Connaghan, Robert

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Connaghan, Robert


Robert Connaghan 1923-2013

Robert "Bob" Connaghan died Jan. 18, 2013, after a sudden illness, conveying to his children farewell as he is leaving to meet his love, Arta Connaghan.

Born Robert Joseph Connaghan in Riverton on Oct. 1, 1923, to Robert Charles and Mary Matilda (Ryan) Connaghan, Bob loved his native state and knew every land formation, township, range, road, mountain and valley of Wyoming. He was one of many comprising historic Wyoming families. He enjoyed working and did so until the day he died.

Mr. Connaghan grew up in Cheyenne, graduated from Cheyenne High School, and received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wyoming after WWII, majoring in business administration with a minor in Spanish.

He held unwavering pride and loyalty for his country. In WWII, he survived multitudes of fly missions as a B-26 Marauder bombardier navigator in the European theatre. When thanked for his service, as in the recent honor flight with his friends Gus Fleischli and Fred Baggs, or approached for a war story, he reflected on those who died in service to their country as the true heroes of war.

Completely uncontrived, he held a keen card for the successful oil and gas leasing business he developed. Being direct, he assumed sincerity, and little fooled him. Yet he believed in freedom and was dedicated to not encumber.

His sensitive perceptivity was protected by an iron clad boundary keeping him and his family sheltered, fed and sustained. …

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