The Ottumwa Courier


January 20, 2014

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DRAKESVILLE — Howard Dale McConnell, age 88, passed away Jan. 17, 2014, at his home.

Howard was born June 18, 1925, to Dale Grant and Lillian Beaumont McConnell on the family farm in Soap Creek Township, Davis County, near Drakesville.

He attended Rural and Bloomfield grade schools and, for a time, high school until the death of his father in 1941. He then quit school in order to operate the family farm, supporting his widowed mother and his siblings.

At the later part of World War II, the family left the farm, and he entered the U.S. Navy, serving a tour of duty. He enlisted in the reserves and was called back to active duty during the Korean Conflict.

Howard worked as a substitute Iowa Rural mail carrier and later at various farm machinery plants in the Quad City area, working as a machinist for 43 years. He retired from John Deere Harvester, East Moline, in 1990 after 26 1/2 years of service.

On Sept. 2, 1957, he married Doris Eileen Miller, who passed away Dec. 3, 1980. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lillian Florence McConnell; and a grandson, Mitchell Dale McConnell.

He is survived by two daughters, Alecia Lou Beyhl (Mark), Bettendorf and Melissia Ann Burhans (Harlan), Portland, Texas; a son, Howard Dale McConnell, Moline, Ill.; a stepson, Daniel Lee (Bev), Silvis, Ill.; his longtime companion, Nellie Power; 10 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Doris V. Lawson, Bloomfield, Norma F. Courtney, Oskaloosa; and a brother, David B. McConnell, Huntsville, Ala.

Funeral service will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. 6601 38 Ave., Moline. Interment will follow services at Moline Memorial Park. Military rites will be accorded by Moline American Legion Post #246.

Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time. The family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting his obituary at

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