Thomas E. McConnell, 70, of Nashville, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at home.
He was born May 9, 1946, in Hackensack, New Jersey, to William Stanton McConnell and Evelyn Annabelle Stagg McConnell. He was retired from Delphi Electronics in Kokomo.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Terry Lynn Fuhs McConnell of Nashville; daughter, Laura McGowen (husband, Matthew) of Nashville; son, William Richard McConnell (wife, Shannon) of McLeansville, North Carolina; nine grandchildren, June, Mikaela and Eliana Smith, Michael, Landon and Charlie McGowen and Thomas, Remington and Stanton McConnell; son-in-law, Jeff McKinley (wife, Marsha) of Kokomo; sister-in-law, Janus DiBuono; sister and brother-in-law, Sandy and Larry Pesce of Princeton, New Jersey; and four nieces and nephews, Elaina and Joshua Pesce, Anthony DiBuono and Christina Carpenter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Jamie Lynn McKinley; and brother, Vincent DiBuono.
Thomas became an associate pastor after his retirement from Delphi Electronics and served in churches in Virginia, North Carolina and Indiana. This led him to become involved in running a food bank and ministering to the homeless. While living in Nashville, Thomas and Terry attended Heart of Christ Ministries in Gnaw Bone. While working at Delphi he served as a union steward and was a Quality Work Life Instructor. Other memberships include UAW Local No. 292 and the NRA.
Thomas was a U.S. Navy veteran; he enjoyed fishing, doing yard work, watching IU basketball and Colts football, and spending time with his family.
There will be a gathering of friends and family from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home, 1682 State Road 135 North, Nashville.
A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 in Albright Cemetery, Kokomo, with Pastors Jack Chandler and Tommy Schronce officiating.
As friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Mother’s Cupboard, P.O. Box 825, Nashville, IN 47448; or to Elder Heart, 2543 Shipley Hollow Road, Nashville, IN 47448.
Online condolences may be left for the family at BondMitchellFuneralHome.com.