Robert W. Strong

Born: Mon., Apr. 5, 1937
Died: Sat., Jun. 22, 2013


Visitation

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, Sat., Jun. 29, 2013
Location: Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ


Funeral Service

10:30 AM Sat., Jun. 29, 2013
Location: Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ


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ROBERT W. "BOB"  STRONG

    Rev. Robert W. "Bob" Strong, 76, of Quincy died at 2:21 a.m. Saturday (June 22, 2013) in Blessing Hospital.

   Born April 5, 1937 in Quincy, he was the son of James W. and Clara Edith Huddleston Strong.  He married Donna R. Berger in St. Louis on April 30, 1978.

   Robert was a member of Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ where he was a "son of the congregation" at the church.  He served his country in the Air Force.  Bob was a 1955 graduate of Camp Point Central High School and received his bachelor's degree from Elmhurst College and his master's of divinity degree from Eden Seminary.  He then attended St. Louis University and earned a master's degree in social work.  Following his ordination in 1968 at Salem United Church of Christ, Bob was called to his first church, St. James United Church of Christ in St. Louis where he was also  Program Director for the UCC Neighborhood Houses.  From 1982 until 1990 he was the Pastor at Faith-Salem United Church of Christ in Jennings, MO.  In 1990 he became the Administrator at Good Samaritan Home until his retirement in 1999.  After his retirement he was called back to the ministry to be the Interim Minister at the Mendon, Illinois First Congregational United Church of Christ for four years and then at the Emerson, Missouri Disciples of Christ Christian Church from 2002 until 2012.  During this time he was also serving as a Speech Instructor at John Wood Community College and had been an instructor at Gem City Business College where he taught Accounting and Bookkeeping.

   Bob enjoyed cooking, watching old westerns and bargain shopping.  He and his wife Donna traveled extensively to many foreign countries.  He loved spending time with his family, especially with his grandchildren.

   Survivors include; his wife, Donna; one daughter, Sarah Strong (fiance'e Kyle Kromidas) of Amelia Island, FL; one son, Aaron W. Strong (Maggie) of Quincy; three grandchildren, Alexander, Charles and Cecilia  Strong.

   Mr. Strong was preceded in death by his parents.

   Cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorial services will be held Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. in Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ with Pastor Ken Kramer officiating.  Burial with military honors by the Illinois National Guard Funeral Detail will be in Greenmount Cemetery.

   Visitation will be held Saturday morning from 9:00 until the time of services at the church.

   Memorials may be made to Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ, Emerson Christian Church or to Good Samaritan Home.

  The Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Jane & Ron Beck
   Posted Sat June 22, 2013
My dear Donna, Sarah, Aaron & Maggie,
You have our deepest sympathy and affection. I was so saddened to learn of Bob's death. He was very special to us during his interim ministry at our church in Mendon. He was so genuine, and could be blunt if the occassion called for it, but he was also a gentle person, and he was loved by all of our congregation. We tried very hard to get him to continue with us, but he felt it was time for us to get a "regular" minister. And of course he was correct. But we missed him. I worked with you, Donna, at the Health Dept. and we bonded immediately, even before Bob became our "interim" pastor.
I am so deeply touched by his passing, and lift you all up in my prayers. May God embrace each of you with His presence so that you can find the peace and comfort that only God can offer.
With love and hugs, Jane & Ron Beck

Susie Lee
   Posted Sun June 23, 2013
Dear Strong family:

I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Strong's death. I was just talking with Aaron about him on Friday. Aaron mentioned that his dad had given up the fight to rehab. He was a very strong man to fight as hard as he did over the past year. And Mrs. Strong, you have been amazing to stay by his side cheering him on through this most difficult year. You should have no regrets and I pray that you can live in peace knowing that you will once again be joined together in eternal life. What a wonderful example you have been to those around you!

Sarah, I haven't seen you since high school, but know that my prayers are with you. I am so sorry that your dad will not be at your big day in person, but I'm sure he will be smiling from above at his beautiful daughter as you enter a new chapter in your life.

Aaron and Maggie.....you are both so special and my heart goes out to you. I am so sorry for your loss, but also grateful that the pain of watching your loved one dwindle away has been ended and he is now in peace. Please know that I am here for you and will do anything I can to help you through this difficult time. Just let me know how I can help. If you need someone to come over and watch the kids, I am more than willing to do so. Anything at all....just call.

God bless all of you!!!

Susie


Jan Johnson
   Posted Mon June 24, 2013
To Donna and family,

I was saddened to hear of Bob's death this past weekend. I remember him well as Director of Neighborhood Houses in St. Louis and at Faith-Salem in Jennings! He was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ!

May God comfort you and hold you close in these days of grief.

Be at Peace,
Jan C. Johnson (former interim at Mendon)

Donna Ferguson
   Posted Mon June 24, 2013
My deepest sympathy to Mr. Strong's family. I was one of his Speech students in 2009 at JWCC. He was a wonderful teacher that took a subject about which I was so worried and nervous to take and turned it into my favorite course. He was very kind to all of us in the class and I will always remember him. I am truly sorry for your loss.

David F. Kniker
   Posted Mon June 24, 2013
Donna & Family,

My sincere sympathy at Bob's death. I recall times in Quincy and at Salem as well as the connection each of us had to the UCC Neighborhood Houses.

May God hold you close in faith as you navigate these times.

Dave Kniker

sharon stathem
   Posted Wed June 26, 2013
Dear Strong family---so sorry for your great loss--we all feel it ---Robert was a wonderful man & leader--I will never forget him-- or the love he gave to everyone--he always had a smile--thank you all for sharing him with us-- love, Sharon (GSH )

Bonnie (Bennett) Perrine
   Posted Fri June 28, 2013
Donna and Family: So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. He has always been a family friend. My mother (Carlene Bennett) thought the sun rose and set in him. I remember what fun us kids had when he came to visit us after his travels and when he was in service. The pictures he shared were great. And then he came home with the VW "bug". That made him someone special to us. He was always patient with all of our questions. Donna, I will never forget that you and he came to visit mom when she was so ill. That meant so much to her. Please know that I am keeping you all in my prayers.

Gretchen Foose
   Posted Sat July 06, 2013
Donna I am so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. Please know that I am thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers.


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