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Robert B. Thieme Jr.

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ROBERT B. THIEME, JR., of Houston, Texas, passed from life through death and into eternity on Sunday, the 16th of August 2009. He is now absent from the body and face to face with the Lord Jesus Christ. Bob was born on the 1st of April 1918 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to Robert Bunger and Anna Cloakey Thieme. He was the beloved husband of Betty Beal Thieme and devoted father of Robert B. Thieme III. He is also survived by his sister, Ann T. Wallis, and his cousins, Fredericka Botts and Nancy N. Harder. Bob was pastor of Berachah Church in Houston, Texas, where he faithfully shepherded his congregation for fifty-three years. He was also president of R. B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries, established in 1967 to distribute his eleven thousand hours of Bible lessons and numerous books without charge or obligation. Pastor Thieme was called to Berachah Church in 1950 following distinguished academic achievements at the University of Arizona (Phi Beta Kappa) and Dallas Theological Seminary (summa cum laude). His seminary studies were interrupted by the impending entry of the United States into World War II. By the end of the war he had attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army Air Corps. Throughout his ministry he was affectionately known as "Colonel." Pastor Thieme accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior while a young man and began to prepare himself for the ministry. His extensive academic training in Greek, Hebrew, theology, history, and textual criticism equipped him for a life dedicated to studying, instructing, exhorting, and comforting with God's truth. Pastor Thieme began every Bible class with Hebrews 4:12: "The Word of God is alive and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a critic of the thoughts and intents of the heart." His tireless devotion to Bible teaching and enduring love for his congregation provided those who studied under his ministry the opportunity to grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Pastor Thieme made his transfer from time to eternity in God's provision of dying grace and with the firm understanding that "for me, living is Christ, dying is profit" (Philippians 1:21); for Jesus Christ proclaimed, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me shall live even if he dies" (John 11:25). The apostle Paul wrote a eulogy for this faithful servant in 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith." The Bible doctrine taught by R. B. Thieme, Jr., will challenge those positive to God's Word to seek the high ground of spiritual maturity and glorify God. The Memorial service will be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Sunday, the 23rd of August, at Berachah Church, 2815 Sage Road in Houston. During the service, the nursery will be available for infants through 4 years of age and childcare services will be available for ages 5 - 13 in the primary department. In lieu of usual remembrances, contributions in memory of Pastor Thieme may be directed to R. B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries, 5139 West Alabama St., Houston, TX, 77056.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, 2009
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