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AHART, NEAL KELLY REV., Nov. 7, 1923, Crofton, Neb., to April 26, 2019, Alcester, S.D.; son of Joseph and Mary (Kelly) Ahart; colloquy 1978. Served 1978-1998. Ministries/Parishes: Alcester, Emery, S.D.; Climbing Hill, Iowa; Cassville, Mo. Retired 1998. Survivors: Marjorie (Johnson) Ahart; sons: Jay, James, John; daughters: Kathy Noteboom, Bonnie Noteboom, Betsy Knodel; foster son: Rev. Richard Klein. Funeral and Interment: May 4, 2019, Alcester, S.D.
BEUTEL, DAVID ALLEN REV., Sept. 5, 1949, North Tonawanda, N.Y., to April 5, 2019, Sanborn, N.Y.; son of Hubert and Gladys (Bartel) Beutel; graduated Springfield Seminary 1975. Served 1975-2019. Ministries/Parishes: Monkton, Logan Township, Ontario, Canada; North Tonawanda, N.Y.; English District Circuit Visitor 2009-2015. Survivors: Kathleen (Lange) Beutel; son: Eric; daughters: Laura, Heidi. Funeral: April 10, 2019, North Tonawanda, N.Y.
BLEICK, ROY HENRY JOSEPH REV., Oct. 15, 1925, Fairfax, Minn., to Oct. 14, 2018, LaSalle, Ill.; son of Herbert and Maude (Julius) Bleick; graduated Springfield Seminary 1954. Served 1954-1992. Ministries/Parishes: Wauneta, Holdrege, Wilcox, Seward, Neb.; Chicago, Ill.; Beloit, Wis.; St. Louis, Pevely, Mo. Retired 1992. Preceded in death by his wife Dora (Mattern) Bleick. Survivors: daughters: Angelica Zinke, Emily, Karen Yocum, Susan Furman. Celebration of Life: Oct. 20, 2018, Rockford, Ill.; Interment: Oct. 20, 2018, Machesney Park, Ill.
BODLEY, SIMON JR. REV., June 5, 1932, Camden, Ala., to April 7, 2019, Pensacola, Fla.; son of Simon and Bella (Ethridge) Bodley; graduated Greensboro Seminary 1957. Served 1957-2000. Ministries/Parishes: Gadsden, Ala.; Asheville, N.C.; Youngstown, Ohio; Chicago, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo. Retired 2000. Survivors: Jennie (Sessoms) Bodley; sons: Simon, Kelvin; daughters: Chenita, Jacquelyne, Gloria. Funeral and Interment: April 16, 2019, Pensacola, Fla.
BOEHNE, THOMAS VICTOR REV., Dec. 12, 1950, Itasca, Ill., to Oct. 25, 2018; son of Victor and Ruth (Buck) Boehne; colloquy 1989. Served 1989-2018. Ministries/Parishes: Fraser, Detroit, Oscoda, Ludington, Mich. Survivors: Tina (Harp-Paperd) Boehne; sons: Timothy, Jeffrey, Bobby; daughters: Jennifer Cleland, Tracy Kriener, Holly Harp, Julie Van Uffelen. Memorial Service: Oct. 29, 2018, Ludington, Mich.
BORGMAN, PAUL LYLE REV., March 21, 1946, Oshkosh, Wis., to March 26, 2019, Oconomowoc, Wis.; son of Lyle and Ruth (Strauss) Borgman; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1972. Served 1972-2019. Ministries/Parishes: Winsted, Gaylord, Minn.; Oconomowoc, Wauwatosa, Wis.; South Wisconsin Circuit Visitor 1988-1991. Survivors: Patricia (Hartmeister) Borgman; sons: Michael, Joel, Stephen. Funeral: April 13, 2019, Oconomowoc, Wis.; cremation.
CANTELE, JOHN A. REV., Dec. 27, 1941, Rockford, Ill., to Nov. 26, 2018, Marshall, Mich.; son of Dominico and Geraldine (Weddle) Cantele; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 2008. Served 2008-2015. Ministries/Parishes: Oxford, Greenwood, Miss. Retired 2015. Survivors: Carolyn (Currin) Cantele; daughters: Maria Kruchten, Michele Adamus, Christy Sanders. Funeral: Dec. 11, 2018, Marshall, Mich.; Interment: Dec. 11, 2018, Augusta, Mich.
