Robert Conner

Robert Conner

October 25, 1931 - January 7, 2021
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Robert Kent Conner

October 25, 1931 ~ January 7, 2021

Robert was born to Phillip Herbert and Vivian Alyce Conner on October 25, 1931 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He died at home surrounded by his girls on January 7 ,2021 in Ault Colorado. He married the love of his life Gloria Ann Rising, or his Glory B as he would say, on March 10, 1951 in Port Huron, Michigan. From this union came 7 children, Pamela (Gabe) Hernandez- LaSalle, Co; Robin (Ace) Buettenback- Grand Island, Ne.; Patrice (Ted) Carter- Julesburg, Co ; Rebecca (Chuck) Saul- Berthoud, Co ; Robert ( Karen) Conner- Puerto Penasco, Sonora Mexico; Daniel (Mia) Conner Lexington, Ky.; Phillip (Jeana) Conner – Cortez, Co.

He is survived by 13 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bob was a kind and loving man who always saw the good in others. He was a storyteller, a poet, a cartoonist, and a cowboy. He hated crowds and loved nothing more than wide open spaces and riding a horse and looking for his next adventure. He had an immense love for his family and his wife, Glory B. More than anything though, he loved his God Jehovah and wanted to devote his time helping others to learn of Jehovah and the beautiful promises found in his word the Bible. He has left an empty hole in the hearts of all who loved him as there is no one who could ever replace him. So until we see you again, in the very near future, Daddy, Grandpa & dear friend we will try to carry on this great legacy.

Granddaughter Ashley, “I will miss my Grandpa dearly. I will miss his stories, poems and crazy sense of humor. He showed me how to love horses and enjoy hiking, to love words and the stories you can make with them. Most importantly he set the example for all his family how to love and serve our God Jehovah”
Granddaughter Alissa, “I sure did love this grandpa of mine. So very thankful for all the years we had with him and all the happy memories. Cannot wait for the day we get to see him again.”

Grandson Jordan, “He was a writer, poet, cartoonist, and a cowboy, as hardworking and giving as they come always interested in discovering an interesting story, or just making one up. Grandpa Bob inspired a love for words and poetry in me at a young age. More importantly he left his record of faith.”

Grandson Jeremy, “ I was able to call him and tell him thanks for the example he set and that we loved him...he just said that he was so proud of his family over an over...I know that many of you feel the way I do, He was one special cowboy. We are going to miss him but he would remind everyone
Not For Long!!!

Granddaughter Sara, “So many people have had their lives touched by my grandparents and by my Grandpas zeal for Gods Kingdom’.

Granddaughter Aubrey, “What a privilege to have such a wonderful man as my Grandpa, who had a special place in so many hearts. He will be missed greatly. I loved how kind he was, and the love he had for family. I loved his storytelling and poems, but most important loved his faithful example and the love he had for our God Jehovah.

Great Grandson Lane, “Good-bye grandpa. Even though you won’t be here for a while you’ll be in our memories and the stories you used to tell. Good night. I love you and we’ll see you soon.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Donna Jean, and brother-in-law, who was more like a brother, Adrian Van Nieuwal.

A Memorial will be held January 23. 2021 via Zoom.
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DeWitt Duke

Posted at 05:39pm
I learned so much from Bob when I was a kid. Such as, love, hospitality, to be accepting of others. And, practical things, like how to get a big deep freezer out of a basement. As I mainly hung with Bobby and Dan, I could easily see that you guys were a reflection of dad. You accepted this scrawny, unpopular, disadvantaged kid. Bob and family were a major contributing factor in helping me see the Truth via love. Bob was such a great teacher. I specifically remember an aha moment I had when he explained to me why Jesus died. He would offer counsel in such a loving way, that often times, I did even realize I was receiving counsel. It was truly what this fatherless boy needed. He certainly reflected the view point of his God towards fatherless children and all people. Years later when I came to give a talks in his congregation, he would always sign up for hospitality and try to meet me upon arrival in the Kingdom Hall parking lot. He wanted to be the first one to greet me to tell how proud he was of me. Words cannot express how this made me feel. But, Bob's teaching is still in effect as I have learned from writing this with tears in my eyes, that I need to show more love.

Debbie (Jarrett) Mason

Posted at 08:39pm
Some of my favorite memories of times at the Ovid congregation were Bob’s parts during the meeting. He made them memorable, fun for the young ones too. But most of all I remember the feeling of love everyone had for him, Gloria, and his family. It showed me the sincere love that can be found in the congregation between brothers and sisters.

Ed Ahrens

Posted at 08:26pm
In the summer of 1983 we took a family trip to Cortez to see the cliff dwellings. Of course we wanted to see the Conner's. So, I went into the store to find Bob. When I found him with some customers I was waiting patiently for him to finish with them. After a few minutes Bob turned around and saw me. I'll never forget his response. "hi Ed", and back to the customers. A couple minutes later he turned around slowly, and smiled. He said that it didn't register at first that I wouldn't normally be there, and it took those couple minutes to register. I'll never forget that big friendly smile on his face. A smile that everyone who knew him has seen many times. And no surprise, Rob has that smile, just not quite as infectious. Bob and the whole family will always have a place in our hearts.

Ken and Carol

Posted at 11:25pm
I remember when Bob first showed up at the Ovid Kingdom Hall , he was fixing up a building to put the Sears store in. What a Blessing his family was for the congregation. One of my favorite memories is when Bob drove to Crook, Colorado in a blizzard to give the memorial talk to the friends down there, they couldn’t make it to Ovid because of the weather. As Bob drove home he went in the ditch, Ken went to get Bob, drove him home, but it was late and Ken couldn’t drive his pick up back to Sedgwick because it was out of gas. So Bob let him drive their car back to our house.

Tom Dimick

Posted at 07:09pm
We will always have a warm spot in our hearts for the Conner family. Bob and Gloria set such a nice example for their family and the rest of us. The quality that comes to mind when we think of Bob is humility. We were visiting one time at a convention at McNichols where Bob had a part on the program. He was amazed that Jehovah and his organization would allow a "cowboy from a small town in Colorado to have that privilege". Such a good quality. You're all in our prayers. We love you. Tom and Deb Dimick.

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