Pastor Eugene R. McConnell, 56

Pastor Eugene R McConnell, 56, of East St., North Sewickley Twp. went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Born December 3, 1960 in Sewickley, he was the son of the late Kenneth H. and Phyllis Maeola Goddard McConnell.

Eugene graduated from Mohawk High School in 1979. He later furthered his education, graduating in 1991 with his BA in Christian Ministries from Circleville Bible College. He worked for the last 24 years in the Sales Department of Hovis Auto and Truck Supply. He also has been the Pastor of the Union Goodwill Church for the past 17 years. He was co-chairman of the Lawrence County Friends of the NRA. Eugene loved motorcycles, cars, shooting sports, and golfing.

Survivors include two sisters, Vera Wilkins of Portland, Oregon, Elaine (Pastor John) Mehaffey of Newell, West Virginia; three brothers, Kenneth W. (Diane) McConnell of Youngstown, Ohio, Carl W. (Sheila) McConnell and Kevin (Lisa) McConnell, both of Bessemer; sister in law, Joanne McConnell of New Galilee; special friends, Wayne and Jeanann Gunther and their daughter Tara of New Castle; and numerous nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Clayton McConnell, nephew, J.P. McConnell, and brother in law, Charles Wilkins.

Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday August 1 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Marshall Funeral Home 200 Fountain Ave. Ellwood City.  Funeral Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 11:00 am.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Union Goodwill Church..

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10 thoughts on “Pastor Eugene R. McConnell, 56

  1. Wow. Was shocked to hear this. I worked at Hovis. Everytime we saw each other we’d say hi and talk. Very sorry to hear he’s gone. Prayers to the whole family and friends of Gene!!

  2. Gene was a special friend to us and always encouraged us. It was a privilege to walk close with him in his early adult years and as he trained for the ministry. Though he liked to joke, he was a very sensitive person who cared deeply for others. It was an honor to know him and we will miss him very much.

  3. Pastor Gene was not only our spiritual leader, he was a friend and a huge part of our family. He will be sadly missed.

  4. Thoughts and Prayers to Gene’s family from us guys up the street Mt Jackson Rd The Tony Lombardo Family
    Anthony Lombardo

  5. Still miss you everyday, Uncle Gene! Nothing is the same since you left.Frankie asks about you a lot. He says he’s glad you’re with Jesus because he knows how much you love Him. Love you so much!

  6. I’m really sorry about Gene,I’ve known Gene along time. I worked with with him and went to church with him I considered his family our family. Thanks for the memories.It doesn’t seem right not talking to him.

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