Robert E. “Bunny” Conn
Robert E. “Bunny” Conn, 84, of Winamac, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born on Jan. 30, 1936, in Winamac to the late Roger and Helen (Ash) Conn. Bunny graduated from Winamac High School in 1954 and earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
On Oct. 22, 1960, Bunny married the love of his life, Marjorie M. Hoffman, in Winamac, at the First United Methodist Church. They raised two sons and were blessed with two grandsons as well as seven great-grandchildren. Bunny and Marjorie enjoyed their travels to Orange Beach, Alabama, in their retirement years.
Bunny was a lifelong junior high teacher at Royal Center School (which became Pioneer Regional School Corporation after consolidation in the 1960s) where he enjoyed teaching science, health, math and physical education. Bunny also enjoyed coaching track, cross country, basketball and baseball, as well as officiating as a referee for girls and boys junior high basketball. When he was not shaping the minds of his students and athletes, he worked construction on weekends, summers and school holidays.
Bunny was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served on numerous boards and committees. He served on the meal committee, serving dinners for funerals as well as the weekly Kiwanis meetings. He was well known and respected for teaching Sunday school to the Methodist youth for 62 years and delivering over 700 children’s sermons. On occasion, Bunny would fill the pulpit in area churches as a lay speaker.
Bunny gave back to the community he loved so dearly with nine years as a Community Foundation of Pulaski County board member. He loved gardening and sharing his harvest with family, neighbors and friends. Bunny was a kind and generous man who will be dearly missed by so many.
He is survived by his wife Marjorie M. (Hoffman) Conn of Winamac; son: Brad [Judi] Conn of Winamac; grandsons: Jason [Stacey] Dunderman and Austin [Heather] Dunderman; seven great-grandchildren: Katie, Adeline, Lucy, Lizzy, Alek, Natalie and Jason; brother: Dick [Nancy] Conn of Charlotte, Michigan; sisters: Karen Reder of Portage, and Lois Moyer of Havre de Grace, Maryland; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents Roger and Helen (Ash) Conn; and son Brian D. Conn.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery (McKinley Addition) in Winamac.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brian D. Conn Memorial Scholarship at the Community Foundation of Pulaski County.
Online tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.
(Pulaski County Journal — Jan. 13, 2021)