John D. “Jack” Conely, age 87, a lifetime resident of Livingston County, passed away of natural causes surrounded by family on May 10, 2017. He was born on February 27, 1930 a son of Charles and Mary Irene (Comisky) Conely in Brighton, MI. A man of many talents and gifts, he is most remembered for his racing and engine building career. A Motor Sports Hall of Fame inductee, he was nationally recognized for his work with Ford and Chevrolet as well as for his contributions to well-known Indy, IMSA, ARCA, USAC, and NASCAR race teams. His passion for helping others overshadowed anything else he ever did. Those who knew Jack knew that he was quick to lend a hand to anyone in need. Jack was an Air Force Veteran, serving when he was a very young man. He overcame many obstacles in his youth and credited much of his success to the time he spent at Father Flannigan’s Boys’ Town School in Nebraska.
Jack was the proud father of four children: Kimberly Conely, Jackie Scheller, Jeri (James) Tunell, and John (Jennifer) Conely; grandchildren: Erica Scheller, Dannielle Kelly, Bridgette Tunell, Daniel Scheller, Sean Conely, Kathryn Hoffman, Nathan Monahan, and Anne Conely; great grandchildren: Abigail, AJ, Finley, and Bennett. He was preceded in death by his sister Mary Kelly, two brothers Horace and Bud Conely, as well as his mother, Irene.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 5:00 – 9:00 P.M. at the Keehn Funeral Home, Brighton. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Noon with visitation beginning at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions in Jack’s name are suggested to Fr. Flannigan’s Boys’ Town. Please visit Jack’s Book of Memories at www.keehnfuneralhome.com
Jack had planned on attending the Racer's Reunion at Flat Rock Speedway and Toledo. Please see the attached photos. Thank you ARCA family, for keeping Jack in your thoughts and prayers.
John Conely and the Conely family
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