Harold Burton Connett
Harold Burton “Hal” Connett, 89, of Grants Pass died September 6, 2014, at his home.
Private services will be held at Eagle Point National Cemetery, Chapel of the Valley - L.B. Hall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Connett was born October 14, 1924, in Sheridan, Wyoming. He moved to Molalla in his youth and helped on his family’s dairy farm. In 1942, he graduated from Molalla High School. During World War II, he served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946. He was a quartermaster aboard a yard-class minesweeper in the Bering Sea. After the war, he ran an insurance agency in Molalla.
Upon retiring, he moved to Southern California. In 1982, he married Dorothe Dietrich Adams, who preceded him in death. They lived in Redondo Beach, California and Laguna Woods, California. They enjoyed traveling and visited many foreign lands, including China, Russia, Europe and Africa. They also enjoyed square dancing and ballroom dancing. He and his wife moved to Grants Pass to be near his stepdaughter’s family.
While in high school, he ran track, and he continued running for exercise in his later years. He won several marathons while in his 70s and 80s.
Survivors include a brother, Donald Connett of Arizona; two stepchildren, Michael Adams of Anaheim, California, and Susan Avalos of Grants Pass; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Date of birth October 14, 1924
Date of death September 6, 2014
CONNETT, HAROLD BURTON
QM2 US NAVY WORLD WAR II
DATE OF BIRTH: 10/14/1924
DATE OF DEATH: 09/06/2014
BURIED AT: SECTION COL1 ROW C SITE 15
EAGLE POINT NATIONAL CEMETERY
2763 RILEY ROAD EAGLE POINT, OR 97524