Sheldon L. McConnell
November 20, 1916
~ October 18, 2009
Published in StatesmanJournal on November 1, 2009
SALEM ~ Shelly was
born in Portland to John Laney McConnell and Anna Victoria Chilade. He
had two brothers, Eldon (Laney) McConnell, who preceded him in death,
and Willard J. McConnell. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle,
Shelly spent six years playing semi-pro baseball for several teams, including
the Cincinnati Reds organization and ending with the New York Yankees.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and in 1943 reported for duty, training
to be a pilot. He served in WWII, the Korean War, and Vietnam, being highly
decorated. He retired after 28 years of dedicated active duty.
He met his wife, Marion A. Lund of Salt Lake City, in Ogden, Utah. They
celebrated their 61st year of marriage last November 22. Shelly had a
large collection of big band and jazz music they both enjoyed listening
to, and also loved watching baseball and keeping score. They were members
of Calvary Baptist Church.
Shelly adopted Marion's daughter, Cathy, who preceded him in death. Shelly's
son, Shelly Jr., also preceded him in death. Shelly is survived by his
wife, Marion of Salem; son, Michael of Cannes, France; brother, Willard
of Renton, Wash.; nieces, nephews, many cousins and dear friends, and
one grandson. Shelly was a hero to many and to our country. He was everyone's
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., November 6, 2009 at Calvary
Baptist Church, Salem, reception to follow.
There will be a military service at Willamette National Cemetery with
full honors at 1:30 p.m.