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Robert C. Girard, 1932-2007

Robert C. Girard, of Lake Montezuma, died June 19, 2007. He was born to Colby and Viola Girard in Aberdeen, S.D., on Jan. 22, 1932.

Bob was a graduate of Miltonvale Wesleyan College in Miltonvale, Kan., and was an internationally recognized speaker and best selling author of seven published books, including "Brethren Hang Loose" (1972), the Bible Commentary Sunday School curriculum for Scripture Press/David C Cook Publishers, and his most recent "A Smart Guide To The Bible - The Book of Acts," released on June 19, the morning he died.

During his 50-plus years in ministry, Bob shepherded several churches in four different states. In 1965, he packed up and moved his family from Minneapolis, Minn., to Scottsdale, where he lived for 14 years and founded Our Heritage Wesleyan Church (now Scottsdale Wesleyan). While at Our Heritage, "Pastor Bob" impacted thousands of lives through his devotion to Jesus Christ and His Word, his creative and innovative approach to ministry, and his fierce commitment to the body of Christ, his fellow believers.

In 1981 the family relocated north to Lake Montezuma. There, Bob strapped on a set of nail bags, built his family a home with his own hands and settled into the new community.

He drove the local school bus and sang with his wife and family in various community and church events, where his signature deep resonant voice moved listeners to ponder just what God might sound like. He enjoyed especially his years as fireman and engineer for the local volunteer fire department.

Bob and his wife Audrey were scheduled to be the grand marshals of this year's Fourth of July parade in Lake Montezuma.

Bob finished out his professional ministry at Montezuma Chapel in Lake Montezuma, where he pastored for more than for 17 years and remained an elder since retiring in 1998.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Audrey, of Lake Montezuma, three of his seven children, Christine Poehls (Vern) of Chandler, Charity Worden (Scott) of Lake Montezuma, and Bobby Girard (Meghan), of Brush Prairie, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his step-mother Leila Girard, and eight brothers and sisters, Carol Gregg, Wendell Girard, Tommy Girard, Charlotte Girard, Marilyn Jacobson, Susan Quattlebaum, Darlene Komora, and Colby Girard Jr.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Montezuma Chapel (P.O. Box 5053, Lake Montezuma AZ 86342).

Services will be Saturday, June 23, beginning with a viewing at 2 p.m. at Montezuma Chapel at 3450 Rusty Spurs Road in Lake Montezuma. A Memorial Service will follow. Bob will be interred at 7 p.m. at Middle Verde Cemetery.

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