RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
Baptized in infancy in the Lutheran Faith, he later attended Sunday School and was confirmed by Rev. Blakewell in the country church north of Bruce. He was given a Testament and Song Book and came to love God's word, carrying his precious Testament and reading daily. It was while reading the words in I Peter 3:10 "For he that will love life,and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil and his lips that they speak no guile," that Bob surrendered all to his best Friend, his Savior. [This was his personal testimony of how he was saved, which he gave to his father-in-law Alfred Stadem the morning before they left for the airport so he and Art his brother-in-law could try the new plane he had purchased and go fox hunting, only it crashed just 13 minutes after takeoff.--Ed.]
He received an eighth grade education in the public school at Bruce and later in life attended night school classes in Sioux Falls.
At 17 years of age, Bob left for Sioux Falls where his ambition, warm sincerity and fine industry found for him employment and many friends.
On March 25th, 1934 he was wed to Pearl Stadem who was also employed in Sioux Falls. The Lord blessed this happy relationship with six children, Darrell, Gloria, Lorin, Wayne, Ronald, and Joyce.
After seven years with the John Morrell and Co. he moved with his family in the fall of 1942 to Puyallup, Washington, finding employment in the Todd Pacific Shipyards in Tacoma. After the war he acquired a berry farm with which he and his family were actively engaged untill the time of his death.
He was a member of the First Lutheran Church while at Sioux Falls serving for a while as Sunday School Supt. at the Augustana College Branch,and later a member of the Mountain View Lutheran Church of Puyallup, Wash. teaching Sunday School and serving on the church board as Deacon.
After Christmas just passed, he came back to South Dakota to buy a plane for friends near Puyallup and to spend a time visiting relatives and friends before his return. It was while hunting fox with his brother-in-law ont he morning of Jan. 9th that the Lord saw best to call him to his heavenly home of which he spoke so often.
He is mourned by his dear wife Pearl Ginther and six children, Darrell 12, Gloria 10, Lorin 8, Wayne 6, Ronald 4, and Joyce 2, all of Puyallup. His father and step-mother Mr. and Mrs. John Ginther of Hayti, two sisters Edith and Renee of Dallas, Texas; one brother Jack and a half brother L.C. Mays both of Denver, Colo. and a half sister Vera of Rapid City, S.D., Uncles George,Louis, and Henry Ginther and Aunt Emma Hiller and Mrs. Gravle, all of Sioux Falls. Mrs. William Melentine of Oshkosh, Wisc. Mrs. Annie Betcher, Bellevue, Ia. Mr. Elmer Guenther, Dubuque, Ia. and many other relatives and friends.