After a long life of 90 years, Robert (Bob) L. Coder passed peacefully into the Heavenly Kingdom on April 8, 2022.
Bob was born June 14, 1931 in Grapevine, Texas the son of Carl Ernest and Zuda Pearl Coder. Bob married Mary "Lenora" Parker (deceased November 24, 2009) on June 30, 1967 in a ceremony conducted by Dr. Darold Morgan in his office at Cliff Temple Baptist Church. He graciously accepted his instant family of four stepchildren and their numerous offspring.
A disciple of God, Bob was baptized by Dr. C. C. Colton at the North Temple Baptist Church in Dallas and along with Lenora was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Richardson. At the time of his death, Bob still had an original Cradle Roll Certificate from First Baptist Church of Grapevine to confirm his status as a lifetime Baptist.
After attending two years at the University of Austin at Texas, Bob proudly served his country in the U. S. Army from May, 1952 to April, 1954 achieving the rank of Corporal.
He retired from E & B Carpet Mills/Armstrong World Industries, Inc after 22 years of employment in the Accounting Department.
Following the lifetime dream of Lenora, they served through the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Baptist General Convention, doing volunteer mission work for more than four years. Together they served in Zimbabwe, Africa and London, England.
Bob was an avid photographer, oil painter and writer. He began writing in the eighth grade as the editor of the Obadiah Knight Elementary School newspaper. He continued his love of writing preparing youth Sunday School literature for the Southern Baptist Convention. After returning from the mission field Bob became a writer of simplified English Bible study for use by International Sunday School classes. More recently he contributed articles and a monthly page of mostly humorous poetry to the resident newsletter, Voices, at Highland Springs Dallas Senior Living where he lived following the death of Lenora.
The family would like to express a very special thank you to the caregivers at Highland Springs Dallas, and Faith Presbyterian Hospice.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of over 40 years and one sister, Dorothy Anne Todd. He is survived by his sister Patsy Wright of Santa Anna, TX; and very large acquired family -- Mike Young (Kay) of Duncanville, TX; Linda Thoreson (Bill) of Dallas, TX; Barbara Clayton of Dallas, TX; Karen Willis (Richard) of Waco, TX; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Graveside services led by Brian Stinecipher will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11, 2022 at Restland Memorial Park, Dallas, TX.
Memorial gifts can be made to the Robert & Lenora Coder Scholarship Fund at Hawaii Baptist Academy, Office of Institutional Advancement, 420 Wyllie Street, Honolulu, HI 96817.