Chad Connelly, 34, of Burlington died at 5:30 p.m. Friday, December 16, 2011, at his residence.
Born July 12, 1977 he was the son of Tonya Connelly Bowman and Harold Leroy Gesling. He married Nichole Cable in October of 2002. They later divorced.
Chad was a mechanic at Bowman Automotive where he worked alongside his step-father Mark Bowman. He enjoyed bow hunting, bowling with his grandpa, deer hunting, and tinkering on cars with his step-father. He loved spending time with his kids and racing at 34 Raceway. He especially enjoyed the times he spent with his grandma and grandpa.
Survivors include his mother, Tonya Bowman of Burlington; his father, Harold Gesling; his step-father Mark (Kelly) Bowman of Burlington; eight children; Chad "C.J" Connelly Jr. of Batesville, Arkansas, Clayton Connelly, Calysta Connelly, Christian Connelly, Jerilee Connelly, Alex Connelly, Nicholas Connelly and Kendell Connelly all of Burlington; Kayden and Kaylee who he raised as his children; one sister, LaShawna Rice of Burlington; three step-sisters, Tina Steward and Genie Wasson both of Burlington and Tanya Gesling; five step-brothers, Terry Garmoe of Burlington and Mark Bowman Jr. of West Burlington and Deon Gesling, Dominic Gesling and Eric Gesling; his maternal grandparents, Cecil and Wanda Connelly of California; his paternal grandmother, Lucille Talbott of Burlington and aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, an uncle and one brother.
The memorial funeral service for Mr. Connelly will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 20th, in Lunning Chapel. The Rev. Larry Dodds will officiate. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.
A memorial has been established.
According to his wishes, cremation has been accorded.
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