On Thurs., May 22, a quiet, gentle, caring man left this world for a much more peaceful resting place. Roger Arnold Connelly, 64, of Three Rivers, died at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. He was born Dec. 27, 1949, in Sturgis, Mich., to Arnold F. Connelly and Lila C. (Sheets) Connelly. He grew up on his family’s farm near Ontario, Ind., learning the value of hard work at a young age as he made money by picking strawberries and raising pigs. Roger graduated from Lakeland High School in 1968 and then married his high-school sweetheart, Sherry Lynn (Richards) Connelly on Sept. 21 of the same year. They just celebrated 45 years of marriage.
Roger retired at the early age of 50 from Ross Laboratories, Sturgis, where he began working at age 18. Roger learned to fish and hunt at an early age and continued to enjoy the sports during his retirement. He traveled to Ontario, Can., every year to fish with his buddies. A former high-school basketball player, Roger enjoyed watching IU basketball, and for the past two decades, even though he and Sherry moved away from LaGrange, he continued to attend Lakeland boys and girls basketball games.
Roger is survived by his wife and their three children: Cynthia (Andrew) Baxter, Indianapolis, Ind.; Wendy (Bryan) Medford, Elkhart, Ind.; and Eric Connelly, Three Rivers, Mich. Also surviving are Roger’s five sisters: Sandra Yoder, Diane (Fritz) Schlemmer, LaGrange, Ind.; Susan Dempsey, Wolcottville, Ind., Ann (Tom) Pomeroy, Columbus, Mont.; and Sherry (Bob) Ballard, Howe, Ind. He also leaves behind eight grandchildren: Denise (Josh) Gehring, Brittany Frye, Angela Baxter, Lindsey Riddle, Arianna and Tristin Connelly, and Garrett and Grace Medford; and two great grandchildren, Kaiden and Brooklyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother-in-law, Robert Yoder.
Roger’s family will miss him dearly but will smile as they think of him fishing once again with his father and cheering on the Lakeland High School basketball teams from a much more comfortable seat.
Services were held Tues., May 27, at Carney-Frost Funeral Home, 603 S. Detroit St., LaGrange, Ind., with Pastor John Ware of Sugar Grove Church in Elkhart presiding.
Memorials may be directed to the Lakeland High School Booster Club.