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Robert Joe Walters

September 17, 1952 ~ July 31, 2017 (age 64)
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Message from Steve Rasmussen
August 2, 2017 1:11 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I know his heart was for missions, and I remember how he was always on fire for God's work. I had many conversations with Bob about service and missions. He will be sorely missed. Steve and Becky
Message from Cindy chizer
August 2, 2017 4:31 PM

Sending our love to the Walters family. Bob was out family paster . We had just joined Sunrise UMC. Bob and family came to bring healing and peace to our little Turtle Church. He had a tremendous influence on our older son's future. He came to Riley Hospital when our Paul was so ill. He inspired our congregation to send bikes to Africa. His heart was always reaching to new missions across the water. I am so thankful that he and his family came to lead our little Oaklandon Church.
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A candle was lit by Tamara Miller on August 2, 2017 6:21 PM
Teri, I am so sad to hear about Bob's passing. What a gift he was to so many people, including the congregation of PUMC. Most recently we so enjoyed his Father's Day sermon. He will be missed by many, and my heart goes out to you and your family. I will keep you in my prayers. May you memories bring you comfort and peace in the days to come. Love, Tamara
Message from Lorna honey
August 3, 2017 12:07 PM

We talk about heroes we watch legends on tv and film .
Bob was a real life legend and saint . His legacy will live on.
He hit all corners of the globe 🌎
I feel honoured to of met such a nice gent.
Hugs 🤗 from Bournemouth England
Message from Kate Chappell
August 3, 2017 12:11 PM

I love this picture of Bob you chose here. Captures so much of what we all will miss. Keeping all the family in our prayers and hearts.
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A candle was lit by Larry and Jan Dimick on August 3, 2017 12:16 PM
Message from Jan Dimick
August 3, 2017 12:21 PM

My heart goes out to you at this time. Celebrating the person Bob was, the faith he lived, and the love he shared. He was one of the great leaders of our conference and of the United Methodist Church. Grieving for the life that ended too soon. My sympathies go out to you and pray Gods arms will bring you comfort and strength. Peace be with you.
Message from Sharon Baker
August 3, 2017 12:46 PM

Bob believed in me as a pastor before I believed in myself. As I mourn his death, I thank God for his life. Teri, I am holding you and yours close to my heart.
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A candle was lit by Ty and Charlie Aldinger on August 3, 2017 12:55 PM
Our hearts ache and our prayers are lifted over the sudden loss of a great man. We feel so lucky to have known him and mourn for his family. He blessed many with his love and loyalty. May he rest eternally in the arms of our loving God. Be kind. Semper Fi.
Message from Mary Attwell, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
August 3, 2017 12:56 PM

Teri and Family,
LouAnn was in touch with me this week and told me about Bob's sudden passing. I was so happy to have met you and Bob at several MG car club events in the USA over many years. He was a special man and of course I automatically warmed up to Bob knowing he was a pastor and my late father had been a pastor also. He had a kind heart, good sense of humour, and I always laughed when we called him "preacher man". Teri, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. God Bless, Mary Attwell
Message from Mark L Dicken
August 3, 2017 1:10 PM

Like so many, I am shocked and saddened by Bob's sudden death. Like him, I too have a deep love for the church in Africa. I treasure who he was and the example he set in so many great and small ways. Well done, good and faithful servant! I pray God's comfort for his family and his many friends in Indiana, the Congo and beyond.
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A candle was lit by Debbie Kinnee & the Potts family on August 3, 2017 1:36 PM
Message from The Potts family
August 3, 2017 1:39 PM

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. God Bless!
Message from Lorna Jost
August 3, 2017 2:21 PM

What a wonderful picture you have used for this page! Bob caught in a moment of reflection.

Bob was the consummate host when I visited Indiana for UMVIM and a perfect team member who supplied some comic relief on occasion when on our mission to Cambodia ( eating fried spiders!). He helped reinforce and form my theory and practice of Servant mission in our world. Thank you, Bob.
Message from Columbus, GA
August 3, 2017 2:39 PM

I relied on Bob's wisdom in my work in Kinshasa, Kindu, and Mwanza (Tanzania), as well as as a pastor and denominational leader. He was one of my go to people for debriefing and guidance.

More than this, he was friendly, hospitable, caring, and humble. The combination of such wisdom, such indomitable physical endurance, and such gentleness is something I have found in no one else I have known.

His memory is already, and will long be, a blessing.
Message from Michele Tyring
August 3, 2017 2:50 PM

Teri, I'm so sorry for your loss! Bob was very helpful & supportive of me when I served as the SICUMC Parish Nurse Coordinator. You & your family are in my thoughts & prayers.
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A candle was lit by Daniel Marusa '74 on August 3, 2017 3:38 PM
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A candle was lit by Larry Schofield, USNA '74. on August 3, 2017 3:45 PM
Message from Greg and Susan Stachelczyk
August 3, 2017 3:59 PM

Our condolences and positive thoughts are with the family in this time of sorrow.
Message from Jeff Cole '74
August 3, 2017 3:59 PM

I knew Bob (slightly) at USNA and TBS, and saw him a time or two after that. I say 'slightly' because as all would attest, he made a greater impression by his humility, kindness, and gentleness of spirit, than most Midshipmen and Marines one would ever come across. And yes, he had a Godliness about him. He was imbued with the Holy Spirit, and yet was quiet, not boastful about his obvious closeness to the Lord. Sympathies to the Walters family. You - and all of us - will be reunited again soon in the Gardens of Our Savior, where Bob walks in bliss today.
Message from Paula Young Mayberry
August 3, 2017 4:52 PM

