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Robert Lloyd "Bob" Estep

Rural Retreat, Va.

Robert Lloyd “Bob” Estep, age 80, of Rural Retreat, Va. died suddenly of COVID-19 in Carteret Health Care, Morehead City, North Carolina on March 28, 2020.

Bob was born in Marion Virginia on December 20, 1939 to Clara Nell and Lanson Estep. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1962, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He received his JD degree from the University of Virginia in 1973, after which he practiced law in Chicago and Dallas until his retirement. Bob taught history and government at Rich Valley High School and Marion Senior High School before joining the army in 1966 and serving to captain. He was the honor graduate of his class in the Army Special Warfare school, and served in Vietnam 1968 - 1969 as a member of Special Forces. Bob loved playing bridge, reading, exploring the mountains and valleys of Southwest Virginia, watching old movies, UVA football and basketball and most especially going to the beach with his extended family. He loved his family, his country and his God.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clara Nell White Estep and Lanson Estep; brothers James and Philip; sister Sue Ann Estep Morris.

Bob is survived by his wife of 49 years Elizabeth Werth Estep; daughter Laura Liseno (Scott); four much adored grandsons Rocky, James, Joseph, and Philip; sister Carol Thomas; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. 

A private burial will be held in New Dublin Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Dublin, Va. A memorial service will be held at a later date when conditions in our country allow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Toys for Tots Child Fund International, 2821 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294; Rural Retreat Lutheran Parish, 514 S Main St., Rural Retreat, VA 24368; or a charity of your choice.

To share memories of Robert Lloyd “Bob” Estep, please visit www.seaverbrown.com. Care for Bob’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

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I just learned about Bob's passing. I worked with Bob on several litigation matters over many years at Jones Day, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed. He was smart, had a fantastic memory, worked hard, and had amazing insight into people and events. Bob was great in big meetings and as a witness because he sized up situations so well, always kept calm, and set a perfect tone. He had a wonderful sense of humor and a contagious laugh. I'm so sorry he's gone, but I like to think he's making jokes with the angels now. Sydney McDole, Dallas.

Sydney McDole Jul 28 2020 12:00 AM

Growing up next door to Mrs. E, Carol, and my trusty childhood side-kick Philip, I knew him as Uncle Bob. To a child his personality was larger than life and I remember when he and Wizzy would show up for visits with his voice booming and the household springing to life at their arrival. When the Estep boys were visiting their mother, it was always exciting with lots of people stopping by to visit. My memories of him include being well educated, a strong sense of always wanting to learn and explore, and how much he loved Mrs. E, Carol, and Philip.

Claudia Rawn Apr 29 2020 12:00 AM

We were not lucky enough to know Bob very well personally, however we know the tremendous impact he had on his family and those around him. His legacy of love and generosity lives on in all of those he touched. Mere words cannot express the depth of our sympathy for your loss. With love and compassion, Mary Ellen and Joe Liseno

Joseph and Mary Ellen Liseno Apr 11 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert "Bob" Estep

Joseph and Mary Ellen Liseno Apr 11 2020 12:00 AM

I am extremely sad to learn that Bob has passed away from Covid 19. I had the privilege to work with him over many years as an associate, partner and client. Bob was an example of the best of the legal profession. He combined great skill with unwavering integrity, empathy, humor and kindness. Bobs love of family and faith gave him a balance that was rare and precious. My sincere condolences to Wiz and the rest of Bobs family and friends.

Joanne Bober Apr 4 2020 12:00 AM

I was very saddened to learn of Bobs passing. Having practiced law with him for more than 20 years (from the outset of my career), I was continually impressed with his intellect, knowledge, judgment, demeanor and integrity. He was a scholar, gentleman, leader, mentor and friend. I am privileged to be among the many whose lives were enriched by having known Bob, and by whom he will be missed. He and his family are in my thoughts and prayers. Mark Betzen

Mark Betzen Apr 3 2020 12:00 AM

I am so very sorry to hear about Bobby. I cannot imagine your sadness and feeling of loss. He was such a kind, gentle soul. To have been with him for nearly half a century is such a tribute to the both of you, Wizzy. I still remember going to see you guys (with Carol) when you were at UVA. Thats been awhile, hasnt it? I will continue to pray for you every day. I know you are a close family and will hold each other up through this hard time. Love to each of you, Genie Sneed-Haulsee

Genie Sneed-Haulsee Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Robert "Bob" Estep

Genie Sneed-Haulsee Apr 2 2020 12:00 AM

So very sorry to hear of your loss. "Bobby" was my senior government teacher when I attended Marion Sr. High School in 1965. Great teacher. My family and his family were well acquainted for many, many years. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are on you and your family during this most difficult time. Linda Jones Lox MSHS 1965

Linda Lox Apr 1 2020 12:00 AM

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