David W. Connel, 52, of Leavenworth, died Friday, May 25, 2012, at his home with his family at his side. He was born Oct. 4, 1959, in Leavenworth, the son of Willard and Billie Jo (Jackson) Connel.
On June 8, 1979, he married Lennie Hesser. She survives at the home. He is also survived by his three daughters, Amanda and husband Chad Lisher, Rebecca Connel and fiancé Tyler Crotts and Bobbie Jo and husband Justin Guenther; his grandchildren, Jordan and Mikayla Guenther and ElliAnna and Reed Lisher; his mother, Billie Jo Connel; and three brothers.
David was preceded in death by his father, Willard and brothers, Jerry and Kenny Connel.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1983 to 1992 as a shipboard barber and also as a recruiter. David enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, horseshoes, music and dancing, lawn care and gardening.
Visitation will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will begin at 9 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial with Navy honors will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to Odyssey Hospice.