Robert Connell, Jr.
The funeral service for Robert Connell, Jr. is scheduled for Wednesday March 6, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., at the Clausen Funeral Home in Burke with Pastor Clay Lundberg officiating.
Music will be provided by his grandchildren, vocalists, accompanied by Janae McHargue, organist.
Casket bearers will be Jordan Mchargue, Janae McHargue, Levi Landrigan, Britta Landrigan, Jahn Landrigan, Jennifer Connell, Sarah Connell, Ashley Connell and Samantha Connell.
Interment will be in the Simpson Cemetery in Newport, NE. Clausen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Harrison Connell, Jr. was born August 7, 1928, at home in eastern Keya Paha County in Nebraska to R. Harrison Connell, Sr. and Ada (Winter) Connell. As a young boy, Robert became known as Bob, attended rural school, started high school at Newport, NE, then attended and graduated from Keya Paha County High School in 1945. Following high school, he began working with his parents on the family’s cattle ranch. In February of 1951, he was drafted in to the United States Army. He spent six months in Atlanta, GA, for training. Then in September was shipped to Korea where he spent the remaining two years driving a supply truck.
In 1953, he became a partner with his father in the cattle ranching operation. June 5, 1954, he married Delores Jamison and had two children, Janet and Donald. In 1967, to support his wife’s nursing career and provide a beneficial high school education for his children, Bob and Delores moved to Gregory. Bob drove daily to work on the ranch which he managed with hired help. They lived in Gregory for 16 years before moving back to the ranch.
In August 1972, Bob was involved in a farm accident which nearly cost him his life, but it was God’s will that he only lost his legs. It changed his life, but after four months of hospitalization and therapy, Bob was walking again with artificial legs. He continued to manage and operate the ranch and in 1977 his son, Don, joined him in the cattle operation. In 1984, Bob and Don received the Nebraska Pioneer Farm Award which honors a family for owning a ranch for over 100 years. Don still operates the original ranch homesteaded by Bob’s grandparents in 1884.
In 2006, Bob and Delores moved to the Burke Senior Retirement Living Facility in Burke. In 2015, they moved to the Haisch House Assisted Living Facility, in Bonesteel. In 2017, Bob was moved to Brookestone View Skilled Nursing Facility, in Broken Bow, NE.
Bob and Delores enjoyed traveling, visiting relatives and his “army buddies.” In later years they loved to attend their grandchildren’s activities, no matter the distance to travel or the number of stairs to climb. His was known for his humor and quick wit, even into his advanced years.
He passed away March 1, 2019, at Brookestone View Skilled Nursing facility, Broken Bow, NE.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Delores, in 2015, his parents, brother Dewayne Connell of Hot Springs, and his sister, Yvo Keck, Newport, NE.
He is survived by his daughter Janet (Paul) Landrigan, Broken Bow, NE; son, Don (Sheri) Connell, Newport, NE; grandchildren, Janae (Jordan) McHargue, Central City, NE; Jennifer Connell, Marquette, NE; Levi (Britta) Landrigan, Silver Creek, NE; Jahn Landrigan, Lincoln, NE; Sarah Connell, Kearney, NE; Ashley Connell and Samantha Connell, Newport, NE; and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial money will be designated to the area rural fire departments.