IN MEMORIAM (August 2021)
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.
BRAMMER, DAVID H. REV., Nov. 10, 1930, Grand Rapids, Mich., to April 20, 2021, Va.; son of Rev. Martin and Edna (Thiesen) Brammer; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1955. Served 1956-1997. Ministries/Parishes: Grafton, N.D.; Joliet, Belleville, Ill.; Austin, Texas; Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Buffalo, N.Y. Retired 1997. Survivors: Dolores (Borchelt) Brammer; sons: Daniel, Dean; daughter: Deborah. Interment: Arlington, Va.
BEYER, ARTHUR HANSEN REV., June 6, 1938, St. John, Mich., to May 1, 2021, Apex, N.C.; son of Arthur and Viola (Hansen) Beyer; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1964. Served 1964-2000. Ministries/Parishes: Atlanta, Jonesboro, Ga.; LaGrange, Lisle, Ill. Retired 2000. Survivors: Charlotte (McLain) Beyer; sons: Arthur, Matthew; daughters: Catherine Metz, Christy. Celebration of Life and Interment: May 10, 2021, Cary, N.C.
BOEHLKE, VERNON C. REV., May 2, 1933, Portland, Ore., to April 20, 2021, Riverton, Wyo.; son of Clarence and Hertha (Wojahn) Boehlke; colloquy 1993. Served 1993-2017. Ministries/Parishes: Kemmerer, Crowheart, Ft. Washakie, Riverton, Wyo. Retired 2017. Preceded in death by his son Larry. Survivors: Eunice (Bender) Boehlke; son: Gary; daughter: Mary Boehlke-Schirrmacher. Funeral and Interment: April 26, 2021, Riverton, Wyo.
BRILL, WALTER LUTHER REV., April 2, 1941, Bertha, Minn., to March 12, 2021, Staples, Minn.; son of Rev. Paul and Esther (Olsheske) Brill; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1967. Served 1967-2004. Ministries/Parishes: Mandan, N.D.; Elk River, Big Lake, Virginia, Aurora, Minn. Retired 2004. Survivors: Ruth (Detmer) Brill; son: Andrew; daughters: Amy Guse, Sarah Stewart. Funeral: March 16, 2021, Staples, Minn.; Interment: March 16, 2021, Sauk Rapids, Minn.
CHA, KYUNG JIN REV., April 4, 1940, Korea, to Oct. 18, 2020, Torrance, Calif.; colloquy 1995. Served 1995-2020. Ministry/Parish: Los Angeles, Calif. Survivors: Sung Won Cha; son: Cyrus; daughter: Esther. Funeral: October 24, 2020, Norwalk, Calif.; Interment: Oct. 24, 2020, Whittier, Calif.
CONLEY, JERRY LEE REV., Nov. 30, 1940, Warren, Mich., to April 21, 2021, Marianna, Fla.; son of Lawrence and Vesta (Perry) Conley; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1986. Served 1986-2004. Ministries/Parishes: Mallard, Ayrshire, Iowa; Paris, Texas. Retired 2004. Survivors: Sherrie (Stevens) Conley; sons: Joe, Ray; daughters: Vesta Watts, Pamela Doyle, Linda McCreary, Janet Wickstrom. Funeral: April 26, 2021, Marianna, Fla.; cremation.
DAUGHERTY, JAMES N. REV., May 26, 1937, Akron, Ohio, to April 23, 2021, Oshkosh, Wis.; son of John and Vanette (Kasburg) Daugherty; colloquy 1980. Served 1980-1984, 1997-2002. Ministries/Parishes: Watertown, Burnett, Wis. Retired 2002. Survivor: Laurita (Thurow) Daugherty. Funeral and Interment: April 29, 2021, Oshkosh, Wis.
DOBBERFUHL, NED ALVIN REV., Feb. 21, 1947, St. Charles, Mo., to March 12, 2021, San Antonio, Texas; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1973. Served 1973-1983. Ministries/Parishes: Oklahoma City, Mustang, Okla. Retired 2016. Survivors: Donna Dobberfuhl. Celebration of Life and Interment: San Antonio, Texas.
