Gary R. Connel

August 15, 1940April 18, 2013
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Gary R. Connel, age 72, of Atwater, formerly of Rootstown, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Robinson Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 15, 1940, in Akron, Ohio, a son of the late Foster Earl and Hazel A. (Daughtery) Connel. Gary was a proud veteran of the US Marine Corps. He retired from Babcock & Wilcox in Barberton, after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Boilermakers Union Local 744, and served as a sponsor for many members of AA. Gary enjoyed fishing, boating, traveling, and riding his motorcycle.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years Kathy Connel; children: Terri (John) Clyde of Merrimack, NH, Carrie Connel of Cedar Rapids, IA, Chuck (Shary) Connel of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Lora Clyde of Houston, TX, and their mother, Geri Connel; as well as his 7 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his brother Charles Connel.

Friends will be received Sunday, April 21, 2013, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna. Pastor David Ballert will officiate the funeral service immediately following at 2:00 PM. Interment will take place on a later date at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman.

Condolences and memories may be shared at


  • Visitation Sunday, April 21, 2013
  • Funeral Service Sunday, April 21, 2013
  • Graveside Service Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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Chuck Connel

September 10, 2013

Missing you greatly today DAD.

Sue Bateman

April 24, 2013

Lora, my prayers go out to you and your family at this time of grief. May you find comfort in memories and cherish them forever.


April 23, 2013

I will miss you grandpa...until we meet again in the paradise that is heaven, I will cherish the memories that I have. I love you.

Lisa Tow

April 22, 2013

Carrie and family,
Sorry to hear about the passing of your Father. Know that he is at peace now. He'll be your guardian angel watching over your daily activities. Make him proud. Keep the faith.

Carol (Varcoe) Sanchez

April 22, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May God bless you and give you peace.

Deb Tapken

April 21, 2013

Thinking of your family and keeping you close to my heart tonight. Time and miles can not change my love for you all.

amberleigh roberts

April 20, 2013

You are all in my thoughts and prayers and there is lots of love comming from NH to be with you in this time of need. I am praying for god to help to heal your hearts and comfort your souls. *hugs*

Butch, Annie & Brittany Morris

April 20, 2013

Very sorry to hear of your loss, Kathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


April 20, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May peace find a place in your hearts as you walk this road in the journey of your lives!

Carol Welbes

April 20, 2013

May the good Lord hold the family of Gary Connel in His loving arms, giving them strength and comfort at this difficult time in their lives. Love and prayers to you all.