Cody Conner

cody conner

Cody passed away on June 6, 2012 at Sanford Health in Fargo at the age of 30.

Cody was born on February 5, 1982 in Fargo, the son of Denis Conner and Deborah (Schmidt) Fraser. He graduated from Moorhead High School. Cody was currently employed at Dempsey’s Irish Pub.  Cody was a talented, humble musician and well-loved for his kindness, thoughtfulness, and unending friendship. Cody had a special place in his heart for those less fortunate. Cody loved and cherished family, friends, and humor. He loved his brothers beyond words – Chris, Stacy, and Casey. The bond between the brothers was priceless and uplifting.  Cody played in Bad Mojo and Moody River Bands – whose bond and brotherhood is unbreakable and lives on. Cody took pride in his Irish heritage. Cody’s spirituality was non-judgmental and very real and personal . Cody’s song writing and poetry was so passionate and inspirational. 

He was a gift to all of us.  His inspiration lives on.  We felt privileged and honored to be a part of his life.  Now Cody….peace is yours.

Cody is survived by his parents, Denis (Twylla) Conner and Deborah (Brad) Fraser; grandmother, Orvilla Ness; brothers, Chris, Stacy (Patricia), and Casey; stepbrothers, Ben and Brandon Hill, and Sean Fraser; stepsisters, Rhiannon Fraser and Lizeth; nephew, Liam Conner; special child, Otis; aunts and uncles, Ron (Jeanene) Conner, Dean (Kassie) Schmidt, Keith (June) Erieau, Tom, deceased (Janelle) Conner, Bryon (Lori) Conner; cousins, Shawn Erieau, Tammy Husarik and Shawn, Brad, and Jeff Conner. 

We are so thankful for the love and support we have received from Bad Mojo and Moody River Band.

A special thank you to Bert, Lisa and Klaus from Dempsey’s Irish Pub and all his co-workers as well as Dr. Swiggum and Dr. Traynor.

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  1. Moorhead MN
    I am so sincerely sorry to hear about Cody. I just heard on the news last night about the benefit and was so saddened to hear and absorb this great tragedy. My heart goes out to you, Debbie. I remember being in your daycare and you being pregnant with Cody. This is all so much for me and Troy to understand.
    I pray for you and yours.

  2. I’ll miss you a lot, Cody. You got me started playing music and I can’t pick up my violin without thinking about you. I always liked seeing you, so, I could tell you that and thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  3. Cody was one of the nicest people hands down that I have ever met. He had so much talent but yet, was as humble as could be which is hard to find. When he played, he felt every note and everyone else could feel it too!

  4. Mpls MnDear Debby, My heart goes out to you. I know how much you loved and adored Cody. I will always remember when June and I made the trip to see Cody and made it to the hospital just minutes before he was born. What a special little Joy that came into the world that day!!
    Then, the many times at your house seeing Cody running around the living room, grabbing his blanket and crashing on the floor. The last time I saw Cody was at Liam’s benefit and he was the same sweet spirited young man!
    Please take comfort knowing that Cody will most surely have a special place in Heaven and will be playing his music for God’s ears.
    Lot’s of Love to you, Mary

  5. Fargo ND
    Cody Conner: – talented musician, kind, selfless, giving, loving friend. You accomplished so much in so little time. Wear those wings proudly. You will be missed. Until we meet again…….

  6. Austin TexasI have great memories of Cody from my days in the Fargo music scene. We went to Moorhead High together. I remember one Summer when Cody and my brother Seth and I would sit around in the basement with Cody and laugh and eat grits and listen to delta blues music. Cody was one of the kindest people I have ever known. Just being around him made me feel good. I was in awe of his guitar playing and singing… nobody could play like that. He was a remarkable person. My prayers go out to Cody’s family.

  7. fargo ND
    To Cody’s family: My heart goes out to you on your loss. Cody was an amazing person who i had the privilege to call my friend when i was in high school till i was about 18. It wasn’t long we were friends but it was a cherished time. please stay strong during this time and know ever though he isn’t there physically that he is still with you in your hearts.

    For Cody: your kindness and caring was a rare thing in this world and will truly be missed by many. thank you for your friendship even if it was only a couple years 🙂

  8. Austin TexasSincere condolences from your friends back in Austin, Texas at B. D. Riley’s Irish Pub. It was a pleasure to know Cody and to work with him and hear his songs for the short time he was with us.

    He was a special person, and he will be missed. Wishing the family and all his friends some happy memories to sustain them in these difficult days.

  9. Moorhead minnCody was always pleased to see you. He would come into Marguerites Music while I worked there and was always fun to speak to. He had a feel for guitar that was played from the heart.I remember watching him play while in bad mojo , he had that feel that not many players have. Great guy…. great talent

  10. Cody – I didn’t know you very well but the handful of times we did converse were filled with laughs and smiles. Your presence was a gift to everyone around you. We will all look forward to seeing you next time. Rest in great peace, and just know you are still loved.

  11. Moorhead MN
    Debbie and family,

    So sorry for your loss. I remember Cody when you did daycare and I brought my kids Eric and Megan, and of course, they remember him also. So sad when someone’s life is cut short. My family has experienced it multiple times so my heart goes out to you in your grief.

    Take care,
    Renee Loehr

  12. Cody you will be missed by so many…my condolences to his family. Cody was the genuine article- a kind soul who cared for everyone in his life.

  13. I just learned about the loss of your son, Cody. My heart and prayers are with you as you go through these very difficult days. May wonderful memories be your strength in the months and years ahead.

  14. West Fargo My heart goes out to Cody’s family, friends and our community suffering from this tragic loss. Cody was a truly incredible soul! He had the ability to make you feel loved and apart of the family from the very first time you met him. I feel so honored to have been able to know him. He moved so many hearts and souls with his music. Cody, you were a truly talented, beautiful man and you’re life was cut way too short. You will be thought of often and always missed. See you on the other side buddy! Much

  15. Every so often, I will be thinking about jazz and how I got into it, like yesterday when I heard Coltrane Plays the Blues and then I remind myself that it was Cody who got me into jazz, Cody gave me Kind of Blue on CD back in the 90s along with 2 other CDs, out of the kindness of his own heart. As everyone has said here, Cody was an inspirational, thoughtful, kind and giving person who was all about including everyone and excluding no one. I grew up near him, went to Asp, Junior High and Highschool with him and we hung out together outside school as kids sometimes. I was devastated to hear of his passing. Rest in peace Cody.

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