Ace Connell life celebration for Ace Connell will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lifeway Fellowship Church. Interment will follow at Killeen Memorial Park.

On Sept. 17, 1932, Ace Connell was born in Coal Hill, Ark., to Albert A. Connell and Etna B. Connell. Being the ninth of 10 sons, he traveled across the U.S. with his family as they struggled to make a living, resulting in attendance at three different high schools his senior year. He graduated in Leesville, La.

Throughout his life, his vibrant, good-natured personality accompanied him in his travels and daily work, where he was rewarded with many friends. Even 50 years after graduating from high school, he attended all three of his high school class reunions because of the lifelong friends he had made during those years.

That same ability with people would make Ace successful in the automobile business that he entered into with his older brother, Ted. Their collaboration led to the creation of Killeen Motor Company and later to Dodge Country, which Ace Connell owned and operated until 2003.

After retirement, he enjoyed several trips with his family all over the country. Sadly, after a long courageous battle with cancer Mr. Connell died April 2, 2014, at the age of 81.

Our family wishes to thank the staff of Cornerstone Gardens, Home Instead, and Hospice Compassus for their kind and loving care.

Mr. Connell was preceded in death by his parents; and seven brothers; William, Albert (Jimmy), Fred, Ted, Dean, Perry and Rodger.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Rose Marie Mashburn Connell; his children, Mitch and his wife, Donna, of Belton, Matt and his wife, Genie, of Killeen and Lisa Fragassi and her husband, Steve, of Belton; seven grandchildren, Brandon Fragassi and his wife, Arielle, of Katy, Jessica Fragassi of Katy, Navy HT2 Paige Meyers and her husband, Thomas, of Virginia Beach, Va., Joshua Connell and his wife, Djenne, of Temple, Ace Connell Jr. of Nolanville, Catie Connell of Killeen and Sarah Connell of Killeen; one great-granddaughter, Penelope Connell of Belton; two of his brothers, Stanley Connell of Killeen and Phillip Connell and his wife, Olivia, of Las Cruces, N.M.; three sisters-in-law, Jo Connell of Midland, Diane Connell of Killeen and Doris Mashburn of Killeen; his brother-in-law, Barton Mashburn and his wife, Barbara, of Harker Heights; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Methodist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 5010, Waco, TX 76708-9989, the Killeen Food Care Center, P.O. Box 1656, Killeen, TX 76540-1656 or a charity of your choice.

Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, which is in charge of arrangements.

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