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John Henry McConnell, 83, of Rosenberg, Texas, passed away on December 8, 2020. He was born on February 26, 1937 in Nacogdoches, Texas to Mack and Birdie May Mangum McConnell. John attended Lamar High School in Houston, Texas and was a graduate of the Class of 1955. He received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Cullen College of Engineering at The University of Houston. John had a lifelong career of generating electrical power with Houston Lighting and Power. He was highly respected as he helped grow HL&P by assisting in the design review and start-up of multiple large generating units. He began his career in 1959 as a Lab Technician at the Deepwater Plant near Deer Park, TX and then as a Results Engineer at the S. R. Bertron Plant in La Porte, TX. He continued his career in management as Assistant Plant Superintendent at the P. H. Robinson Plant in Bacliff, TX. In 1970, he was promoted to Plant Superintendent at the W. A. Parish Gas Plant in Thompson, TX. John retired as Technical Manager of the W. A. Parish Coal Plant in 1992. In 1957, John married the love of his life and best friend, Gwen. Throughout their lives together, John and Gwen enjoyed snow skiing, water skiing, and especially enjoyed sitting around a campfire or bonfire during the many years of vacationing with their family. Together they shared their love of nature through traveling. After his retirement, RV traveling took them to the far reaches […]