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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Robert G. DeMoss Sr.
March 8, 1928 - March 11, 2023

Public Events and Locations

Memorial Service - Saturday, March 25, 2023, 3:00 PM at New Life Presbyterian Church Glenside, Glenside
Reception - Saturday, March 25, 2023, 4:00 PM at New Life Presbyterian Church Glenside, Glenside


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - New Life Presbyterian Church Glenside - 467 North Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038 - 215-576-0892 - Map
Donation - Word in Deed Ministries - P.O. Box 476, Dresher, PA 19025 - 561-352-6095 - Map
Donation - Every Good Gift - PO Box 541, Abington, PA 19001 - 215-429-3750 - Map

Robert G. DeMoss Sr. of Dresher, Pennsylvania died Saturday, March 11, 2023 at his home. He was 95 years old. Robert was born March 8, 1928 in Albany, New York, son of the late Stephen DeMoss and the late Ann DeMoss (nee - Simon). He is the beloved husband of Kristen (nee Getz) DeMoss and the late Dora (nee Sterious) DeMoss; loving father of Rebecca Wilson and her husband the late Jack, Robert DeMoss Jr. and his wife Leticia, Stephen DeMoss and his wife Sharon, John DeMoss and his wife Alison, and Timothy DeMoss and his wife Christina; Proud grandfather and great grandfather of Stephen (wife Michelle) and daughters Madelyn and Violet Wilson, Joshua (wife Caroline) and daughters Jacqueline and Piper Wilson, Carissa (husband Aaron) Shapiro, Theodora Sienna DeMoss, Robert “Bobby” III, Daniel “Danny” DeMoss, Michael (deceased) DeMoss, Stacy (husband Steven) Walker and daughter Norah, Matthew “Matt” (wife Abbie) DeMoss, John Jr (wife Sarah) and Adelaida “Ada”, John III “Jack” and Ransom DeMoss, Rachel (husband Dustin) and Miles, Lexi, Jude and Sam Douglass, Timothy “Tim (wife Megan) and Blake, Isla, and Charlotte DeMoss, Hannah (husband Merrell) and Aniyah, Merrell Jr “Rell”, Ava, Leia and Hezekai “Kai” Johnson, Ellen (husband Zack) and Zachary Jr “Zack”, Elijah “Eli” and Gracie Travis, Sarah (husband Jared) and Alexander “Lex”, Lydia and Adeline “Addie” Tuttle, Nikolas DeMoss, Jakob (daughter Zaylee) DeMoss, Kiera DeMoss, Amari DeMoss, Donte Mcfadden, Ca'Mari Harris (daughter Melani), Timothy DeMoss Jr, Tobias “Toby” DeMoss, Tessa DeMoss, Victoria “Tori” DeMoss, Theodora “Teddie” DeMoss; brother of the late Arthur DeMoss and his wife Nancy. He is also survived by his mother in law Barbara Getz and sister in laws Leslie (Getz) and Aaron Johnson and Stephanie Getz.

Bob was born, raised, and educated in Albany NY. He was a 1945 graduate of the Milne School in Albany, NY, then continued his education receiving his Bachelors degree from Syracuse University, a Masters Divinity Degree from Westminster Seminary and a Doctorate degree from Temple University. He married Dora on September 4, 1950. They moved around until having their home built in Willow Grove, PA in 1962. They raised their family in Willow Grove and moved to West Palm Beach, FL in 1996. Bob and Kristen were married in February 2016 and resided in Dresher, PA.

Bob loved making music and worshipping God (playing piano, harmonica, guitar, drums), praying for and visiting people, telling anyone he met what Jesus had done for him and how he loved them, too. He enjoyed sports and games of all kinds - tennis, wiffleball, basketball, softball, pingpong, pool, bocce ball, word games, puzzles, cards.

Health and Fitness - he began caring for his health in earnest in his late 30s with daily walks and jogs. He began studying the benefits inherent in fruits and vegetables and took to heart that they could be real medicine for his body. He made salads almost daily, often competing with himself to see how many vegetables he could include on a single plate (routinely a dozen or more, just for the fun of it). He disciplined himself to eat thoughtfully and walk daily. The results for such faithfulness showed in encouraging checkups year after year. His cardiologist told him to “keep on doing whatever he was doing”, which he did to the very end, reassuring his nurse, that “I don’t eat junk food”!

Bob’s career included the following:
Math and Bible teacher at Eastern Christian High School, Patterson NJ  - 1956-62
Professor of Philosophy at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain TN - 1965-67
Teacher of Philosophy at Penn State University, King of Prussia, 1963
Vice-President of the Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation, St David's PA  -1970 - 79
President Arthur S. DeMoss Foundation - 1980- 2015
Philosophy teacher at Messiah College, Philadelphia PA - 1970-1977
Philosophy teacher at Geneva College, Philadelphia PA - 1978,79
Elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Hatboro PA - 1963-73
Lay minister at New Life Presbyterian Church, Glenside PA - 1980 - 2023
Private first class in the United States Army, 1945-46
Author of book reviews for the Westminster Journal, 1962-70 and Presbyterian Guardian, 1965-70

His work took him all over the globe. It must be noted he did so with the full support and cheerful encouragement of his beloved  Dora, who cared for their five children on her own in his absence. Bob and Dora were united on the importance of these trips in encouraging and learning from other Christians world-wide. These travels first shaped him, and then the family and friends with whom he shared his new insights. Bob was a teacher, yes, but also a student, and eagerly learned about the diverse cultures and customs he encountered in places like Columbia, Mexico, Haiti, Uganda, Kenya, Germany, Hungary, and Japan. Many of the friendships he formed then remained lifelong friends.

Relatives and friends were invited to his Home Going Service on Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 3:00 P.M. at New Life Presbyterian Church Glenside, 467 North Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038 followed by a reception at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Word in Deed Ministries, P.O. Box 476, Dresher, PA 19025 or Every Good Gift, PO Box 541, Abington, PA 19001.

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