James McConnell Obituary, Death –Loving husband, father, grand-father, great-grandfather, brother, father-in-law and friend, Jim passed away peacefully in the home he built after World War II. Jim/Don retired as an Engineer from the Colorado State Highway Department after 30 productive years. He is preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Joyce Clemence (Wortman) McConnell a WAC Veteran.
Joyce passed away the previous week. Jim loved Joyce from the first moment he saw her working at Gates Rubber Company. Newly engaged they were moving into their apartment when Pearl Harbor was bombed, Joyce and James married 5 days later, both enlisted and Jim serviced his country at the airbase in Saffron Walden in England. Jim was the loving father of Douglas Craig McConnell (Viet Nam Veteran) of Englewood, Colorado, Janet Carla McCoy (husband Phil, Navy Veteran) of Littleton,
Colorado and Patricia Lynn Tribble (husband Roger) of Reno, Nevada. Grandfather of Natasha Thompson, Navy Veteran (husband Danny, Navy Veteran) of Augusta, Kentucky, Jennifer McConnell of Breckenridge, Colorado, Jeremy McConnell (wife Michelle) of Morrison, Colorado and great-grandfather to Alexandria Thompson. Jim is survived by many family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents Don Strother McConnell and Mary Armina (Rapp) McConnell of Englewood, Colorado,
and his brothers Merle (wife Maxine) McConnell (Army Air Force Veteran) of Colorado Springs, Colorado and George Earl McConnell (Army Air Force Veteran) of Englewood, Colorado. Jim would do anything for those he cared about. He was talented having a toolbox full of abilities and training skills. He was known for teaching others how to think, simplify and approach problems productively while at the same time bringing out the best attributes and confidence in those around him.
James will be most remembered for his kindness, selflessness, sense of humor and unwavering honor. No one wanted to disappoint him and therefore became better people because of his trust. Jim loved to run and was fast. He also enjoyed taking a broken car and figuring out how to fix it no matter what was wrong. Jim was ahead of his time in researching and learning yoga.
We will all miss his passion for researching holistic health, keeping to a schedule and daily coffee breaks. A service for James and his beloved wife Joyce of 71 years, will be held on July 23rd at 1:00 PM.at Fort Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W. Kenyon Ave, Denver, Colorado 80236, 303-761-0117, to celebrate the love and light they brought to those lives around them.