Obituary information is provided by district offices to the Synod’s Office of Rosters and Statistics. Any questions about content should be referred, therefore, to the appropriate district office. — Ed.
CALLESEN, ARTHUR ALEX JR. REV., July 25, 1939, Omaha, Neb., to Feb. 2, 2019, Green Bay, Wis.; son of Arthur Sr. and Evelyn (Fricke) Callesen; graduated Springfield Seminary 1965. Served 1965-2005. Ministries/Parishes: Three Lakes, Eagle River, Green Bay, Wis. Retired 2005. Survivors: Linda (Berryman) Callesen; sons: Jeffrey, Mark; daughter: Christine Zimrock. Funeral: March 9, 2019, Green Bay, Wis.
DEMOSS, WALTER L. REV., Feb. 23, 1942, Pittsburgh, Pa., to Feb. 4, 2019, Aurora, Ill.; son of Walter and Hazel (Ferrall) DeMoss; graduated Springfield Seminary 1968. Served 1968-2007. Ministries/Parishes: Ghana, Togo, West Africa; Cabot, Pa.; Aurora, Ill. Retired 2007. Survivors: Helena (Bort) DeMoss; sons: Walter, Matthew; daughter: Martha Klinger. Funeral: Feb. 9, 2019, Aurora, Ill.; Interment: Feb. 9, 2019, Montgomery, Ill.
GESCH, ROY GEORGE REV., Dec. 30, 1920, Milwaukee, Wis., to Jan. 22, 2019, Wailuku, Hawaii; son of Walter and Stella (Scholz) Gesch; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1944. Served 1944-1986. Ministries/Parishes: Buffalo, N.Y.; Brawley, Oceanside, Whittier, Laguna Beach, Orange, Calif.; Wahiawa, Hawaii; Southern District Circuit Visitor 1950, 1954-1960. Retired 1986. Survivors: Carol Gesch; son: Gary. Funeral: Feb. 9, 2019, Kihei/Maui, Hawaii.
GRAF, HERBERT CLARENCE REV., Oct. 29, 1929, Vernon, Texas, to Feb. 14, 2019, Conroe, Texas; son of Albert and Olga (Mertink) Graf; graduated Springfield Seminary 1956. Served 1956-1994. Ministries/Parishes: Circle Pines, Minn; Seguin, Houston, Conroe, Texas; Fremont, Calif.; Texas District Circuit Visitor 2000-2012. Retired 1994. Preceded in death by his wife Jean (Henningsen) Graf. Survivors: Harriet (Blumhorst) Graf; sons: David, Jonathan, Nathan; daughter: Sharon; step-son: Paul; step-daughter: Rebecca. Funeral: Feb. 18, 2019, Conroe, Texas; Interment: Feb. 18, 2019, Pinehurst, Texas.
IVERSON, EDWIN IVOR REV., Aug. 12, 1947, Vancouver, Wash., to Feb. 1, 2019, Billings, Mont.; son of Emil and Frances (Armstrong) Iverson; graduated Springfield Seminary 1975. Served 1975-1992, 2001-2008. Ministries/Parishes: Norfolk, Schuyler, Neb.; Eden, Idaho; Mt. Angel, Ore.; Rapid City, S.D. Retired 2008. Survivors: Janet (Van Dyke Laudenschlager) Iverson. Funeral and Interment: Feb. 18, 2019, Billings, Mont.
KEGEL, ADAM GEORGE REV., Oct. 26, 1923, Chicago, Ill., to Feb. 25, 2019, Seaford, Del.; son of Philipp and Theresia (Blum) Kegel; Colloquy 1993. Served 1993-2006. Ministries/Parishes: Cheriton, Va.; Cambridge, Md. Retired 2006. Preceded in death by his wife Mildred (Volz) Kegel. Survivors: son: David; daughters: Deborah Colson, Martha, Mary. Funeral and Interment: March 2, 2019, Seaford, Del.
MEYER, WILLIAM F. REV., April 17, 1940, Glendive, Mont., to Feb. 1, 2019, Scottsdale, Ariz.; son of Rev. Frederick and Melinda (Christian) Meyer; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1966. Served 1968-2005. Ministries/Parishes: Springfield, Ill.; Austin, Texas; St. Louis, Mo. Retired 2005. Survivors: Sharon (Thiele) Meyer; daughters: Michele, Monica, Melinda. Funeral: Feb. 9, 2019, Scottsdale, Ariz.
NEUMANN, FRED WILLIAM REV., March 12, 1939, Marlin, Texas, to Jan. 24, 2019, Austin, Texas; son of Fred and Jewel (Smith) Neumann; graduated Springfield Seminary 1965. Served 1965-1995. Ministries/Parishes: Gulfport, Mich.; Lamesa, Post, Andrews, Texas; Norman, Okla.; Austin, Texas. Retired 1995. Survivors: Clara “Lavon” (Chamness) Neumann; sons: Fred V., John; daughter: Jacque Driskell. Celebration of Life: Feb. 9, 2019, Austin, Texas; cremation.
ROGERS, JAMES C. REV., Nov. 10, 1947, Champaign, Ill., to Feb. 16, 2019, St. Louis, Mo.; son of Charles Rogers; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1973. Served 1973-2012. Ministries/Parishes: Custer, Hill City, S.D.; Chesterfield, Mo.; Missouri District Circuit Visitor 1988-1997. Retired 2012. Preceded in death by his wife Rona (Gorthy) Rogers. Survivors: Sharon (Raymond) Rogers; son: Jeremy; daughter: Alison. Memorial Service: Feb. 23, 2019. Chesterfield, Mo.
BELL, JUANITA (HILL), Dec. 22, 1945, Camden, Ala., to Aug. 19, 2018, Miami, Fla.; daughter of William and Lizzie Hill; graduated Seward 1969. Served 1973-1999. Schools/Ministries: Montgomery, Ala.; Miami, Fla. Preceded in death by her husband Henry Bell. Funeral: Aug. 25, 2018, Atmore, Ala.
PEPER, VICTOR CARL, March 7, 1933, Adair, Okla., to Jan. 12, 2019, Glen Ellyn, Ill. son of Carl and Esther (Mueller) Peper; graduated River Forest 1956. Served 1956-1969, 1971-1998. Schools/Ministries: Melrose Park, Chicago, Arlington Heights, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo. Retired 1998. Survivors: Gloria Peper; son: Michael; daughters: Cynthia Kovach, Tamara Dougherty, Heidi Hays, Julie. Memorial Service: Jan. 26, 2019, Wheaton, Ill.
WENZEL, PAMELA B., Sept. 21, 1961, Grand Rapids, Mich., to Jan. 28, 2019, Gregory, Mich.; daughter of Roy and Barbara (Naubauer) Wenzel; graduated Ann Arbor 1983. Served 1983-2004. Schools/Ministries: Memphis, Cincinnati, Tenn.; Detroit, Rochester, Taylor, Mich. Retired 2017. Funeral: Feb. 9, 2019, Howell, Mich.