FABRY, JOSEPH PAUL REV., Sept. 26, 1929, Chicago, Ill., to March 28, 2021, Livonia, Mich.; son of Joseph and Mary (Vydra) Fabry; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1954. Served 1954-1994. Ministries/Parishes: Gary, Ind.; Dunnville, Smithville, Ontario, Canada; Grosse Point Woods, Mich.; English District Circuit Visitor 1990-1995. Retired 1994. Survivors: Shirley (Mizerak) Fabry; sons: Joel, Mark, David; daughter: Ellen Hoyer. Funeral and Interment: April 1, 2021, Livonia, Mich.
FRANK, DONALD EDWARD REV., Nov. 24, 1929, Chicago, Ill., to April 2, 2021, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; son of Louis and Bernadine (Shauer) Frank; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1955. Ministries/Parishes: San Diego, Calif.; Inkster, Detroit, Mich.; Monroeville, Ind.; Indiana District Circuit Visitor 1971-1975. Retired 1991. Survivors: Evelyn (Fathauer) Frank; sons: Timothy, Thomas, Daniel. Funeral: April 9, 2021, Monroeville, Ind.; Interment: April 9, 2021, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
GERDES, HARVEY A. REV., Aug. 31, 1930, Flint, Mich., to Feb. 21, 2021, Lewisville, Texas; son of Arthur and Erna Gerdes; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 2001. Served 2001-2011. Ministry/Parish: Granite, Okla. Retired 2011. Survivors: Katherine (Cluver) Gerdes; son: Timothy; daughters: Mary Kendrick, Rachel Weklar. Funeral: March 1, 2021, Flower Mound, Texas.
HEFFEL, WILLIAM HAROLD REV., Jan. 6, 1954, Madison, Wis., to April 2, 2021, Annapolis, Md.; son of William and Evelyn (Tate) Heffel; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1988. Served 1988-2021. Ministries/Parishes: Minot, N.D.; Menasha, Wis.; Dublin, Calif.; Seabeck, Wash.; Bowie, M.D. Survivors: Verlinda (Abbott) Heffel; sons: Brandon, Ashton; daughter: Monica.
HENDRIKSON, JAMES L. REV., May 30, 1938, Portage, Wis., to April 1, 2021, Janesville, Wis.; son of Maurice and Ruth (Voigt) Hendrikson; graduated Springfield Seminary 1966. Served 1966-2000. Ministries/Parishes: Lincoln, Randall, Fairmont, Minn.; Janesville, Reedsburg, Wis. Retired 2000. Survivors: Corrine (Bartel) Hendrikson; sons: Kyle, Kevin; daughter: Karla. Funeral and Interment: April 7, 2021, Janesville, Wis.
HOELTER, THOMAS F. REV., July 3, 1947, Du Quoin, Ill., to April 16, 2021, Wausau, Wis.; son of Rev. Edwin and Doris (Gain) Hoelter; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1973. Served 1973-2013. Ministries/Parishes: Chambers, Neb.; Council Grove, Strong City, Kan.; Durand, Plum City, Wausau, Wis. Retired 2013. Survivors: Mary (Gunther) Hoelter; sons: James, Matthew, Jonathan. Funeral: April 21, 2021, Rib Mountain, Wis.
HOHLE, ELMER MARTIN REV., Dec. 20, 1930, The Grove, Texas, to April 29, 2021, Liberty Hill, Texas; son of Bernard and Martha (Symm) Hohle; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1954. Served 1957-1968, 1973-1989. Ministries/Parishes: Latimer, Kan.; Littlefield, Odessa, Kingsbury, Texas. Retired 1989. Preceded in death by his wife Norma (Schulz) Hohle. Survivors; sons: David, Nathan; daughter: Lori Woodson. Funeral and Interment: May 4, 2021, The Grove, Texas.
HOWARD, DONALD RAY REV., Oct. 29, 1945, Petersburg, Ind., to Feb. 11, 2021, Plymouth, Minn.; son of Stanley and Mary (Curry) Howard; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1999. Served 1999-2015. Ministry/Parish: Lawton, Okla. Retired 2015. Survivors: Candace (Katterman) Howard; sons: Brody, Barth.
KEYL, RUDOLF JOSEPH STEPHANUS, REV., June 14, 1930, Paterson, N.J., to March 23, 2021, Lancaster, Pa.; son of Rev. Rudolf Sr. and Ida (Dickhaut) Keyl; graduated Springfield Seminary 1955. Served 1955-1993. Ministries/Parishes: Angola, Vestal, N.Y.; Groton, Conn.; Basking Ridge, N.J. Retired 1993. Preceded in death by his wife Barbara (Hoffmeier) Keyl. Survivors: sons: Stephen, Timothy; daughter: Deborah D’Addario. Memorial Service: April 24, 2021, Lititz, Pa.; Interment: April 24, 2021, Winchester, Va.
