Robert Matthew Grimmett, 61, Topeka: Aug. 18, 1954 – Dec. 3, 2015

TOPEKA – Rev. Robert (Bob) Matthew Grimmett passed away on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at his home after a short illness. He was born on Aug. 18, 1954, in Emporia, Kan., the oldest of four sons born to Bill and Betty (Jackson) Grimmett.

After graduating from Lebo High School in 1972, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Education from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and his Doctorate of Theology from Southern Indiana Baptist College.

Bob and Susan Burnett, daughter of Grover and Juliette (Green) Burnett, were high school sweethearts who married on June 16, 1973, in Melvern, Kan. They began their family in 1976 by welcoming their son Stephen. In 1977, their second son Michael was born, and the family was completed with the addition of John in 1981.

Following in the Grimmett family tradition, he worked as a brick mason, building their first home in Lebo, Kan., in 1976. He served as a youth pastor at West Side Baptist Church, in Emporia, as well as at Blue Ridge Baptist Temple, in Kansas City. Following the Lord’s call, he became the pastor at Central Baptist Church in Anthony, Kan., and later at Bethel Community Church in Topeka. His fondness for working with young people led him into the field of education, where he became a junior high school social studies teacher at Robinson Middle School, Robinson, Kan.,and later at Silver Lake Junior High School, Silver Lake, Kan. Upon his death, he was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church, Topeka.

During their 42 years of marriage, Bob and Susan enjoyed traveling throughout the country; eventually completing their quest to see all 50 states. Bob was an avid sports fan whose favorite teams included the Green Bay Packers, Kansas Jayhawks and the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. His love of sports steered him into becoming a coach of several youth sports teams. His other interests included music, storytelling, studying the Bible, history, reading, playing guitar, singing and tinkering in his shop.

Bob is survived by his wife Susan; three sons, Stephen, of Topeka, Michael, Lawrence, Kan., and John, Portland, Ore.; his parents, Bill and Betty, Webb City, Mo.; three brothers, Rex (Cynthia), Paris, Tenn., Scott (Lori), Reading, Kan., and Stephen, Springfield, Mo.; and brother-in-law Stephen (Cynthia) Burnett, Topeka.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Bethel Community Church, 6944 NW Landon Road, Topeka. Burial will be in the Melvern Cemetery at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The family will receive friends from 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 7, at the Lyndon Baptist Church, 129 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Topeka Rescue Mission, where Bob enjoyed volunteering during his retirement, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451.

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