Reposted with permission of the Yakima Herald-Republic
people packed into the Yakima Seventh-day Adventist Church in Washington state
on April 20 to remember and honor Dr. Jay Randall Sloop.
many ways the service felt like a funeral for a much-loved community leader, it
was not a typical memorial. Sloop, a retired obstetrician, disappeared last May
while on a medical mission trip in Kiev, Ukraine.
and police searched for the physician several times, posting fliers around the
city and checked with every hospital. The case was classified as a homicide so
police could devote more resources to the investigation, but no leads ever
what happened that day has been hard for his family and friends. Sloop and his
wife of more than 50 years, Sharlene, have three sons, six grandchildren, and a
unknowns, they decided it felt right to acknowledge his absence from their
lives and celebrate his life with Saturday’s service. The family called it a “A
Celebration of a Life of Faith.”
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