Jerry L. McConnell, 74, longtime North Liberty and Solon area resident, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at his home following a sudden heart related ailment. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 until 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Lensing Funeral & Cremation Service, Iowa City. In lieu of flowers friends may contribute to the charity of their choice.
Jerry was born on Oct. 24, 1939, in Ames, the son of Thane Edgar and Ruthe Frances (Everett) McConnell. He was a graduate of Cedar Rapids Washington High School and attended Iowa State University and the University of Iowa. Jerry served his country in the U.S. Army. On Dec. 31, 1965, he married Sue Beaver in West Liberty. Jerry was employed by Quaker Oats in the engineering department, retiring in 1995. Jerry loved motorcycles and believed in motorcycle safety. He taught a class for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation at Kirkwood Community College and most recently began volunteering at the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Jerry loved tinkering and was a handyman. He enjoyed collecting “Cookie Monster” memorabilia, doing the crossword puzzle, and traveling to Alaska, Europe and beyond. Jerry loved playing Santa Claus at the Solon Library and the North Liberty Recreation Center.
Jerry is survived by his wife Sue and their two sons, Marc (Melissa) McConnell of Mt. Pleasant and Don (Debi) McConnell of Mendota Heights, Minn.; five grandchildren, Thane, Kelsey, Nathan, Aidan and Riley; two sisters, Jo (Bob) Sanders of Anchorage, Alaska and Dee Edder of Salley, S.C.; his mother-in-law Lourena Beaver of West Liberty; brothers and sisters-in-law Steve (Shelia) Beaver, Jody (Diane) Beaver, Jan (Mark) Vetter, Alan Beaver (Donna Bruns) and Andy (Becky) Beaver; 16 nieces and nephews, and numerous great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law.