Wayne C. Conn, age 91, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, with his wife and daughter by his side.

Wayne was born Sept. 19, 1919, in Brookings, S.D. He was one of six children born to Joseph and Nora Conn. He attended and graduated from Brookings High School. There, he met his wife of 69 years, Bonnie Thompson Conn. They were married on Feb. 1, 1942.

Wayne proudly served aboard the USS Fremont through six invasions in the South Pacific.

On July 21, 1959, after 17 years of marriage, Bonnie and Wayne welcomed their daughter, Nancy, into their world. Life would never be the same.

In 1962, Wayne and Bonnie moved to Billings to open Conn's Hallmark. He also opened the original General Store at Big Sky, and ran the Airport Gift Shop for 23 years.

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Wayne was a past director of the Northern Livestock Exposition, a member of the Al Bedoo Shrine, a 50-year member of First Congregational Church, a 32nd degree Mason with the Rimrock Lodge #149, a longtime Kiwanis member, a member of SCORE, and a member of the Montana Quarter Horse Association and the American Montana Quarter Horse Association.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Bonnie; his daughter, Nancy and her husband Darryl "Pete" LaCounte. He is also survived by his brother, Walter "Bud" and wife Phyllis; many loving nieces and nephews; and good friends whom he welcomed into the family and loved.

To those who took time to call or stop by and visit ... thank you. Life is a race and for you to take time out of your busy world to remember Bonnie and Wayne, we hope you know how much that meant.

Memorial service will be Monday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St., Billings.

The family suggests memorials be made to: RiverStone Health at 123 S. 27th St., Billings, MT 59101, both In-Home Healthcare and Hospice. These ladies are all very special to us, and Dad loved it when they arrived. During his last days, they provided care and concern, and we are at peace knowing he was not in pain.

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