KOEPCHEN, HENRY L. REV. DR., Sept. 27, 1931, Elizabeth, N.J., to April 12, 2021, Setauket, N.Y.; son of Rev. Henry and Edna (Krentz) Koepchen; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1957. Served 1957-1996. Ministry/Parish; Setauket, N.Y.; Atlantic District Circuit Visitor 1963-1970. Retired 1996. Preceded in death by his wife Louise (Bunzel) Koepchen. Funeral: April 16, 2021, E. Setauket, N.Y.; Interment: April 16, 2021, Kenilworth, N.J.
LAETSCH, LEONARD CARL REV., Nov. 17, 1941, Hays, Kan., to April 5, 2021, Tucson, Ariz.; son of Willis and Melba (Bohlmann) Laetsch; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1967. Served 1967-1979, 1987-2017. Ministries/Parishes: Seward, Neb.; Waterloo, Carlinville, Gillespie, Highland, Ill.; Southern Illinois District Circuit Visitor 1991-1997. Retired 2017. Memorial Service: April 14, 2021, Highland, Ill.; Interment: April 14, 2021, St. Louis, Mo.
LAKAMP, BRUCE A. REV., Oct. 26, 1942, Jacksonville, Ill., to April 19, 2021, Peoria, Ill.; son of Clarence and Ruth (Nortrup) Lakamp; graduated Springfield Seminary 1968. Served 1968-2008. Ministries/Parishes: Gurley, Potter, Imperial, Neb.; Beardstown, El Paso, Ill.; Boone, Iowa. Retired 2008. Preceded in death by his wife Karen (Strang) Lakamp. Survivors: Deborah (Rippon) Lakamp; sons: Mark, Johnathan, Rob; daughters: Monica Blunier, Kate Rippon. Funeral and Interment: April 28, 2021, Chapin, Ill.
LARSON, STEPHEN EMMERT REV., March 10, 1943, Seattle, Wash., to April 12, 2021, Oroville, Wash.; son of Rev. Vincent and Charlotte Larson; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1981. Served 1981-2010, 2012-2013. Ministries/Parishes: Bayard, Neb.; Tonasket, Oroville, Havillah, Prosser, E. Wenatchee, Wash.; Klammath Falls, Ore.; Northwest District Circuit Visitor 2012-2013. Retired 2013. Preceded in death by his daughter Jennifer Sifuentes. Survivors: Kathryn (McDaniel) Larson; son: Michael; daughters: Stephanie, Dawn, Gwendolyn, Meghan. Graveside Service: May 7, 2021, Loomis, Wash.
LEE, ROBERT KEITH REV., Dec. 2, 1930, Chicago, Ill., to Oct. 31, 2020, Hudson, N.C.; son of Robert and Georgia (Cooper) Lee; graduated Springfield Seminary 1956. Served 1956-1993. Ministries/Parishes: Japan, Key West, Fla.; Taylorsville, Wilson, N.C.; Baltimore, Md. Retired 1993. Preceded in death by his daughter Janet. Survivors: Shirley (Blanchard) Lee; son: Richard; daughters: Susan Bolick, Karen Farmer. Celebration of Life and Interment: Nov. 4, 2020, Hickory, N.C.
LORENZ, MARVIN LEE REV., March 18, 1951, Belle Plaine, Iowa, to April 12, 2021, Luzerne, Iowa; son of Melvin and Eleanor (Hacker) Lorenz; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1977. Served 1977-2013. Ministries/Parishes: Mercer, Phillips, Kennan, Wausau, Wis.; Delavan, San Jose, Ill.; Latimer, Iowa. Retired 2013. Survivors: Mary (Davis) Lorenz; son: Rev. Timothy; daughters: Jennifer Wright, Rebecca Oberg. Funeral and Interment: April 17, 2021, Luzerne, Iowa.
MERRELL, WILLIAM DUNCAN REV., Aug. 27, 1945, Massillon, Ohio, to April 6, 2021, Waterford, Mich.; son of Andrew and Shirley (Limbach) Merrell; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1971. Served 1971-2013. Ministries/Parishes: Granville, Ohio; Waterford, Mich. Retired 2013. Survivors: Nancy (Deason) Merrell; son: Marcus; daughter: Melanie Lintz. Celebration of Life: April 10, 2021, Waterford, Mich.
