IN MEMORIAM (March 2023)
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.
ATSINGER, VICTOR A. SR. REV., June 5, 1932, Houston, Texas, to Oct. 10, 2022, St. Louis, Mo.; son of Ernest and Alvine (Lange) Atsinger; graduated Springfield Seminary 1964. Served 1964-1995. Ministries/Parishes: El Dorado, Magnolia, Ark.; Harriman, Tenn.; Gary, Ind.; Chicago, Ill. Retired 1995. Survivors: Sylvia Atsinger; son: Victor Jr.; Graveside Service: Oct. 29, 2022, Clermont, Fla.
BOEDER, CHARLES FRANCIS REV., April 23, 1933, Litchfield, Minn., to Dec. 6, 2022, Pipestone, Minn.; son of Frank and Viola (Weinkauf) Boeder; graduated Wisconsin Seminary 1958. Served 1958-1970, 1972-1999. Ministries/Parishes: Hale, Glennie, Mich.; Pipestone, Minn.; Flandreau, S.D. Retired 1999. Preceded in death by his stepson Douglas Jepsen. Survivors: Donna (Schuldt) Boeder; stepsons: Steven Jepsen, David Jepsen, Timothy Jepsen; stepdaughter: Julie Short. Funeral: December 10, 2022, Pipestone, Minn.; Interment: Dec. 12, 2022, Cedar Mills Township, Minn.
BOEHNKE, ROLAND W. REV., Nov. 18, 1929, Sidney, Neb., to Nov. 17, 2022, Overland Park, Kan.; son of Rev. Gustav and Magdalene (Hitzemann) Boehnke; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1954. Served 1954-1995. Ministries/Parishes: Holton, Topeka, Mission, Kan.; Flushing, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Kansas District Circuit Visitor 1990-1991. Retired 1995. Survivors: Dolores (Drees) Boehnke; sons: Michael, David; daughters: Rochelle, Laura Michaud. Funeral and Interment: Nov. 26, 2022, Mission, Kan.
BONTRAGER, JOHN KENNETH REV. DR., Feb. 15, 1923, W. Lafayette, Ohio, to Oct. 20, 2022, La Mesa, Calif.; son of Charles and Marguerite Bontrager. Joined LCMS as Emeritus 2007. Preceded in death by his wife Vestal (McConnell) Bontrager. Survivors: daughters: Gloria LaCroix, Janiece Plotke, Mary Lincoln. Graveside Service: Nov. 7, 2022, San Diego, Calif.
BRINLEY, GEORGE WILLIAM REV., Sept. 15, 1940, Detroit, Mich., to Nov. 8, 2022, St. Johns, Mich.; son of Porter and Helen (Steinmann) Brinley; graduated Springfield Seminary 1973. Served 1973-2010. Ministries/Parishes: Amboy, Minn.; Sterling Heights, Fremont, St. Johns, Mich. Retired 2010. Preceded in death by his son Jeremy. Survivors: Rosemary (Winkle) Brinley; sons: Matthew, Stephen, Nathan; daughter: April Keith. Funeral: Nov. 12, 2022, St. Johns, Mich.
BYERLEY, WALTER EUGENE SR. REV., April 24, 1931, St. Louis, Mo., to Nov. 16, 2022, Columbia, Ill.; son of Luther and Bertie (Snelson) Byerley; colloquy 1982. Served 1982-1993. Ministry/Parish: Gillespie, Ill. Retired 1993. Survivors: Helen (Wayland) Byerley; sons: Walter Jr., Darryl, Mark; daughter: Barbara Heinlein. Funeral: November 25, 2022, Columbia, Ill.; Interment: Nov. 25, 2022, St. Louis, Mo.
CRUIKSHANK, THOMAS GORDON REV., Oct. 8, 1932, Minneapolis, Minn., to Dec. 11, 2022, Winterset, Iowa; son of Lester and Sarah (Eastman) Cruikshank; graduated Springfield Seminary 1962. Served 1962-1994. Ministries/Parishes: Southwick, Mass.; Boone, Dayton, Shenandoah, Sidney, Iowa; Canon City, West Cliffe, Colo.: Iowa West District Circuit Visitor 1984-1987; Rocky Mountain District Circuit Visitor 1989-1997. Retired 1994. Survivors: Marilyn (Geiger) Cruikshank; sons: Gary, David; daughter: Laura Rasmus. Funeral and Interment: Dec. 13, 2022, Winterset, Iowa.
GLIENKE, HERMAN JOHN REV., Feb. 28, 1927, Alta, Iowa, to Nov. 1, 2022, Flowery Branch, Ga.; son of Herman and Marie (Hinkeldey) Glienke; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1952. Served 1952-1992. Ministries/Parishes: Isle of Pines, Cuba; Key West, Miami, Hialeah, Fla. Retired 1992. Survivors: Delores (Otto) Glienke; son; David; daughters: Ruth Wessling, Gloria Martinez.
GREMEL, KURT HUGO REV., Aug. 21, 1942, Unionville, Mich., to Dec. 13, 2022, Tipton, Ind.; son of Hugo and Alice (Roller) Gremel; colloquy 1980. Served 1980-2008. Ministry/Parish: Tipton, Ind. Retired 2008. Preceded in death by his wife Judy (Wein) Gremel. Survivors: sons: Kent, Shane; daughters: Stephanie Moses, Heather Delagrange. Funeral and Interment: Dec. 19, 2022, Tipton, Ind.
HANNEMANN, HERMAN R. REV., May 7, 1935, Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., to Nov. 4, 2022, Hutchinson, Minn.; son of Rev. Walter and Laura (Koch) Hannemann; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1960. Served 1960-2000. Ministries/Parishes: Pettibone, N.D.; Verndale, Hinckley, Brook Park, St. Cloud, Clear Lake, Brownsdale, Lansing, Green Isle, Minn.; Minnesota South District Circuit Visitor 1981-1988. Retired 2000. Survivors: Carole (Frinke) Hannemann; sons; