Eugene Vernell McConnell

November 18, 1925February 26, 2019

Eugene Vernell McConnell was born November 18, 1925 in Sarben, Nebraska to Lester and Fern McConnell. Gene enjoyed growing up on the farm and graduated from Paxton High School. During this time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities. Gene enlisted in the Navy in October 1943 and served in the Philippines during WWII as a Boatswain’s Mate second class. He was honorably discharged in May 1946. He attended the Denver Art Institute. On October 16, 1948 he married Helen Beatty and they had three daughters, Cindy, Connie, and Cathy. Gene’s career included commercial artwork, and creating postcards through illustration, painting, and photography. Gene and Helen moved to Pueblo Colorado in 1969 and he worked at the Pueblo Chieftain where he retired as the Advertising Manager. Gene was also involved with the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce and various community organizations. Family and friends were very important to Gene. Everyone will remember his wonderful smile, kind spirit, sense of humor, sweet nature, and cheerful personality.

He is survived by Connie (Arlyn) Van Winkle, Cathy McConnell; grandchildren Chelli Pumphrey, Brian Pumphrey, Andrea (Scott)Hansen; great-grandchildren Mila and Marley Seaholm, Ella Pumphrey, and Tristan Starns. He was preceded in death by Helen McConnell, daughter Cindy Pumphrey, and brothers Cecil, Vince and Merle.

Gene spent the last ten months in Cape Coral Florida under the care of Connie and Arlyn. He passed away February 26, 2019. We would like to thank Hospice for all the wonderful care and support they provided during this time. Donations may be made to Hope Hospice Healthcare at or by mail to 9470 Healthpark Circle Fort Myers, FL 33908


  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 13, 2019

Eugene Vernell McConnell

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Dede Horan

March 8, 2019

I first met Gene in 2014 although I knew of him long before that. Being an avid collector of vintage postcards, I had become aware of ones that were illustrated by Gene in the 1950’s – 1960’s era. Many years after I started collecting these, I learned he was living in Pueblo. Two friends and I made a trip down to meet and interview him. He immediately won us over with his charismatic personality and gentle spirit. Little did I know that meeting him would be so meaningful. I developed a friendship with him which meant so much to me. I consider it an honor to have known such a delightful, humble and special individual. He will always have a special place in my heart.
Thank you, Connie, for giving me the opportunity to have been able to chat with Gene by phone and wish him a happy 93rd birthday.

James and Bennie Swanson

March 7, 2019

Dear Connie and Arlyn:
What a wonderful man your dad was! He displayed God's love for people in everything he said and did. His smile warmed everyone's heart when he walked into the room. I don't think I ever saw him show anything but happiness and love for his life and everyone around him. I enjoyed treating him as his dentist for many years. The entire staff loved seeing him walk through the front door and he always left us with uplifted spirits. Obviously, we loved him and his character. May God watch over you and all of his family. Thank you for the sweet Christmas card picture and note. That means a lot to me.
Dr. Jim Swanson and Bennie

Brent and Susan Sanderson

March 1, 2019

Such a delightful man! It is an understatement that people will remember Genes smile and cheerful disposition. Having only met this charming man once it was abundantly clear he was a genuine and loving person. Susan and I are honoured to have shared a few moments with him and know he received the most loving care possible in the hands of Connie and Arlyn. Thank you for sharing your family treasure with us. RIP Gene