A Shocking Tragedy

We at the Steve Laube Agency were shocked and so very saddened yesterday morning to learn of the tragic events that took the life of our client, Dr. Robert Lesslie, along with his wife, two of their grandchildren, and two others.

We express our sincere prayers and our heartfelt condolences to all who knew, loved, and worked with Dr. Lesslie, who was highly regarded in his profession and in the Rock Hill, South Carolina, area. He was the author of numerous books, having been represented by the Les Stobbe Agency and, since 2017, by Bob Hostetler of The Steve Laube Agency. Those books include bestsellers, such as Angels in the ER and the forthcoming Angels in the ER, Vol. 2 (published by Harvest House).

The words Dr. Lesslie chose to begin Angels in the ER resound with his trademark wisdom and sensitivity:

Twenty-five years in the ER have taught me a lot of things. I know without a doubt that life is fragile. I have come to understand that humility may be the greatest virtue. And I am convinced we need to take the time to say the things we deeply feel to the people we deeply care about.

Last December he posted on his blog the following excerpt from his forthcoming book:

One day, when I depart this body and find myself in the presence of the Lord, my time, however it will be measured, will be filled with the praises and the wonder of Jesus.

Dr. Lesslie lived as he wrote. “Flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!” (from William Shakespeare, Hamlet, V, 2, 4022).

34 Responses to A Shocking Tragedy

  1. Cherrilynn Bisbano April 9, 2021 at 5:07 am #

    Steve, my condolences and prayers to all.

  2. Pamela S Meyers April 9, 2021 at 5:20 am #

    Yesterday, I read a post by Les Stobbe about his client that he’d signed and how it took a while to find a publisher for his Angels in the ER book of short stories until Harvest House agreed to take a chance on a book of short stories. The other publishers said such books of short stories never do well. I wasn’t aware of the books until then, but now I plan to look for them.

    My condolences to everyone.

  3. Heidi April 9, 2021 at 5:23 am #

    Thank you for sharing about Dr. Lesslie’s writing. He treated our daughter and was an excellent physician. The media has mentioned his faith, but not his writing. Please accept my condolences and know I am grieving his loss with you.

  4. Deena Adams April 9, 2021 at 5:32 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear about this horrific tragedy. May God comfort all who knew and loved this man and his family. I pray the peace that passes understanding will fill each of you as you grieve your friend and colleague.

  5. Sheri Dean Parmelee, Ph.D. April 9, 2021 at 5:39 am #

    How very sad. Please accept my condolences, Steve, for you and the whole agency. Take care.

  6. Kristi Holl April 9, 2021 at 5:45 am #

    My prayers go out to their family at this tremendous tragedy, especially those who lost both children and parents. My mind can’t comprehend it…how quickly life can take such a turn. May the Lord hold each person close whe experienced this loss.

  7. Toni Wilbarger April 9, 2021 at 5:45 am #

    So very sorry to hear this, Steve. How terrible! But he had a very strong faith, and I’m certain that he now is walking with some of those very same angels he wrote about.

  8. Joy Avery Melville April 9, 2021 at 5:52 am #

    When I heard about that tragic event, I prayed for all who were left to grieve his passing – especially the parents of those beloved grandchildren.

    I am SO very sorry for the loss to those of you who knew, loved, and respected him.


  9. C.L.Burger April 9, 2021 at 5:57 am #

    My deepest sympathy to you, the family and friends and all those who knew and loved him. May our Lord breathe comfort and peace in this time of grief and loss.

  10. Dineen April 9, 2021 at 5:58 am #

    So so sorry to hear this. Praying for his family.

  11. OLUSOLA SOPHIA ANYANWU April 9, 2021 at 6:04 am #

    Eternal rest grant on to their souls o Lord and comfort with your peace that passeth all understanding to loved ones,close associates, friends and all who will miss him dearly. My deepest sympathy to you all at Steve Laube Agency!

  12. Roberta Sarver April 9, 2021 at 6:08 am #

    I have read all Dr. Lesslie’s books I could find, and loved them all. Condolences to his family from ours.

  13. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser April 9, 2021 at 6:51 am #

    Steve, I’m so sorry, for Dr. Lesslie’s family and friends, and for all of you at the agency.