CONSTABLE, CLAUDE H. REV., Feb. 10, 1933, Wyo., to Dec. 24, 2018, Cheyenne, Wyo.; son of Fred and Etta (Sisson) Constable; colloquy 1994. Served 1994-2005. Ministries/Parishes: Garnett, Greensburg, Kan.; Burns, Pine Bluffs, Wyo. Retired 2005. Preceded in death by his wife Deloris (Harms) Constable. Survivors: son: Howard; daughter: Sandra Rempel. Funeral and Interment: Dec. 29, 2018, Pine Bluffs, Wyo.
CYNOVA, GREGORY SHANE REV., Feb. 22, 1947, Junction City, Kan., to April 30, 2019, Franklin, Ind.; son of Bruno and Mae Cynova; colloquy 1980. Served 1980-2013. Ministries/Parishes: Evansville, Ft. Wayne, Ind. Indiana District Circuit Visitor 1993-1994. Retired 2013. Preceded in death by his wife Ilene (Milz) Cynova. Survivors: Linda (Hopkins) Cynova; son: Timothy; daughter: Lisa; Step-son: Scott. Funeral and Interment: May 4, 2019, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
EGGERS, ROBERT LEE JR. REV., July 31, 1950, St. Louis, Mo., to April 10, 2019, St. Louis, Mo.; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1985. Served 1985-1989, 1993-2013. Ministries/Parishes: Alma, Park Hills, Kansas City, St. Louis, Mo.; Battle Creek, Remsen, Ft. Dodge, Iowa. Retired 2013. Preceded in death by his daughter Leigh. Survivors: Carol Eggers; son: Paul; daughters: Hillary, Laurel. Memorial Service and Interment: April 13, 2019, St. Louis, Mo.
HEIN, HAROLD AUGUST REV., Dec. 31, 1925, Sauk Rapids, Minn., to April 1, 2019, Elgin, Ill.; son of Rev. Berthold and Anna (Besler) Hein; graduated Springfield Seminary 1952. Served 1952-1989. Ministries/Parishes: Nigeria, West Africa; Ft. Worth, Texas. Retired 1989. Survivors: June (Guske) Hein; daughters: Karen Teal, Deborah Masoncup, Christel Runyan. Funeral: April 8, 2019, Elgin, Ill.; Interment: April 8, 2019, St. Charles, Ill.
HOEFERKAMP, DONALD E. REV., Nov. 2, 1933, Topeka, Ill., to March 28, 2019, St. Louis, Mo.; son of Rev. Edward and Ella (Dittmann) Hoeferkamp; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1958. Served 1959-1998. Ministries/Parishes: Delaware, Iowa; St. Louis, Mo. Retired 1998. Preceded in death by his wife Janet (Spek) Hoeferkamp. Survivors: sons: Philip, Michael, Douglas, Gary. Funeral: April 4, 2019, Affton, Mo.; Interment: April 4. 2019, St. Louis, Mo.
LARSON, VINCENT S JR. REV., Sept. 26, 1939, Kirkland Wash., to April 9, 2019, Ft. Worth, Texas; son of Rev. Vincent Sr. and Charlotte (Wilson) Larson; graduated Springfield Seminary 1973. Served 1973-2006. Ministries/Parishes: Moses Lake, Havillah, Oroville, Tonasket, Wash.; Potter, Gurley, Omaha, Neb.; St. Louis, Mo.; Colorado Springs, Colo. Retired 2006. Survivors: Grace (Abel) Larson; sons: David, Joel; daughter: Christine Morris. Memorial Service: April 29, 2019, Ft. Worth, Texas.
LINN, HAROLD ANDREW REV., Sept. 27, 1937, Wakefield, Mich., to April 23, 2019, Louisville, Ky.; son of Richard and Sally (Niemela) Linn; graduated Springfield Seminary 1961. Served 1961-1999. Ministries/Parishes: Chatham, Mich.; Miami, Fla.; Indianapolis, Southport, Ind.; Louisville, Ky. Indiana District Circuit Visitor 1990-1997. Retired 1999. Survivors: Joanne (Seppi) Linn; sons: Timothy, Bruce; daughter: Patricia Gorman. Memorial Service: May 18, 2019, Louisville, Ky.
KNIPPA, MARTIN ERICH REV., Nov. 4, 1925, Loebau, Texas, to May 12, 2019, Lawrenceville, Ill.; son of Alwin and Martha (Moerbe) Knippa; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1951. Served 1951-1994. Ministries/Parishes: Tulia, Pottsville, Marlin, Copperas Cove, Abilene, Sweetwater, Texas; Prairie City, Mo.; Lawrenceville, Robinson, Ill. Retired 1994. Preceded in death by his wife Beatrice (Hazelwood) Knippa. Survivors: sons: John, David, Stephen; daughter: Kathryn. Funeral and Interment: May 18, 2019, Lawrenceville, Ill.
