Robert “Bob” Francis Connolly, 88, Dover, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
The son of the late George and Mary (Murtaugh) Connolly was born Jan. 29, 1925.
Bob grew up in Dover and attended St. John’s grade school and Guilford High School.
Although Bob’s parents preferred he stay home to farm, his wish was to serve his country. He enlisted and served in the 4th Marine Division during World War II. Bob participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima and was in combat for 36 days. Many view him as a hero, yet even family could rarely get him to discuss his experiences. He was known to say, “I am not a hero. The people left behind were the heroes.”
Throughout Bob’s life, he continued to serve the public. He was a Dearborn County councilman for six years and county commissioner for four years.
The past American Legion Post 464, St. Leon, adjutant, commander and vice commander also was an active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2014, Brookville; Knights of Columbus Council 1231, Lawrenceburg; and Disabled American Veterans.
Bob was employed at Seagram’s Distillery for 42 years, and attended St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Dover, his entire life. The church is on the same grounds as where he went to grade school.
He dearly loved his family and pets, his country, socializing and the land that his parents farmed. This land has been a treasured part of the Connolly family heritage since the Civil War period. He will be deeply missed.
Bob leaves his beloved wife Marie (Fledderman) of 61 years. They were married Oct. 20, 1951, at St. Mary’s of the Rock Catholic Church.
He will also be missed by his children: Greg (Tina), Roger (Jean) and Dale, Dover, and Monica, Indianapolis; grandchildren Erin, Bridgette, Ryan, Gordon, Matthew and Michael; great-grandchildren Danielle, Arianna, Ryker, Caleb and Gabe; sisters Alice (Clarence) Vogelgesang, Aurora, and Esther Hartman, Dover.
Bob also was preceded in death by his son, Michael; sister Norma (Ralph) Nacca; and brother-in-law Robert Hartman.
Visitation is Sunday, Feb. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home, 25615 State Road 1, Dover, with a rosary service at 3:30 p.m. and military rites at 7 p.m. A Mass and military funeral are Monday, Feb. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Church.
Donations may be made to St. John’s Church Building Fund or Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg.