CONNELL, Tom 1905-1966
Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 10/3/2015 at 08:25:27
Tom Connell Dies Of Heart Attack
Tom Connell, 61, widely known Clay township farmer, died of a heart attack about 2:30 p.m. Monday while doing field work on his farm four miles north of Conrad.
The body was discovered by a Conrad man, Jack Hughes, who drove by the Connell farm and noticed the body slumped over the steering wheel of the tractor.
Apparently Tom had time to stop the tractor and take it out of gear before he died. The engine was still running when Hughes arrived.
A doctor was immediately summoned, and then the body was removed to the Johnston Funeral Home at Conrad.
Thomas James Connell was born January 19, 1905, at Beaman, the son of William and Kathryn Connell. He spent his entire life farming in the Beaman-Conrad area.
He was united in marriage to Alice Boss in 1926 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Grundy Center.
Survivors include his widow and one son, Larry, of Winona, Minn.; and four sisters, Mrs. Lawrence (Eleanor) Murphy of Dike, Mrs. George (Anne) Fisher of Grundy Center, Mrs. Gene (Mary) Murphy of Dike, and Mrs. Paul (Agnes) Hunt Sr. of Albion.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two infant children.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 21 April 1966, pg 21
Rites Thursday For Tom Connell
Funeral services were held last Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Sacred Heart Church in Grundy Center for Tom Connell, who had died suddenly Monday afternoon while at work on his tractor in the field.
Jack Hughes, a neighbor driving by, discovered Mr. Connell seated on his tractor. He stopped to give aid and called Dr. Patterson from Conrad, who drove out immediately. Mr. Connell was dead when the doctor arrived. He was 61 years old.
News of Mr. Connell's death came as a shock to his many friends in the vicinity of Conrad and over the county. Mr. Connell had become widely known throughout Grundy county for his many years of active service in 4-H work and in his association later with the Farm Bureau for many years.
The body was taken to the Johnston funeral home at Conrad where funeral arrangements were made. There will be a rosary service at the funeral home Wednesday evening.
Burial was in the Catholic cemetery in Grundy Center. Rev. Fr. Bodensteiner conducted the services.
Mr. Connell was born on a farm near Beaman and he grew up there. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. William Connell. He was married to Alice Boss in Grundy Center in 1926. The couple resided on a Clay township farm during all of their married life.
Surviving are his wife, a son, Larry, of Winona Minn., three grandchildren and four sisters. The sisters are Mrs. Lawrence (Eleanor) Murphy, Mrs. Gene (Mary) Murphy, both of Grant township, Mrs. George (Ann) Fisher, Grundy Center, and Mrs. Paul (Agnes) Hunt Sr., Albion, Iowa. Also several nieces and nephews survive.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 28 April 1966, pg 10
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