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Robert Lee Brisbin

September 20, 1939November 15, 2020

Robert Lee Brisbin died peacefully on Sunday, November 15, 2020 surrounded by his children. Born September 20, 1939, Bob grew up with his parents, Don and Wilma, on a farm in Eagle Grove, IA. He married Joanne Spangler on December 27, 1959 and they quickly grew their family to five in the following three years as he received his B.S from Iowa State and served two years in the US Army Corps of Engineers. A Masters of Forestry from Penn State bolstered his 33-year career as a wood scientist for the USDA Forest Service.

Bob’s passions included spending time with his children and grandchildren, serving his church, traveling and socializing with friends, fly fishing, and enjoying a wee dram of peaty single malt Scotch! He was a kind soul with eyes that were always smiling. He will be missed by so many.

Bob was preceded in death by his wife and parents. Bob is survived by his son, Randy Lindsay-Brisbin and his wife, Melanie of Colorado Springs, CO; daughter, Leanne Brisbin and her husband, Keith Pedersen of Cary; daughter, Jolynne Fleck and her husband, Mike of Greensboro; "adopted" daughter, Mary Eberst of Pittsboro; and grandchildren Jenna, Luke, Tobi, Abby, Elizabeth and Matt. He is also survived by many other loving extended family members.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ the King Memorial Fund, c/o Christ the King Lutheran Church, PO Box 164, Cary, NC 27512-0164 or to NovusWay Inc, PO Box 830, Arden, NC 28704 which runs NC Lutheran camps including Lutheridge and Lutherock where Bob loved to go in the spring to help with trail clearing and other maintenance.

A virtual memorial service to celebrate and honor Bob's life will be held at a later date and communicated widely. If you would like to be directly notified when scheduled, please forward your contact information to

Funeral arrangements have been made by Apex Funeral Home. Bob will be interred alongside Joanne at Christ the King’s columbarium.

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Susan Kohlrausch

November 21, 2020

Bob was a wonderful, kind person and he will be missed by all who had the honor to spend time with him. Each week for many years our paths would cross at Church as he performed his volunteer services. He always had a smile and kind word to share, a true role model for us all.

Bill Green

November 20, 2020

Bob was a such a kind and generous man, and a dear friend. He was a wonderful friend to my mother Shirley, and her friend Betty and was the "chauffeur" on many trips to the theater as well as outings and dinners. They all lost a spouse and were great medicine for each other. I thank God every day that He brought Bob into my mom's life. He was a true blue friend. His kindness left an impact on this world that will be felt for a very long time.

Peggy Hawkins

November 19, 2020

Bob was one of the kindest men I have ever known. The memories of the joyful times Betty, Shirley and I shared with him, will forever bring smiles to my heart. Bob was loved and respected by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Deanna Nelson

November 18, 2020

I traveled with Bob and a group from CTK to New Zealand. (He took a pretrip to Australia.) What a nice traveling companion! We all will miss his presence at services and support for all things CTK.

Dan Yaussy

November 17, 2020

Bob was a very decent and smart man who hired me at the Delaware Lab of the Forest Service. He served as a much needed mentor to me as a young scientist. There couldn't have been a nicer man.
My wife, Leslie, and I would would socialize with Bob and Joanne, the Rasts, the Sondermans, and the Jensens monthly. Some of the women at the lab thought that he was quite attractive with his mustache and nicknamed him "The Frito Banditto".
He will be missed.


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