Colin Glenn Connolly, age 41, of Carver, died on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017 in Carver.
Colin was born on August 28th, 1975 in St Joseph, MI, to Leonard and Janet (Gillespie) Connolly and grew up in Traverse City, Michigan. He was one of three children. He was baptized at United Methodist Church, Stevensville, MI, and confirmed at Grawn United Methodist Church, Traverse City, MI. Colin graduated from Traverse City Senior High School in 1993, Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts in 1997 and received his MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management in 2003.
After graduating from Michigan State University, Colin was selected to join a rotational program with Thermo King Corporation in Bloomington, MN. He spent several years at Thermo King, including one year in Brussels. He joined Honeywell in 2003 where he progressed through many different positions within the Finance organization, ending as a Global Finance Leader. While at Honeywell he had the opportunity to lead, develop and mentor his employees, which he found highly satisfying & rewarding. Most recently, Colin excitedly joined the Cargill organization in December 2016 as a Financial Planning & Analysis Lead.
Colin enjoyed all aspects of life. He worked hard and he played hard. He enjoyed biking, fishing, golfing, playing ping pong, any yard/outdoor games, watching all sports, traveling, spending time with friends and most importantly he loved being a Dad. He rarely missed a game or a practice, many times would show up to the field or the court in his work dress clothes. When he was with his kids, he was truly present. And he loved just being with his family. Everyone that knew him well loved his easy-going personality and his smile. He always had a kind word to say about everyone. On October 18th, 2003, Colin married Janelle Wells at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Mankato. They had three beautiful children. He was a devoted and loving husband who was proud of his wife and the life they built together.
Survived by Loving wife, Janelle and 3 beautiful children, Noah (12), Evan (9) and Ava (6); parents, Leonard & Janet of Traverse City, MI, parents-in-law, John & Peggy Wells of Good Thunder, MN; sister, Colleen (Don) Wylie and their children Tanner & Karma of Kingsley, MI; brother, Chris (Debby) Connolly and their children Makayla & Hailey of St Charles, IL; sister-in-law, Jennifer (Darol) Fiala and their children Hannah & Molly of Gretna, NE.