McConnell, also known as Gadget, 71, passed away on September 13, 2018.
A veteran of the
Vietnam War. Edward was born on January 7, 1947, in Benton Harbor, Michigan,
to Kenneth McConnell and Frankie McConnell (Ligget).
In 1966, he joined
the Air Force and served in the Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Edward was a
brave and loyal soldier, as well as a patient and loving father. He married
Verla Greenbush in Estes Park, Colorado in 1970. Edward worked at Bethlehem
Steel for 30 years and then retired. Edward spent many years helping and
serving Active Duty, Veterans, and those less fortunate. He worked many
fundraisers, helped with projects such as wheel chair ramps, shipping
packages to active duty military, helped provide Christmas for less
fortunate children. He has stood many flag lines and/or rode in many escorts
for Active and Veteran military. He was active with the Indiana Patriot
Guard. He served as a member of the Wall Gang and Guardian Riders. He was
currently a member of Operation Serving Heroes.
He is survived by
his wife, Verla; his sons, Gregory (Donna) and Fredrick; his brother Kenneth
Earl McConnell (Margaret) of Michigan; his seven grandchildren; and his four
great-grandchildren. He is survived by many, nieces and nephews, extended
family and close family friends who all loved and adored him.
In lieu of flowers,
a memorial college fund will be gathered. Please write all checks to Road to
Life Church/College Fund.
A Celebration of
Life will be September 29, 2018, at Road to Life Church, 7056 W 450 N
Michigan City, Indiana. The memorial visitation will be at 10:30 a.m., the
memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m.