Aaron Connelly
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1971 - 2016

Aaron Connelly, 45, of Eugene, Oregon, died June 4, 2016 in the waters of the Pacific Ocean near Port Orford, Oregon due to suicide.

Aaron was born on February 18, 1971, in Seattle, Washington, to Kathryn Ann Bennett and Richard Charles Connelly. He grew up in Minnesota and various towns in Oregon and California. He was lucky to have spent his middle school years with his late grandmother and grandfather, Betty and Daniel Connelly, whom he loved very much. He met his future wife, Wendy Lee Bell, at Crater Lake National Park where they were both employed at the tender age of 18. Aaron and Wendy married in 1994 and began their family with the birth of their first child, Adelaide Brighid Connelly in 1995. Jonah Daniel Quinn Connelly followed shortly after in 1996 and Olivia Fiona Connelly completed the package in 2003. Aaron adored all of his children and considered them his greatest blessing.

Aaron worked in the woods in his younger years and was involved in a variety of forest-related jobs, of which tree-planting was his favorite. It was strenuous work but Aaron was proud of his strength and speed. Later he learned the carpentry trade and worked at Meili Construction for many years as a framer. More recently Aaron worked as a truck driver for McDonald Wholesale. This was Aaron's favorite job to date, still hard work, but not nearly as demanding as framing (or tree planting!). Delivering to the same customers each week allowed Aaron to develop relationships with the many people he served and he was loved and respected by all.

Aaron dedicated his life to Jesus when he and Wendy were expecting their third child, Olivia. Their oldest daughter, Adelaide, was having daily seizures up until Olivia's birth. Aaron always attributed the relief of those seizures to God's love and mercy.

During his early years as a Christian, Aaron learned much from Dr Bill Page, friend and beloved (former) pastor at Pleasant Hill Baptist church. He also loved his church family at the Beautiful Mess, especially those who were part of his home fellowship group. Aaron's favorite scripture was Ephesians 4:20-24. He made great strides to put off his old self, renew his mind, and become more like our creator. However, we all fall short of this, and, sadly, Aaron could not accept that for himself.

Aaron had a quick wit and loved to laugh and make others laugh. It was awfully hard not to when he was saying something funny, smiling widely, eyes twinkling, willing you to crack up. Aaron knew how to play hard and basketball was his favorite game. His son once told him his moves were "Tony Parker-ish"; he wore a permanent grin for a week. Aaron could be found playing ball at the local Montessori school several times a week. He is surely missed by his fellow ballers.

Nothing brought Aaron more joy, however, than his family. Not five minutes after his first child was born, Aaron said, "Let's have another one right away!" He WAS a funny guy, ha?

Aaron will be so missed. He was so much to so many. He is survived by his wife, Wendy; children, Adelaide, Jonah, and Olivia; his mother, Kathryn Roberts; father, Richard Connelly (Janice); his brother, Andy (Rebecca), and a large, loving extended family.

A memorial will be held at 2:00 on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Grace Fellowship Church located at 834 Monroe St., Eugene.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) of Eugene.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Eugene Register-Guard from Jul. 17 to Jul. 20, 2016.
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July 26, 2016
my deepest condolences from the days inn family aaron is greatly missed here and will always be remembered may his soul find peace now with our heavenly father
July 25, 2016
Please accept my sincere condolences on the sudden and tragic loss of your loved one. May prayers to the God of all comfort strengthen you during this difficult time. He promises, "I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears. I am healing you." (2 Kings 20:5)
July 22, 2016
What a loss. We missed Aaron and his family so much after they moved but knew it was best for the family. He leaves a hole in our heart. Only heaven will patch that one up. Praying for Aaron's family's best.
Bill Page
July 19, 2016
We are so sorry for your loss and wish you peace and comfort in the days and months ahead.
The Steins
July 19, 2016
We are sorry to hear of Aarons passing, Mental illness should NEVER be looked upon as a sin nor a shameful thing that a person wont seek help and they choose this as a means of relief HE will be missed Prayers to the family
Luanne/Melissa stevenson
July 19, 2016
I remember Aaron fondly from high school. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Kara Porter
July 19, 2016
Aaron will always be in my thoughts. He was one of those rare people who valued friendship and openly showed patience and acceptance to others. The love he shared with Wendy was something special to see from the beginning.
Megan Jacquot
July 19, 2016
Aaron and I were very close when we were both 15. One day we were hiking through a ravine and the ground fell away beneath me into a sink hole between a massive expanse of boulders. Just in time he grabbed my hand and saved me from a fall that could have easily killed me. I will never forget his smile and good nature, I am very sorry we drifted apart and wish the best to his family. You are lucky to have had him in your life and I will count him among the greatest friends i have ever had. -Jeremy Van Dinther
July 19, 2016
I am sad to hear of Aaron's passing. I have been and will continue to pray for peace, comfort. May God bless you all. I am so so sorry.
Mirria Gonzalez
July 18, 2016
Our sincere & deepest condolences to the entire Connelly family at this difficult time. We keep you in our prayers. With our love, Linda & Jack Butcher
July 18, 2016
We'll always remember Aaron and his family as fun, loving, and good. We'll all miss him. Love, the Seattle Connellys
Dick, Mary and Karen Connelly
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