NICHOLS, GERALD LEE REV., April 25, 1933, St. Louis, Mo., to April 12, 2021, Richardson, Texas; son of Herman and Izetta (Osborn) Nichols; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1960. Served 1960-1998, 2007-2009. Ministries/Parishes: San Antonio, Alamo, Baytown, Garland, Richardson, Texas.; Texas District Circuit Visitor 1973-1980. Retired 2009. Survivors: Rose (Drion) Nichols; son: Daniel; daughter: Dannette Murphy. Memorial Service and Interment: April 24, 2021, Plano, Texas.
ODOM, FRAZIER N. REV. DR., July 23, 1937, Buena Vista, Ala., to April 20, 2021, St. Louis, Mo.; son of John and Mabel (Clausell) Odom; graduated Greensboro Seminary 1960. Served 1960-2002. Ministries/Parishes: New Orleans, La.; Selma, Ala.; Chicago, Ill.; St. Louis, Mo.; Northern Illinois District Circuit Visitor 1976-1985; Missouri District Circuit Visitor 1990-1991. Retired 2002. Survivors: Ida (Watson) Odom; son: John; daughters: Pamela Deloney, Ina Roberson, Monique Nunes. Funeral: April 30, 2021, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Mo.; Interment: Birmingham, Ala.
RISTOW, AUGUST K. JR. III, Aug. 6, 1950, Milwaukee, Wis., to April 15, 2021, Las Vegas, Nev.; son of August and Matilde Ristow; colloquy 2009. Served 2010-2018. Ministries/Parishes: Las Vegas, Nev.; Victorville, Fallbrook, Calif.; Woodway, Texas. Survivors: Victoria Ristow; son: August Jr. IV; daughters: Elizabeth Aldrich, Rachel Lilge, Jaclyn Aldrich, Rebekah. Celebration of Life: May 1, 2021, Fountain Hills, Ariz.
SAVAGE, LEON ERNEST JR. REV., Oct. 23, 1948, San Mateo, Calif., to April 12, 2021, Kingston, Wash.; son of Leon Savage Sr.; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1981. Served 1981-2009, 2017-2021. Ministries/Parishes: W. Chicago, Ill.; U.S. Airforce Chaplain; Kingston, Wash. Survivors: Benita Savage; son: Andrew, daughter: Katherine.
STRUCKMEYER, ALAN DEAN REV., Dec. 24, 1959, Brenham, Texas, to March 18, 2021, Gainesville, Fla.; son of Marvin and Verna (Bormann) Struckmeyer; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1986. Served 1986-2021. Ministries/Parishes: Pryor, Okla.; Temple, Texas; Gainesville, Fla.; Oklahoma District Circuit Visitor 1988-1989. Survivors: Linda (Knapp) Struckmeyer; sons: Andrew, Aaron, Austin. Funeral: March 20, 2021, Gainesville, Fla.
WOODWORTH, HAROLD GEORGE JR. REV. DR., April 28, 1933, Brown Deer, Wis., to April 16, 2021, Springfield, Ill.; son of Harold Sr. and Nettie (Megow) Woodworth; graduated Springfield Seminary 1958. Served 1958-1997, 2000-2004. Ministries/Parishes: New Orleans, La.; Birmingham. Ala.; Colby, Wis.; U.S. Army Chaplain; Jacksonville, Mason City, Ill.; Hattiesburg, Miss. Retired 2004. Survivors: Bernice (Livangood) Woodworth; sons: Mark, David; daughters: Karen Reid, Kathryn Edley. Funeral: April 19, 2021, Springfield, Ill.; Interment: April 20, 2021, Springfield, Ill.
ZIELKE, KENNETH EDWARD REV., Feb. 25, 1935, Detroit, Mich., to April 26, 2021, Coldwater, Mich; son of Adolf and Marie (Slank) Zielke; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1962. Served 1962-1997. Ministries/Parishes: Waubay, S.D.; Dearborn, Plymouth, Troy, Mich. Retired 1997. Survivors: Alice (Thieme) Zielke; son: Mark; daughter: Katherine. Funeral: May 2, 2021, Femont, Ind.; Interment: May 2, 2021, Coldwater, Mich.
