Joel David Conner

2011 - 2020

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Joel David Conner, age 8, of Findlay passed away into the loving arms of Jesus on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Joel was born on September 19, 2011 in Bluffton to Brent and Brittany (Wheldon) Conner. He is survived by his parents; three sisters: Haidyn, Elsey, and Isabella; paternal grandparents, Ed and Jeanne Conner of Findlay; maternal grandparents, David and Karen Wheldon of Spokane, WA; two uncles: Dalen (Tammy Wilson) Wheldon, and Mark Conner; aunt, Krystal (Dean) Recker; and numerous cousins and friends. Joel just finished second grade at Liberty-Benton School. He enjoyed video games, riding his bike, legos, nerf wars, playing sports (he was looking forward to soccer season and football), and playing with his sisters. He also loved watching college football, especially The Ohio State Buckeyes. Joel was able to give the gift of tissue donation. Joel will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00pm on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME and for one hour (10:00-11:00am) prior to the 11:00am service on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Benton Ridge. Burial will follow in Benton Ridge Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the family for a scholarship fund to be established in Joel's name or to the church. Online condolences can be shared by visiting

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    205 West Sandusky Street
    Findlay, Ohio 45840
    Wednesday, July 1st 2020 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Good Shepherd United Methodist Church[Map]
    105 W. Main St
    Benton, Ridge 45816
    Thursday, July 2nd 2020 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Thursday, July 2nd 2020 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    Good Shepherd United Methodist Church [Map]
    105 W. Main St
    Benton Ridge, Ohio 45816

  • Final Resting Place:

    Benton Ridge Cemetery [Map]
    11016 TR 125
    Benton Ridge, Ohio 45816

  • Contributions:

    Good Shepherd UMC - Conner
    P.O. Box 182
    Benton Ridge, Ohio 45816

    To the family


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To : Joels family
Date :Monday, June 29th 2020
From : Dolly Smith
My heart goes out to your entire family ❤️ Brittney know that Joel is in Gods hand now and he will be forever loved and missed!

To : Joels loved ones
Date :Monday, June 29th 2020
From : Kathy MacDonald
I’m asking God to translate the words of my heart to all of you. May God’s presence bring you comfort and may His peace pass all understanding. I am so grateful for BSF and Open Gym For Little Ones where we got to meet a young boy with contagious energy and a heart that knew the love of Jesus.

To : Conner Family
Date :Monday, June 29th 2020
From : Kisseberth Family
Our hearts are broken for you and the family. We are so very sorry for your loss of your precious child. May God presence comfort you in this very difficult time.

Sincere Condolences
Carl Kisseberth Family

To : Joel's entire family
Date :Monday, June 29th 2020
From : Carter Crawfords family
words are few when it comes to this tragic loss of such a beautiful fun loving friend of Carters. we will hold you all in our hearts and thoughts as you try to navigate day to day. Joel be well with our God and watch over your dear family.

To : Conner Family
Date :Monday, June 29th 2020
From : Dale Shaheen Family
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of you at this time. Please know you’re all in our prayers.

To : Brent Brittany the entire Conner Family
Date :Monday, June 29th 2020
From : Bill Sue Rehm
Our hearts and prayers go out to you all. We know there is comfort and peace knowing that Joel is in the arms of Jesus. We Pray you are surrounded in that comfort with family and friends in the days ahead.

To : The Conner Family
Date :Monday, June 29th 2020
From : Angie Kettel
My momma and grandma’s heart is broken for you all. You are in my prayers continually. Joel is forever etched in my heart.

To : the conner family
Date :Monday, June 29th 2020
From : the cotterman family

To : The Conner Family
Date :Monday, June 29th 2020
From : Barry Pat Reamer
Our hearts go out to you and your family on the loss of your son. We will keep your family in prayers. May the Lord surround you with his love at this difficult time.

To : Brent and Brittney and the rest of my family
Date :Monday, June 29th 2020
From : Mark Conner
I don’t even have the words to express the sorrow I feel from this tragic loss, it makes me want to just withdraw and hide from the world. I can’t even imagine how you feel. I can’t bare the thought of the pain this is causing you. I love you all, and I pray that God heals the pain we all feel in our hearts.

To : The Conner Family
Date :Monday, June 29th 2020
From : Warren Vicki Lynch Family
So sorry for your loss of your precious child. Prayers and hugs for your family.

To : Crystal Recker
Date :Monday, June 29th 2020
From : Carol Welty
So sorry for your loss! Can’t imagine your pain! In our prayers!

To : Brent and Brittany
Date :Monday, June 29th 2020
From : Burr and Jane Ann
Brent and Brittany,
Your amazing loss has stunned multiple communities. Please know that you are in the hearts and minds of so many, and most importantly know where Joel is and the joy he is experiencing, being at Home with His Savior, Jesus Christ. The love and support that you feel, comes with strength and courage, and for you to grab onto from your hundreds of friends and family for you to sense the calming peace, not of your own understanding. We love you guys so much!

To : The Conner Family
Date :Tuesday, June 30th 2020
From : Jackie Gray
It is with enormous sadness that I send my prays and sympathy!! I so enjoyed getting to know Joel as Hayden’s little brother whom she was so fond of!! I feel blessed to have been able to serve him and Hayden at Jacobs School. As your world will never be the same I pray your hearts can find a way to honor and remember him for all of your days!!

To : The Conner Family
Date :Wednesday, July 1st 2020
From : Brian Hendricks
My thoughts and prayers in the name of Jesus Christ go out to each and everyone of you at this time.

Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them and pray:......

But Jesus said, suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19: 13a - 14

My heart breaks for you. Continued love and care in the name of Christ.

To : Karen Wheldon and family
Date :Wednesday, July 1st 2020
From : Maureen Bailly
Prayers and thoughts are with you as you grieve this sad sad loss.
Hugs from afar, Maureen

To : Joel's family
Date :Monday, October 5th 2020
From : Dora Labrum
I'm so sorry for your guys lost