Bob Duryee passed away Dec. 6 surrounded in the loving care of friends and family. He grew up in the rugged logging town of North Bend, Oregon, as an adventuresome young boy searching the sloughs for frogs and bullheads and harassing seagulls. Bob's life blossomed on a summer day on the Oregon coast at his first round of church camp where he openly accepted and invited Christ into his heart. This profound act filled his spirit and inspired him to spread God's good word. Driven with a higher sense of purpose, he went on to Whitworth College, met his lifelong love and wife, Marie (Closter) Duryee, and continued on to Fuller Seminary. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, he ventured with his family to pastor churches in Belgrade Community Church Belgrade, Montana, Spencer Memorial Presbyterian Church Lemmon, South Dakota, Hope Presbyterian Church, Keldron, South Dakota, and in the greater Spokane, Washington area, Mission Ave Pres., Plymouth Congregational, Wellpinit Pres., Hunters Pres., and Loon Lake Church. Toward the end of his professional career God nudged his entrepreneur's sprit and he started a chimney cleaning business in Spokane, Tiny Chimney, where he combined his love of working with his hands and his ministry of serving people. He retired from professional endeavors in 2004, but continued ministering by leading Bible study groups and vacation Bible schools, as well as serving as an elder and deacon and singing in choir.
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Bob took God's amazing grace into all things wholeheartedly, most notably in his marriage. Together with the devout ideals he upheld for a Christian marriage and his own unique loving and playful spirit, he walked with his wife of 53 years, Marie, through the seasons of life, raising four children and ten grandchildren. Bob's pure love for his family resounded daily and there was no end. He always found time to share himself and especially loved to spend family time camping, traveling, and watching kids and grandkids sporting and school events. He affectionately supported his family and helped them through trials of life with warm hugs, unconditional love and prayer.
Bob also loved being inspired by God's great creation, whether it be painting snowy mountain peaks, appreciating a cool prairie wind, or watching quiet ripples breaking on a lake. But his favorite place of solitude was on mountain stream fly fishing. He loved tying flies for himself or his buddies while dreaming about his next trip to land that fly delicately in that seam between the still pocket water and the frothy foam pile. But for all of his love for fishing, he was ultimately a fisher of men and wanted to spread God's good word. Bob's Godly love radiated in his infectious smile, his genuine servant's heart, his deep resounding laugh and his all accepting spirit. He strived daily to touch the hearts of others and spread God's love. He will be greatly missed.
Memorial Services: 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015, Shadle Park Presbyterian Church, 5508 N Alberta St, Spokane, WA 99025, (509) 327-5522 and 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, Christ Lutheran Church, 15029 2nd St NE, Aurora, OR 97002, (503) 678-5135. TBD: Salome, AZ.
In lieu of flowers, suggested memorial donation options: The Gideons International - http://www.gideons.org/,
- http://www.heart.org/, Whitworth College - http://www.whitworth.edu/.
Shadle Park Presbyterian Chr
5508 N Alberta St
Spokane, WA 99205
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 9, 2015