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Gale McConnell

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MURPHYSBORO - Gale V. McConnell, 86, passed away at 1:05 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, in St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro.

Gale was born Jan. 18, 1927, in Rock Island, to J. Sidney McConnell and Bertha (Schutte) McConnell.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during the World War II.

Gale retired as a grain elevator manager.

Mr. McConnell attended United Methodist Church in Murphysboro.

He was a fifty-year mason of the Walnut Masonic Lodge 722, a member of the Lincoln York Rite 147, a member of the Lincoln Council 83, and a member of the Constantine Commandery 51. He was a member of the Electa and Ruth Chapter 379 of the Order of Eastern Star in Murphysboro, and a life member of the American Legion Post 259 of Cobden.

Gale was an avid Cardinal fan. In his yard, he enjoyed feeding the birds and gardening. Last year he gave all of his daughters flowers to plant, so that they would enjoy them, also. He loved his Jack Russells, Katie, Lulu and Annie. He was a very loving father, and he led his family by example - showing good moral character and setting an excellent work ethic.

He married Geraldine M. Schultz on Jan. 15, 1955, in Sparland, and she survives.

Other survivors include three daughters Peggy Homan, Lori Graff and her fiancé, Danny Lawson, and Merry Korando and her husband Chris Korando, all of Murphysboro; three grandchildren Angela Wilcoxen and her husband, Dan Wilcoxen, of Springfield, U.S. Air Force Cpt. Mark Graff and his wife, Lana Graff, of Azores, Portugal, and Jodan Korando of Murphysboro; four great-grandchildren, Carly Wilcoxen, Ben Wilcoxen, Emma Wilcoxen and J. D. Graff; two sisters, Shirley Ghitalla of Knoxville, Ill., and Gloria Andrykowski and her husband, Harold Andrykowski, of Antioch; one brother-in-law, Michael Schultz and his wife, Gerri Schultz of The Colony, Texas; lots of nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Jack Ghitalla and his parents.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Pettett Funeral Home, with the Rev. Earl Renshaw officiating. Military services will follow the service and will be conducted by the American Legion Post 127, VFW Post 7190, and Jackson County DAV Chapter 69. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Immediately after the services, Mr. McConnell's body will be cremated.

Memorials may be made to the Electa and Ruth Chapter 379 of the Order of Eastern Star, the , Knights Templar Foundation or the Masonic Retirement Home.

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Published in The Southern Illinoisan from Aug. 30 to Aug. 31, 2013
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