Dec 272013

Robert Allen Midkiff, 89, of Concho peacefully passed away on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in St. Johns. Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Show Low.
He was born on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1923, to the late Jacob Irvin and Margaret Ethel (Ross) Midkiff in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
Bob was raised in Miami, then moved to Fort Grant, where he attended grade school, then to Phoenix, where he graduated from Phoenix Central High School.
Following high school Bob enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was later honorably discharged from the service and moved to California to further his education.
Bob had planned to further develop his electrical skills at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but felt God calling him to the ministry and instead attended La Sierra College in Riverside, Calif., receiving degrees in theology and education; That was where he met and married the love of his life, Alice Prout, who preceded him in death in July 2009.
Following his graduation Bob accepted a call from the Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In his years of service to the Lord Bob presented the gospel and taught at Thunderbird SDA Elementary School, Holbrook Indian Mission School, Tempe SDA Elementary School and Kailua Mission School, as well as filling other positions for the church in the Southwest.
Survivors include his children, Robert Midkiff of Show Low, Merrily Lathrop (Vince) of St. Johns and Melody Blake of Tacoma, Wash.; his grandchildren, Scott Midkiff, Laura Donavan (Adrian) and James Midkiff (Alissa); and his great-grandchildren, Katelyn Midkiff, Emily Midkiff, Ambry Midkiff, Madelyn Donovan and Carissa Donovan.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; and a son, Richard Midkiff.
Owens Livingston Mortuary of Show Low was in charge of the arrangements.