USAF MSgt. Robert (Bobby) E. Connelly, Jr.
August 20, 1980 – May 5, 2017
Robert E. Connelly Jr. was born in Anaheim, CA. He graduated high school in 1998 and joined the USAF January 13, 1999 as a Security Forces Defender and currently served as a First Sergeant at Offutt AFB, Neb. During his deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008-2009 he trained Iraqi police on law enforcement operations, crime scene preservation, and patrol tactics. Sgt. Connelly conducted 131 combat missions, traveling a combined 3,700 miles throughout Baghdad Rasheed’s district in a mission that was, at the time, considered to be the most dangerous Security Forces mission in their history. He was instrumental in saving the life of an insurgent injured in an IED blast, gaining additional intelligence for future operations. Master Sergeant Connelly passed unexpectedly on Friday May 5, 2017. During his military career, Bobby served at McChord AFB, Tacoma WA, RAF Mildenhall, England, Cannon AFB, Clovis NM and Offutt AFB, Omaha NE. As a member of the Security Forces Bobby served as a Raven out of McChord AFB. Bobby had a passion for travel, music, painting and hot rods.
Bobby was preceded in death by Grandmother Marie Williams. Survived by wife Shantae; children Savana Mae, Mickey Danger, Davin Riot and Vida Love; parents Robert and Michelle Connelly, Sr.; sister Amber Connelly; in-laws Jim and Sherrie Nicholson; many other loving family and friends.
Visitation: 5-7:00 p.m. Friday, May 12, at Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel
Funeral Service: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at Bellevue Memorial Funeral Chapel
Memorials: will be directed by the family
Military Honors: Offutt Air Force Base Honor Guard