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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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 ri... more
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.