Edward J. Connell Jr.

Sept. 30, 1928 - May 27, 2008

Edward J. Connell Jr. of Waukesha died Tuesday, May 27, 2008, at his home at age 79. He was born Sept. 30, 1928, in Waukesha, the son of Edward Sr. and Elizabeth (nee Rankin) Connell.

He was a 1945 graduate of Waukesha High School and attended Carroll College. Ed served with the 32nd Division of the Wisconsin Army National Guard. He was called to active duty in 1961 and achieved the rank of captain during his service. For many years, he owned and operated E.J. Connell & Son, a farm implement business located first in Waukesha and later in Genesee Depot. Ed enjoyed fishing with his sons and grandchildren at Genesee Lake near Dousman. He was especially proud of his undefeated record as heavy weight boxing champion while in the National Guard.

Ed is survived by his four children: daughter, Jane (Scott) Hall of St. Paul, Minn., and sons, John (Lorrie) Connell of Oconomowoc, James (Lori) Connell of Jackson, Mich., and Thomas (Jeanine) Connell of Hayward. He will be missed by his seven grandchildren, Ashley, Shannon, William, Kathleen, Robert, Ian and Nyla. He is also survived by his sister, Audrey Faulkner of Madison, and his former wife, Mary Connell of Waukesha.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to leave an online tribute.