Death of Bob Persky

We were saddened to learn that retired GCI Pastor Robert Persky died at home early Sunday morning, July 23. Bob was 72 years old.

Born to Arthur and Sadie Persky in 1945, Bob (pictured at right) first heard the World Tomorrow program in 1959, then began attending the Radio Church of God in Houston, TX, in 1960. He was baptized in 1963. After attending the University of Houston, Bob transferred to the Texas campus of Ambassador College, graduating in 1969. He then married the love of his life, Kay Hyde. Shortly thereafter Bob and Kay started a family with the birth of twin sons Ted and Neal. Later they were joined by daughter Livia and a third son, Bradley.

In 1969, Bob entered the employed ministry of WCG, serving first as a ministerial trainee in Indianapolis, IN. Following ordination, he was transferred to pastor a church in Ohio, followed by pastorates in Wisconsin, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida and last in Texas. In 1996, Bob was named a District Superintendent, serving first in Kentucky, then Florida, followed by Texas.

In 2013, Bob retired from the employed ministry of GCI after 49 years of dedicated service as a beloved pastor of churches and a pastor to pastors. In his spare time, Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. The study of theology was one of his passions in life.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his son Ted. He is survived by his wife Kay, his daughter Livia, his sons Neal and Bradley, his children’s spouses, and his six grandchildren. For information about the funeral in the Dallas, TX, area on July 27, click here.

Prayer is requested for Kay (who has her own health struggles), their children and grandchildren.

Cards may be sent to:

Kay Persky
129 Star Point Lane
Weatherford, TX 76088-6409

10 thoughts on “Death of Bob Persky”

  1. I first met Bob nearly 50 years ago when I was in high school and he was a ministerial trainee serving in the Indianapolis, Indiana, congregation. Bob and Burk McNair (the pastor) interviewed me as part of the process for applying to attend Ambassador College. In the years since, Bob has been a continuing positive presence in my life. He was my “Barnabas”—a source of great encouragement and support, and a brother whose great faith rubbed off on me. I look forward to that relationship being renewed in the future. In the meantime, rest in peace my brother. My prayers are with Kay and the Persky children and grandchildren.

  2. I was at Ambassador College, Big Sandy with both Bob and Kay. Sometimes this life seems very short. My prayers are with his family during this difficult time. God bless them with peace and comfort.

  3. We are very saddened to hear about Bob’s passing away. Although I never knew him personally (only met him in passing at denominational events), Bob’s reputation as a passionate man of God was well known.

    We can all only be thankful for his life and for the multitude of people he pastored and encouraged in those 50 years of dedicated employed ministry.

    Our prayers will be joining many others. May Kay and the entire family be comforted by those unforgettable joyous moments that a rich life like Bob’s must have left behind for others to still enjoy and cherish.

    In Him,
    Santiago and Elke

  4. When I was being led to begin the Crossing Borders mission trip in GCI (23 trips ago), Bob was my District Superintendent. I’ll never forget, on a weekend of district meetings, Bob sought me out on several occasions and shared with me his amazing enthusiasm and encouragement about this new ministry focus. Over the years since, in official and unofficial capacities, Bob continued to be an uplifting and supportive ministry mentor and friend. Sleep now, my friend, there is much excitement in the eternity ahead.

  5. We are so sorry to hear about the death of Bob. We met several years ago at a conference Palm Springs. Our deep condolences to his wife and family.

  6. My prayers for the comfort that only the Holy Spirit can provide during this sad time. I was pleased to have met Bob while I was at Ambassador with his children. I pray also Kay that you are granted health and strength.

  7. Jonnie and I send our condolences to all the family with the passing of your dear and loving Father. Your mom and dad (and your family too) have touched our lives since 1973. I graduated from Ambassador College and came back to live in Champaign, Ill and he was my pastor. He gave me many opportunities to serve in the local church. In 1974 I met my wife Jonnie and he counselled us for marriage and he performed our wedding April 27, 1975 in Champaign. We did a lot together with your mom and dad/family. Later your family moved to Roanoke I believe. In 1988 I was hired by our denomination and asked if I minded moving to Charleston, S. Car. to work and learn under Bob Persky. We were amazed and said “absolutely – since we know them and he knows us”. So for about 5 1/2 years we served alongside your mom and dad – caring for the lovely members in Charleston, S.Car & Savannah, GA churches. Your dad was always so helpful and encouraging as he (and your mom) mentored us and shared their lives with us. In the years since that time, there were several times we met up and truly enjoyed your dad and mom. He was filled with mercy, grace, and the love of Jesus….and he lived and loved the members — sharing the live and love of Jesus with us and all people. He was a joy to be around. Love to you all David & Jonnie Perry

  8. Bob was district pastor in Florida when I pastored here. He and Kay were always a joy to work with. Such a shock. I miss him and my heart goes out to Kay.

  9. Dear Kay,

    You and Bob have been friends and encouragers since 1966. Nancy and I join with many other friends and family in praying for you at this time of your loss.

    Ken and Nancy

  10. Dear Kay and family,

    We will miss Bob right along with you and want you to know you have our deepest sympathies and prayers at this difficult time. We have many good memories of time spent together in conferences and meetings over the years. May the peace of God that passes all understanding be yours in Jesus Christ our Lord. With our love, Ray and Carol Meyer

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