Francis N. "Frank" McConnell

Francis N. “Frank” McConnell, 97 of Williamsburg died Sunday, November 24, 2019, at Highland Ridge Senior Living Community in Williamsburg.

Memorial services will be held at 1pm Saturday, November 30, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church in Iowa City.  Burial will take place at a later date at the Murray Cemetery, Murray Iowa.  Online condolences can be sent for his family through the funeral home website @

Francis Newton McConnell was born May 17, 1922, in Grand River, Iowa the son of Horace B. and Rachael E. (Metts) McConnell.  Following graduation from high school he enlisted in the United States Navy serving during World War II. He married Twyla Uvonne Wood on January 27, 1945, in Osceola, Iowa.  They had celebrated 71 years of marriage prior to Twyla’s death in July of 2017. The couple had lived in Osceola, Iowa for over 21 years, moved to Mountain Home, AR where they lived for the next 35 years and then returned to Iowa in 2012 to be near family. Prior to Frank’s retirement, he had worked for the United States Postal Service.

His family includes his; two daughters, Judy L. Whitford of Coralville; and Janet K. Wells (Gaylord) of  Hurricane, UT; four grandchildren, Brien Whitford (Jennifer), Cara Whitford (Mason Gordon), David Wells, and Lisa Augustin (Kurt); ten great-grandchildren, Savannah, Brookelyn, Kennedey, Charleigh, Olivia, Eliza, Camrynn, Alanna, Anna and Derek; sister, Barbara Gibbons; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Twyla; 5 brothers, 4 sisters and son-in-law, Wendell Whitford.

Gay & Ciha Funeral and Cremation Service is caring for Frank family and his services.