BUTZ, KIMBERLY ANN (LIND), July 22, 1968, Joliet, Ill., to May 14, 2021, Wis.; graduated Irvine 1991. Served 1991-1998, 2004-2021. Schools/Ministries: Winnetka, Rancho Santa Margarita, Laguna Woods, Orange, Calif.; Summit Argo, Skokie, Ill, Independence, Mo.; Grafton, Wis. Survivor: Carl Butz. Funeral: May 23, 2021, Grafton, Wis.
CASPERSEN, CAROL ANN (MEIER), May 26, 1945, Grand Island, Neb., to March 21, 2021, Cheyenne, Wyo.; daughter of George and Alma (Uden) Meier; graduated Seward 1967. Served 1987-2007. School/Ministry: Cheyenne, Wyo. Retired 2007. Survivors: Rev. David Caspersen; son: Jonathan; daughter: Ann. Funeral: March 26, 2021, Ft. Collins, Colo.; Interment: Grand Island, Neb.
DEDE, ALBERT WILLIAM, Feb. 26, 1926, Defiance, Ohio, to April 3, 2021, Watertown, Wis.: son of Albert and Alma (Staas) Dede; graduated River Forest 1947. Served 1948-1986. Schools/Ministries: Milwaukee, Watertown, Wauwatosa, Menomonee Falls, Lebanon, Wis.; Cleveland, Ohio; Richmond, Mich. Retired 1986. Preceded in death by his wife Ruth (Koehler) Dede. Survivors: son: Allan; daughters: Carole, Laurel Friedl, Rachel Bernhard. Funeral and Interment: April 9, 2021, Lebanon, Wis.
GADE, DONALD EUGENE, Feb. 21, 1937, West Bend, Iowa, to Nov. 14, 2020, Lake St. Louis, Mo.; son of Ernst and Alma (Wichendahl) Gade; graduated Seward 1960. Served 1960-1999. Schools/Ministries: St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, Hannibal, Mo.; Murphysboro, Ill.; Cedar Falls, Iowa. Retired 1999. Survivors: Marion (Brockmann) Gade; daughters: Diane, Nancy. Funeral: Feb. 27, 2021, O’Fallon, Mo.; cremation.
GRUPE, ELIZABETH FAYE (REINBOTH), March 25, 1940, Lincoln, Neb., to March 17, 2021, Macomb, Mich.; daughter of Rev. Oscar and Lillian (Gieseke) Reinboth; graduated Seward 1962. Served 1975-2006. Schools/Ministries: Clinton Township, Utica, Rochester, Waterford, Mich. Retired 2006. Survivors: Larry Grupe; son: Timothy; daughters: Victoria Bonneville, Kimberly Mathews. Memorial Service: May 8, 2021, Utica, Mich.
HALFMANN, WALTER K., Jan. 16, 1947, Flushing, N.Y., to March 10, 2021, Tampa, Fla.; son of Walter and Clare (Banker) Halfmann; graduated Seward 1968. Served 1989-2006. Schools/Ministries: Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Saginaw, Mich.; Tampa, Fla. Retired 2006. Survivors: Norma (Rhone) Halfmann; daughter: Meredith Ackerman. Celebration of Life: June 12, 2021, Tampa, Fla.
HAY, DONNA DEE (RATHE), March 4, 1943, Falls City, Neb., to March 3, 2021, Hartland, Mich.; daughter of Willard and Ruth (Peterson) Rathe; graduated Seward 1965. Schools/Ministries: Hartland, Mich. Retired 2005. Preceded in death by her daughter Holli. Survivors: daughters: Heidi Wingle, Holly Cabana, Heather Cummings. Funeral: March 12, 2021, Hartland, Mich.
JOSTES, RICHARD ALAN, May 27, 1951, Norfolk, Neb., to March 26, 2021, St. Louis, Mo.; son of Leonard and Doris (Preuss) Jostes; graduated Seward 1973. Served 1973-1983, 1987-1993, 1997-2020. Schools/ Ministries: Wichita, Kan.; Seward, Norfolk, Neb.; Perham, Minn.; Kansas City, St. Louis, Mo.; River Forest, Ill. Retired 2020. Survivors: Laura (Rowley) Jostes; sons: Kurt, Steven, John. Funeral: March 31, 2021, Ladue, Mo.; Interment: Seward, Neb.
KING, KATHERINE LYN, Jan. 24, 1996, Peoria, Ill., to May 4, 2021, Peoria, Ill.; daughter of William Sr. and Diana (Rinne) King; graduated Chicago 2018. Served 2018-2021. School/Ministry: Morton, Ill. Funeral: May 10, 2021, Morton, Ill.; cremation.
