The Reverend Dr. Robert Bruce Letsinger
  • 79 years old
  • Date of birth: Feb 25, 1936
  • Date of passing: Dec 22, 2015
His master replied: Well done, good and faithful servant! ~ Matthew 25:23

In memory of the servant who loved all the children of the world, Bob’s family requests in lieu of flowers that gifts be made to the FESSIF Haitian Children’s School in the Dominican Republic. Like Eric and Nancy’s family, Bob loved spending time at this school while visiting Anne and Seth’s family in the DR. He was moved by the impact that the school is having in ‘Shaping the Lives” of those most in need. Bob expressed a strong interest in ensuring that we all remain committed to its future: 

Gifts to FESSIF may be made in two ways:

- Checks may be made payable to Santiago Christian School Foundation with FESSIFin the memo line. Mail to: SCS Foundation, 1016 Scenic View Drive, Schwenksville, PA 19473.

- Credit card or PayPal payments may be made for Partner Schools at

NOTE: There will be family only at the graveside. A separate memorial service is being planned for Summer 2016.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Mike Schmidt on 25th December 2016

"I met Bob and Mary Lou in 1964 as a student at FSU. I remember his exposition of Ephesians at an IVCF conference. I had never heard the scripture taught that way verse by verse. It stuck with me. But most of all I remember taking a bus from Tallahassee to Gainesville and barging in on Bob and Mary Lou one week end of my sophomore year desperate for counsel. Bob opened the scriptures and took me through Psalm 103. It literally began a life long journey of grasping the love of God. The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. He knows our frame. He remembers that we are dust. Thank you God for Bob Letsinger."

This tribute was added by John Whatley on 24th October 2016

"Bob was only 8 years older than me when I became a Christian at the U of Florida in Feb 1965, but he mentored me and many other Christian students as an InterVarsity Chrisitan Fellowship staff member.    His wisdom and love were deeper than any I had previously known.  Under his leadership, I was prepared to go into the world after graduation and continue to grow in faith and meet the trials and temptations that are common to man.  I've often thought of how indebted I am to Bob for the preparation he provided and the Godly example he was of a husband and father.  What a man of God he has been and now has great reward in the presence of his Lord and Savior..."

This tribute was added by bob Edewaard on 22nd October 2016

"My wife and  came to faith in 1964 and our first real mentors were Bob and Mary Lou at the U.of Florida in IVCF. As God would arrange it, we met them after an evening service at a Pres Ch near their new apartment, our first weekend back to college.  I had just asked the pastor if he knew anything about IVCF and said "If you will turn around I will introduce you to the new staff," and there stood Bob and Mary Lou. What a providential meeting led to over two years becoming grounded in the fundamentals of the faith without all the traditions of the institutional church.  We saw the impact both Bob and Mary Lou had on peoples lives, from all different denominations, including faculty and folks in the local community, which eventually led to founding the faith community (local church) we are still involved with today (52 years later, after 4 years in the USAF). We owe so much to them for giving us a Christ-centered (as opposed to man-centered) gospel and an experiential understanding of the "Body Life" of believers.  They forever changed our knowing God and His Son, and what it means to be ambassadors for our glorified Lord while being ministers in whatever setting He chooses to plant us.  Thanks Mary Lou for your faithful partnership."

This tribute was added by Al Cash on 23rd September 2016

"Bob was a true friend to me during our Fuller days. We often sat together during lectures and worked together in student government and on IVCF projects. He and the beautiful Mary Lou sat for our daughters and agreed to take care of the children's safety in the event of Charlotte's and my deaths. Bob and I carried the flags for our graduation procession and had a hearty laugh whe the tip of my flag struck the doorjamb causing me to double over in pain where the other end was firmly embedded. I value those memories of this stedfast and loving man."

This tribute was added by Kortay Carga on 20th September 2016

"I have stayed with Mr. And Mrs. Letsinger when I came to America to study 18 years ago. Recently I was passing by osage ave. And wanted stop by and say hi , but before I wanted to check if they still live at the same address. I googled his name and unfortunately I was directed to this page. Rest in peace Dr. Bob. You will be missed by lots of international students."

This tribute was added by John Saaty on 31st December 2015

"Bob had such a great way about him.  I remember his methodical and focused approach to everything that he did -- he helped Eric and me move into our first apartment Junior year of college, and I just remember how he held the screw driver as he fixed things.  There was no waivering or wobbling.  His big muscular arm grasped that screw driver and wherever it was used he made sure that it did its job to perfection.  Bob just "did."  And that same determination really expanded to everything he was about -- when he set his mind to something he just did it, no questions, no angst, no reservations questions or half measures.  Whenever I talked to him he was 100% focused on me and on the conversation.  He will be sorely missed."

This tribute was added by Jeanne Haugen on 28th December 2015

"People, top of Bob Letsinger 's list. He loved people: all shapes, all sizes, all nationalities and religions. He was a walker, as in one who takes up the cross and walks alongside others: those in need, those in want, those in search of a better life , lonely ones, confused ones...Yep, he was a walker. Integrity was his DNA. Bob knew how to love and connect with people of all ages. An amazing light in the darkness of the world, Bob has made the earth a better place because he lived and dedicated his life to Loving: loving God and loving people."

This tribute was added by Judy Blore on 27th December 2015

"We met Bob and Mary Lou when my son was a student at Stony Brook. Then we became friends in Philadelphia. That same son wanted to visit Bob recently in his hospital room. Even there Bob was the host and In charge. He was very interested In David's thoughts and experiences. Always generous and interested in others. I am so thankful
I have Bob's wit and wisdom in my memory banks.
Thanking God for this good and faithful man. Praying comfort for the family. Our God, the God of all comfort, is your companion through the valley of the shadow."

This tribute was added by Nancy Letsinger on 27th December 2015

"I thought of Dad Letsinger this morning when I shut my front hall closet door. I thought of him because the door closed tightly, the way you want a door to do. Dad fixed this for us, the way he fixed so many other things for us over the years. When he'd visit, knowing that Eric and I are not handy people, he'd notice things around the house that needed repair. Sometimes he'd ask if we wanted him to take care of something. Other times he'd just do it. And sometimes we discovered the repairs after he had left as a happy surprise. When the projects involved a trip to our local hardware store, he'd return with stories about the clerk with whom he had consulted, enriched by what he had learned about a product, technique, or the clerk himself. Over the years, Dad fixed our closets, drawers, toilets, furniture, appliances, deck, and patio. As with other things in his life, Dad's help to us was generous, loving, and humbly offered. He always left us better than he found us."

This tribute was added by Josiah Cohen on 24th December 2015

"Grandpa was like a lighthouse his last few weeks. Despite the thick fog of chemo and medications, he would frequently shine through with his piercing charm, intellect, and compassion. The Reverend, the birdwatcher, the Steelers fan, the Grandpa I have loved for 22 years was there for us. He was busting with urgency to inform his family how much he loved and treasured each and every one. He would have us know that he is very much alive and still very much proud, as we are all so proud of him. And now I am sure he is every bit as anxious to catch up with his granddaughter, Hannah, after almost 8 years. He will continue to be loved as he is terribly missed. We love you Grandpa."

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This memorial is administered by:

Eric Letsinger
Nancy Letsinger
Noah Cohen
Josiah Cohen
Seth Cohen
Anne Cohen
Sarah Cohen


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