Robert Glen Bollinger, Jr. went home to be with the Lord on February 27, 2022. Robert was born on September 19, 1958 in St. Louis, MO to Robert Glen Bollinger, Sr. and Naomi Faith (Covington) Bollinger. He is survived by his devoted wife and best friend, Elisa Renee (Bowser) Bollinger and their beloved Yorkie Pom, Barkely; as well as two children, Robert “Rob” Glen Bollinger III, his family, and Nic Bollinger. He was also survived by his brothers Randall Keith (Patricia) Bollinger and Kenneth Bart (Sherry) Bollinger and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents grandparents, special uncle Dale Covington, and his niece Amanda Bollinger.
Elisa and Robert’s love story is a thoroughly modern one. States apart, in the early days of online dating, they fell in love before they even met. After a few cross-country moves for both of them, they united in holy matrimony on July 8, 2006. He and Elisa worked as house parents with the Missouri Baptist Children’s Home and Sheltercare in Stow, OH. Throughout the years, he was involved in many church ministries including music ministries at several churches; he was involved with the widow’s group at his home church, Liberty Baptist; also the Good News Club going into Franklin Elementary and sharing the Good News with the kids, he led Bible study with a group of friends at the Legends rehab. Robert was a person who was visibly filled with the joy and security of knowing Jesus Christ as his personal saviour and his commitment to Christ shone through in everything he did. And his prayer was always for others to know Christ as their personal Saviour. He also loved a quiet evening of watching movies with the love of his life, his early morning coffee chats with his brothers Randy and Kenny (where we are sure many tales were told), fishing, grilling, smoking meats, collecting records, and enjoying regular game nights with Elisa and dear friends Gary and Diana Mencer. (Rumor has it these games got very serious and they each had their own die.)
Robert touched the lives of so many people, he never met a stranger. His call in life was to share the message of salvation, and to impart the overwhelming peace and happiness in being a child of God to everyone he met. Robert especially had a heart for the children and the elderly. He could be “stubborn” at times (he was one of the “Bollinger boys.”) But he was also resilient; he overcame countless obstacles and endured many medical issues over the last few years. And with Elisa and the Lord by his side, any discouragement would fade away. When he entered the gates of Heaven, he was no doubt greeted by Jesus with “Well done thy good and faithful servant”
Memorial services will be held at Liberty Baptist Church in Massillon on March 5, 2022. Calling hours from 4-5, service at 5, with dinner to follow.
A memorial service in Missouri near his childhood home will be held March 19, 2022 more details to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a memorial fund to be given to Elisa for expenses. Checks can be sent to Liberty Baptist church, please mark for memorial fund for Robert Bollinger there is also a GoFundMe set up.
Liberty Baptist Church
2349 Southway ST SW
Massillon, OH 44646