Joseph Fredrick McConnell

Died: Sun., Apr. 8, 2018


Visitation

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Thu., Apr. 12, 2018
Location: Singleton Mortuary


Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., Apr. 12, 2018
Location: Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center


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Joseph F. (Joe) McConnell, 79, born March 10, 1939 in Rochester, Indiana died April 8, 2018. Joe grew up in Goodland, Indiana Class of 1957, graduating from Franklin College in 1962. He began a life-long career as a broadcaster at Purdue (WBAA). He worked at WFAM-TV in Lafayette and WTHI AM-TV in Terre Haute before landing his first major league job with the Denver Broncos in 1969.The following year, he moved to the Phoenix Suns and added the Minnesota Vikings in 1971, working three Super Bowl games. He returned to Indiana in 1973 to broadcast the Pacers on WIBC, calling the ABA Championship team in 1973-74. He became the voice of the Chicago Bears in 1977. He moved to the Twin Cities to broadcast the Minnesota Twins from 1978-79 before consolidating two jobs in Chicago as voice of the Bears and White Sox in 1980. He worked for three 50,000-watt stations in the Windy City (WMAQ, WBBM, and WGN AM-TV). During that busy time, he worked two split doubleheaders (football and baseball games in the same day). After the 1985 season, Joe returned to the Vikings for three more years.

Joe moved back to Indianapolis in 1987. He became the national voice of the Sears College Football Game of the Week and the NBA Radio Network for five years. He added two more NFL teams to his resume with the Colts (1992-94, WNDE) and the Tennessee Oilers (1997-98). He wrapped up his career at age 70 as voice of Purdue football (1995-2009).
Joe won many awards for his work over the years, but his most cherished honor was receiving the Sagamore of the Wabash from Governor Mitch Daniels during his final game, a Purdue win at Indiana.

Joe is predeceased by his parents, Joseph W. and Josephine (Rowe) McConnell, and sister Judy.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Susan (Graves) McConnell. Also surviving are three children Colleen Lundy of Phoenix, Michael (Tracy) of Scottsdale, Kent (Tracy) of Honolulu; eight grandchildren Blake, Ciara and Brandon Lundy, Michael and Ashley McConnell, Matt, Ben, and  Katie McConnell; two sister-in-laws  Libby Graves (Sami Geadah) and Jill Graves; and niece Hana Geadah.

Services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center. The family will receive friends from noon until service time at the mortuary. Memorial contributions may be given to the Human Society of Indianapolis or Lucky Lab Rescue.

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Pete Quinn
   Posted Mon April 09, 2018
The Boiler Nation lost a legend. I was very honored to spend 15 years sitting next to Joe in the booth. I will cherish the memories and will always be thankful for his friendship.

Joe was a true professional. a good man and a good friend. Rest in Peace Joe.

Peter Quinn
   Posted Mon April 09, 2018

THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS was sent by Pete .

The Boilermaker Nation lost a true friend and a legend. Rest in Peace Joe. Pete and Susan Quinn


Jane Yancey
   Posted Tue April 10, 2018
I grew up in Goodland with Joe. We were in school together (I was two years ahead of him) and we attended the same church and youth group. Joe was a special person and I always enjoyed visiting with him when we were both back in Goodland at the same time - most usually the high school alumni. My sympathies are extended to his family.
Jane Yancey

Tim Newton
   Posted Tue April 10, 2018
Working next to Joe for 15 years was like sitting at the shoulder of Rembrandt while he painted. He was a master of his craft, a giant in his field and an even better person. We'll miss him greatly.

Tim and Susan Newton

Steve Georgescu
   Posted Mon April 16, 2018
I am sorry to just now (4/16) learn of Joe's passing. He was a great guy and a wonderful friend. We bonded over basketball and our friendship evolved from there. Even though I liked IU and not Purdue! He was a true professional in every sense of the word. He also helped me coach for a couple of summers back on the AAU circuit in Indianapolis. We used to go to lunch on a semi-regular basis some 18-20 years ago. He will definitely be missed. His voice, however, will live on.
RIP my friend. My condolences to his wife and extended family.

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