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Robert Stanford "Bob" Kreider, Mennonite educator and denominational statesman, was born 2 January 1919 in Sterling, Illinois, USA to Amos Ebersole Kreider (19 October 1889-11 February 1976) and Stella Shoemaker Kreider (17 November 1893-24 July 1977). He was the oldest of two sons. On 30 December 1945 Robert married Lois Lydia Sommer (8 February 1924-); they had six children, five of whom lived to adulthood. Robert died 27 December 2015 at his home in North Newton, Kansas, USA.
When Robert was the age of two, the family moved to Goshen, Indiana where Amos Kreider taught at Goshen College. The family later moved to Bluffton, Ohio where Amos taught at Bluffton College. In 1929, Robert was baptized in the First Mennonite Church, Bluffton. In 1935, the family again relocated to Newton, Kansas where Robert entered Bethel College and earned a BA in History.
As a conscientious objector to war, Robert was drafted into Civilian Public Service (CPS) from 1941 to 1945. His years of service included Assistant Director of the Colorado Springs CPS Camp, Secretary of Education for Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) CPS Camps, and Director of MCC's mental hospital program.
Six weeks after marrying Lois Sommer in 1945, Robert left to direct MCC's relief program in Germany. One year later, Lois joined him as a relief worker, and they served in Europe until 1949.
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