MUELLER, HERMAN WILLIAM REV., May 7, 1921, Schenectady, N.Y., to Dec. 29, 2018, Middletown, Conn.; son of Herman Sr. and Amanda (Voss) Mueller; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1946. Served 1946-1986. Ministries/Parishes: Sweet Home, Brownsville, Ore.; Monroe, Mt. Vernon, Anacortes, Oak, Wash.; Mountain Home, Glenns, Idaho; Pomona, Ventura, Anza, Calif.; Cottonwood, Ariz. Retired 1986. Survivors: Dicie (Hansen) Mueller; daughters: Lorna Kee, Dicie Balash. Funeral and Interment: Jan. 4, 2019, Bristol, Conn.
OBERHEU, ROBERT CARL REV., Sept. 11, 1926, Hartford, S.D., to April 22, 2019, Riverton, Wyo.; son of Rev. August and Emma (Ahrendt) Oberhue; graduated Springfield Seminary 1958. Served 1958-1989, 1991-1996, 2002-2003. Ministries/ Parishes: McClusky, Arena, Kongsburg, N.D.; Gering, Neb.; Riverton, Cody, Casper, Hanna, Saratoga, Lander, Wyo. Wyoming District President 1991-1994. Retired 2003. Survivors: Doris (Robertson) Oberhue; sons: Ricky, Randy; daughters: Robbin, Creta. Funeral and Interment: April 26, 2019, Riverton, Wyo.
OIE, THOMAS N. REV., Dec. 14, 1946, Granite Falls, Minn., to May 12, 2019, New Hope, Minn.; son of Peter and Miriam (Melom) Oie; colloquy 1981. Served 1981-2007. Ministries/Parishes: Pine Lawn, Mo.; Detroit, Mich.; Appleton, Wis. Retired 2007. Memorial Service: May 20, 2019, Golden Valley, Minn.
PERA, CLEMENS W. REV., May 20, 1931, Woodworth, N.D., to April 28, 2019, Seattle, Wash.; son of Rev. August and Pauline (Flemmer) Pera; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1957. Served 1957-1996. Ministries/Parishes: Marysville, Seattle, Wash. Retired 1996. Survivors: Carol (Jaech) Pera; son: Montell; daughter: Charlotte. Funeral: May 7, 2019, Seattle, Wash.
REHDER, JAMES V. REV., Dec. 27, 1949, McChord AFB, Wash., to March 29, 2019, Bellevue, Wash.; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1976. Served 1976-1987, 1989-2019. Ministries/Parishes: Honolulu, Hawaii; Graham, Bellevue, Wash. Survivors: Pamela Rehder; son: Joshua; daughter: Mele Tomeo. Funeral: April 22, 2019, Bellevue, Wash.
ROSSIN, DELBERT RICHARD REV., Feb. 8, 1937, Goodwin, S.D., to April 22, 2019, Weston, Wis.; son of Rev. Donald and Irene (Schnitker) Rossin; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1963. Served 1963-2013. Ministries/Parishes: Albion, Pa.; Geneva, Ill.; Nekoosa, Wis. Retired 2013. Preceded in death by his wife Beverly (Cook) Rossin. Survivors: Marlene (Klug) Rossin.; sons: Byron, Marc; daughter: Theresa Dicanio; stepson: David; stepdaughter: Barb Sutter. Funeral and Interment: Rome, Wis.
SCHIEFELBEIN, HERBERT A.W. REV., Oct. 19, 1927, Milwaukee, Wis., to April 29, 2019, Billings, Mont.; son of Arthur and Olga (Klatt) Schiefelbein; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1952. Served 1952-1995. Ministries/Parishes: Grand Coulee, Hartline, Prosser, Benton City, Wash.; Milwaukie, Ore.; Lakefield, Good Thunder, Minn.; Seeley Lake, Condon, Mont. Retired 1995. Preceded in death by his wife Frances (Luke) Schiefelbein and son Dennis. Survivors: sons: David, Douglas; daughters: Cathryn Rinderknecht, Carol Covey, Debra, Camille Browne. Funeral: May 6, 2019, Billings, Mont.; Interment: Good Thunder, Minn.
SCHOOF, ARMOND DAVID REV., Feb. 23, 1927, Hamtramck, Mich., to Feb. 12, 2019; son of Albert and Elsie (Kleifoth) Schoof; colloquy 1979. Served 1979-1993. Ministries/Parishes: Park City, Columbus, Mont. Retired 1993. Preceded in death by his son Martin. Survivors: Arlette Isenberg; sons: Brian, Jonathan; daughter: Renee Erskine. Funeral: Feb. 19, 2019, Monroe, Mich.
