- 75 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 2, 1940
- Place of birth:
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
- Date of passing: Jan 10, 2016
- Place of passing:
Portland, Oregon, United States
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Gone From My Sight by Henry Van Dyke
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone."
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"
And that is dying...
Robert John Meinert, 75, passed away in his home, just after 10 pm on January 10th, surrounded by his family. Bob had been living with pulminary fibrosis for several years and over the past few months it has taken its course. Robert was the beloved husband of Patrica, father of Sherron (Rob Morrison), Nancy (Steve) Atkinson, Bob (Teresa) Meinert, and grandfather of Haley (Benjamin Durham), Amy (Brian Barnes), Josh (Bridget) Meinert and Tony Meinert. He is also survived by his loving sister Jane Sokol and her family.
Bob was born on September 2nd, 1940 in St Louis, Missouri. He married Patricia Buehler, April 8th, 1961. Bob and Pat moved with their three children, Sherron, Nancy and Bob, to Portland, Oregon, in January 1970. Bob was working as an accountant with Wagner Electric in St. Louis and requested a transfer after falling in love with Portland on a business trip. Bob made Oregon his home, enjoying trips to the coast, the mountains and enjoyed helping others discover the beauty of his beloved home as a Boy Scout Troop Leader, Little League Coach, and driver for Hood to Coast race.
Bob owned Riverside Autoparts in Sellwood for ten years, through the 1980's. While running the store he began serving the local Sellwood community as board member for the Sellwood-Moreland Lions club and served as their president from 1991-1993. Additionally he volunteered as a driver for Meals on Wheels and continued to deliver food and hope for nearly thirty years.
Bob's commitment to his family and community was unwavering. He dedicated himself to providing the same opportunites and priveleges that he was given to those who were less fortunate. One of his greatest legacies is over twenty years of service with Rebuilding Together Washington County. As a volunteer, project leader, and later chapter president for two terms, Bob prepared homes for families in need of a fresh start. He invited his family and friends to be a part of the mission.
Not only was Bob recognized for his service by Rebuilding Together, and as a Melvin Jones Fellow for his humaitarian services with the Lions, he also leaves a legacy of service and generosity instilled in each of his children and four grandchildren, Haley, Josh, Amy, and Tony. His grandchildren continue his legacy of service; Haley has been teaching in a low income community for several years, Josh volunteers with the youth in his community, Amy is pursuing a career in counseling and Tony will be serving our country in the Air Force.
In lieu of sending flowers we ask that you would make a donation to either Rebuilding Together Washington County (http://www.togwc.org/donate/) or Care Partners Hospice (http://hospicepalliativeportland.org/).
"Today is his birthday - while I think of Dad everyday I let him slip in and out of my mind, never letting myself dwell on the sadness but today... memories are rolling in bringing tears.
Today is his birthday - not a day we really celebrated, we're not a big birthday family but we had small traditions. No singing (tone deaf, the lot of us), one huge candle in the middle of the cake, no presents just sharing time.
I miss you Dad - today I'll think about you and I thank you for everything."
""My Dad has always been, and will always be My Best Friend."
Miss You Very Much..."
"Bob and Pat were our neighbors for 10 years, many years ago. It is difficult for me to talk about Bob without including Pat, because both of them were the very best neighbors and friends we have had. To this day, many years later, we are so grateful for the friendship and kindness they offered to "the newly weds in the house across the street." We had so many good times and good conversations with Bob and Pat. You think about those who have influenced you and made a difference in your life and Bob is right at the top of my list. His dedication to his family and his community was something that we never forgot. It truly made a difference in our lives and I'm sure that it made me a better person and parent.
Thank you Bob Meinert for being a shining example of integrity, of commitment to family, and commitment to helping others in need."
"To the Family of Bob Meinert,
Bob was a gentleman. He was always kind to all.
I will miss his humor and his friendship. I will cherish our many hours at Rebuilding Together. He helped make life enjoyable for many.
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
"Played softball and basketball with Bob in the 70's. Wonderful guy and always fun to be around. Very sorry to hear of his passing."
"I came to know Bob about 10 years ago through our connection to the auto parts business world. We had many discussions about what we thought was right and wrong with our world. We laughed a lot and I truly enjoyed his personality. I have only good memories of Bob and know the world has lost a wonderful person but, Heaven has gained one."
"I met Bob while working in the automotive industry. He was one of the good guys, always upbeat, with a smile and that humor too. He was a gentle man and the kind of person that makes the world a better place. We need more Bobs in our lives. I am grateful my life's paths crossed his. I am grateful too he introduced me to his daughter Sherron, as that enabled me to see the love and the connection the Meinert family has.My sincere condolences to Pat , and the family as they begin to try to heal this huge void in their lives. Give yourselves plenty of time, as this is a huge loss~~~~~~~~"
"Bob was a high school classmate and a basketball teammate. He was competitive in sports, a superb "team player," and inspirational in his commitment to play hard no matter what the scoreboard read.
As a friend he was supportive, fun-loving, and loyal. He was, in a word, genuine, a friend who felt your pain and enjoyed your success.
After his move to Oregon, I saw him only on occasion. His life, his wife and his family clearly reflect the character of the man I knew many years ago. May he live in God's eternal joy and may God's protective light shine on his family."
"My Father was a good person, strong and kind. He also had an incredible sense of humor. I miss him in my world --"
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