Rev. Robert "Bob" Janacek (1930 - 2017)

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Reverend Robert "Bob" Janacek, age 86, of Clarington, Pa., passed away on May 22, 2017, as a patient of the Allegheny General Hospital, in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Bob was born on Sept. 1, 1930, to the late Chester T. and Merlin G. (Durrin) Janacek, in Kalamazoo County, Mich. He was married on June 25, 1955, to Patricia L. (Bonner) Janacek, in Atlasburg, Washington Co., Pa.; Patricia survives him.
Bob was a very educated man who used his knowledge and experience to help others as a pastor, counselor, mental health administrator, and served on the faculty in the at the DuBois campus of Penn State University. Some of his education credentials are a bachelor's from Eastern Nazarene College in Massachusetts, a bachelor's from Boston University, a master's degree from Princeton Seminary, a master's from Winona Lake Seminary, a Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Geneva College, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Boston University. He attended school while he was working and raising his family.
His first charge after graduating seminary was as a Church of the Nazarene minister, which he held for about four years. In 1960, Bob converted to the Methodist Church and became a minister in Arapahoe, Nebraska. His ministerial duties took him many places including becoming pastor of the Meade Chapel and Port Barnett Churches. In 2004, Bob and Patricia moved to Columbus, Ohio. In 2014, they came back to retire in the Brookville Area, and have been here ever since.
In addition to the Methodist Church, Bob was a past member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Arapahoe, the Lions Club, and the Sertoma Club. He was chaplain of the Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and the Civil Air Patrol in Pennsylvania. He was also an honorary member of the Nebraska Navy.
Bob loved being with his wife and they enjoyed traveling together. They traveled to England and enjoyed a cruise in the Bahamas. Early in his ministry Bob joined a mission trip in South America.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and hiking.
He authored two books, "Between Pulpit and Pew" and "The Symphony of Hope."
In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by two sons, R. Mark Janacek of Columbus, Ohio, Bruce N. Janacek of Oak Park, Ill.; one daughter, Cheryl L. (Kevin) McIntyre of Tucson, Ariz.; one brother, Franklin Janacek; three granddaughters, Brittany M. (Jim) Perry, Kimberly M. Janacek, Kelsey L. McIntyre; three grandsons, Michael C. Janacek, Jeffrey (Adrienne) Janacek, and Alex R. McIntyre.
In addition to his parents, Bob is preceded in death by his sister, Doris Ruggles.
Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the McKinney–d'Argy Funeral Home, ltd, 345 Main St., Brookville, PA 15825. A second opportunity for viewing will take place on Thursday, May 25, 2017, from 12 noon – 2 p.m., at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 30 S. White St., Brookville, PA 15825. A funeral service will immediately follow the viewing, beginning at 2 p.m.. Interment will take place at the Meade Chapel Cemetery, Knox Twp., Jefferson Co., Pa.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Meade Chapel United Methodist Church.
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Published in The Courier Express on May 24, 2017