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Robert J. Connolly

January 17, 2024

Robert Connolly Obituary

Robert J. “Bob” Connolly, 65, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on Wednesday, January 17th, 2024, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics following a brief illness.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2024, at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road where a wake service will be at 3:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at St. Joseph Key West Church with Msgr. Thomas Toale officiating. Additional visitation starting at 9:00 a.m. will be held at the church on Tuesday. The burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Bob was born on August 30, 1958, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Cletus and Geri (Hayes) Connolly. He graduated in 1976 from Dubuque Senior High School and attended Iowa State University.

He worked for Rainbo Tire, Frommelt Industries/Rite Hite and was self-employed on the family farm.

Bob had a passion for farming since childhood.  He loved working on the family farm and attended many Farm Progress Shows.

Bob also loved music, especially rock bands from the 70’s and 80’s.  He attended many concerts including the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney & Wings.  He always purchased an extra ticket so he could invite Jimmy or Tim or one of his other friends to attend with him, usually not giving too much of an advance notice.

Bob followed NASCAR and attended many races with the Hanley’s, McCullough’s and Carrs.  He was an avid Green Bay Packer and Iowa State Cyclone fan.

He was a devout Catholic and was a parishioner at St Joe’s Key West.  Recently he has been faithfully escorting his mother to Sunday Mass each week at Bethany Home. He was a proud uncle of his nieces and nephews. 

His final act of generosity was the donation of his organs to the Iowa Donor Network and UIHC to be used for transplant and research.

Bob was so very kind and compassionate. He will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his mother Geri Connolly; sisters: Cathy McCullough, Diane (Randy) Pancratz and Susan Connolly; brothers: Mike (Karen) Connolly and Bill (Kim) Connolly. Nephews: Keith (Eileen) Connolly, Brian (Emily) Connolly, Matt (Roselyn) Connolly, Ryan McCullough, Dan McCullough, Ben Pancratz (Bryana Pfeiler), Nick Connolly and Dalton Connolly. Nieces: Molly McCullough, Kelly Pancratz, Anna Pancratz (Austin Moyer) and Jenna Pancratz and 5 great-nieces. Aunts: Rose (Bob) Carr and Margaret Hayes; along with many cousins, friends and his beloved dog, Zoey

He was preceded in death by his father Cletus Connolly; brothers-in-law: Mike McCullough and Leo Pancratz along with his grandparents and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at Unity Point Finley in Dubuque and to the Neurology ICU at the University of Iowa Hospital for their wonderful care, also Pat Leonard and his staff at Leonard Funeral Home for their kindness and compassion.

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January 22, 2024

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory
2595 Rockdale Road
Dubuque, IA 52003

Mass of Christian Burial
January 23, 2024

10:30 AM
St. Joseph Church Key West, Mount Olivet Cemetery


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