Robert T. Connell
1934 - 2020
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Robert T. Connell, Sr. "Bob", age 85, of Odessa, DE passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at home surrounded by his family.
He was born May 18, 1934, in Clayton DE. to the late Charles Connell and Pearl (Carey) Moore.

Bob married Jackie Collins in 1958, they had three sons Rob Jr. (Denise), Randy, and Ricky (Darlene), three grandchildren Mindie (Scott) Pleasanton, Sarah Connell, Ryan Connell, and a special great-grandson Boe Pleasanton.

Bob was a member of the Marine Corp. for 4 years and then retired from the Army National Guard after 30 years of service.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and sister Carolyn Fridell.

In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by his sisters Kitty Hutchison, Gert (Mac) McCombs, a brother Normal Connell and several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service for immediate family will be held on April 9, 2020, at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

A memorial service will take place at a later date due to the COVID-19.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Paul's UMC, P.O. Box 253, Odessa, DE 19730.

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Published in Middletown Transcript from Apr. 9 to Apr. 18, 2020.
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23 entries
April 23, 2020
My condolences. Robert will be missed. As you reminisce about the good times, may the peace of God guard your hearts.
April 21, 2020
May God keep you and bless you and the family in this difficult time. Bobby was a wonderful cousin and will be missed and love by all. My thoughts and prayers and love are with you all.
Joyce Ann Bush
April 20, 2020
Hi Jan
My Most Sincere Condolences to
You and All The Family...Remember
No One is dead To God, Just Asleep
In Jesus...His Spirit went Home To God and In That Great Gittingup
Morning We Shall All Meet Again.
Acts 3-21 JKV
We used to have A Shouting Sister
Who had a crippled Son that passed.
Oh how She missed Him. But The Lord Relived Her...In A Dream, HE Took Her to Her Son's grave; Where Her Son Told Her This; Mom, I am ok,
Don't worry about me; Besides it will soon be Gitting Up Time...Amen
Elder Farley R. Beavers
April 19, 2020
Aunt Jan, Robbi, Ricky, Randy : our deepest sympathies on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers and our love is with you. Uncle Bob will be missed and lovingly remembered.He was a gentle, kind soul. God Bless and comfort each and everyone one. RIP
Gail & Nadine Campbell/Collins
April 11, 2020
With Deepest sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Jim & Sheri Bailey
April 9, 2020
So sorry to hear of the passing of your father...May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief...
Krissy Salyers
April 8, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing Robbie. My parents always enjoyed his visits. Thinking of all the family during this time. Stephanie (McNaughton) Wright.
Stephanie Wright
April 8, 2020
So sad Jackie....
You have so many memories with each other..
And also friends..
Recall picnic in your backyard
About 36 years ago ( mindy was a baby)
Rest In Peace BOB..
Carleen Czajkowski
April 7, 2020
It was a pleasure to have served with you SFC Connell. You showed and cared about the younger Soldiers, which made me pattern my career after your leadership. Thank you, R.I.P. NCO's lead the way.
James Benson
April 6, 2020
I served full time with Robert (SFC) Connell many years ago in the Delaware Army National Guard. He was one of the finest NCOs that I had the pleasure to serve with. He was a truly GREAT guy!
Charles (Shadow)(ARNG Ret) Chaudoin
April 6, 2020
My sincere condolences...
Kathy Biddle Smith
April 6, 2020
I first met Bobby Connell in the late 1950s. We knew him as SGT Connell at the Middletown Armory. Our outdoor basketball hoop was damaged during a storm. Bobby would always let us play basketball on the Armory court inside. He was the first person to give us permission and we would always look for his car before we went inside. He was such a kind and giving person.
Later in life I served in the National Guard with Bobby Connell. He was such a good soldier and a better human being. He worked long hours to insure people's pay was submitted on time. He went out of his way to take care of all of his soldiers. I was proud to serve with Bobby Connell.
If I saw him around Middletown he would always stopped and talk about my family. I send Prayers to his family at this time.

George Husfelt
george husfelt
April 5, 2020
It was an honor and a privilege to have known him.
April 5, 2020
Our deepest sympathy to Jackie & family. Bob and I went back to 1957 when I joined the Delaware National Guard. We had a lot of good times.
Al. (Fred) & Janet Grimminger
April 5, 2020
Our Father died when we were very young. Mother raised us and Bob, even at that age was always very helpful and congenial. He got along well with everyone. Mother never had any problems with him. He was a great son and grew up to be a great brother, husband and father. Bob worked all his life and earned the respect of those he worked with. I could never asked or expected more from a brother. I will miss him as will all of my family. May God bless Jackie, Rob, Randy, Rickie a n special niece, Theresa
Gertrude McCombs
April 4, 2020
The sweetest soul has flown to heaven to unite with those who have gone before him. Rest In Peace Uncle Bob. Much love to Aunt Jackie, Rob, Randy, Ricky, Mindie and a special thank you to Teresa. xo
Lisa & Dan Hawkins
April 4, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Jackie & family. Bob was a good person.
Frannie Hughes
April 4, 2020
My memories of Uncle Bob were that he was quiet and kind. Sorry for your loss.
Andrea Hill Corbett
April 4, 2020
You were my favorite Uncle and I always enjoyed your great story telling especially while fishing. I know that you are now in a safer and better Michael McCombs
Michael McCombs
April 4, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Lynda Lambety
April 4, 2020
Aunt Jan, Robbie, Randy and Ricky - Uncle Bob was one of a kind. Love and hugs to everyone.
Barbara Hook
April 3, 2020
Dear Mrs. Connell, Robert Jr., Randy, Ricky, and Family :
I am so sorry for your Loss. I knew Mr. Connell as a Neighbor in Odessa growing up as well as serving with him in the Odessa Fire Company. Mr. Connell's Treasurer's Report accounted for every Penny that was either brought in or was spent through the various Budgets. I remember in the early years of my active service with the OFC. At a time when personnel were permitted to ride the equipment by standing on the back step of the equipment. Mr. Connell and others would move me toward the body of the apparatus and secure me from the possibility of falling off. I will have Mr. Connell and his Family in my thoughts and Prayers at this most difficult time. RIP Mr. Connell and God Bless.
Donald L. Biddle
April 3, 2020
Bob was a wonderful person and he will be missed
JUDY Pernol
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