Mark McConnell, 1931-2015

Published 9:50 am Friday, July 24, 2015

Mark Dwayne McConnell was born on March 27, 1931, to Dominic and Mary (Kavanaugh) McConnell in Rochester. He helped out on the family farm until he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1948. He served and was injured during the Korean War, where he was sent with the first waves of troops into Korea. After his honorable discharge he moved back home.

Mark McConnell

Mark McConnell

On March 29, 1955, he was united in marriage to Beverly (Lyon) in Mason City, Iowa. The couple had two children, Michael and Scott. They raised their family in Rochester until 1969, when they moved to Albert Lea. Mark was the owner and operator of McConnell Drywall. Aside from work, Mark was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed his time outdoors.

Mark D. McConnell passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Community.  He was 84.

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He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of Albert Lea; children Michael (Brenda) McConnell of Plymouth and Scott (Jennifer) McConnell of Burnsville; grandchildren Sean McConnell of St. Paul, Shawn McConnell of Burnsville, Patrick (Lindsey) McConnell of Des Moines, Iowa, Kristin (Keith) Dieruf of Maple Grove and Joseph (Stacy) McConnell of Edina; great-grandchildren Raegan, Keegan, Brecken, Eily and Quinn; a brother, Kevin (Anne) McConnell, of Escondido, California; as well as many other extended relatives.

Mark is preceded in death by his parents; a great-grandchild, Ciaran Dieruf; as well as three brothers and three sisters.