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Howard Baker McConnell
MANSFIELD: Howard Baker McConnell died died peacefully on June 24, 2012 in Billings, Montana. He was 85 years of age and is survived by his wife Mary Agnes McConnell.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Lou McConnell, whom he married April 7, 1951.
Howard was born June 11, 1927 in Orange, NJ, to William M. and Rachel H. McConnell.
He graduated from Clifford J. Scott High School in East Orange, NJ; the College of Wooster, and Rutgers University of New Jersey. He was a veteran of WW II serving in the Philippines in the United States Navy, and continued to serve in the United States Navel Reserves for thirty-six years, retiring as a Chief Journalist.
A public school music teacher in Ohio, he taught at Union Local School, Huron Valley Local School, Willard City Schools, and Mansfield City Schools.
A dedicated and talented musician, he played in numerous dance bands, combos, and the Mansfield Symphony where he served as principal bass. He was an accomplished bagpipe player, and, eventually became Pipe Major for the Royal Scots Highlanders in Mansfield, Ohio.
He earned his pilot's license after retiring from teaching and at age 50 took up running, logging every mile he ran.
He is survived by his sister, Evelyn McConnell Entwisle, of Randolph, NJ; and four children, Michael G. McConnell of Lafayette, Louisiana and his wife, Shan Becnel McConnell, their two children, Jarred Michael McConnell and Kellen Randal McConnell; daughter, Nancy L. McConnell, her children, Aaron Andrew Bishop and Benjamin McConnell Bishop, two great grandchildren, MacKenzie and Mason Bishop; twin daughters, Julia A. McConnell of Basking Ridge, NJ., and Janny McConnell Kirk, her husband John F. Kirk and son, David Michael Kirk of Billings, Montana.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the "Nancy McConnell Special Education Scholarship Fund" in care of the Richland County Foundation, 24 W. Third St. Suite 100 Mansfield, Ohio 44902 www.richlandcountyfoundation.org
Announcement will be made as to the future date of the memorial service. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.cfgbillings.com through "Our Families."
Published in the News Journal on June 30, 2012