George P. Conn Jr., 82, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, at home, surrounded by his daughter and son-in-law.
He was born on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1941, to the late George P. Conn Sr. and Helen Conn nee Reissinger in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
He served in the Navy from 1958 to 1961 on the U.S.S. Saratoga CVA-60 while it was stationed in the Mediterranean. After his discharge from the military, George graduated from Millersville University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and continued his graduate work at Lebanon Valley College. From there, he used his knowledge and skills as a sales representative for Met-Ed until his retirement. While at Met-Ed, he served as the company photographer and earned several awards for company service goals.
George was also very involved in his community. He was a Committee Member and Assistant Scout Leader of Boy Scout Troup 412 in Lebanon, where he was also the recipient of the District Award of Merit. George was a member of the Scottish Rites and a 32nd-degree Mason of the Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge 704, of which he was a member for 50 years. He served as Secretary of the lodge many years ago.
In his free time, George enjoyed watching westerns, especially starring John Wayne, camping, riding his tractor, working in his yard, supervising his children during house projects, and most of all, traveling with his wife, Ardell.
He is survived by his children, Kathleen Fritsche, and husband, Mark, George P. Conn III, and wife, Trish, and Raymond P. Conn, and wife, Becky; grandchildren, Eileen Parry, Philip Parry, Andrew Parry, and wife, Amber, and Johnathan Conn; great-grandchildren, Liam Alger and Lucas Parry; brother, Robert Conn, and wife, Ruth Ann; as well as a niece, nephew, and many cousins.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Ardell R. Conn nee Spang, who passed away on March 21, 2010.
A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held for George on Sept. 30, 2023, at the Salem Lutheran Church in the Richwine Hall, 119 N. 8th St., Lebanon, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome to drop in at any time to fellowship and share a favorite “George” story. A private interment will take place at Cornwall Cemetery following the gathering at Salem Church.