Donald Wayne McConnell, 82, of Taylorville, IL died at 8:10 am Friday, March 20, 2015 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield.

He was born January 18, 1933 in May Township, IL, the son of Charles E., and Emma A. Jackson McConnell.  On February 23, 1952 he married Mable I. Pearson in Taylorville.  Don was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Taylorville and had been employed by Brown and Sons for over 40 years prior to his retirement.  He enjoyed square dance calling for 45 years and called all over Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin.  He called several National Square Dance Conventions including Kentucky, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.  Don especially loved being outdoors and gardening.  He loved being with his family and as the family attested he loved eating.

Surviving are his wife of 63 years: Mable McConnell of Taylorville; Sons: Wayne McConnell and wife Penny of Elgin, TX and Mike McConnell and wife Pam of Battiest, OK; Daughter: Donna Huston and husband Tom of Edinburg; Brother: Robert McConnell of Sharpsburg; Sister: Ruth Fore of Springfield; 8 Grandchildren: Michael Griffith, Amber Silkenson, Dillon McConnell, Anna McConnell, Joy McConnell, Rick Bingham, Stephanie LeSeure and Carrie Gorden. There are 11 Great Grandchildren.  Don was preceded in death by his parents, 1 Grandson: Travis McConnell, 1 brother, Ray McConnell and 3 sisters: Hazel Babbs, Helen Larimore and Hilda Hibbetts.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, March 24 at McClure Funeral Home with Pastor Becky Lembke officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Monday at the Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to: First United Methodist Church, 200 S. Walnut, Taylorville, IL  62568 or the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL  60674

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