"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." PSALM 116:5
Randy and I attended Bob Foster's Memorial Service on Sunday, June 5 at a packed church in the older part of Colorado Springs. We saw some friends we knew from the past, including Jim Carlson (usher, former wrangler, and "Zeke" in several melodramas) and Dave and Louann McCasland. We also sat near some former staff with whom I worked at Lost Valley. It was quite a gathering of people who loved and respected Bob.
The service was a wonderful tribute to a 96-year-old man who lived his life fully and finished well (Bob's stated goal). He was diagnosed with cancer and initially treated with radiation under his arm in later 2015-early 2016. But he did not tolerate it well and opted not to pursue any further treatments. He was in hospice care about three weeks before he passed away.
In Big Bob's final weeks he spent many hours recalling the names of people and telling their stories. His memorial service hand-out noted:
"Lying in bed, he prayed aloud, quoted verses and spoke about His Savior. He laughed, smiled, and often exclaimed, 'God is so good!'"
To a visiting friend, Bob quoted Paul in Philippians 3:13-14:
"Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Shortly afterward Bob passed away.
I am thankful that the Holmes family had seven summer vacations at Lost Valley near Deckers, CO (1968-1973) and I had the chance to serve on staff (1974 and 1977 cleaning cabins and helping lead the children's program). While on summer staff in 1977, that is when I was privileged to meet Hermann and Christa Walther from Germany. I was grateful in 1978 to be invited to stay with them for six weeks of summer adventures in Bavaria. . . . Then a generation later, the "Robinsons Five" could also vacation there twice (1991-1992).
Bob wrote a twice-monthly newsletter he mailed out to thousands of people, first beginning with World War II veteran recipients and expanding to business people and others. He called it "The Challenge."
When Randy and I began our humanitarian non-profit, we named it "Face the Challenge" in Bob's honor. Our last $100.00 donation from Bob came in January 2016 at the time of his 96th birthday. We appreciate all his prayers and support since 1993! We hope his legacy will continue to live through us and others who knew and loved this inspiring man.