When a motion needed to be made, a project funded, an investment spearheaded, an effort initiated, or a hand outstretched, one can find the name of Robert L. Foote penned on the pages of Hastings history.
When Bill Nottage-Tacey, now pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Hastings, graduated from Hastings College in 1972, the session at First Presbyterian Church made a motion to support his move to seminary with a scholarship.
The leader of that proposal was Foote — the same congregation member and community leader who one day would head the recruiting committee that brought Nottage-Tacey back as the church’s head pastor.
“That small detail was the kind of thing that Bob made his mark on. He was such an encouraging human being — a supporter of young people, business, the community, and his family. It’s hard to even begin to describe his influence,” Nottage-Tacey said.
The care and attention to detail Foote exhibited in his congregation is only one example of the dedication, kindness and grace that marked Foote’s life. He died Sunday at the age of 83.
“I think Bob had a hard time letting go of life because while heaven is a wonderful place, he loved Hastings and his family so much that letting go of those two places might be difficult, even with the promise of heaven,” said Nottage-Tacey.
“He is a gentleman who will be sorely missed,” said Robert F. Foote, his son. “He has done a lot of great things for the community and for our family.”