends with them for a long time, he was a good guy, and am sure he will be missed.
Dear Conner/Malecot Families,
We will always hold Grampy in our fondest thoughts and in our hearts. We hope that you all know that we will keep you all in our prayers and that we are here for you whenever you need a shoulder or a friend.
We love you all!
Love & BIG hugs,
RobynAnn, Rick, Victoria, Jacqueline & Elizabeth
Toutes mes pensées sont avec vous, all my thoughts are with you, dans ce moment de grande tristesse, in this time of dire sadness. I will always remember Hoot sitting by the chimney of Warner Springs main hall, like a wise patriarch dispensing kindness, warmth and guidance to a bubbling crowd of all ages. He was peace, may peace be with him now. VpM
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. I understand how it feels to unexpectedly loose a father as I unfortunately had this experience three weeks ago. It sounds like your father was very strong, patriotic and someone who enjoyed life to its fullest. I hope that your memories bring you comfort and smiles. If there is anything that I can do to help, please let me know.
We love you, Hoot, and are here with your family loving them, too.
Thank you for setting such a great example for us all to worship and devote our lives to our Lord the way you did and to love our spouse the way you loved our Gramy!
A smile that shines brightly!
My Dearest Pop,
There are no words to express the love and gratitude that is in my heart for you. You were my bigger than life hero that shaped who I am as a wife, mother, and friend. Your example of kindness, faith, hope, love, and positive spirit are what I aspire to each and every day. Your light shines down from heaven and you live on in the hearts of all of us. I miss you and I love you BIG MUCH. I MISS YOU, POP!
Dear Momma Normie, Lesa and family,
No words can express the sadness we feel for the entire family. What a huge void he is leaving behind! That smile, the bear hugs, the twinkly eyes when he greets you, the positive energy, the love.....What a huge loss and we are heartbroken for you. Please know your friends and family--including us, the adopted ones, are here for you. Our love and prayers are with you today and always.
We love you,
Dave, Tess and boys
Our condolences on the loss of Hoot. He was a good man that lived an amazing life. We are honored to know him.
The Gilmore Family
We LOVE you Grammy!!!! Grampy we are gonna miss you and thank you for everything!!!
Chance, Kristy, and Cash
If you could pick one word in the whole world to describe Grampy what would it be? Amazing? Awesome? Cool? Loving? Not one single word could describe him without leaving out something about him that was amazing. He was one awesome Grampy. I am so glad I had him in my life. He played with me, snuggled with me, told me stories. He would always stop what he was doing to help me. He taught me many lessons in my life and the most important one was never forget to say I love you. Through the years we shared memories that I will never forget. I will always love you and miss you big much, Grampy. I will remember your big hugs and the twinkle in your blue eyes. I’m glad you are in heaven to open your arms and snuggle all the children there. Nathalie-Rose
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Dear Norma, Lesa & Kyle,
Our deepest sympathies to you and your loved ones on the loss of such a kind and wonderful man. He touched so many people in such a special way and we were blessed to have had him in our lives. Please know that his memory will continue to live on in our hearts.
We love you so much, Ruby and Rod