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Robert Park Allwine Obituary
Robert Park Allwine January 21, 1925 - July 22, 2014 Bob Allwine was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1925. When he was four, the Great Depression struck. His mother, Sadie, a faith-filled and determined cafeteria worker, scraped out a living with her four children: Harry, Faye, Betty, and Bob. When he was 14, Sadie moved Bob and the family out west to California and onto her father's ranch in the sunny San Fernando Valley. He graduated from Canoga Park High School in 1942 and promptly joined the Navy and the fight against the fascists. Trained as an Aviation Machinist in Norman, Oklahoma, he was stationed in Pensacola, Florida where he worked on the PBY Catalina, a flying boat that helped win the war in the Pacific. After the war, Bob enrolled at Life Bible College in Los Angeles, where he learned how to preach and fell in love with a beautiful fellow Midwesterner, a girl from Des Moines: Darlene McMurray. Their romance blossomed into a magical marriage that lasted over 50 years. In 1951, Bob and Darlene moved to Eureka. They were named co-pastors of the Foursquare Church that Darlene's parents, Harriet and Thomas Jasper McMurray started. They spent the next 35 years pouring their lives into three unequivocal successes: Faith Center Foursquare Church, McMurray and Son's Roofing Company, and three children: Twila (Eisley), Park Allwine, and Wende (Seely). Bob's commitment to the church was extraordinary. He was a man of deep, unwavering faith--a faith that was at the center of everything he did. At Faith Center he served as youth leader, choir director, elder, Sunday school teacher, greeter, member of a quartet, director of a food outreach to the poor, and builder. He nearly cut his thumb off working on Eureka's first geodesic domes in the 1970s, domes one can still see from HWY 101. After spending 35 years helping to grow McMurray and Sons Roofing into one of the nation's top roofing companies, Bob retired. But he didn't sit still. He worked with Darlene to create an amazing 25 acre property near Trinidid with garden beds, a pond, and one super scary, ghost inhabited Spooky Tree. He spent months on his knees at a House of Prayer for Israel in Washington D.C.. He golfed and started a golf-based ministry at Beau Pre Golf Course in Mckinleyville. He traveled to be at the birth of every single grandchild: Rachel Eisley, Lauren Seely, Abigail Eisley, Forrest Seely, Melody Allwine, and Rob Allwine. And just last year he drove across country to Tulsa, Oklahoma to meet his first great grandchild, Elaina Allwine. In 2000, Bob lost Darlene. A few years later he married his second love, Ruth Hartley, a woman who, like Bob, had poured much of her life into Faith Center Church in Eureka where Ruth was the chief church administrator for some 35 years. He proposed to her at the age of 78 on a romantic walk in Fern Canyon. They spent the last 12 years together, enjoying life to the fullest, eating at Sizzler or Old Town Buffet, going to church and Prime Timers, outsmarting Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy contestants, going to the golf course, visiting family and traveling around the country. There will be a celebration of Bob's life on Saturday, August 2nd at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Center Foursquare Church on Bay Street in Eureka. A reception at the church will follow. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Camp Scholarship Fund at Faith Center. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obituaries.
Published in Eureka Times-Standard from July 26 to July 27, 2014
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