Robert “Bob” Duane Hewitt, 102, of Grand Forks, ND, went to be with his Lord and Savior, on Saturday, June 5, 2021, in his home from old age, surrounded by his children.
Bob was born September 13, 1918, to Frank and Eva (Scott) Hewitt in Grand Forks, ND, and grew up on their family farm west of Minto, ND. Growing up on the farm during the depression years, he learned to work hard. After graduating from Minto High School in 1936, he became interested in flying, and earned his pilot license in 1939. In March of 1941, he volunteered to serve in the Army Air Force, and shipped out on the Queen Mary along with 12,000 other troops, to the South Pacific, where he served as crew chief and flight engineer on B-17 bombers.
Returning home, he attended UND where he met the love of his life, Pauline Olsen, at a church group. They were married on June 6, 1948, at the First Methodist Church in Grand Forks. After daughter Linda was born, the family moved to St. Paul, MN, to work for Northwest Airlines. It was there that Barbara was born. After being laid off, the family moved to Los Angeles, to work for Western Airlines. They were soon invited by a neighbor to attend a Friday night Bible study. Dad was amazed to find he could study the Bible for himself and discovered his need for a Savior. Bob and Pauline asked Jesus into their hearts, were baptized, and began a new life in Christ in 1957.
They returned to Grand Forks in 1958 and settled near University Park, where son Mark was born. They attended Grace Baptist Church for a number of years, and then joined Faith Evangelical Free Church in 1964, where he once served as an elder. Bob was very active in the original City Mission, the Gideons, Child Evangelism, and had a Jail Ministry for 40 years. In the 70’s he helped start a Christian Brethren Assembly in Grand Forks. He had a passion for sharing the Good News of Jesus with others.
He worked at Montgomery Airspray as an aircraft mechanic-flight instructor, and for the City, running the snow plows, fire trucks, and fueling aircraft. He retired in 1985. Bob and Pauline enjoyed many winters in Sunland Village, Mesa, AZ.
Bob was easy going and quiet natured. He is survived by his children, Linda (Craig) Coffman, Barbara (David) Estill, both of Mesa, AZ, and son Mark Hewitt of Grand Forks. Sister Frances Halverson, four grandchildren Christine, Robert, Robyn, Kelly, and nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Margorie, Mary Lou, Janet, and wife of 62 years, Pauline. Special thanks to respite caregivers Stephanie and Karen.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, June 11 at 11:00 am at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 1400 24th Ave. S. Grand Forks, with visitation at beginning at 10:00 am. Any memorials can be directed to Child Evangelism Fellowship or the GF Senior Center. Amundson Funeral Home is in care of the arrangements.