Bob Bignold passed away suddenly from natural causes on Thursday, July 28, 2016. He and his wife, Barbara had moved to Colville last August from Kent, Washington where he had had a successful architectural and engineering firm.
For the past 10 years, Bob has been the National President of Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship in America overseeing some 80 chapters nationwide. However, Bob’s influence reached far beyond the US to many in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Far East. Bob came to faith in Christ at the age of 43 “up to then, I was the average American business man working to make my Seattle architecture business a success. I thought there must be a God, but did not have the slightest idea of how to contact Him…”.
Bob came across Merlin Carother’s book, “Power in Praise,” that triggered his journey to faith. “Seven months later, I learned about another free gift from God—the baptism of the Holy Spirit. One evening in the living room of my home, I knelt down to ask Jesus to fill me with His Holy Spirit. As I sat quietly before the Lord some strange words began to bubble up from my spirit. Hesitantly, I spoke them and words flowed out, filling me with a new joy. Soon my wife, Barbara received this gift of the Holy Spirit.
It was then that the family discovered the FGBMFI Chapter in Seattle and soon Bob was involved in airlifts to the nations becoming an International Director of that organization. Bob organized and led the first US/Canadian airlift to Japan and continued on to Russia to establish chapters and encourage businessmen in their new endeavor. Bob has also traveled and spoken in 6 European and Central American countries as well as Nigeria, Africa. Later after leaving that organization, he was invited to a new organization—FGBMF in America becoming the first president and faithfully serving in that capacity for the past 10 years.
Bob graduated from Washington State University with degrees in Architecture and Engineering. Then served in the US Army as a Captain, working in Korea in reconstruction projects as part of the Engineering Corps.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara, children, Michael, Kristi, Christina, Timothy and nine grandchildren. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service is planned for Saturday, August 13 at the Colville Free Methodist Church at 2 p.m. located at 111 S Elm to be followed by a Pot Blessing Meal and Fellowship.
The family requests please no flowers and that donations be made to FGBMFA and mailed to: P.O. Box 1115, Colville, Wa 99114.