HELENA — Robert “Bob” Ellsworth Jewell, born Oct. 19, 1946 to Clayton Jewell and Lillian (Bernita) Jacobs went home to heaven Dec. 18 due to Mesothelioma.
He was a beloved father of Sheri Erhardt and Holly Jewell, brother, cousin, cherished friend and teacher. Bob’s gracious kindness, witty humor, passionate storytelling, intelligence and loving spirit attracted a wide circle of amazing people into his life. He was a skilled competitor of games, conscientious preserver of Mother Earth, gifted artist, celebrated teacher, and competent Vietnam squad leader. He loved his friends and family, philosophical conversations, art, outdoors, competitive Scrabble and cards, music, football and laughing.
Bob grew up in Great Falls until drafted into the Vietnam War and spent 416 life-altering days as an infantryman in the US Army. Upon return, he studied Education at Montana State University and married Cynthia Vergine. Bob and Cynthia were married 18 years and raised their daughters, Sheri and Holly, in Helena. He became an Earth Science teacher at Helena Middle School in 1974, earned his Master’s Degree in Education, and continued to serve youth as a school counselor at Helena High until he retired in 2002. Since retiring, he enjoyed meaningful time with friends and family, cherished his children and five grandchildren (Ava, Ella, Ethan Erhardt, Jayce and Drew Gerstle), wrote a book on his Vietnam experience, artistically beautified his homes and enjoyed life’s simple pleasures. His endearing laughter and loving eyes expressed his genuine human nature.
A Memorial Service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 at Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, 3750 N. Montana Ave. A reception will immediately follow the service in the social hall of the funeral home. Burial will follow the reception at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations in Robert’s name can be made to the Community Medical Center Pediatrics, at 2827 Fort Missoula Rd, Missoula, MT. 59804, or The Angel Fund, at PO Box 7436 Helena, MT. 59604. Please visit aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Robert.