Robert Ellsworth Obituary

Robert  Bryan  Ellsworth
Robert Bryan Ellsworth

March 20, 1928 - May 28, 2019
Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho
Resided in Bend, Oregon


Robert Bryan Ellsworth, 91, of Bend, Oregon, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Countryside Living Memory Care Center in Redmond, Oregon.

Robert was born on March 20, 1920, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was the first son of Bryan Young and Lucille (Greenheck) Ellsworth.

Robert received his PhD in Psychology from Penn State University at age 25 and enjoyed a 25+ year career at four Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals throughout the country. During his career he led groundbreaking research on milieu therapy and assessment of patient outcomes; he authored 42 peer-reviewed publications and touched countless lives with his work.
After retiring from the VA, Robert began a second career in the ministry. He first served as Minister for Unity of Vancouver in Vancouver, Washington, and later as Director of Education for the Association of Unity Churches in Unity Village, Missouri. With his wife, Janet, he established a Prayer Ministry at Unity of Overland, Kansas. For three years they traveled around the U.S consulting with churches to establish prayer ministries. This led to a growing interest in the community about understanding how to build healthy churches and promote church growth. Using an approach based on their research (and their three peer-reviewed publications), Robert and Janet consulted various institutions together for 10 years.

The couple moved to Bend, Oregon, in 2003. For many years Robert was active in the First Presbyterian Church- he helped to establish the Men’s Group, which is still active today.
He is survived by his wife, Janet, of Bend, OR; the mother of his children, Wanda Meyers of Issaquah, Washington; his daughter, Shane Ellsworth of Langley, Washington; his two sons, Bob Ellsworth of Redmond, Washington, and Steven Ellsworth of the Philippines; his brother, Roy Ellsworth of Boise, Idaho; as well as his 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Robert was preceded in death by a son, Sam; a grandson, Matt; and a brother, Stan.

He will be greatly missed and forever changed by those who knew him.



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