106 West Main Street
P.O. Box 146
Phone: 906-475-4631
Fax: 906-475-5561


Friday, April 1st, 1932 - Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
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Wayne Connors, 89, of Baldwin Ave., Negaunee, passed away peacefully at his home a day after celebration of his wife’s birthday, Tuesday evening, April 27, 2021 under the care of his loving family and UP Home Health & Hospice. His family was proud to provide the care he needed to be able to pass away at his homestead.

Wayne was born April 1, 1932 in McFarland to Desmond and Dorothy (Larsh) Connors and graduated from Gwinn High School, Class of 1950. He left a full scholarship to Northern Michigan University to join the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He served with the 33rd Air Regiment, Okinawa, until his honorable discharge in 1955. Following his service to his country, he married the love of his life, Joann D. Harju on June 29, 1957, and together they enjoyed over 63 years of marriage. Wayne was employed as the general manager of Interstate Valweld, retiring with over 34 years of service with the company.

Mr. Connors was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Negaunee, and was a lifetime member of AMVETS. He was a proud member of the 100pint blood donation club with the American Red Cross. In his spare time, he enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage, and loved being in the woods and going to hunting camp. Most of all, he was a loving and devoted patriarch to his family. He worked hard to build a family camp on Lake Sixteen in the Champion/Michigamme area, and was gratified to be able to give the camp to his children for the next generations to enjoy.

Surviving are his loving wife, Joann Connors; two sons, Dennis of Pensacola, FL and Troy (Caitlin) of Marquette; four daughters: Renee Liquia of South Lyon, MI, Connie (Randy) Champion of Negaunee, Paula Connors of Charlevoix, and Wendy (Rick) Champion of Whitehall, MI; 12 grandchildren: Stacy (Mark) McEachern, Mandi (William) Welbes, Jessica (Eric) Lapine, Joanna (Jordan) Zillner, Michael (Shelley) Liquia, Adam (Jessica) Liquia, Wayne Champion, Tiffany Connors, James Champion, Taylor Connors, Roger Champion and Travis Connors; 16 great grandchildren; two brothers, Jerry and Gary (Mary) Connors; five sisters: Carol Marjonen, Janice Boogren, Marilynn Kotel, Darlene (Norm) Meden and Jill (Dick) Leferink; special friend, Jeanie Manginen; godchildren: John Cass, Jr., Todd Cass, Lynn Marjonen and Terry Marjonen; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Shannon Liquia; a sister-in-law, Sharon Connors; and brothers-in-law: Ed Marjonen, Bob Boogren and Martin Kotel, and Johnny Roberto.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 1st at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Negaunee, with Rev. Steven Solberg officiating. Burial will be in Northland Chapel Gardens. The family will greet relatives and friends from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM at the church on Saturday. Pallbearers are Randy, Ricky and Rodney Champion, John Cass, Jr., Tracy Schmeltz, Joe Boogren and Wayne Champion. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed in Wayne’s memory to the Fortune Lake Scholarship Fund.

For those unable to attend, funeral services will live streamed, and can be launched through www.immanuelnegaunee.org

Wayne’s memorial page may be viewed at koskeyfuneralhome.com
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 | 9:30am - 11:00am
    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 9:30am - 11:00am
    Immanuel Lutheran Church
    520 Hwy US 41 East
    Negaunee, MI 49866
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  • Service

    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 | 11:00am
    Saturday, May 1st, 2021 11:00am
    Immanuel Lutheran Church
    Address Not Available
    Rev. Steven Solberg


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Scott, Diane, and Matt Jandron and Alison and Denise Connors and family sent flowers to the family of WAYNE CONNORS.
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Lucy Harrison

Posted at 06:00pm
So sorry for your lost. He was always good to me
Always a smile on his face
Prayers 🙏 for healing for your family. Lucy H.

Deb Morin/Rolig

Posted at 01:32pm
To the Connors Family: We were so sad to here about Wayne. He was always so sweet at every family reunion. My parents, Gladys and Albert, so enjoyed his company. I would always tell him he looked like my brother Maury. Sorry we are unable to attend funeral. I know he was surrounded by loving family and you will all carry wonderful memories in your hearts. Deb (Morin) and Les Rolig

Scott, Diane, and Matt Jandron

Posted at 05:04pm
He will always be Papa Wayne to me and my family. He was my son Matt’s bonus grandpa when he was growing up. We were blessed to live across the street from Papa Wayne and Joann for all those years. I will be forever grateful to him for the love he showed my son.

Scott, Diane, and Matt Jandron

Posted at 04:13pm
Thank you for your service to our country. We will also be forever grateful to you for all that you did for Matt while he was growing up.
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