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.
almost 4 years have passed and it still hurts the same how i wish you could be here again even just for a minute i will always love you ð'-ð'- you will never be forgoton!!
My dad loved the 49ers and i'm 49er fan
There's not even enough words in the world to explain how much i miss you, and how i wish i could just call you and vent to you like i used to. No matter what the issue was, you were always there for me, whether i was right or wrong, you always had my back, and that is what family is. My heart breaks everytime i think about how you're not at your house with Liz anymore, and how i can't just come down and see you both there, you sitting on the couch playing with the kids... There honestly isn't a day that goes by that i don't think about you. I miss you so so so much, chad.. and i know your kids do too. I love you, bubba.. no matter what you're always in my thoughts.. Rest in paradise
I have only known Chad for a short time, but he was a nice kind hearted person, he always had a smile on his face every time i seen him, he will be missed, rest in peace.
my prayers are out to the family and friends and chad will be remembered by alot of people and loved too
Oh Chad u were a great person.... my favorite memory was you always making fun of my shortness and the times we shared at the bar when u worked there Rip buddy
I didn't know you very well but you were there for Jeremy and I when we loss CJ. And every time I saw you after that you had a smile that could light up a whole room may you rest in peace. GOD bless you
Chad was always like a big brother to me growing up. He always wanted me to be on the right track! Miss you much Chad! R.I.P.
Tonya, Words cannot express the sorrow and pain I feel for the loss of Chad. I imagine there is no pain more far-reaching and deeper than losing a child. My heart and prayers go out to you at this most difficult time. Your son was an inspiration to me and everyone around him. I am so blessed and lucky to have known his fun-filled craziness with me, and I will keep his spirit alive with the many sacred memories I hold close to my heart. I feel as though I am the blessed one to have been graced by your son's big heart and his "over the top" personality. Every bit of my heart goes out to you during this most difficult time. I am truly sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you and your family. Chad was a wonderful person to me and I will miss him terribly. Please know, Tonya & Chad, I love you sooooo much. P.S for those that don't know, Clayton is our family surrogate nephew. You know we're here for you as well baby boy. FOREVER & STRONG! LOVE YOU FOREVER Yvette
You always were and always will be my Chadderack. My heart aches with this news. Love you always Aunt Ruthie.
Chad....no matter what you have always been there for me in all my life! there is not one time i don't remember you NOT being there for me! You have always made me smile! And even though I know your in a better place and not hurting anymore...it hurts! I will always love and miss you! And I'm glad to call you a brother!
Chad will be loved and missed by lots. I just want to say he may be gone physicaly but he is here in spirit. I believe he is watchin over all his kids and loved ones. R.I.P. Chad
Chad u will be missed
Chad you may be gone but you will never be forgotten You are loved by many. Thanks for being a great friend and person
Chad was a good friend and I will miss him. My favorite memory was the big camping trip we went on. And when me Chad and will went fishing.
Just being Chad
Chad was a good guy I remember he would always help me with my truck i would have problems with it all the time. I would see him either at my moms house or at my friends moms house and he would ask me if there was any more problems with my truck and I said no it is running great. He even asked me wut i did to my front bumper and I told him I hit a deer when I was coming back from kingston from dropping my cousion off at home and he asked me if i brought the deer back I told him no I put it in the ditch. He said you should have brought it we would of had deer meat and I started to laugh. I will always miss u Chad Connelly.
I remember meeting as children and being close ever since....You ALWAYS had a smile on your face whenever we would see each other. I also remember you teaching my brother how to hunt....that was funny.... I love you Chad gone from our lives but never forgotten and ALWAYS in our hearts...I am not sure who wrote this but this is for you..... The Day God Called You Home God looked around his Garden and found an empty place. He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face. He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest. His Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, he knew you were in pain. And knew that you would never get well on earth again. He saw your path was difficult, he closed you tired eyes, He whispered to you "Peace be Thine" and gave you wings to fly. When we saw you sleeping so calm and free of pain, We would not wish you back to earth to suffer once again. You've left us precious memories, your love will be our guide, You live on through your children, you're always by our side. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. For part of us went with you on the day God called you home
we will never forget you and your smiles and your helping when needed my prayers and thoughts go out to the family r.i.p. chad....love always the Lee family
"Wherever a beautiful soul has been, A trail of beautiful memories has been left behind."
I didn't Know him..But, I know what it's like to loose a close friend, family, or parent! it's the hardest! I wanna send my prayers to the family and children! I'm sure he is a wonderful person! Got made plans for him, and needed him a angel! he's always with you thru everything u do
Well there are millions of memories.. Chad and I were best friends over the last 20 years.. And we have so many memories.. My prayers are with the family.. And I will fish again someday with u buddy.. But 1 sticks out above the rest.. Me chad and 1/5 ... And sweating to hold up catfish for the camera...lol ... U will be missed..
my heart goes to to ur family chad, u where a good friend a great father and u will be missed dearly . i will never forget ur smile!
i remember going to the barn n hm n slim was there watching the football games. we always had fun at the bar. u will be miss chad. prayers go out to the family n friends
i will always remember chad when i when i walk 2 steamboat days .. i or he would yell stuff at each other . something we always done sence we meet... and now ill have to say it in my head n maybe he can hear me when im at steamboat days or out in about or even in wal-mart.... chad you be well missed my good friend .. ill miss u ! keep lookin down on ur famliy n ur friends and we will be lookin up and thinking of all the good time u had with us all . so see u my good friend and rest in peace. bye for now
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