I was stunned to hear of Bob's death. He was an exceptional human being and a truly authentic Christian. His witness and service have been world-changing. As a colleague and as a friend, I will always miss him. To you, Bob's family, I offer my deepest sympathies. You are in my prayers. God bless you with peace, strength and the knowledge that you will be together again.
Message from Rev. Kevin Wrigley
August 3, 2017 5:20 PM

Teri and family,
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Bob's passing. I will miss his easy smile and warm greetings when we would see each other at annual conference and other pastor gatherings. May God's presence be extra strong with you during your time of grief.
Message from Dorothy Wolfe
August 3, 2017 5:36 PM

Jack and I are so sorry for your loss. Bob was a man of God who was passionate in his love of missions. His life was an inspiration to many. May God grant comfort to your family. Jack and Dorothy Wolfe
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August 3, 2017 6:42 PM

Dear Teri and family,
We are heartbroken for you. Bob's life was truly a testament to his life of service and love of our Lord. Our thoughts and certainly prayers are with you now and always.
Love to You All,
Janet and David
Message from Sherry Carver
August 3, 2017 7:49 PM

I was so shocked and sorry to read of Bob's passing. He was such a vibrant, Godly, person. He has a very fine, loving family that will miss him terribly. Prayers for the family, but we know Bob is with God.
Message from Damon & Patty Gates (and family)
August 3, 2017 7:53 PM

Oh, how I love the photo selected for Bob's official funeral page! Can you see the "amusement" in his eyes....his smile? What a guy. Not much shook him up.....he seemed almost "indestructible" when it came to what might rattle the rest of us. When we carried our burdens and concerns to him, he was calm, reassuring, and steadfast. What seemed insurmountable to us, was met with his quiet calm and loving faith. Regardless of *where* he served....he will not be forgotten.
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A candle was lit by John Thompson on August 3, 2017 8:23 PM
TerI and Family, my Deepest Sympathy's to you all with many Prayers. May your sadness be tempered with the knowledge that Bob's soul is with his Lord and Saviour.
Message from Dennis and Nancy Darrow
August 3, 2017 8:53 PM

We send our love and deepest sympathy, along with prayers for strength, courage and peace. Bob will surely be missed.
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A candle was lit by Brian Campbell on August 3, 2017 11:04 PM
Message from Tim Hastings
August 4, 2017 12:44 AM

I was a high school friend and classmate of Bob's. I am so saddened by his sudden passing, and my heart goes out to all his loved ones and the many people whose lives he has touched.
I deeply regret that we did not stay in touch over the years; the loss is mine. I am blessed to have known him.
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A candle was lit by Karen Morrow Reeve on August 4, 2017 8:50 AM
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August 4, 2017 10:30 AM

RIP Reverend Bob! Enjoyed getting to know you while you served at Centenary. By know you're probably telling your duck story to the big man upstairs!
Message from Stephen Brewer
August 4, 2017 11:18 AM

I know Bob best from his Academy days. As a Company classmate, he was a good friend to all, a quality midshipman. You knew he would do well as a Marine officer and beyond. He and I both left the military later to respond to the call of God to the ministry. I am proud of his faithful service to God and those he cared for. I am sure he has heard words of God's pleasure upon his arrival in heaven.
Message from Dan and LouAnn Griswold
August 4, 2017 2:16 PM

Teri, Dan and I were greatly saddened to Bob's passing. We feel blessed to have met you and Bob and share all of the MG trips that we were able to take. So many memories and laughs. You two are still the famous pair of the Lancaster PA, "no turn on red incident." It always make me smile when I think of Bob trying to reason with the officer about "why in the world a traffic light would be at a round-about". The Chicago Land MG group never lets me forget the story! Prayers of peace to you and your family. Please call on us for anything you need.
Message from Mollie Hylton
August 4, 2017 6:12 PM

To The Walters family! Thinking of you all during this incredibly shocking and sad time! Wow! May Bob's spirit and the peace and love of God bring you comfort! Please know that we love you guys dearly and that Heaven definitely welcomes another angel into everlasting life with God. Bob will continue his journey in Heaven, but we will have gentle reminders of him on Earth to guide us through this life until we all get to Heaven. He loves his family and friends dearly. Everything happens in God's time instead of ours. Know that we can talk anytime!
Message from Cindy Hoggatt Barnett
August 4, 2017 9:00 PM

Prayers for your families! May the wonderful memories help to ease the pain.
Message from Stephen W Sedgwick
August 7, 2017 11:43 PM

Sorry to just hear of Bob's passing. I had worked with him at Central Avenue, annual conference and elsewhere. My wife was a former missionary in Zaire and we all had many conversations reflecting on the changes there. He will be missed.
Message from Wade Compton
August 10, 2017 8:38 PM

I had tremendous respect for Bob and his love for and Ministry to the African people. We enjoyed a lot of basketball together at Central Avenue back in the day of the old fat preachers basketball league. He was a faithful example in so many ways. He is missed and grieved.
Message from Shelley
June 4, 2018 1:42 PM

So sorry for your loss. I attended Central Ave UMC when Bob was pastor there. In 1988 He married my then husband and I. He is remembered at Plainfield UMC. So sad to hear the news.
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