SCHUDDE, ALBERT LEE REV., July 4, 1928, Oregon City, Ore., to April 4, 2019, Mt. Vernon, Wash.; son of Albert and Alma (Buchholz) Schudde; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1958. Served 1958-1990. Ministries/Parishes: Tampa, Durham, Paola, Kan.; Tillamook, Ore.; Buhl, Idaho. Retired 1990. Survivors: Janet (Tews) Schudde; sons: Rev. Mark, Matthew; daughters: Janelle Van Burkleo, Janeen Bain. Celebration of Life: April 27, 2019, Mt. Vernon, Wash.
SIMMS, AARON MICHAEL REV., Dec. 11, 1977, Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., to April 30, 2019, Atlanta, Ga.; son of James and Ruth (Poffenroth) SMP Certified 2012. Served 2012-2019. Ministry/Parish: Cumming, Ga. Survivors: Amy (Watkins) Simms; son: William; daughter: Molly. Funeral: May 4, 2019, Cumming, Ga.
SORENSEN, THOMAS A. REV., Dec. 18, 1928, Los Gatos, Calif., to March 31, 2019, Dallas, Texas; son of Senius and Mary (Jensen) Sorensen; graduated Springfield Seminary 1958. Served 1958-1993. Ministries/Parishes: Brownwood, Dallas, Texas.; Texas District Circuit Visitor 1990-1994. Retired 1993. Survivors: sons: Rev. Robert, Eric; daughters: Loida, Mary.
SPITZACK, MAYNARD ALFRED REV., Nov. 2, 1937, Faribault, Minn., to March 31, 2019, Farmington, Minn.; son of Alfred and Marian (Haley) Spitzack; graduated Springfield Seminary 1975. Served 1975-1991, 1993-2000. Ministries/Parishes: Boone, Dayton, Eldora, Iowa; Prior Lake, Eagan, Minn. Retired 2000. Survivors: Gloria (Bartelt) Spitzack; son: Timothy; daughters: Holly Comer, Cheryl Nieland, Carla Johnson. Funeral and Interment: April 6, 2019, Faribault, Minn.
WERNER, JOHN THEODORE PHILIP REV., Nov. 23, 1942, Kadoka, S.D, to May 22, 2019, Freeman, S.D.; son of R.J. and Dorothy (Kurth) Werner; graduated Springfield Seminary 1970. Served 1972-2010. Ministries/Parishes: Farmer’s Retreat, Ind.; Wall, Creighton, Groton, Emery, S.D. Retired 2010. Survivors: Martha (Nyman) Werner; son: Warren; daughter: Rebecca Schinto. Funeral: May 31, 2019, Emery, S.D.; Interment: May 31, 2019, Kadoka, S.D.
WILLIAMS, RODGER LYNN REV., March 28, 1964, Detroit, Mich., to April 3, 2019, Canton, Mich.; son of Oscar and Dovie (Miller) Williams; graduated St. Louis Seminary 2003. Served 2003-2016. Ministry/Parish: Ann Arbor, Mich. Survivor: son: Jeremy. Funeral: April 10, 2019, Livonia, Mich.
WUEBBEN, JAMES PAUL REV., May 18, 1932, Poynette, Wis., to April 15, 2019, Peoria, Ill.; son of Rev. John and Norma (Lambrecht) Wuebben; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1956. Served 1956-2011. Ministries/Parishes: Pocatello, Idaho; Hastings, Neb.; Spokane, Wash.; Milwaukee, LaCrosse, Wis.; Peoria, Ill.; Bismarck, N.D. Retired 2011. Survivors: Esther (Loesel) Wuebben; sons: Timothy, Thomas, Michael; daughter: Ann Walther. Celebration of Life: May 4, 2019, Peoria, Ill.
DOERING, WILLIAM O. JR., April 7, 1931, Galveston, Texas, to March 19, 2019, Ponca City, Okla.; son of William and Louise (Werner) Doering; graduated River Forest, Ill. Served 1952-1993. Schools/Ministries: Galena Park, Odessa, Texas; Ponca City, Okla. Retired 1993. Preceded in death by his wife Dorothy (Emling) Doering. Survivors: sons: Tim, William; daughter: Cindy Jackson. Funeral: March 26, 2019, Ponca City, Okla.
