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Robert Elmer Starburg

HERINGTON - Pastor Robert (Bob) Elmer Starburg   February 27, 1932 – October 12, 2017

Pastor Bob, as he was known to many people, peacefully went home to Christ Jesus on Thursday, October 12, 2017 while sleeping at his farm home in rural Dickinson County Kansas.  His pastoral ministry on this earth is complete.

He was born in a farm near Manhattan, KS on February 27, 1932.  They moved around several times during his youth, ending up in Abilene Kansas in 1942.  He graduated from Abilene High School in 1949.  He worked as a soda jerk at Simmers Rexall Drug Store in Abilene before graduating and as an assistant chemist at the Abilene flour mill after graduation.

He met his future wife, Jewell Jury, at a Baptist youth skating party at Abilene, KS in the fall of 1949.  She was instrumental in starting his faith walk as she encouraged him to attend her church.  His first step of faith was when he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in the fall of 1950.  Not long after that, he dedicated his life in service to the Lord and began lifelong vocation of bringing others to Christ.

He attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago enrolling in 1951 in the Missionary Course.  He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in the spring of 1953.  In the fall of 1954 he continued his education at the Northern Baptist Theological College where he graduated in the spring of 1957.  He then studied at Kansas Teachers College of Pittsburg (Now Pittsburg State) where he received his MS degree in American History with a minor in Social Science in 1958.  In the fall of 1958, he decided on a ministry career rather than teaching.  Subsequently he attended and graduated from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1960.  He later continued his education earning Clinical Pastoral Education so he could serve as a chaplain in Veterans Administration facilities.  Learning was of lifelong importance to him.

Bob and Jewell were wed at First Baptist Church in Abilene, KS on July 11, 1955.  Besides their endearing love for each other, their teamwork and passion for ministry and service led to their lifelong work in the Lord’s Mission field.

Bob believed and lived Christ’s great commission “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of The Father, and the Son and of the Holy Spirit”.  His fulltime ministry began at Second Baptist Church in Chicago, IL.  He subsequently served at the First Baptist church in Ipswich, SD beginning in 1961; First Baptist Church in Belle Fourche, SD in 1966; First Baptist Church in Herington, KS in 1973; First Baptist Church in Miles City, MT in 1977; and First Baptist Church in Missoula, MT in 1991.  He retired for the first time in 1994, but subsequently served as Pastor in Vida Baptist Church in Vida, MT in 1995; Blackfoot Community Church at Ovando, MT in 1996, Interim pastor at First Baptist Church in Columbus, KS and again at First Baptist Church, Herington, KS in 2004 and finally at Enterprise Baptist Church in 2007.  He and Jewell also served part time for seven years visiting retired American Baptist pastors and spouses for the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit board of the American Baptist Church.  Jewell and Bob organized and participated in several mission trips too.  They visited the Holy Land several times, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Okinawa, Hong Cong, Thailand, Burma, India, Philippines, and Puerto Rico.

The outdoors was a favorite place for Bob.  He enjoyed God’s creation in nature.  He and Jewell hunted big game and fished throughout Montana and South Dakota and camped in many states.  He loved their farm home and the outside tasks that came with it until his developing Myasthenia Gravis robbed him of his mobility.

Besides his Christian family, he took great pride in his personal family.  Besides his soulmate Jewell of the home, he leaves daughter Lynnette Boelling and husband Ross, of Junction City, and son Ben Starburg and wife Dianna, of McPherson, KS; Granddaughter Melissa (Boelling) Dannefer and husband Eric of Abilene, KS, Grandson Ben Boelling and wife Amy of Maxwell, NE, Granddaughter Rebecca Boelling of Garden City, KS, Grandson Jaden Starburg, McPherson, KS, and Granddaughter Kilynn Starburg of McPherson, KS; and great-granddaughters Naomi, Claira and Hope Dannefer of Abilene, KS, and Alexis Kearns of Maxwell, NE.

Family visitation will be held 7:00-8:30pm Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Zeiner Funeral Home, 404 S Broadway, Herington Kansas.  A Celebration of Bob’s life will be observed at 10:30am Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at First Baptist Church, 1 South A St, Herington, KS with Pastor Darrell Geist officiating.  Cremation is planned with a future private family inurnment service at the Lyona United Methodist Church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to American Baptist Missionaries in care of the funeral home.

Bob’s desire was “To stay at the farm until they take me away to the nursing home or the cemetery. That will be another important day as I make another move into the mansion of glory.  I am glad that the Lord called me to be a minister and I say, “It has been a good life!” He was successful.

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I loved both of you and appreciated the healing and joy you brought to our church here in Missoula. Thank you for your willingness to share your love of Christ with so many of us in the world. Love, Donna McKinsey

Donna McKinsey Nov 12 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Jewell, I know how you feel, happy and sad at the same time. God will give you strength day by day. Bob was one of my special friends. I got to know him quite well when you were in Ipswich and we traveled together to Sioux Falls and Camp Judson for meetings. You have my love and prayers.

Harold E. Salem, pastor Oct 27 2017 12:00 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad I got the chance to get to know you and Bob.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will be greatly missed.
Thinking of you and may God bless. Tammy

Tammy Ware Oct 19 2017 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Bob's passing. All of you were a big part of my childhood, for which I am grateful. It is hard to say goodbye, but he is in the best place now. The service he did for dad had an impact on many people. Several asked who that preacher was, after which, "that was really good" followed. I can say that I am a better man because of Bob's influence. He was an example for all of us to strive for.

Alan Kindsfater Oct 18 2017 12:00 AM

I'm sorry for the loss of Your loved one. We all have our own memories of Pastor Bob that We all can cherish of him.

Janet Fudge aka Janet Tuttle (Bev Tuttle's Daughter) Oct 18 2017 12:00 AM

I missed seeing you and Bob at the Annual Gathering this year...and now I know why. Bob had his own Heavenly Gathering as he was met by our Father in heaven - a richly deserved reward. My prayers and deepest sympathies are with you.

Rita Adams Oct 17 2017 12:00 AM

Pastor Starburg was our minister at Knowlton, Mt for a no. Of years and we enjoyed his ministry so much. .Monte loved to hear his hunting stories as well. .Jule we will be praying for all of you during this trying time. .

Monte and Pat Herzog Oct 17 2017 12:00 AM

Pastor Bob was a huge part of our lives while all of you were living in Belle Fourche. He was such a nice man. God knew what He was doing when he brought Jewell and Bob together. They were perfect suited for each other! I remember a story my parents shared about Pastor Bob. The conversation had turned to "the afterlife" and what it was going to be like. Someone asked, "will we recognize each other in heaven?" and without hesitation Pastor Bob replied, "I would recognize you in Dallas, wouldn't I?". Can't wait to be with all of those saints who have gone before us. And, yes, we will recognize each other in heaven!

Dee (Widdoss) Zarmbinski Oct 16 2017 12:00 AM

I have such find memories of Pastor Bob. I will always remember him getting me to do "trust falls", trusting in God. Also, his beautiful art work/pictures he drew on Christmas Eve to tell the Christmas story. He was a wonderful man and will be missed by many. Love and God Bless You all in your time of sorrow. Sheila Drane-Hannon and family.

Sheila Drane-Hannon Oct 15 2017 12:00 AM

Dear Aunt Jewell, Lynette, Ben and family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. Uncle Bob is going to be so missed but I am comforted by the knowlege that there is no doubt that he has found peace at home in heaven. Please know we are thinking of you all.

Charley and Carla Walker Oct 13 2017 12:00 AM

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