    The first thing to come to mind was an excerpt from Laurence Binyon’s poem, ‘For The Fallen’.

    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.

    God bless.

  14. David Stipech April 9, 2021 at 7:07 am #

    So, so saddened and heartbroken by this news. No words. Lord we need you.

  15. Melissa Henderson April 9, 2021 at 7:45 am #

    This is truly heartbreaking. I’m praying.

  16. Patti Jo Moore April 9, 2021 at 8:00 am #

    Such a heartbreaking tragedy.
    My prayers are with all who knew this family.
    May the Lord offer comfort as only He can.

  17. Sharon K Connell April 9, 2021 at 8:04 am #

    Mixed emotions always accompany the loss of someone you know to have brought joy to others. He and his family will be missed, and yet, we envy his new habitation with our Lord. Sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to the stories of New Jerusalem, among others. Enjoy the peace and joy of heaven. We’ll join you someday soon.

  18. Mary Cates April 9, 2021 at 9:31 am #

    Shocking! Things happen in this fallen world that we don’t understand, especially when we live our lives on the promises of God we read in the Bible. I only know from experience that the deep holes that have been created from this tragedy will be filled by God, and He will see this through!

  19. Marilyn Turk April 9, 2021 at 10:17 am #

    What a terrible tragedy. Our world has lost these dear people who shined the light in the darkness. Praying for the family and friends left behind.

  20. Barbara Harper April 9, 2021 at 11:55 am #

    I’m so sorry to hear this. Praying for the family.

  21. Grace Fox April 9, 2021 at 1:36 pm #

    I am so saddened to hear this news. May God bring comfort in tangible ways to all those who grieve.

  22. A. Keith Carreiro April 9, 2021 at 1:37 pm #

    Father God, may the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit grant mercy, peace, love, and grace to all those involved in such tragic circumstances.

  23. Ronda Wells MD April 9, 2021 at 1:44 pm #

    Was horrified to see this story in the news. Condolences to you and all at your agency, along with the Lesslie family.

  24. Byron Spradlin April 9, 2021 at 2:16 pm #

    Byron Spradlin here, Praying for these families — and for you, Steve.

    So glad for your ministry to so many through your agency. I’ve been taking your blog for some time and enjoying it.

    Blessings and prayers for you and for the families involved in the horrific tragedy. .


  25. Kathryn April 9, 2021 at 2:38 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear this heartbreaking news. My prayers are with everyone who has been affected.
    The Lord will turn this around for good because He is faithful. May the comfort of the Holy Spirit carry you through this sad time.

  26. Jennifer Greenberg April 9, 2021 at 2:39 pm #

    How absolutely horrible! I am so sorry, and heartbroken for their children. I cannot imagine losing your parents and kids in the same day. You are all in my prayers.

  27. Laine April 9, 2021 at 6:10 pm #

    Tragic and a great loss to all! Prayers for the family!

  28. Peggy Booher April 9, 2021 at 7:23 pm #


    I am so sorry. What a shock. May the Lord wrap His arms of comfort around each one.

    I think I remember hearing of Angels in the ER, but never read it. I’ll look for it now.

  29. Kristen Joy Wilks April 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm #

    Oh, my goodness! I’m praying for his family. What a tragedy.

  30. Zoe M. McCarthy April 10, 2021 at 5:39 am #

    I’m praying for family and friends and you.

  31. Dennis L Oberholtzer April 10, 2021 at 8:29 am #

    Condolences to the family. My the Lord of Love penetrate the heart and mind of their attacker, and change him for eternal repentance and witnessing of the power of our righteous Jesus Christ.

  32. Cathy H April 10, 2021 at 9:15 am #

    I am so sorry. May God’s love surround you all, family and friends, and grant you peace.

  33. Daphne Woodall April 11, 2021 at 3:01 am #

    I read his book when it came out and was shocked at his loss and his family. Deeply saddened. Jesus came to save a broken world but heaven wins! Praying for those left behind.

  34. Carol R Nicolet Loewen July 2, 2021 at 5:22 pm #

    What a loss! My heart goes out to you who knew Dr. Lesslie and worked with him. I pray for God’s presence and peace to go before you and his family. I’ll also look up Angels in the ER!

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