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Grace Lutheran Church
Thursday October 14th, 2021

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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. 

Memorial services will be held Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 514 South Main Street, Rural Retreat, Va. 24368, with Pastor Jonathan Hammond officiating. COVID-19 Safety & Social Distancing and wearing a mask are required. A Food and Fellowship Reception at The Depot, 105 West Railroad Avenue, Rural Retreat, will follow the service

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, P.O. Box 478, 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 am grateful for Bob and he will always own a piece of my heart. His passing from this dimension has left a hole in my core. I like to picture Bob in heaven playing bridge with MomMom, Sally Mac, and Patty Ann smoking a Red, yelling at his hand and sipping a Coke. When I close my eyes I can remember his laugh and I will never let that go. He was warmth, light, kindness and never marginalized anyone. His charisma and wit could only be matched by his wife, Wizzie and daughter, Laura. Bob was always teaching me something, tangible and intangible. Every memory in between is a treasure! Thanks Bob for teaching us how to make every day count and for your infinite love and kindness. -Diane Werth

Diane Werth Oct 14 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry, Liz!!! Sending you a hug!!!

Norma Pruitt Oct 8 2021 12:00 AM

With sympathy, mike & teresa...

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

mike snavely8Bny5 Oct 8 2021 12:00 AM

RIP Old Soldier

James Carl Day Oct 8 2021 12:00 AM

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