Andrew J. Connolley Jr., 85

Andrew J. Connolley Jr., 85, of White Bird/Grangeville, Idaho passed away on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at his home in Grangeville. He was born May 4, 1934 outside of Chicago, Illinois, the son of Andrew J. and Lillian G. (nee Smith) Connolley.

Andy was a 1952 Batavia High School (Illinois) graduate where he played basketball, football and track. Andy joined the Navy during the Korean War. He worked for Continental Telephone in Dekalb, Illinois until 1973, then transferred with the company to White Bird, Idaho after a vacation out west with his family. Andy branched out to form his own telephone interconnect company, Andy’s Telephone Services, in 1982. He was known as the Telephone Man from Riggins to Elk City until his ‘retirement’ at 85.

Andy was passionate about hunting and fishing in the Idaho backcountry with his Brittany spaniels, family and friends. He was an avid sports fan and followed Grangeville Bulldog sports. Andy seldom missed a Notre Dame football game or a Cubs game on TV. He even managed to live long enough to see the Cubs win the World Series and celebrate with his lifelong friend, Don Kraft. He loved his travels to the wilds of Alaska and Australia. Later in life he enjoyed the friends he made on trips to Nevada. Andy always enjoyed a good laugh and the people who wanted to laugh with him.

He is survived by daughter Tami Connolley, of Seattle Washington and son Mike Connolley (Tara) of Grangeville; five grandchildren, Ashley, Andrew, Silas, Hunter and Naomi; his nephew and hunting partner Raybo (Jann) Ramus, of West St. Paul, Minnesota; nieces Deb Ramus of Batavia, Lori Ramus of Columbiana, Ohio, Andrea (John) Kraft of Batavia and Cheryl Blasucci of Wheaton, Illinois.

Andy is also survived by the mother of his children, Nancy Connolley and daughter-in-law Cheryl.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Patrick Connolley, grandson Spencer Connolley and sisters Lorraine (John) Ramus and Doris (Ibo) McDermott.

A memorial service will be held at 4 pm on Friday, November 22, 2019 at the IOOF hall in White Bird, followed by a wild game potluck dinner. Please feel free to bring your favorite dish to share. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. You may submit condolences to the family online at

Contributions may be made in Andy’s memory to support our veterans.

Condolences to the family of Andrew J. Connolley Jr., 85

  • Teresa Kamerrer says:

    I enjoyed getting to know your Dad, I am Raye Swanson’s daughter. I had planned on taking Mom to the funeral, but it falls on a long scheduled trip to Oceanside, which we leave this afternoon for. The same trip and condo that we took Andy to several years ago. He was a great guy and a really fun gambler. My Mom and I joked that we hope he got to spend all his casino points. We even stopped by his home one time while headed to Boise. He will be missed. Sincerely, Teresa and John Kamerrer

  • Raye Swanson says:

    Like many from the area, Andy was our gambling friend. He was on occasion very lucky, always friendly, a regular on the fun flights to Wendover. He became our family friend and shopped the Costco and Walmart stores in Clarkston. His normal shopping involved long visits with at least 4 to 5 friends, he seemed to know so many people.
    Andy was such a people person, so interested in his family, neighbors, and loved little children.
    Glad we got to know him. The gambling flights will never be the same.

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