LODA — David Duane McConnell, 70, formerly of Loda, died at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Liberty House in Danville.

Private family burial will be at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda. Baier Family Funeral Services in Paxton is assisting the family with arrangements.

Mr. McConnell was born Sept. 9, 1948, in Watseka, the son of David and Nina Compton McConnell. His childhood was spent in Iroquois County in Watseka and Loda.

Mr. McConnell served in the U.S. Marine Corps for two years during the Vietnam War, obtaining the rank of lance corporal. During this time, he was awarded the National Defense Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Vietnamese Service Medal and a Vietnamese Campaign Medal.

Mr. McConnell was a self-employed horse farrier, working throughout Kankakee, Iroquois, Ford and Champaign counties.

Surviving are two sisters, Patricia Allen of Loda and Sandra Smith of Paxton.  

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bill McConnell; and two sisters, June Moore and Judith Lenington.

Memorials may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be offered at www.baierfuneralservices.com.