April 18, 1927 — April 26, 2013
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Robert (Bob) Hanebutt entered into heaven to be with Jesus on April 26, 2013. He was born April 18, 1927, in Rising City, Neb., to Harry and Lottie Hanebutt. The family moved to Red Bud, Ill., where he met the love of his life, Eileen, and graduated from Red Bud Community High School in 1944. He completed a degree in theology and studied for the ministry at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Springfield, Ill.
Upon completion of his studies in 1950 Bob served two mission congregations concurrently in Okmulgee and McAlester, Okla., 75 miles apart. In 1956 he became pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Broken Arrow, Okla. In 1963 he accepted a call North Highlands, Calif., and served Zion Lutheran Church until 1992 (29 years), at which time he retired and moved to Cameron Park, Calif. In his retirement he served as interim pastor in Hawaii and Rancho Cordova and Valley Springs, Calif. In addition, he gave generously of his time within the community and served on various Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) committees throughout the west and nationally.
Bob married Eileen Guebert in 1950, who remained by his side for more than 62 years. They were blessed with four children, Bruce Hanebutt (Bonnie) of Boise, Idaho, David Hanebutt (Marcia) of Lotus, Calif., Beth Foster (Lorin) of Sparks, Nev., and Lynn Zacher (Paul) of Fair Oaks, Calif. They were further blessed with seven grandchildren, Alyson and Andrew Hanebutt, Michael Hanebutt, Summer and Katie Foster, and Cameron and Jordan Zacher. Bob enjoyed many occasions with his family, laughter, golf, woodworking, painting, fishing and hunting.
A viewing will be held on Wednesday, May 1, at Green Valley Mortuary and Cemetery in Cameron Park from 3 to 7 p.m. The memorial service will be held at Light of the Hills Lutheran Church, 3100 Rodeo Drive in Cameron Park on Thursday, May 2, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the LCMS World Mission through Light of the Hills Lutheran Church.