Stephen Craig McConnell

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Stephen C. McConnell

Feb. 11, 1944 - Sept. 3, 2018

McCOOK, Neb. — Stephen C. McConnell of McCook passed away Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in his home surrounded by family.

He was born Feb. 11, 1944, to parents, Lauren James and Ella “Lucille” (Eskew) McConnell at Imperial, Neb. He spent time growing up in Imperial before his family moved to the McCook area in the mid 1950s. He graduated from Indianola High School in 1962 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he spent 10 years as a Sonarman. After leaving the Navy, Craig returned to the area, working as a police officer for the Holdrege and McCook departments, as a deputy with the Red Willow County Sheriff’s Office and with the Southwest Area Training Center. Before retiring, he worked security for Valmont Industries and served as a guardian for his good friend, Jim.

On July 13, 1965, he was united in marriage to Catherine Marie Sahm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in McCook.

He was preceeded in death by his parents, Lauren and Lucille; daughter, Anne Marie; son, Stephen Ware; and sisters, Marralee McBee and Becky Lepper.

He leaves behind his wife, Kay; son, David; brother, Scott and wife, Linda; sister, Jeanie Fallis; grandchildren, Colt, Evan and Brandi; the jewel of his eye, great-granddaughter, Stella Rose; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A rosary will be 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, at Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel, McCook.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m., Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, McCook, with Father Gary Brethour as celebrant. Internment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery, Maxwell, Neb., with full military honors.

Memorials may be given in his name to the Veteran’s charity which he was an Honorary Director; Listening Post Ayr, 616 H Street, Central City, Nebraska 68826.

Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel of McCook is entrusted with arrangements.