He was born February 13, 1918, at Fort Scott, Kan., the son of James B. Connolly and Emma Welch Connolly.
George married Mary Ruth Morehead on June 22, 1946, at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Fort Scott. She preceded him in death on Sept. 1, 2005.
George had served with the U.S. Army during World War II.
He had worked for the Frisco Railroad, Bruce Marble and Granite Works and later retired from Extrusions. In addition, he also farmed and raised cattle.
George was a member of the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the V.F.W. He enjoyed the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs.
Survivors include two sons, Ray Connolly and wife, Marlene, Iola, Kansas and Harold Connolly, Fort Scott; three daughters, Helen Colwell and husband, Sid, Fort Scott, Kan., Esther Lightwine and husband, Bob, Emory, Texas, and Carol Lytle and husband, Alan, Spring Hill, Kan.
Also surviving are two sisters, Kathleen Rose, Junction City, Kan., and Patricia Neff, Albuquerque, N.M.; 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents, two grandchildren, Michelle Graves Poteet and Michael Craddock; three brothers, Bill, Jim and Patrick Connolly and a sister, Annora Bryant.
Father Darrin May will conduct Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 21, 2011, at the Mary Queen of Angels Catholic Church. Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery where military honors will be provided by the Olson Frary Burkhart Post No. 1165 Veterans of Foreign Wars.The rosary will be recited at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, at the Cheney Witt Chapel with visitation following.
Memorials are suggested to the St. Mary's Catholic School Forward in Faith Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at www.cheneywitt.com.