HOLSTEIN, HERTHA G. (GOTSCH), Sept. 19, 1929, to May 10, 2019, Oak Park, Ill.; daughter of Herbert and Esther Gotsch; graduated River Forest 1961. Served 1973-1993. Schools/Ministries: Oak Park, Melrose Park, Ill. Retired 1993. Survivors: Herman Holstein; sons: Mark, David; daughters: Beth, Carla Luttinen. Funeral: May 23, 2019, Forest Park, Ill.; Interment: May 23, 2019, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
KEITH, ANITA M. (LUETJE), Oct. 2, 1960, Evergreen Park, Ill., to Feb. 16, 2019, Elk Grove Village, Ill.; daughter of John and Clarice Luetje; graduated River Forest 1983. Served 1983-2007. Schools/Ministries: Janesville, Wis.; Staunton, Summit, Forest Park, Ill. Survivors: Tom Keith. Funeral: February 23, 2019, South Barrington, Ill.; Interment: Feb. 23, 2019, La Moille, Ill.
NUCKOLLS, JUNE ALICE (SCHAUS) DEAC., June 25, 1952, St. Joseph, Mich., to Dec. 6, 2018, Lancaster, Calif.; daughter of Raymond and Mildred (Berndt) Nuckolls; graduated Ft. Wayne 2009. Served 2010-2014. School/Ministry: Lancaster, Calif. Retired 2014. Survivors: daughters: Sarah, Amanda Linhardt. Funeral: Dec. 18, 2018, Quartz Hill, Calif.; Interment: Dec. 18, 2018, Lancaster, Calif.
PACEY, DENISE LYNN (KAEDING), Dec. 20, 1957, Thawville, Ill., to June 7, 2018, Savoy, Ill.; daughter of Donald and Betsy Kaeding; colloquy 2003. Served 2004-2018. Schools/Ministries: Chebanse, Buckley, Ill. Survivors: John Pacey; sons: Derrek, Chad; daughters: BetsyAnn, Emma. Funeral: June 11, 2018, Thomasboro, Ill.; Interment: June 11, 2018, Thawville, Ill.
ROWLEY, ROBERT NELSON, March 17, 1943, Provo, Utah, to April 10, 2019, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; son of Eldon and Arva Rowley; graduated Mequon 2002. Served 2003-2012. Schools/Ministries: Weiser, New Plymouth, Mullen, Osburn, Idaho. Retired 2012. Survivors: Sandra (Muller) Rowley; sons: Jeffrey, Gregory; daughter: Amy Roth. Funeral: April 23, 2019, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
SAGEHORN, MARILYN R. (EGGERSMANN), June 3, 1930, to April 4, 2019; graduated River Forest 1966. Served 1976-1995. School/Ministry: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Retired 1995. Preceded in death by her husband Donald Sagehorn and son David. Survivors: son: Daniel; daughter: Paula Jones. Celebration of Life: Bermuda Run, N.C.
SCHULTZ, CHERYL LEE (NANSEL), April 21, 1949, Columbus, Neb., to Oct. 29, 2018, Loveland, Colo.; daughter of Harold and Bernice Nansel; graduated Seward 1971. Served 1973-2018. Schools/Ministries: Loveland, Greeley, Ft. Collins, Colo. Survivors: Clifford Schultz; sons: Jeremy, Matthew, Caleb. Celebration of Life: Nov. 15, 2018, Ft. Collins, Colo.
SOEKEN, VERNON E., Nov. 21, 1939, Lyons, Kan., to April 2, 2019, Rock Island, Ill.; son of Edward and Mildred (Voight) Soeken; graduated Seward 1962. Served 1962-2001. School/Ministry: Rock Island, Ill. Retired 2001. Survivors: Karen (Hadden) Soeken; son: Kevin; daughter: Lori Gittinger. Funeral: April 6, 2019, Rock Island, Ill.
STEGEMANN, DELBERT V., April, 9, 1926, to March 18, 2019, Oak Lawn, Ill.; graduated River Forest 1946. Served 1949-1991. Schools/Ministries: West Bloomfield, Wis.; Elk Grove, Buckley, Oak Lawn, Ill.; Overland, Mo. Retired 1993. Survivors: Delores (Friend) Stegemann; daughters: Nancy Reimers, Debra Boutet. Funeral: March 21, 2019, Oak Lawn, Ill.; Interment: March 22, 2019, Oak Brook Terrace, Ill.
ZUPFER, GLORIA ELAINE (JUNGEMANN) DEAC., Nov. 18, 1934, Wosley, S.D., to April 22, 2019, Pompton Plains, N.J.; daughter of Erich and Mayme (Fischer) Jungemann; graduated Valparaiso 1956. Served 1973-2001. Schools/Ministries: Westwood, N.J.; Fremont, Calif. Retired 2001. Survivors: Jerrald Zupfer; sons: Joel, Evan; daughters: Gretchen Becker, Christen Levesque. Celebration of Life: May 11, 2019, Westwood, N.J.