Virgil W. "Mack" McConnell, 88, of Belleville, Ill., born Wednesday, Dec. 16, 1925, in Mountain View, Mo., died Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Dammert Geriatric Center in Belleville, Ill.
Virgil was a sergeant major (E9) for the United States Navy and Army, serving during World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of Union United Methodist Church in Belleville, Ill., Tanana Lodge 3 AF & AM, Fairbanks, Alaska, Scottish Rite Bodies, Al Aska Shrine, past patron of O.E.S., of Alaska, Rob Morris 98 O.E.S., Pioneers of Alaska Igloos 4, NRA, VFW of Fairbanks, Alaska, and also past assistant chief of police of Fairbanks, Alaska.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William H. and Essie, nee Harvill, McConnell; a daughter, Arna Jane Trotter; a brother, Wayland McConnell; and a sister, Edna McConnell.
Surviving are his wife, Jane, nee Cluck, McConnell of Belleville, Ill.; a brother, Vern E. McConnell of Fairbanks, Alaska; a grandson, Scott M. (Patty) Thompson of Belleville, Ill.; a great-grandchildren, Zach Thompson, and Zara Thompson; nieces, Linda (Charles) Davenport, and Jackie Lucas.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital or the Union United Methodist Church building fund. Condolences may be expressed online at www.kurrusfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, Ill., and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Union United Methodist Church in Belleville, Ill. An Eastern Star Service will be held at 7 p.m. A Masonic service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at Union United Methodist Church, with Rev. Ed Weston officiating. Interment will follow with full military honors at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.
KURRUS FUNERAL HOME, Belleville, Ill.
Kurrus Funeral Home
1773 Frank Scott Pkwy W Belleville, IL 62223
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on Apr. 26, 2014