Robert Owen Childers

10/15/1945 — 04/02/2019

From Kennewick, WA | Born in Canadian, TX

Robert Owen Childers

Robert “Bob” Childers, age 73, went to his eternal home on April 2nd, 2019 at 10:32 am in Kennewick, Washington. Preceding him in death is his late wife, JoAnn Childers. He is survived by his wife of 3 years, Shirley Ann Childers, and his children, James Childers, Melinda Walenceus, Andrea Mann, Rebecca Wood and David Childers. He will be fondly remembered by his 12 grandchildren: Kaylynn Monson, Daniel Childers, Hayley Walenceus, Colby Walenceus, Kimberlee Keen, Travis Mann, Mason Mann, Justin Knight, Katie Knight, Alyssa Hathaway, Amanda Hathaway, and Riker Wood as well as his 7 great-grandchildren. Bob is also by survived his sisters, Angela Morkert, Patricia Stafford, Jennifer Gwartney and Lisa Simmons. He was surrounded by family and friends as he

passed peacefully.

He was born on October 15th, 1945 to Elvin and Mildred Childers in Canadian, Texas. He attended Abilene Christian College, where he met JoAnn, whom he married in 1966. They raised their family of five children and enjoyed going to the beach, gardening, traveling, fishing, and spending time with family. Bob was happiest when the family was all together. Although he was born in Texas, he had a love for adventure and lived in many other places throughout his life, such as Montana, California, South Africa, England, Oak Harbor, Yakima, and finally Tri-Cities, Washington where he lived for the last 34 years. Bob attended Kennewick Church of Christ where he met Shirley. They were married at the church on July 11, 2015. He genuinely loved his family and adored his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Bob’s love for the Lord was evident throughout his life. Although he excelled at his careers as a retail manager and furniture salesman, he was passionate about preaching. He was the preacher of the Hermiston Church of Christ and shared many sermons throughout his adulthood with other congregations. He would spend hours going through Bibles and concordances as he studied God’s word to put hundreds of sermons together. His love for preaching was passed on to many others as he coached children in public speaking through the Optimist Club for over 35 years. 

Robert was a kid at heart, but had an abundance of knowledge on just about every subject. He would enlighten people on topics such as: Einstein’s theory of relativity, weather patterns, and Biblical history. He had an adventurous spirit, a genuine love for others, and a unique sense of humor. Bob had a strong spirit and was respected by all who knew him. His legacy will be passed on for generations to come. We will always remember him as a treasured husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, teacher and friend. 

Viewing will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Einan's at Sunset, 915 ByPass Hwy in Richland, WA 99352.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, April 19, at 4 pm at the Richland Church of Christ, 933 Thayer Drive, Richland, WA 99352. The family would like to invite you to stay for fellowship and dinner after the memorial service.

A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 8:00 am at Sunset Gardens in Richland, WA, 915 ByPass Hwy in Richland, WA.

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  • I have so many fond memories of Uncle Bob from early childhood into my adulthood. I always loved seeing him and knew without a doubt how much he loved me. I will miss you Uncle Bob. Rest In Peace 💕

    Charla Chambers
    April 20, 2019
    Batesville, Indiana
  • Rest in peace brother , you’re now with dad and granny in eternal sunshine

    Lisa simmons
    April 18, 2019
    Wa state
  • Your dad would sit and talk to me when I would deliver to his store and ask me how my travels have been and where I been. He will be greatly missed and is in heaven out of pain and singing with all the angels

    Aaron lindholm
    April 18, 2019
    Columbus Ohio
  • You were a good big brother. You will be missed and loved always. See you again on our next great adventure.

    Angela Morkert
    April 18, 2019
  • Dad….you were an AMAZING man and you will be missed more than you could have imagined!!! Love, your Pooh Bear!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    Andrea Mann
    April 18, 2019
    Kennewick, WA