Robert  Conland

Obituary of Robert Stephen Conland

Robert Stephen Conland was born December 13, 1944, in Hartford, Connecticut.  He passed away September 26, 2023, after a short illness.

He was the son of Stephen and Gladys (Bett) Burton Conland.

He attended Westminster School, Simsbury, CT, Rhode Island School of Design and Trinidad (CO) State Junior College.  He was employed as Designer Craftsman by Oneida Silversmiths for 23 years, then enrolled in the gunsmithing program at Trinidad State Junior College. He established a small gunsmithing  shop at his home in Lyons, CO, in 1993. He was a fine hand craftsman, whose fondness for target shooting led to using that skill for work on firearms.  He was recognized as an excellent instructor for both clients and fellow shooters, always with an emphasis on safety.

He was an avid swimmer for most of his life which included being a coach for youth at the Sherrill, NY pool and continued on in Estes, swimming daily at the Rec Center.

Rob enjoyed good food and local restaurants. He was known for his warmth and generosity to family, friends, and all those who came into contact with him.
He leaves his daughters, Heidi Conland Sheffield (John Sheffield) and Laurin Conland (Brian Reid), grandsons Tyler and Connor Sheffield, and his former wife, Katrina Conland. 

His family will have a celebration of his life at a later date.Contributions in Rob’s honor can be made to Search and Rescue Dogs of U.S. (Colorado chapter)  P.O. Box 911 Lyons, CO 80540 or online at

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