Robert Connally

Robert Kelly Connally

Wednesday, March 8th, 1933 - Sunday, June 28th, 2020
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Robert Kelly Connally, 87, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2020 surrounded by his family at his home in Robinson. Graveside services will be Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at Rosemound Cemetery with Rev. Lester Adams officiating.

Kelly was born March 8, 1933 in Waco, and lived with his parents Carl and Hortense Diver in Bellmead where he got his first job shining shoes. He graduated from La Vega High School in 1951, and was soon enlisted into the US Army where he served in the Korean War.

In 1955, Kelly met the love of his life, Barbara Alice Birkes, and they married on June 18, 1955. For over 30 years, he worked at General Tire and Rubber Co. before working at M&M Mars. He then retired to enjoy his farm, raising cattle, and spending time with his family. Kelly never met a stranger, was a good friend, and provided well for his family.

Kelly was preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister Agnes Temples, son-in-law Mark VanZandt, and grandson Mark VanZandt Jr.

Survivors include his children Bryan Connally and wife Jane of Frost, Darrell Connally of Robinson, and Carla VanZandt of Mart; his brother Carl Diver and wife Barbara of Omaha, NE, his sister Gloria Lewis of Waco; his grandchildren Misty Green, Parker Connally, Harrison Connally, Kellie Rae VanZandt, Garrett Connally, Tanner Connally, Hannah Connally; and seven great-grandchildren.

To our Dad, Papaw, and Friend, you will be missed by your family and the numerous friends and coworkers that have been touched by your tremendous heart and fierce love.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 | 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Pecan Grove Funeral Home
    3124 Robinson Dr
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Service

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 10:00am
    Rosemound Cemetery
    3201 S 12th St
    WACO, TX 76706
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  • Interment

    Rosemound Cemetery
    3201 S 12th St
    WACO, TX 76706
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Gloria Gauntt

Posted at 06:22pm
I only knew Kelly for a little while through church, but he was a good Christian man and enjoyed life. He loved to laugh and loved his family and I know he is greatly missed. My condolences to his family.

Wanda Sue Farr Headley

Posted at 01:45pm
I hope families are having even 1/2 the fun we all did back w/Ruby, John Horan, your mom, dad, & us.
Wanda Sue Farr Headley

Richard Shook

Posted at 09:50am
Sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with all family members.

Barbara Knowles

Posted at 11:30am
I was fortunate enough to have Mr. Connally as my neighbor. I will miss our mailbox chats and the care you showed my family, Especially my children who are grown now. Thank you for being a wonderful person and neighbor. You will always be in our memory thoughts and prayers.
Barbara, JACOB and BRIE

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Posted at 10:32am
We are praying the peace that passes all understanding will guard and comfort your hearts and minds in Jesus.
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