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Donald Vernon Mcconnell

December 5, 1929 — September 12, 2020

90, of Cass City died unexpectedly Saturday September 12, 2020 in Hills and Dales General Hospital of Cass City. He was born December 5, 1929 in Tuscola County to Vernon and Verna (Keilitz) McConnell. He married Arlene A. Lane in 1953 in the First Baptist Church of Bad Axe.

Don graduated from Cass City High School in 1947. He was drafted in service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era and was stationed in France. He returned home, completed a business degree, and worked for 37 ½ years as an engineer for Chrysler in Highland Park. He then retired from Chrysler in 1994 and moved back to Cass City.

Don was known for his respect for the truth in all things and at all times. He spent years studying God’s Word and lovingly sharing the good news of God’s offer of eternal life that he found there with others. Together with his family, Don loved the outdoors; camping at Sleepers State Park, backpacking in the Porcupine Mountains, and canoe packing in Canada. He was always ready for a game of Euchre. He was a quiet, intelligent, dignified and thoroughly ‘manly’ man, with a tender and loving heart. Over his workshop a sign says “The Best Way to Defeat your Enemies... is to make them your Friends.”

Don is survived by his loving wife of sixty-seven years, Arlene; their son, Steven (Nancy) McConnell of Belleville, Il; grandchildren: Dr. Michael (Kaylee) McConnell of Vail, AZ; Daniel McConnell of Rolla, MO; great grandson, Tucker; brother, Chuck (Wanda) McConnell; sisters: Melva Guinther of Ohio; Peggy Norquist of Cass City; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Leigh McConnell; sisters: Norma Speirs, Patricia Blue.

Graveside service held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, 2020 in Elkland Township Cemetery with Pastor Bryce Hager of Bible Truth Baptist Church of Marlette officiating. Memorials may be made to Bible Truth Baptist Church of Marlette or Samaritan’s Purse. Friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at In accordance with the current state executive order, social distancing and limitations on numbers gathered will be observed. Attendees are also kindly reminded to wear a mask or other facial covering.

Arrangements by
Kranz Funeral Home, Cass City, Michigan
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Elkland Township Cemetery

6897 Cass City Rd
Cass City, MI 48726

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