Michael Arthur Connor – Formerly of Hookstown


Michael Arthur Connor, formerly of Hookstown, Pennsylvania, passed away at his residence in Goose Creek, S.C., on July 6, 2017.

He was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, on July 24, 1954, to Arthur “Red” Connor and the late Regina Theil Sluka. Michael attended and graduated from South Side Schools in Hookstown, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Navy in 1973, where he served for 24 years. During his Naval Career, he served on several submarines including the Nathan Hale, James Monroe, James K Polk, Von Steuben, and the Newport News as well as a year of recruiting duty in Findlay, Ohio, and 4 years at MEPS in Lansing, Michigan. At the time of retirement in 1998, he was a Machinist Mate (Chief).

After his military service, he worked in Public Safety at the Citadel until his retirement in July 2016. He was always proud of how many tickets he issued as well as how many boots he put on. Michael enjoyed his model trains (various scales), his collection of Monopoly games from all over the world, and watching movies from his private library. He loved the quiet times at home with Janice and spending time with his children when they would come home for visits. A visit home for them was never complete without a visit to the Citadel.

His family meant the world to him. He truly loved his wife and deeply loved and was extremely proud of his children as he spoke about them regularly to those he knew.

Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Regina; his step-father, Frank Sluka, and all four grandparents.

He is survived by his wife, Janice of 9 years; his children, Stephanie and her husband Steven Greenwalt of Missouri, Stephen and his wife Mara Connor of Ohio, Sarah Connor of South Carolina, and Matthew Carrico of Pennsylvania; his grandchildren, Chuck and his wife Ana Wheeler of California, Sierra Wheeler and Kevin Wheeler of Ohio, DJ Wilbanks of South Carolina, and Hunter, Forest, and Wyatt Greenwalt of Missouri; his father, Arthur Connor; his brothers and sisters, Bob and his wife Deb Connor, Tom Connor, Betsy Connor, Donna and her husband Danny Halstead, Frank Sluka, Dawn Flinn, and Mikki and her husband Brad Gilson; several nieces and nephews; his former wife and lifelong friend, Linda Connor and her parents, Marlene and Randy Snoke and his close friend, Leonard Gibbs.

Family and friends are welcome to call at the MCCONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 447 Pine St., Hookstown, PA 15050, Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. where services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Eric Edwards officiating.

He will be laid to rest with military honors in the Mill Creek Hill Cemetery.

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