Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, CO, July 9, 1992


Gaylord Lee McConnell was born July 15, 1897 in Shelby County, Iowa near Irwin to James Arthur and Martha Flaugh McConnell. He died Monday, June 19, 1992 at Sterling Regional Med Center in Sterling at the age of 94.


Gaylord was the oldest of five children. After the death of his father in 1907, his mother and five children moved to Sterling. In the fall of 1909, Gaylord attended Lincoln School as a sixth grader. His mother married Roy Shannon in 1910. They moved to a homestead south of Haxtun and Gaylord attended Bryant School.


He moved to Haxtun in 1912 and worked for Harry Perry on his horse ranch one mile east of Haxtun.


In 1918 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and did his basic training in California. He was ready to go overseas when the war ended in November of 1918. He returned to Haxtun and on March 16, 1921 he married Elva Critchlow* at her family home northeast of Haxtun.


They lived on a farm five and one-half miles northeast of Haxtun. In March of 1971 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Elva passed away on June 26, 1973 and Gaylord moved to Haxtun in 1974. He was able to live by himself until he fell and broke his hip on June 11.


Gaylord had been a member of the United Methodist Church since 1915 and a member of the American Legion for 65 years. He was a past member of the Farmers Union.


Gaylord took great pride in his family. His leisure time was spent reading the newspaper, watching baseball and game shows on television.


He was preceded in death by his wife Elva; parents; brothers Frank, Guy and Wayne; half brother Johnny Shannon; and a great grandson.


Survivors include sons Everette McConnell and wife Betty and Harold McConnell and wife Dorothy of Haxtun; daughter Pauline Koberstein and husband Roy of Holyoke; sister Edna Coop and husband Harold of Greeley; half sisters Gladys Harlow of Otis and Hazel Bullard of Greeley; eight grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.


Funeral services were held Friday, July 3, 1992 at the United Methodist Church in Haxtun with Rev. Jeanne Redshaw officiating. Burial followed in Haxtun Cemetery. Memorials may be made

to the Heart Association, Haxtun United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.



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