William L. “Lou” Connors, 80, Vero Beach

William L. “Lou” Connors, 80 of Vero Beach, died on Aug. 28, 2010, in Friendship Ridge, Beaver, after a lengthy hospital stay.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1929, in Butler, Pa., to the late Ralph & Dorothea (Bernauer) Connors.

He was a graduate of Butler High School and attended Geneva College. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Vero Beach.

Lou was a long time employee of the PA State Police, having to go on light duty due to his rheumatoid arthritis and spent several years giving drivers exams, mostly in E. Rochester, Pa.

He served in the US Air Force, stationed in Shreveport, La. Having been taught piano and organ by his mother, and being self taught drumming, he enjoyed playing on the local program, “Louisiana Hayride.” He once played back up for the legendary Hank Williams. Lou was a long time member of the Ohio United Presbyterian Church, Hopewell Twp., where he served on their bicentennial committee in 1999 and compiled an indepth history of the church.

He was a past member of the Aliquippa BPOE, a 21 year member of the American Legion, currently of Post # 39 of Vero Beach. He was a member of the Irish Club and the Senior Center of Vero Beach. He enjoyed playing drums with the band, “The Notables” for many years. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Norma (Olson) Connors, and his brother Freddie Connors.

His survivors include his loving wife, Nancy; his son, William “Scott” Connors, California; his daughter, Cynthia Connors; a granddaughter, Catherine “Kaytee” Bixler; a stepdaughter, Debra Calvert, of Vero Beach; a stepson Jim Burke; his four step-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and many loving in-laws and friends.

At Lou’s request there will be no public visitation.

The Huntsman Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Aliquippa is in charge of all arrangements.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. in the Ohio United Presbyterian Church, Hopewell Twp., with Rev. Eric Powell and Rev. Don Hurray officiating. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Lung Association or any charity of your choice. www.huntsmanfuneralhomes.com.

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