Robert “Bob” Connell

May 30th, 1955 - Jul 1st, 2017


Blue Funeral Home (Marion)

Fri, Jul. 7th, 2017 5pm-7pm

Robert “Bob” Connell

Marion-Robert “Bob” D. Connell, 62, passed at his place of peace on Saturday, July 1st, 2017.

Bob was born to parents Robert “Dog” and Patsy (Douglas) Connell on May 30th, 1955. He worked for the City of Marion for 30 years prior to his retirement in 2009.

His joys in life were being a father and grandfather, traveling the country with his son, riding the open roads on his motorcycle, and all things Scuba Diving.

Bob is survived by his mother, Patsy Connell of Marion, IL; Son, Douglas (Taylor) Connell of Marion, IL; Daughter, Rachel Connell and only grandchild, Annon Rightnowar of Bluford, IL; Sisters, Lila (Gilbert) Bratten of Springfield, IL, Jackie (Larry) Leonard of Rochester, IL, and Jami (Mitchell) Withers of Marion, IL; Nieces and Nephews, Brandy (Michael) Lane, Traci Martin, Brett (Michelle) Leonard, Tyler Leonard, Zane (Marti) Withers, and Chase Withers.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert “Dog” L. Connell, whom he missed dearly.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 7th, 2017 from 5-7 pm at Blue Funeral Home in Marion. There will be no formal service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Riders to benefit fallen veterans and their families and will be accepted at Blue Funeral Home/PO Box 411/Marion, IL 62959.

For more information or to sign the memorial guest register, please visit

Blue Funeral Home
1704 N. Court
Marion, IL 62959
P: 618-997-5648
F: 618-998-1064

9 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Sherry Baggett Lynch

    From: Salem , Illinois

    Date: July 4, 2017

    Thoughts and prayers to the family of Bob. He was a childhood friend and was so glad to be able to reconnect with him on Facebook. He will be missed by so many.


    From: Marion,, Illinois

    Date: July 4, 2017

    Pat and Girls I am so sorry. We always think of you on BOB and Garys birthday. I wish I could say something that would give you some peace but I know that is impossiblleconnie .I am so sorry.

  • Guest: Carol (Miller) and Randy George

    From: Grand Chain, Illinois

    Date: July 5, 2017

    So sorry for your loss! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Guest: Jeff Pritchett

    From: Cypress, Texas

    Date: July 5, 2017

    Bob was a very good friend and a huge supporter of musicians and the local music scene. I can remember many, many good times with Bob. In the early days of playing in a band, Bob let us play at his cabin a few times to a packed house. It was literally jam-packed. Everyone having a great time – a wonderful memory. I’m deeply saddened that he won’t be there when I make my annual trip to southern Illinois this year. Rest in peace old friend. I will miss you.

  • Guest: Lorie Dallas (Charles & Leora granddaughter)

    From: Carefree, Arizona

    Date: July 6, 2017

    So very sorry to hear about Bob. My prayers are with the whole Connell family during this time.

  • Guest: Beth Turner Impson

    From: Dade City , Florida

    Date: July 6, 2017

    Jackie so sorry for your family’s loss

  • Guest: Jim Powell

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 7, 2017

    RIP Bob

  • Guest: Guy and Yolonde Peterson

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 8, 2017

    Patsy, Girls and Families, Please accept our condolences. Prayers for all. Guy and Yolonde Peterson

  • Guest: Kimberly Lattuca

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 16, 2017

    Bobby was my friend, from the time I was a kid. He always watched out for me; like a big brother. Bobby had a big heart. I am sorry Patsy, Jamie, Douglas, Rachel, Jackie, Lila & family. I know Bobby is with GOD and Dog. My prayers are with y’all. With Love. Kim