Robert Price McConnell Jr.
1942 - 2021
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Robert Price McConnell Jr.
Price McConnell died peacefully at home in Apple Valley on March 3, 2021 after a short illness. He was born in Danville, Virginia on June 9, 1942. After graduating from high school, he attended college at Virginia Tech (VPI), where he was a member of the Corp of Cadets. His fondest memories of Virginia Tech involved his three years as student manager of the basketball team enabling him to travel with the team throughout the basketball season. After graduating he joined the US Air Force fulfilling a childhood dream of a career in flying and serving his country. He did two consecutive tours of duty in the Vietnam War flying over 200 combat missions as the navigator aboard the B66 Bomber and F111 Fighter Jet. His Air Force career led him to assignments at various bases across the United States. He particularly enjoyed being stationed in England and flying alongside the Royal Air Force taking him to bases all over Europe. After a 20-year career with the USAF he retired with the rank of Major from George AFB. Price subsequently worked for Northrop Grumman at their facility in Palmdale which built the B-2 bomber. He took tremendous pride in the success of the Stealth project as a Test Support Engineer.
He is survived his by loving wife Margaret and daughter Marcy Piersol (Matt) of Granite Bay and grandson Gavin; brother Ned McConnell (Susan) of Charlotte, N.C.; nephew Ian McConnell (Megan) of San Francisco; niece Emily Bridges (Ryan) of Matthews, N.C. Step daughter Kristina Ripatti of Redondo Beach and step grandchildren Jordan & Lucas; step daughter Cora Ripatti Sutherland (Ozzie) of Los Angeles and step grandsons Valan & Soren. He is also survived by his former wife Sheryl Truslow . He is preceded in death by step daughter Maureen Ripatti.
Price had a life-long love of sports, playing basketball and golf in high school. He enjoyed watching sports on television and closely followed ACC basketball and football games from his California home.
He was a beloved member of the community and a man of great faith. When he wasn't sitting around telling stories he could be found chasing planes, trains and automobiles around the state.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at the Church of the Valley at a date to be determined.
The family greatly appreciates the loving care provided by In Living Room caregivers and his Calstro Hospice nurses.
Donations in Price's name can be sent to the Church of the Valley at 20700 Standing Rock Road, Apple Valley, CA 92307 or to Calstro Hospice Inc at 14455 Park Avenue, Suite B, Victorville, CA 92392. In Living Room 14037 Phelan Road, Ste. A, Phelan, CA 92371.

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Published in Daily Press from Mar. 11 to Mar. 14, 2021.
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March 26, 2021
I met Price when I was 12. He and my brother, Bill Martin, were friends. Price was like a part of the our family (Martin/Willis). He loved to come to our family get-togethers at my grandparents house. I'm so sad Price is gone. He was kind, funny and so much fun. He and my brother had some amazing adventures. Of course he was a master storyteller. I'm sending a virtual hug to all of his family. Many blessings.
Judith Ann Martin Hyde
Friend
March 16, 2021
Uncle Price,

Thank you for all of the wonderful memories we made together and all that you’ve done for me. You were a great Uncle, Brother, Husband, and Father & Friend to all! You are for forever in our hearts and will never be forgotten. Rest in Heaven until we meet again. Love you!
Emily
Family
March 16, 2021
We had such good times with Price when we were all stationed at RAF Upper Heyford in the same squadron, and we stayed connected all the years since. He always wrote great Christmas letters. Many fond memories. We're sad he is no longer with us. Ed and Caroline Pickens
Caroline and Ed Pickens
Served In Military Together
March 12, 2021
As a former graduate of Price's 1960 high school class at GW High in Danville, VA, I'm so sorry to hear of his death. My sympathies to his family. He was a fine gentleman and gave his service to his country to protect us all.
Kawania Reed
Classmate
March 12, 2021
Rest In Peace Price. Thank you for your service to America. It was an honor to have known you if only for a moment. You will be sorely missed but never forgotten.
Mary Kestel
Family
March 11, 2021
Price was a great & loyal friend. He always made you laugh. Even when his problems seemed in surmountable he always rose above. He will be missed by many.
John Sabraw
Served In Military Together
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