BOB Bible study and related teaching; writing; bicycling; canoeing; genealogy; hiking; model railroading; bridges, photography; travel; and woodworking. CONNIE Bible study and related teaching; bicycling; canoeing; hiking; sewing; travel; and homemaking/nest building.
Bible Study / Teaching Bob became a Christian in 1960 and immediately bought his first study Bible. Since that time he has remained a student of the Word of God. He preached his first sermon in 1963. Connie became a believer around midnight on New Year's Eve of 1967. She also has grown in knowledge and practice steadily since that time. Beginning in 1979 we began leading a home-based mid-week Bible Study which we continued until mid-1996. Bob has also been an adult Sunday school teacher for many years for which he has developed a variety of curriculum. He has taught seminars and retreats for various groups. Connie has been a very popular women's Bible Study leader and mentor to younger women. Bridges An interest in the variety of engineering concepts, functionality, and beauty of vehicular and rail bridges. Corporate Ideals Bob has a collection of several hundred organizational ideals. Included are Mission Statements, Visions, Values, and Quality Policies. He also collects particularly clever business Slogans. Genealogy Bob's dad was killed in an industrial accident two days after Bob's first birthday. Later Bob was adopted by his step father. This is one of the original driving forces in looking into our past. Surnames to which we have connections include the following... Bob - Butcher, Bavis, Scutt, Hughes, Billings, Blackwell, Batty Connie - Albers, Bergloff, Strand, Henke, Kuch, Leupp, Gutkanecht, Wegner, Bohnmuller, Frey, Gohring, Kalmbach, Wekerlin Model Railroading Since adolescent age Bob has maintained an interest in railroads in general and HO scale model railroads in particular. He has a small ledge "Northwest & Sentimental Railroad" which circles high on the walls of his study. Rolling stock is primarily Oregon and Washington railroads of both the past and present. Nearly everything on the railroad (rolling stock, buildings, special features, etc.) has some particular meaning to us. Photography Bob has taken thousands of photos. His primary interests are scenics, animals, and old buildings. Today, he enjoys photography primarily while traveling. Rural Mail Boxes Bob enjoys collecting pictures of unusual rural mail boxes. He has a collection of some 300 plus pictures and occasionally stumbles onto an additional one to add to his collection. Travel We both enjoy travel and the educational value which it provides. Bob has traveled in all 50 states and all the Canadian provinces. He has in times past had a keen interest in traveling for the specific purpose of nature photography and landscapes. Together we have traveled through much of North America as well as many foreign countries. As retirees we now travel internationally at least once or twice a year. Woodworking Woodworking projects have included refacing kitchen cabinets (oak veneer and new oak doors) and woodwork, custom built laundry/bath cabinets, and designing/constructing living room tables (octagon, hexagon, rectangular, and a coffee table, made with eucalyptus inlaid burl tops). Now, in retirement Bob occasionally builds unusual wood gifts. Writing Since 1980 Bob has spent considerable time writing Christian materials, and his first published article occurred in 1982. He also has published a number of career-related articles. He has contributed chapters, both secular and spiritual, to compilations in book form. His own books are summarized at Books by Robert Lloyd Russell.