Jon Robert Estes
Jon Robert Estes was born to Alma Zahl Estes and Robert Wentworth Estes, May 28th, 1951 in Renton, Washington, USA. Jon was preceded in death by parents and his sister, Tammy Bubemyre. He is survived by his brother Pat (wife Laura) Estes
He attended grade school in Renton, Washington, Falmouth, Massachusetts, and Issaquah, Washington. Junior High years were spent in Parshall, North Dakota and Great Falls, Montana. He then attended CMR High School in Great Falls then graduated from Issaquah High in 1969. That same year he raced his Hodaka dirt bike in the first Desert 100 race in Mattawa, Washington.
Jon attended Everett Community College before joining the United States Air Force in 1970. After boot camp, and schooling in radio communications, he served most of his time on a Navy ship decoding communications during the Vietnam war. While on ship, Jon conducted Bible studies with shipmates.
When his tour of duty ended, he attended Evergreen Community College, Olympia, before attending Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. Upon graduation he entered Seminary in Tacoma, and served an internship in Lima, Ohio. Jon then transferred to the seminary in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where he completed pastoral training.
Jon accepted a call to the three-point parish of Bow Island, Foremost and Manyberries, Alberta. While there he applied for and received dual US-Canadian citizenship.
Following his service there he took calls to Inuvik and Yellowknife before taking the call to Evansburg. Along the way he joined the Canadian Militia, serving as chaplain. Jon was an excellent marksman and enjoyed his service to both countries he loved.
Even more, Jon loved the Lord, and felt the call to minister to God’s people and spread the Good News of Jesus death and resurrection. Jon had a goal to read through the entire Bible once for each year he was alive. This was above and beyond the study he did for sermon preparation and bible studies. Jon achieved this goal.
Jon was loved by family, and friends in both the US and Canada. Jon did not want a service to honor him, but realizing that funerals are for those left behind, he would leave you with this message of assurance of eternal life.
Romans 6:5 For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.
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