Bob’s ancestors came from Ireland, Germany, Scotland, and England, but he doesn’t know much about when or why they immigrated to the United States. He has been married to Thea since 1973 and they have one son, Henry, and two grandsons.
Bob grew up in Florida as an Air Force brat, spending a lot of time at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Florida. He was raised by a very devout Catholic mother, and attended St. John’s Preparatory School, a Minnesota Catholic High School.
He and Thea came to Zion when they moved to Buffalo and met Pastor Ed Blair.
Catholics and Lutherans are very similar, except Lutherans don’t have to kneel much and that is a great plus. It seems like Catholics were not as likely to get to heaven as Lutherans are, based on what the priests told me. It is way easier to be a Lutheran and get to heaven. Less hell and more forgiveness.
Bob draws inspiration from a variety of sources.
Pope Francis is very wise. I like what he says. I also find inspiration from The Dali Lama. Some of the guys at Zion are good to talk to.
At Zion, Bob has served as a Stephen Leader and Stephen Minister, and has helped with Harvest of Hands.
I like Zion and it has enriched my life greatly. I love the friends I have at Zion.
Bob’s son, Henry, who was confirmed at Zion, went on to become a prominent Buddhist Minister in the Buddhist Church of America in California.
Bob served in the Navy, was a police officer nine years, and then became an attorney and was a public defender for most of his career. He is now retired and volunteers with veterans, mediating for the Department of Defense, ESGR (Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve), and doing legal aid advising for both veterans and non-vets. He also tutors English as a second language. He reads a lot and likes to backpack in South Dakota. Bob and Thea both enjoy model and garden trains, have opened their train garden to the Zionaires and other groups for tours, and have had their garden featured on Prairie Yard & Garden