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Kenneth Edward Connell

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Kenneth Edward Connell, Sr

Kenneth Edward Connell, Sr., 86, of Waukeenah, FL, died peacefully Friday, July 4, 2014 at home and is survived by his wife of 26 years, Mary Jones Connell. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Waukeenah United Methodist Church with burial in the United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11:00 a.m. Instead of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Waukeenah United Methodist Church, 81 Methodist Church Road, Monticello, FL 32344. Beggs Funeral Homes, 3322 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32311, (850) 942-2929 is in charge of arrangements.

Kenneth was a native of Waukeenah, servings as a Sergeant in the United States Army, for two enlisted terms and a third term in the Korean War. During 16 years of Service and Reserve time, he was stationed in Japan serving as medic in Korea, and in Germany. He worked for FSU and retired as a Building and Grounds Supervisor from Centel Telephone Company after 26 years of service.

Kenneth and Mary married in March 1988 sharing a great love of travel. They visited North America, Alaska, Artic Ocean, Central & South America, Europe, Africa and the Orient, travelling around the world sailing many oceans and rivers, visiting many countries and islands, including the Taj Mahal in India. Returning to Korea, previously a soldier in 1950 where he flew by helicopter to pick up the wounded and dead American soldiers during the Korean War, taking them to Japan as a medic.

He was a member of the Waukeenah United Methodist Church and served on the Cemetery Committee. He was a member of the First Baptist Church LLL Club, 32nd Degree Mason of the Robert Butler Lodge No. 305, Veteran's of Foreign Wars, Star of the East White Shrine of Jerusalem, Independent Telephone Pioneer Association, Order of the Eastern Star, Legion of Honor, American Legion, Marzuq Temple Shriner, Keystone Genealogical Society, and Emerald Isle Society. He was a Democrat and had served on the Democratic Executive Committee of Jefferson County.

Other survivors include two daughters, Karen Shriver and Kimberly Critten; sons Kenny and Michael Connell; step-daughter Jeanie Walker; brother Bobby Connell ( Pat); sister in laws Frances Connell and Bobbie Connell; sister Annie Lou White; granddaughters Elizabeth Miller, Jessica Critten, Kelli Connell, Natalie Connell, and Sullivan Connell; step grandson Glenn Walker III; and; great-grandsons Trever and Tanner Miller, step great grandson Elijah Walker and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, James (J.T) Connell, Sr., mother Bessie Connell, brothers J.T. Jr. and Lester Connell, sister Betty Ruth Martin (Clayton).


Published in Tallahassee Democrat on July 8, 2014
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