Robert Connot, age 43, of Winner, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the Winner Armory in Winner. Burial followed at the Winner City Cemetery. Visitation was held from 6-7 PM Monday, May 30, 2016 at the Winner Armory with a Prayer Service starting at 7 p.m.
Robert James Connot was born September 6th, 1972 to Melvin and Rosemary (Shoemaker) Connot. Bob spent his early years working on the family farm; which instilled a strong work ethic, toughness, and pride that Bob would embody for his entire life.
As Bob got older he fell in love with sports. Football quickly became one of Bob’s passions and when asked about his high school homecoming, Bob would simply say “Winner 33 – Valentine 6.” Bob was very proud that both he and his Grandpa Red were centers on teams that beat Milbank to win state titles, Bob in 1989 and his grandpa in 1933.
On March 30, 1996 Bob married the love of his life, Kara. They were a great team and their marriage was filled with laughter and love. Bob would compare their marital greatness to that of the Green Bay Packers led by Lombardi. Bob and Kara had 5 children. Bob adored watching his children grow and he was their biggest fan! He would sacrifice anything to spend time with his kids.
Bob worked for the Tripp County Sheriff’s department from 1994-2001. He spent the past 15 years working at the Unified Judicial Services as a Court Service Officer. He used his profession to positively impact the lives of many “at risk” youth. He will be remembered as a caring, kind, and humorous co-worker.
Bob was very full of life and will leave behind a great legacy. He was a blogger, a web-caster, the manager of a softball team, a commissioner of a little league, the founder of a NCAA bracket challenge, a Winner Warrior historian, and a die-hard Cubs, Packers, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish fan, and not a fan of musical theatre, much to the dismay of his daughter Molly. Bob loved to garden and he loved to watch Winner Warriors football from the HILL! Most importantly he was a loving family man and a great friend.
Bob leaves behind his Kara; children Benjamin (21), Molly (18), Shea (15), Jenna (11), Annie (7); his parents; one sister Dawn (Marlo) Knoepfle. He is preceded in death by his grandparents and three uncles.