The Reverend Robert Paul Sanders Jr.
1948 - 2021
BORN
1948
DIED
2021
The Reverend Robert Paul Sanders Jr.
Sept. 1, 1948 - Sept. 18, 2021
After a six-year battle with Lewy body dementia, the Reverend Robert Paul Sanders Jr. passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.
Bob was born Sept. 1, 1948 in Charlotte, N.C., to parents Robert Paul Sanders Sr. and Elizabeth "Betty" Norcom Sanders (nee Maxwell Norcom).
Bob graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and later completed post-graduate coursework at San Francisco Theological Seminary.
Upon graduation, Bob served as Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Boulder for six years, ten years as the Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at University Presbyterian in Fresno, Calif., and for twenty-five years as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at Lake Grove Presbyterian in Lake Oswego, Ore., until 2015 when he retired.
In his ministry, Bob is to be honored for his clear and passionate proclamation of the Gospel in his preaching; for his visionary leadership of growing and vital congregations; for his courageous and compassionate action to seek justice for the poor and the oppressed around the world; for his joyful adoration of children; and for his love for all people.
Bob will be remembered as an accomplished guitar player and singer; as well as an enthusiastic outdoorsman, always on the hunt for the hike with the best mountain-views. Bob was an insightful question-asker, a deep listener and a wise counselor. Bob will always be a respected brother, devoted husband, cherished father, and beloved "Papa."
Bob is survived by his wife, Deborah "Debbie" Alice Sanders (nee Scott); and his two daughters, Kristin Sanders and Rebecca "Becca" Bruner (nee Sanders); son-in-law, David Bruner; and three grandchildren, Eleanor, Benjamin and Margaret Bruner; his brother, Ralph Sanders and sister-in-law, Janice Sanders (nee Westcott); niece, Beth Sanders and husband, Chris Stenken; nephew, Russell Sanders and wife, Julia Sanders (nee Klaus); nieces and nephews, Arlo, Ezra, June, and Cailin Sanders.
A worship service honoring Bob's life and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church and will also be available via livestream at https://lakegrovepres.org/ Lake Grove Presbyterian requires that persons attending events inside the church wear masks at all times to help keep our vulnerable population safe.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be given for the establishment of the Bob Sanders Memorial Mission Fund. This fund will serve to carry on Bob's legacy of ministry and his deep commitment to mission, inviting and encouraging men and women to encounter Jesus among the least, the last and the lost through participating in transformational mission experiences. These donations may be made online at https://lakegrovepres.org/ or mailed to Lake Grove Presbyterian Church.
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
Published by The Oregonian from Sep. 23 to Sep. 26, 2021.
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An amazing man I feel blessed to have known him
David Holden
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October 13, 2021
So many precious memories, such profound inspiration - Bob will always have a place in our hearts.
Beth and Larry Calame
Friend
September 27, 2021
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Joan Brassfield
Other
September 25, 2021
Briana Currey
Friend
September 23, 2021
Briana Currey
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September 23, 2021
Briana Currey
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September 23, 2021
Briana Currey
Friend
September 23, 2021
Debbie and family, Bob was an amazing man and touched so many lives. You know this so I will share a story about an example. We were leaving Senegal early in the morning (or second attempt). Flights were cancelled the day before so the airport was very crowded. Our group got separated and we noticed Bob at the front of the line. When we finally caught up to him, we asked how he got to the front so quickly. He said the security guard let him go through (as he waved to the guard). We all kind of smiled but wondered why and Bob said, the security guard remembered me from before. During Bob's conversation with the guard, Bob said "Oh you mean from yesterday". The guard's response was "No from many trips before". Bob made a huge impact in Senegal even to the security guard who worked the airport evidently for many years. He was a treasure and I am so grateful I was able to know him.
Briana Currey
Friend
September 23, 2021
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