Robert S. Pech was born May 13, 1945 in San Jose, Calif., the second of three sons born to Allison Everett and Esther Erler Pech. Bob graduated from the University of Oregon in 1969. He married Meredith Ayer in 1973 and worked in the electrical industry, taking early retirement when Multiple Sclerosis prohibited him from working.
Bob was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Ashland, Ore. and his beliefs guided and sustained him throughout his life. He was gifted with an ability to engage with those he met along in his journey, and he touched many people in meaningful ways. As MS relentlessly diminished his physical capabilities, Bob became an inspirational model of courage and grace as he continued to live a life of optimism, joy, and love.
Bob was a proud father and was well-loved by his three daughters. He was a hands-on dad, and he loved welcoming other children into the family circle. He chaperoned school and church field trips. He loved playing volleyball, and in addition to playing on city league teams, he spent countless hours bumping and spiking with youngsters developing their skills. Bob played the banjo and guitar and enjoyed playing in groups throughout his life before MS claimed his dexterity. Bob was a diehard football fan with special affection for the Ashland Grizzlies, and he could be seen in his wheelchair cheering the team at home games.
Bob's commitment to helping others directed his life. He was a trained Stephen Minister, served on the Vestry at church, was on the board of the Ashland Emergency Food Bank, and facilitated a support group for those with MS.
Bob was a steadfast friend to many. He was instrumental in the life of the Bandidos, a group of high school buddies that met yearly; men whose lifelong connection forged deep, abiding bonds. Those who counted Bob among their friends knew him as a loyal and encouraging friend, and he touched people deeply.
Bob entered the Kingdom Saturday, June 8, 2013, leaving a legacy of love and faith. He considered his family his greatest accomplishment.
Bob is survived by his wife of 39 years, Meredith; his daughters, Margaret Pech, Tessa (Tim) Johnston, and Laura Pech (Jeremy). In his final years Bob took great delight in being "Papa" to his six grandchildren, Kekoa and Lucy Kaho'okaulana, Brooke and Alex Johnston, and Loki and Ayla Foust. He is also survived by brother, Allison James Pech (Rosemarie); nieces, Lisa Hord (Jeff) and Louise Texiera (Todd). He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Daniel G. Pech.
The family would like to thank Ashland Home Health, his kind and loving caregivers, and the many friends and neighbors who helped him through his final days.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 N. Second, Ashland, Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. A celebration of Bob's life will follow in the Parish Hall. All are invited to join as we celebrate a remarkable life - Bob style - with barbeque and bluegrass. Donations in Bob's memory should be sent to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank, the Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Trinity Episcopal Church Memorial Fund.