You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Robert (Bob) Frohmader went home to be with the Lord on November 24, 2020, at age 92, passing peacefully into heaven. He was born on February 6, 1928 in Tacoma to O. Roy and Hazel Frohmader. Bob accepted Christ when he was 12 years old and his Christian faith shone throughout his lifetime. He graduated from Lincoln High School in 1946 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Following discharge, Bob attended and graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1951 with degrees in Business Administration and Sociology
Bob married Jean Haugen in 1949. They had 3 children, David, Mark and Janetta. The early years of their marriage, the family lived in Winlock Washington, where Bob owned a furniture store with his Uncle Clyde Frohmader. While in Winlock, the family lived on a farm, raising & breeding horses; becoming a member of the American Quarter Horse Association. Bob enjoyed family trips with the saddle club going to the mountains, ocean, and hunting each year. Bob also joined a local flying club.
In 1966 Bob went to work for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) as a Vocational Rehabilitation Officer. The family moved back to the Puyallup Valley and bought a 10 acre farm, raising cows, pigs, horses, dogs, cars & various farm animals that others could no longer care for. The Frohmader's joined the Puyallup Church of the Nazarene where Bob attended for many years & 2 of his children still attend. Bob retired from DVR in 1987.
In the late 1960's, Bob began working with the Gypsy community and his life was forever changed. Bob was embraced by the Gypsy families, developing life-long friendships, sharing his faith and ultimately became involved in a Gypsy ministry outreach. Bob married Lynn Dankel on Feb 28, 1987 and the adventures continued. He joined with Lynn in private practice working as a rehabilitation consultant until his retirement at age 80. In 1987, they were introduced to the Seminary in Mexico and have served as co-laborers ever since. This became their life mission, helping at the Seminary wherever they were needed, building a home in Mexico, serving on the Operation Mexico Missions Board and spending 3-5 months there each year. Since 1993, the Frohmader's have attended Trinity Church of Pierce County. Summers Bob and Lynn returned to the Northwest, continuing their work as a rehabilitation consultants, spending time with family and friend, living at their home on Hood Canal. They eventually moved back to the Puyallup Valley and then in 2013, moved to Redondo Beach in Des Moines, Washington.
Bob loved being with his family & friends, traveling the world, experiencing other cultures, sharing the Gospel with others, and being with his loving wife, Lynn. Even as Bob was aging, he traveled to their home in Mexico, attended out-of-state reunions with family and friends, and took cruises to faraway places in Europe, the Amazon river and Alaska. He was a man of deep faith, strength, courage and tenacity which saw him through many trials and adversities throughout his long life. He always sought his strength from the Lord. Bob was a kind, caring man who touched the lives of so many, during his career and every day encounters. Bob's laughter filled a room, he had a heart big enough to love all of us and his smile and twinkling blue eyes, will remain with us forever.
Bob is survived by his wife Lynn of 33 years, Son, David Frohmader (Cheryl) of Vancouver, Washington, Son, Mark Frohmader (LaRae) of Orting, Washington, Daughter, Janetta Moorehead (Janus) of Puyallup Washington; Grandchildren, Andy Frohmader, Rhea Bennett (Kelly), Beth Frohmader, Tannes Frohmader, Gressa Frohmader, Cameron Moorehead, & Midori Moorehead; Great Grandchildren, Kennedy Frohmader, December Henning & Olen Henniing; Nieces and nephews in the Northwest, Indiana, Missouri & Texas. Bob was preceeded in death by his parents, O. Roy & Hazel Frohmader; sisters, Esther (Frohmader) Cook and Betty Lou (Frohmader) Morgan. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Seminario Teological Bautista del Sur (STBS) c/o Chisholm Heights Baptist Church, 2243 W. State Hwy 152, Mustang, OK 73064
Private burial service will be at Tahoma National Cemetery. Celebration of Life service will be held in the Spring/Summer of 2021.
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