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Edwin "Connell" Watson

February 26, 1934 ~ September 16, 2021 (age 87)

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Edwin “Connell” Watson, 87, of Milan, died Thursday, September 16, 2021 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.  Funeral services will be 10:00 am Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at the First Presbyterian Church, 1620 1st Street West, Milan.  Services may be viewed via live-stream by visiting  Visitation will be from 4-7 pm Monday, September 20, 2021 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Milan.  Burial will be at the Viola Cemetery, where military honors will be presented and live-streamed via  Memorials in care of the First Presbyterian Church or the Milan Christian Food Pantry.

Connell was born in Viola, Illinois on February 26, 1934, a son of Frazier E. and Florence A. McConnell Watson.  He married Jo Ann Kleinau on March 16, 1958 at First Presbyterian Church, Milan.

Connell was a U.S. Army veteran.  He worked 20 years for John Deere Plow and Planter before he started Watson Building and Remodeling.  He would go on to run this contracting business for nearly 50 years.

Connell was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Milan.  He enjoyed taking many fishing trips to Minnesota and loved to spend time with his family.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Jo Ann Watson, Milan; children, Laurie J. (Bruce) Knowlton, Westlake, Ohio, Craig E. (Lisa) Watson, Newburgh, Ind., Alice A. (David Huff) Watson, Charlotte, NC, Paul F. (Lisa) Watson, Matherville, Ill.; grandchildren, Claire Knowlton, Andrew Knowlton, Daniel Knowlton, Emma Watson, Anna Watson, Nathaniel Huff, Marguerite Huff and Grant Watson; siblings, Frazier “Bud” (Lois) Watson, Ramona (Richard) McMeekan and Karen Burton; and sister-in-law, Bonnie Watson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant twin grandchildren, Thomas and Mary Katherine Huff and siblings, Lillian Watson, Harold Watson, Florence Lude and Roberta Patterson.

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September 20, 2021

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory Milan
201 E. 4th Avenue
Milan, IL 61264

Funeral Service
September 21, 2021

10:00 AM
First Presbyterian Church
1620 1st St. W.
Milan, IL 61264

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Viola Cemetery
Cemetery Road
Viola, IL 61486

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