Connel Ray Petterson

Connel Ray Petterson, 68, of Nyssa, Oregon, passed away March 11, 2018 at St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise, Idaho.

He was born on December 6, 1949 in Ontario, Oregon to Emma Ruth Kesler Petterson and Francis Neil Petterson. Connel was sealed to Cathy Roseann Nelson in the Manti, Utah Temple on October 15, 1980. Together they have four children and eight grandchildren.

Nyssa, OR has been Connel’s home his entire life. He loved to farm, ride his horses, and spend time on four-wheeling adventures with his family. After selling the farm, Connel worked for the Nyssa School District as Transportation Supervisor for the past 13 years.

Connel served a 2 year mission in South Africa for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was a member of the Nyssa 2nd LDS Ward.

Connel is survived by his wife, Cathy, his children Connel Ray (Laura), Carly (Andrew Bassett), Cody (Chelsey), and 8 grandchildren (Hannah, Ethan, Brielle, Liam, Camille, Adley, Matthew, & Madison), and by his mother, Emma Ruth Petterson.

Connel was preceded in death by his father, F. Neil Petterson, and his daughter, Cara.

Services will be held at the Nyssa LDS Stake Center, 1309 Park Avenue on Monday, March 19 at 11 AM, with a viewing at 9:30 AM. Another viewing will also be held Sunday, March 18 from 5 to 7 PM at Lienkaemper Funeral Chapel in Nyssa, 207 Ehrgood Ave.


  • Patty Kinkade Posted March 13, 2018 4:14 pm

    Kathy and family, I am so sorry to hear of Connel’s passing. He will be missed by many.

  • RALPH TIDWELL Posted March 15, 2018 1:10 pm

    Connel was a room mate of mine in Portland, Or. back in about 1969. Connel and his cousin, Chad Olson, were going to business college not far from Portland State where I was in school. I graduated from Nyssa with Chad in 1966. Connel was one of the nicest young men that I ever met. Polite, hard working and everything a parent could have wanted in a teenager! We had some great experiences together and I have thought of him many times over the last 50 years even if I only saw him once or twice again after he returned to Nyssa. I never met his wife and children, but I am sending you my heart felt sorry for your loss. To Connel’s children; your Dad was a wonderful, good person who I greatly respected and to Connel’s wife; he was taken much to soon but find peace in the knowledge that once again you will be reunited. Blessing to those you know and love.

  • Victoria Fugate Posted March 18, 2018 3:40 pm

    May god bless your family during this time . Connel was a very special person. Since we were both from Nyssa and going to college in Portland Connel was my ride home anytime he was heading home. He was always so kind. My prayers are with your family.


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