LINNEMANN, ARTHUR LOUIS, Jan. 28, 1930, Mt. Prospect, Ill., to March 18, 2021, Portland, Ore.; son of Arthur and Emma Linnemann; graduated River Forest 1959. Served 1959-1995. Schools/Ministries: Marengo, Park Ridge, Ill.; Portland, Ore. Retired 1995. Survivors: Vernette (Schwolow) Linnemann; sons: Rev. Paul, Mark; daughters: Anette, Kristine. Celebration of Life: Portland, Ore.
PETER, CARROLL E., Jan. 1, 1929, Elmore, Minn., to March 1, 2021, Roseville, Minn.; son of Herman and Emma Peter; colloquy 1953. Served 1955-1995/School/Ministry: St. Paul, Minn. Retired 1995. Preceded in death by his daughter Sarah. Survivors: Helen Peter; sons: David, John; daughters: Kathy Jones, Beth.
PETERSEN, RALPH LEWIS, June 17, 1933, Winner, S.D., to Feb. 23, 2021, Oregon City, Ore.; son of August and Bertha (Evers) Petersen; graduated Seward 1963. Served 1963-2020. Schools/Ministries: Collinsville, Ill.; Oregon City, Portland, Woodburn, Ore. Retired 2000. Survivors: son: Eric; daughters: Donna, Karla, Neva, Ardyce, Nels. Funeral and Interment: March 20, 2021, Oregon City, Ore.
RAWLINGS, EMILY KATHRYN (SPEITEL), Aug. 26, 1951, Nashville, Tenn., to May 12, 2021, Sahuarita, Ariz.; daughter of William and Sallie Speitel; colloquy 1991. Served 2006-2009. School/Ministry: Merrill, Wis. Retired 2009. Survivors: James Rawlings; sons: Thomas, Robert, Joseph; daughter: Nicole Doughty. Memorial Service: May 29, 2021, Green Valley, Ariz.; cremation.
SCHUETZ, LOIS MILDRED (SCHLICHTING), Feb. 15, 1926, Potter, Neb., to Jan. 31, 2021, Houston, Texas; daughter of Albert and Sarah (Bergt) Schlichting; graduated Seward 1948. Schools/ Ministries: Ogallala, Neb.; Denver, Colo. Retired 1991. Preceded in death by her husband Wilbert Schuetz. Funeral: Feb. 6, 2021, Houston, Texas.
JANK, ROLAND A. SR. REV., July 14, 1920, Canby, Minn., to Jan. 27, 2021, Omaha, Neb.; son of Rev. Paul and Helen (Bussman) Jank; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1945. Served 1945-2004. Ministries/Parishes: Amherst, Sumner, Hastings, Columbus, Neb.; Guttenberg, McGregor, Iowa. Retired 2004. Preceded in death by his wife Norma (Buehler) Jank. Survivors: sons: Rev. Roland Jr., Michael, Joel. Funeral: Feb. 2, 2021, Omaha, Neb.; Interment: Feb. 2, 2021, Kearney, Neb.
MILBRATH, GERALD LOREN REV., April 9, 1934, Jackson, Minn., to Dec. 30, 2019, Council Bluffs, Iowa; son of Loren and Myrtle (Glaser) Milbrath; graduated Springfield Seminary 1958. Served 1958-1999. Ministries/Parishes: Elkader, McGregor, Fort Dodge, Iowa; Iowa West District Circuit Visitor 1975-1988. Retired 1999. Preceded in death by his wife Gloria (Hoffmann) Milbrath. Survivors: son: Randall, Lindsey; daughters: Rhoda, Lynda, Rochelle. Funeral: Jan. 11, 2020, Fort Dodge, Iowa; Interment: January 11, 2020, Vincent, Iowa.
CRAIG, BEVERLY J. (BERNER) DEAC., Oct. 6, 1940, Middleport, N.Y., to Dec. 20, 2018; daughter of Kenneth and Alice Berner; graduated Valparaiso 1962. Served 1989-2007. Schools/Ministries: Lockport, N. Tonawanda, N.Y. Retired 2007. Survivors: son: Rev. Kenneth; daughters: Dawn Parker, Debora Kalbfliesh. Funeral and Interment: Dec. 27, 2018, Lockport, N.Y.