Memories of Robert

If you could take a few minutes to share some of your memories of Robert, we would be most grateful. We have heard many stories over the past two weeks, but would like to collect them all in writing. This site will be kept open until November 1; then our plan is to organize all of the memories into a booklet, which we can hopefully have for family members by Christmas.

As this will be a written keepsake, we ask that you take your time and edit your stories to make them concise and readable (not rambling). Proofread what you have written, and get someone else to read through it, before you post. Please be sure to include your first and last name, and note your relationship to Robert. Just click "Comments" at the end of this paragraph to add your own memories. We will be adding pictures soon.

Funeral Plans

Here is the schedule for Robert's funeral and viewings. A viewing is planned for Sunday, July 26, from 3:00-8:00 pm at Hopewell Christian Fellowship, Elverson. The funeral will be Monday, July 27, at 10:00 am, also at Hopewell, with a viewing between 9:00 and 10:00. A graveside service will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, near the church. Check the link in the sidebar for a map locating the church.

He's Home—Monday, July 20, 1:43 pm

Everyone put forth a valiant effort, but at 1:43 this afternoon Robert went to a better place. In the end his heart couldn't keep up with the demands and gave out. The hospital staff has been wonderful throughout. We're together as a family, taking care of all of the details that are a part of this process. When we have determined plans for the viewing and funeral, we will post them. Thanks for all of your prayers and support through this very long week. The outcome was not what we had hoped for, but our eternal hope is secure.

Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
Revelation 21:3-4

Don't Give Up!—Monday (7/20), 12:05 pm

Medically speaking, Robert's condition is slipping. The doctor's are trying everything they know to do, but his body is struggling to respond. We know that God can still intervene, and that is our hope. Keep standing with us!

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23

In my distress I called to the LORD;
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
my cry came before him, into his ears.
He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
Psalm 18:6, 16

Holding On—Monday (7/20), 5:45 am

As of 3:30 am not much had changed. Robert was still on the highest ventilator setting, forcing air into his lungs under pressure, and had a heart rate of about 120 beats per minute. They did give him medication to bring it down, and it's now in the 80s. His lungs were looking somewhat better, but we're waiting on the latest chest x-rays. The lungs must start functioning better for surgery and necessary work to proceed, so keep praying!

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
Hebrews 10:23

Pneumonia, Be Gone!—Sunday, 8:45 pm

Robert's condition has again stabilized, but we need to get that pneumonia cleared up and those lungs consistently functioning properly. Numerous people have expressed that the battle is as much spiritual as physical, so keep praying those fervent, effectual prayers!

...pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 5:16

PRAY—Sunday, 6:15 pm

Robert's condition has worsened yet again and your prayers are needed. The doctors are giving 110%, but they can only do so much. The prayers of God's people are stronger than any medicine and now is the time to bring in a big dose.

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
Romans 12:12