Retired SGM, Pastor, and “Uppa”, Robert “Rob” Rowbottom joined his Savior in Heaven early in the morning of September 6, 2020.
Rob was born in St. Louis, Missouri to Aloyes Irwin and Mathilda Cecelia (Yungbluth) Rowbottom.
He proudly served his country for 22 years in the United States Army retiring as a Sergeant Major after three tours in Germany, serving at the United States Pentagon, and instructing at the SGM Academy in Ft. Bliss, Texas.
Rob dedicated his life to service to the Lord, his family, and just about everybody else he met. He lived by the motto, “A stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet!” He was active in Southern Baptist churches in Heidelberg and Augsburg, Germany, along with serving as a deacon in Dale City, Virginia. He was ordained as a minister on September 17, 1996 at Millcreek Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has served many churches across the West as interim pastor, pulpit supply minister, worship leader, “Cowboy Gospel Night” leader, Biker ministry leader and coordinator, chef, evangelist, Christian servant, and dear friend to so many. Rob also served as the Mission Pastor for the Road to Freedom Biker Mission and as one of the Area Reps for the Christian Motorcyclists Association in Utah.
He is survived by his children Anita, Sarah (Eric), Stephen (Caro); their mother, Paula Lediard; and 5.75 grandchildren Lahav, Liberty, Hannah, Kira, Connor, and a baby boy due soon. He is also survived by his chosen family: partner-Debbie Chidester; children Alex (Rachel), Corey (Ashley), Ethan, and granddaughter-Natalie; in addition to his sister, Carol (Ken) and his numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family in St. Louis and across the country.
He will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched. Due to the current pandemic, memorial services will be streamed live Sunday, September 13, at 4:00 p.m. MT at https://firstbaptistwvc.org.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers or other gifts, please make a donation in his name to the Christian Motorcyclists Association or other charity of your choice. We all thank you for the outpouring of support and love you have shared and ask that in Rob’s honor you continue to share that love with one another and with those around you.