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Ronald L Connely

October 7, 1935 — November 10, 2020

On Tuesday, November 10, 2020 Ronald Connely of Broken Bow, NE passed away at the age of 85. Ron was born October 7, 1935 in Broken Bow, NE to Tom and Lela (Arnold) Connely. Ron graduated from Broken Bow High School in 1952, at the age of 16. His long-desired love was to be a veterinarian and he received his Associate Degree from Spencer School of Business in Grand Island. At this time Ron was called to duty in the US Navy and was honorably discharged in 1958.

On January 18, 1959 he married Verneta Dibble. In 1962 they moved to O’Neill where they raised two sons, Douglas and Thomas, and a daughter Kailyn.

Ron was a devoted fan of his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and delighted in all of the sporting activities, rarely missing a game, or match, or horse event. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved all his outdoor fishing and hunting adventures with his sons and grandchildren. He cherished training his German Shorthair dogs and was a dog handler for the “One Box Pheasant Hunt” in Broken bow and was an inducted into the Dads, Lads, and Lassies Hall of Fame in Litchfield, NE. He loved animals and working with cattle and horses. He will always be remembered by his children as a man who earned his boots and perpetually stepped in a forward direction.

Due to COVID the family has decided to hold a private family Celebration of Life at a later time. We as a family sincerely thank each of you for your thoughts and prayers.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Lela Connely, brother Jack Connely, sisters-in-law Emily and Cathy Connely, and infant son Robert.

Ron is survived by his wife Verneta of Broken Bow, three children Doug (Jean) Connely of Eaton, CO, Tom (Colleen) Connely of Kearney, Kailyn (Jeff) Paige of Grand Island, brothers Ted (Brenda) Connely of Port Angeles, WA, and Dave Connely of Lincoln, sister Carol (Carl) Christen of Broken Bow, and sister-in-law Clara Connely of York, ten grandchildren and spouses, and ten great-grandchildren.

Memorials are suggested to St Jude’s Hospital or the First Presbyterian Church of Broken Bow. Govier Brothers Mortuary are assisting the family. An online guest book may be signed at


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