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OBITUARY: Robert "Bob" Dean Hiebert

Aug. 12, 1930 – June 7, 2019


Robert "Bob" Dean Hiebert

Robert "Bob" Dean Hiebert went home to be with the Lord on June 7, 2019 at age 88 due to a fatal accident. Bob was born to Arnold and Elizabeth Hiebert in Garden City, Kan., and raised in Hillsboro, Kan.

He is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Juanita. Bob is survived by his daughters, Carol Jost and husband David, Debby Jewell and husband Gary, Danya Gambill and husband David, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Bob owned and operated several automotive businesses from the late 1950s to 2004 in the Bakersfield and Shafter area. He taught auto shop night classes at Bakersfield College in the late '60s and vocational automotive for a few years in the early '80s.

Bob was involved in many clubs and associations, such as the Bakersfield Christian Businessman Association, Christian Motorcycle Association, Bill Glass Prison Ministry, Kern County Juvenile Hall Chaplain with Youth for Christ, Kiwanis Shafter and Golden Empire Barbershop Chorus.

Bob's love for God and the church was evident over years of service teaching many Sunday school classes, leading and attending bible studies, singing in the choir and various small groups, ushering and greeting. When he could no longer drive, Bob would Uber to The Bridge Bible Church because he didn't want to miss the fellowship there.

As Bob grew older, he decided he would rather burn out for God rather than sit around and rust out. He had a love for the unsaved and lived his later years sharing his faith and encouraging new believers.

Services will be held Tuesday, June 18, at The Bridge Church in Bakersfield.

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