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Allan Connolly

Allan P Connolly

Tuesday, June 17th, 1947 - Thursday, July 30th, 2020
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Allan P. (Al) Connolly, of Dubuque, passed away Thursday, July 30th, 2020, at home with his hand held by his daughter Maggie and son Patrick’s love in his heart. Allan was born on June 17th, 1947, in Farley, Iowa, the son of Albert P. (Al) Connolly and Margaret (Daly) Connolly. Growing up in Farley, Iowa, his childhood summers were spent playing baseball from dawn to dusk. He graduated from St. Joseph's High School in Farley in 1965, a relief to himself, his parents and most probably the nuns.

He served four years in the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1969, including one year stationed in Tuy Hoa, Vietnam during 1968-69 in the K-9 Security Force where he and his dog Toby guarded B-52’s . After serving his country, he returned to Dubuque and graduated with a Bachelor in Education in 1973 from Loras College, and a Master of Administration in 1975. He began his 15-year teaching career in 1973 at Holy Trinity School on Dubuque's north end, enjoying his work with students and their families. Later, he became principal at Sacred Heart in Maquoketa from 1987-1989. He then went on to serve as Deputy County Treasurer (1992-2009), but his heart was always in the classroom.

He married Constance (Connie) Arlen on June 15, 1973, at St. Joseph's Church in Farley, Iowa. Together, they have two children, Patrick O’Clock and Maggie Connolly. Trips to a Northern Wisconsin cabin with extended family and frequent family reunions were among the highlights of many summer vacations.
From 1975-1992 he umpired for high school and prairie league baseball and for city softball games. After retirement, he volunteered at the local NAMI chapter, played a mean game of pool, danced the night away at many ballroom dances, and enjoyed three trips to Asia, one of which included visiting his former military post in Tuy Hoa. His favorite pastimes included reading and playing Texas hold’em poker at which he was very skillful. Immediately after his cancer diagnosis he announced that he would henceforth drink only fine scotch and never miss a good poker game.

Friends and family enjoyed Al’s company and conversation because of his integrity, sense of humor, generosity of time and respect he gave to all people. The Holiday invasion of the in-laws was met with good sportsmanship as well as endurance. His hearty belly laugh to the point of being unable to speak will be missed.
He is survived by his wife Connie, son Patrick and daughter Maggie; brothers Patrick (Carol), Thomas (Barbara) and Mike (Martha) Connolly, devoted sister Cathy (Charles) Wickler; sisters- and brothers-in-law: Rosene Moreland, Marlene (Glenn) Stoner, John (Dana) Arlen, Rick (Caroline) Arlen, Cindy Bartels, Darwin (Becky) Arlen, Charlie(Julie) Arlen, Denise McNatt, Chris (Bruce) Dokkebakken, Russell (Karen) Arlen, Audrey Zankle, Mary Monroe; brothers-in- law Bill Ament and Gerald Houtakker, and nieces and nephews whom he thoroughly enjoyed.

He was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law Geneva and Charles Arlen; sisters-in-law Jayne Houtakker and Julie Ament; brothers-in-law Bob Bartels and Frank Moreland, niece Abbie Ament, and nephew Jesse Bartels.

Because of the COVID pandemic, a true Irish wake in celebration of Al’s life which will include Allan’s list of ‘100 favorite songs I want played at my wake’ will be held at a later date.

For those wishing to get in contact or offer condolences, please leave messages at the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory website: www.egelhofsiegertcasper.com.
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Paula Herber

Posted at 11:24am
Connie, I was shocked and surprised but deeply saddened when I came across Al's obit on THonline. I had to make a few phone calls and received a phone call to find out if this was true and was our Al. I wish I would have known he was sick. I would have made a special stop to get a few more jabs in . I do appreciate you all asking about my children!! My prayers and deepest sympathy is with you and your children. He was a wonderful man! I loved to work his last nerve!! Sadly missed but will never be forgotten. RIP Al you were truly one of a kind!
Paula, Danielle, Jessica and Nathan Herber
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Pam Pfohl

Posted at 08:30am
Connie, Patrick, and Maggie
I send best wishes and prayers to you at this time. Al was a very nice man, and your tribute to him was so heartwarming.
Love to all......Milt and Pam (Erickson) Pfohl
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Mary Maureen Locher

Posted at 06:02pm
What a wonderful way to celebrate a life well lived by planting trees in memorial to Allan . With deep sympathy, Mary Maureen Locher
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Diana Schmitt

Posted at 07:51pm
My thoughts and prayers are with your whole family during this difficult time.
Diana Schmitt
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Carol Coohey

Posted at 07:06pm
Connie,Maggie,and Patrick , It''s been many many years that I used to babysit with your children. Always enjoyed the laughter Al had. He always had the greatest smile. Prayers and thoughts to ALL.
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