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Maurice Kingsley "Morris" McConnell

Posted on 11/21/2016, 4:47 PM

Maurice Kingsley "Morris" McConnell, 90, a resident of Harrisburg, died at 12:26 p.m., Friday, Nov.18, 2016 at his residence.

McConnell was born on May 1, 1926 to Kingsley Edward and Ethel Mae (Renshaw) McConnell in Saline County. On June 5, 1951, he married Betty Shea, and she survives. McConnell was a farmer and an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Buena Vista Community Church, but recently attended Little Chapel Church.

He is survived by his wife, Betty McConnell, of Harrisburg; daughter, Sally, and husband, Jeff Phipps, of Harrisburg; sons-in-law, Elvis Riley of Harrisburg and Mike Hernandez of Galatia; one sister, Betty Mazikas of Raleigh; and a sister-in-law, Lucy McConnell of Harrisburg; grandchildren, Jerad and wife, Connie Hernandez, Kari and husband, Cory Ellet, Jason and wife, April Douglas, David Riley, Adam Riley, Emily Phipps, Amy and husband, Nick Mott, and Matthew Phipps along with four great-grandchildren.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by daughters, Linda Hernandez and Brenda Riley, three brothers, Eugene, Raymond and Harold McConnell and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg with Jeff Rush and Darrell Eisenhauer officiating. Burial will follow in Wolf Creek Cemetery in Eldorado.

Veterans' rites will be conducted by the Harrisburg and Carrier Mills American Legions, the VFW and the National Guard. Visitation will be 11 a.m. to service time Tuesday at the funeral home. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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