Age 99, Springfield, Va.
Warren H. “Mac” McConnell, of Springfield, Va., died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2020, at the Fairfax hospital of heart failure. He was 99-1/2 years old.
Born on a farm near Hershey, Neb., Mr. McConnell left the farm to join the Navy during World War II. Eventually stationed near Jacksonville, Fla., he was a flight instructor and flew PBYs on submarine patrol from Nova Scotia to Cuba during the war.
He met his bride, Elaine, while on duty and they were married in 1946. After the war, Mac went to work for the ATF and ended up as assistant director in the Washington, D.C. headquarters.
Upon retirement from the ATF, he spent his time supporting his wife in their many political and business endeavors, including Accotink Academy, a school for children with learning disabilities in Springfield, and several businesses in Page County. He and Elaine bought a farm near Stanley and named it River’s Bend Ranch, which is still in operation under the management of their daughter, Susan Corbett. They also had many businesses in downtown Luray over the years, with only Mama’s Treasures and the old Auction House still in operation.
Mac and Elaine loved Luray and Page County and employed many people during their many years in business.
Elaine died in 2016, shortly after their 70th wedding anniversary.
Mac is survived by their three children, nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
Mac will be laid to rest with his beloved Elaine in Arlington National Cemetery when they can receive him. Due to COVID-19, there is no immediate funeral planned.