My tribute to BOB BATHO

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How does one who walks in faith handle a major loss? How do we explain it in terms that do not betray the strength of our faith? On August 10, 2017, I was confronted by this challenge when a friend who was closer than a brother said a final farewell.

BOB BATHO of Houston entered the embrace of his Savior at 9:13 that morning. We’re hurting deeply down here below. Life-long friend … brother in Christ … humble counselor … board director of this ministry … irreplaceable!

Bob and Peggy Batho came into my life in 1979. From that day forward, they have beenBob & Peggy_640x383 relacement parents to me personally. If there is any one word I could use to define the life of Bob Batho, it would have to be LOYALTY. Bob walked in the light of consistent, never-faltering “loyalty” to those whom he loved and served. You always listened to Bob, because his responses were always from a heart engaged with you in whatever you were doing. If he liked you, he seamlessly came along side with support and encouragement … and you never had to ask for it. It came with the man.

That is what I will miss (already do miss) in his absence. Call Bob on the phone at any time, and you knew that you always had his “yes!” Not that he was a “yes man.” No, it was the fact that he supported you because he believed in you. That’s all it took. He knew where your focus in life was, and knew how to assist you in that focus. To one, it meant occasional cookies. To another, the gift of a cookbook. To yet another, copies of what he copied off the Internet or out of a book that he knew you would be interested in.

And that was his “Legacy to Jesus” in his life. That’s how he saw Jesus — in loving, quiet, humble, supportive service. Bob was always an old man with youthful exuberance toward everything and everybody. You never want to say good-bye to someone like that. How can you?

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to My tribute to BOB BATHO

  1. JoAnn Howeth says:

    Thank you for letting me know about Bob. My prayers are for you, his family and all his friends. As you said he was an exceptional man of God.
    Sincerely, Jo Ann Howeth

  2. Marjorie Dianne Sheffield says:

    Bob was a good and faithful servant. He was always ready to give a helping hand and a world of knowledge was in his brain. He was a loving father to all his girls and loved his wife Peggy with all his heart. He cares for her day and night to see that she was comfortable. He will be missed and will always hold a special place in my heart.

  3. Margaret N Buchanan (Peggy) says:

    Wally, like you, we have known and loved brother Bob for many years. How does one grieve for someone who has the ultimate healing and is now in the presence of Jesus? Yet, we will miss his presence here on earth. Joe and I join you in a salute to one of the Godliest men we have known, and who has always been a loyal friend. We send out our prayers and love for the Batho family and for all Bob’s friends.

  4. Sue Phillips Jasmin says:

    This was a special testament. Thank u for it. I went to high school with Peggy. So sorry for her loss. Prayer for her and the family for peace and joy by all the wonderful memories that he left them for they know where he is and is joyful. Blessings Peggy

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