For those of us who knew, or were related to Bob Jones, we are saddened to see our Dad, friend, relative and pastor leave us here. But, we are celebrating what we confidently believe is his homegoing. Bob leaves behind his wife, Joyce; and two siblings, D. Larry Jones and Gay Groeneveld-Spears.
Mom and Dad raised seven kids who continue his legacy of a deep faith in Jesus. Each of the grandchildren (33 in all!) and a nearly innumerable number of great-grandkids continue that same legacy of faith in Christ.
Bob was born and raised in eastern Kentucky. He served in the United States Army, fighting in Europe during World War II. Although he had a keen business mind, dashing good looks, and a wicked jump shot (it's rumored that he played briefly for a "semi-pro" basketball team in the Portland area), he set this all aside to follow a deeply felt calling to evangelism and church pastoring.
Bob moved to the northwest shortly after the war and worked in various capacities while attending Western Baptist Seminary in Portland. His most notable life achievement occurred during this time of life, he married Joyce E. Scotberg! For nearly 68 years, Bob and Joyce were deeply committed to each other. They weathered all the storms that life sent their way, trusting in Jesus to see them through all of them.
Mom and Dad pastored at the Green Mountain Baptist Church in Woodland, Wash., the First Baptist Church in Seaside, Ore., the First Baptist Church in Monmouth, Ore., the Calvary Baptist Church in Washougal, Wash., the Mountain View Baptist Church in Centralia, Wash., and retired from Bethesda Baptist Church in Tacoma, Wash. Retiring to the family farm in Woodland, Wash., he continued to serve in other churches throughout Washington in interim positions when asked.
As a testimony to Dad’s life passion, his last wish would certainly be that anyone reading this, or attending his service, would come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. Jesus, was and is, the Author and Finisher of Bob’s faith and his hope for eternal life.
Services: 2 p.m., Oct. 12, 2019, Brush Prairie Baptist Church