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Jonathan O'Connell

June 07, 1940 - August 29, 2022


Obituary For Jonathan O'Connell

Madison - Jonathan O’Connell of Madison, Wisconsin, age 82, left his battle with dementia on Monday, August 29 in the loving care of Agrace Hospice House surrounded by his family. Jonathan was the third of five sons born in Poygan, Wisconsin on June 7, 1940, to Shirley (Covil) and Lester O’Connell.

After high school, Jon served in the US Army and went on to a career as a missionary servant traveling to Turkey and Germany to share his faith. He moved back to the US bringing his eight adopted children from five different countries to pastor in the Mazomanie area. Throughout his life he enjoyed a wide variety of interest, he was an avid skier and an adventurous traveler, taking several missionary trips throughout Europe with his growing family in tow. Through it all, his love for God and sharing the good news remained his passion.

He is survived by seven of his children, Michael O’Connell (Deb Rathermel) Madison, Oktay O’Connell, DeForest, Audry (Doug) Langeberg Omro, John (Linda) O’Connell, Oshkosh, Orhan (Krissi) O’Connell, Madison, Tina (Mike) Farist, Akron, Ohio, Rick (Michelle) O’Connell, Rhinelander, seventeen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His brothers Donald (Marlene) in Winneconne, David (Joyce) in Ripon and Wendell O’Connell in Florida. Ahead of him in heaven are his parents, one son, Timothy, and a brother Joe.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 2, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at Fountain of Life Covenant Church, 633 W. Badger Rd, Madison. A visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family would invite you to donate to Agrace Hospice.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services
5701 Odana Road


2 Sep


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Fountain of Life Covenant Church 633 W. Badger Rd Madison, WI 53713 Get Directions »
2 Sep

Funeral Service

11:00 AM

Fountain of Life Covenant Church 633 W. Badger Rd Madison, WI 53713 Get Directions »
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  • 09/07/2022

    Jonathan's friends at First Baptist Church of Madison remember and celebrate a long life of faithful Christian witness. We pray that those who grieve at this sad time find comfort and peace.

  • 09/01/2022

    I have a lot of great memories of my dad but a funny just came to me we were on our way to our condo in Colorado when he got pulled over for 26 Over the speed limit the cop walks up my dad say i am a minister the cop gave him a warning I love you dad I will always remember you you were amazing father say hi to Tim for me

  • 08/31/2022

    I always knew him by the name of Larry. He was always smiling like his mother, he loved the Lord and nice to be around.

  • 08/31/2022

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for the family for God's comfort during this time.🙏🏻

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