Herbert Connelley (1922 - 2018)

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Mack Connelley was born
in Trinidad, Colorado September
20, 1922 and died
April 29, 2018 peacefully
in his sleep. The Connelley
family moved from
Colorado to Borger, Texas,
an Oil Boom town in the
Panhandle of Texas during
the 1930's. Mack was a graduate of
Borger High School in 1940. After the
outbreak of World War II, he joined
the Army Air Force and was assigned
to the 422nd Bombardment Squadron,
305th Bombardment Group, 8th
Air Force in England. There he piloted
the B-17 Bomber and flew 31 missions
over Germany. During his tour
he was shot down twice and rescued.
Mack's flying career endured for over
70 years. After his discharge from the
Army Air Force he began a 37-year
career as a pilot for United Airlines.
During this time he owned and operated
his own airplane operating out of
Centennial Airport and subsequently
he owned a hanger at the Platte Valley
Airport. Mack enjoyed a business career
as well and he had a construction
business and built over 1500
houses in the Denver area
and owned and operated
several apartment buildings.
After retirement from United
Airlines and the construction
industry he owned a cattle
ranch near Loveland, Co.
Mack was actively involved
in community activities. He was a
Mason, belonged to the Scottish Rite
Temple and the Shriners. He was
member of Aircraft Owner and Pilot
Association and the Retired United
Airline Pilots' Association. Mack met
Barbara Noorda who was a United
Airline flight attendant and they were
married March 21, 1948. They had one
daughter Carol. Mack was preceded
in death by his wife Barbara, daughter
Carol, and two sisters Beverly Davis
of Arlington, TX and Phyllis Connelley
of Austin, TX. Mack is survived
by brother Ray Connelly, Groveland,
CA, brother Mike Connelley, Hudson,
MA, sister Billie Jacobini, Carbondale,
IL, sister, Melba Connelley, Richland
Hills, TX, and Flora Pittard, Arlington,
Published in Colorado Community Newspapers from May 16 to June 15, 2018
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