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John M. Connolly

August 2, 2020


John M. Connolly, 63, of Dubuque Iowa passed away on August 2, 2020, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 12:00 p.m. Friday, August 7th, 2020 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Rev. Dianne Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery. Family and friends may gather after 10:00 a.m. Friday at the funeral home until time of service. Please remember to social distance and mask are required to attend.

John was born on December 12, 1956, the son of John and Dolores (Smalley) Connolly. He graduated from East Buchanan High School (Class of 1975) in Winthrop Iowa. He played multiple sports but loved wrestling! On June 28th, 1986, he married the love of his life Judy.

He worked for Hodge Company in Dubuque where he drove truck and worked in the warehouse.


John worked hard and played harder. He enjoyed going to tractor pulls and playing pool at the bar. Vikings were his favorite team and he was not going to let you forget that. With his cooler packed with Budweiser, he loved going to family gatherings. Being a proud Irishman, he was tough loving, but still knew how to get down and have a good time. On weekdays he watched Jeopardy and kicked butt in Yahtzee. He will be missed more than he'll ever know.

He is survived by his daughters Stephanie (Jake) Alba, Jonnie Rose Connolly and Jodi Connolly; three grandchildren; Siblings Elaine (Ken) Loughren, Rose (Al) Rassmussen , Pat Connolly, Tom (Lisa) Connolly, Tina (Ed) Jennings, Mike Connolly, Tim (Kodie) Connolly, Jim (Dawn) Connolly, and Nolan Michaelson, Gilda Thompson and Rhonda Michaelson; In-laws Mary (Rick) Billmeyer, Liz (Al) Koppes, Steve Jochum and Fred Marburger and an ever growing amount of nieces and nephews that he loved.

He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; his sister Anna; his brother Joe; sister-in-law Freda; a niece Ashlei along with many other family and friends. John is now reunited with his beautiful wife Judy!

In lieu of flowers a John Connolly memorial fund will be established.

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August 7, 2020

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory
2595 Rockdale Road
Dubuque, IA 52003

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