Meet Bob and Lois of Good Shepherd.
Bob and Lois are the sweetest couple and their story is one of endearing and enduring love.
Born in Wellpinit, Washington, Bob grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation the third oldest of seven brothers. He acquired the nickname “Chick” and according to his mother, he was named after a wrestler named Bob Robert Chick, but Bob remembers that his ribcage looked like a chicken’s. Bob graduated from Wellpinit High School and went on to graduate from Washington State College with a degree in Forestry. After college he served for three years in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. His duties included serving as an instructor in photomapping, topographical mapping and taking 3D photographs.
Lois was born in Bozeman, Montana. After 12 years, she and her family moved to Helena, Montana. Lois went to Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota; however she quickly discovered that she was homesick so she transferred to Montana State University to be closer to home. She graduated in 1967 with a degree in Spanish, General Studies and Home Economics.
Bob and Lois met on a blind date in Helena, Montana. The blind date was set up by one of Bob’s old girlfriends. Six weeks after meeting each other, Bob took a job in the supervisor’s office at Clearwater National Forest in Idaho. Every weekend he would drive up to Montana to see Lois and to play baseball on the local team so they could spend time together. Their whirlwind courtship was only five months long before they decided to get married and they have been happily married for 48 wonderful years.
They have two children. Their daughter Kerry is a nurse and lives in St. Cloud with her husband Steve. They have three beautiful children, two boys and one girl. Their son Keith has a degree in performing arts and has toured with national shows like Sesame Street Live. Most recently he worked for McKesson. Keith and his spouse will soon be embarking on a new journey, moving to New Zealand for some exciting career opportunities. Lois is looking forward to the opportunity to visit!
Bob has always been very active and has had many exciting hobbies in his lifetime. He has run 8 marathons; he used to referee High School sports; and he was always an avid outdoorsman, fishing and hunting big game. He was able to shoot and mount a Big Horn sheep from Montana, a Dall sheep from Alaska and a Stone sheep from Canada. One of Bob’s greatest accomplishments was writing a book titled, “The Way It Was, According to Chick.” It is full of very entertaining stories about growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in a large family of seven boys. Lois has always been one of Bob’s biggest cheerleaders and has lovingly supported him in his many activities and adventures over the years.
Lois worked various jobs and has always been active in her church with Bible study and choir. She retired from CNA Surety in 2001 after working for many years. Now she loves playing cards, swimming and playing Candy Crush Saga.
In 2010, Bob and Lois moved to St. Cloud, spending part of the year here and the winters in Arizona enjoying the warm weather. They started living here full time in June, 2015. Lois had been caregiving for Bob at home for many years, but due to some progressive health issues, that was no longer possible. Bob moved into Good Shepherd in December 2015. Lois said, “I don’t have to worry a second about him, he gets really great care.” He likes many of the activities at Good Shepherd, but he particularly enjoys playing Bingo and socializing with other residents. Bob and Lois can frequently be found working on a puzzle and enjoying their time together.
We are proud the Wynecoop’s call Good Shepherd home!