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Charles Ray "Chuck" Conner

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Charles Ray "Chuck" Conner Obituary
Charles "Chuck" Ray Conner

AGE: 83 • Arden, DE

On August 23, Chuck Conner passed over to a larger life. Chuck was born in the mountains of Kentucky and raised on a farm in Indiana. A talented athlete, he played both baseball and basketball and attended the University of Indiana where he graduated with a degree in Business. He was known to say that both "he and Abraham Lincoln were born in Kentucky, schooled in Indiana and lived in Illinois." Chuck married his sweetheart, Phyllis Rae Scrivner, on September 4, 1954 and moved to Chicago.

In 1958, fate found them a permanent and welcoming home in Arden, Delaware. Chuck and Phyllis designed and built their amazing Ardencroft home in 1963 where they spent over 50 years creating a haven of beauty, with their well groomed yards, magnificent garden beds, numerous bird feeders and a small pond that was a favorite stopping point for neighborhood children.

Chuck had a very successful, 50 year career with the Travelers Insurance Company, where he earned virtually every award the industry had to offer. He served many years on the Arden Council, The Rotary Club of Wilmington, and was heavily involved in the Episcopal Church, as well as a Vestry leader for St. David's for decades. He was a man of strong faith and integrity, a loving husband, a devoted father, cherished grandfather, and a well-respected civic leader in the Arden community.

Chuck was predeceased by his son Charles Daniel "Dan" Conner on the same day in August 2002. We believe that Dan greeted Chuck with open arms and they now reside together once again. Chuck is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Phyllis Scrivner, his son Michael Ray Conner of Santa Barbara and his two daughters, Grace and Angela, his daughter Kay Conner Miller, her husband, Hodge, and their two sons Will and Conner (Chuck's namesake) of Washington, VA.

Services will be held at The St David's Episcopal Church, 2320 Grubb Rd. Wilmington, DE on Monday, September 7 at 11:00 am. A memorial gathering will follow the service at the Arden Gild Hall on The Highway Arden, Delaware.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Arden Gild Hall Restoration Fund 2126 The Highway Arden, DE 19810, the Arden Memorial Garden fund 2119 The Highway Arden, DE 19810 or a in Chuck's honor.

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Published in The News Journal from Sept. 2 to Sept. 4, 2015
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