Edward J. McConnell

April 17, 1924December 2, 2018

Edward J. McConnell (Bud) passed away at Cottage in the Meadow on December 2nd, 2018. He was born in Spalding, Nebraska to Adeline and Ellsworth McConnell on April 17th, 1924. Bud was in World War 2; he was attached to the 193rd Ambulance Detachment as an Ambulance Driver. Bud received the Victory Medal for his service. Part of Bud’s duties were to transport wounded soldiers to further care. He took part in the Normandy Operation and transported soldiers from the Battle of the Bulge to further care. Bud also served during the Korean Conflict as an Engineer attached to the 297th Engineer attached Aviation Battalion at Beale Airbase California, which was sent to Alaska in 1951. Besides being an Honorable Veteran, he was an avid Nascar fan. A few hobbies he loved to do were fishing at Klickitat with his dog Peppy 1 and Peppy 2. He also enjoyed camping with his brothers and sisters all over the state. He is preceded in death by his father Ellsworth McConnell, mother Adeline McConnell, sister Elaine Kinser, sister Isobel Schmidt, brother James McConnell, sister Rita Jamison, and sister Ramona Koreis. He is survived by his brother Richard McConnell (Carolyn), brother Marvin McConnell (Sharron), and a very special friend May Johnsen, and survived by many nephews and nieces. Thank you to the doctors and nurses at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital and to Cottage in the Meadow. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Cottage in the Meadow. Visitation will be held at Langevin El Paraiso Funeral Home, 1010 W. Yakima Avenue on Monday December 10th, 2018 at 10:00 AM, followed with a Graveside Service at Calvary Cemetery, 1405 S. 24th Avenue at 11:00 AM.


  • Kevin Koreis, Casket Bearer
  • Bob Koreis, Casket Bearer
  • Jason Brummet, Casket Bearer
  • Butch McConnell, Casket Bearer
  • Richard Schmidt, Casket Bearer
  • Gary Schmidt, Casket Bearer


  • Visitation Monday, December 10, 2018
  • Graveside Service Monday, December 10, 2018

Edward J. McConnell

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Susan Parker

December 17, 2018

Mr. Ed and I became friends in 2008. We didn't see each other much but we spoke on the phone almost weekly the last couple of years. I will truly miss you. You brighten my day from the time we first met at the Wanapum Heritage Center. I am so happy I got to know you. You are a true American hero. May you rest in peace.
My Sincere condolences to your loved ones.
Susan Parker

Teri Rehn

December 8, 2018

Bud used to visit with my Dad, Dale Connelly quite often. It was always a pleasure to see his car in our driveway because I knew when I went out to the shop to say hello I would hear "Hay Kid" from Bud. After all these years I still thought of him often as he was such a wonderful and caring person. Sending our prayers to your family for your loss.

Jan Reed

December 5, 2018

My husband shared the hospital room at memorial with Bud last week. We didn’t get to say goodbye but I enjoyed talking with Diane as we were both sitting long hours with our loved ones. Condolences to your family.