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Robert Lee Felker

 

August 1, 2018

Robert Lee Felker was born in Audubon, Minnesota, on March 3, 1932, to Ward and Mabel Felker and was the youngest of seven children. Being the baby, he had his challenges with rough and tumble siblings.

Completely devoted to Jehovah, Bob symbolized his devotion to Jehovah's will by water baptism on July 30, 1971, in Spokane, Washington. His greatest passion was reading and meditating on the Bible. He shared with others what he had learned from Jehovah and in doing so he had the joy of helping more than 50 people come to know and love Jehovah. He was very active in the ministry, regular pioneering for 10 years, talking with people wherever and whenever he could, even doing cart witnessing.

Bob married the love of his life, Diana J. Fordyce, on Sept. 28, 1991. Together they led a beautiful example of what Jehovah said married life should be. Not a day would go by without that special "I love you." Together they enjoyed the ministry, traveling, and hiking and camping, living in different areas such as The Dalles and Tygh Valley, Oregon, and Goldendale.

Bob was a graduate of Cusick High in 1951, lettering in track, football, gymnastics, and diving. He received a scholarship in ballet, which helped him with his body building. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Education with an undergraduate major in Physical Education from Washington State University in 1959. He attended the University of Oregon, receiving his degree in Physical Therapy for his massage practice.

Bob was a security guard at Medical Lake State Mental Hospital for the Criminally Insane. He was also a fifth-grade educator, teaching math, P.E., and driver's education. He was a construction worker on bridges and highways. He was the face of public relations for Palm Springs and European health spas, establishing and managing new centers. He also wrote the guide manuals that have been used continuously through time. Body building was a career that he enjoyed. He obtained many titles, one being Mr. Pacific Northwest, Northwest Champion from 1956 to 1962, and fourth place for Mr. America.

He loved all animals, from Conan the cat; Honey Bun and Kobuk, his favorite dogs; to Booboo the monkey and Rocky the Flying Squirrel-and most of all Smokey, his childhood horse. At one time he loved to do sketches and copper art of horses.

Bob was a good provider and proud of his family. He was a humble man who always put others first; he would always go the extra mile with Jehovah's help to work with those in need. He loved and never stopped praying for others. His dream for all his loved ones was to come to know Jehovah and enjoy everlasting life in Paradise.

Bob is survived by his loving wife, Diana; and children Lucinda, Gina, Roberta, Alicia, and Maurio; and step-children Mike Guild, Susan Fordyce Butts, and John Fordyce.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ward and Mabel Felker; siblings Walt, Rex, James, Harvey, Jenny, and Don; and sons Richard and Garen.

Bob said he'll be riding on the sleeper train until we are resurrected together again, sitting on the beach in Hawaii sipping on mango smoothies, singing and dancing with his family and all his spiritual brothers and sisters.

 

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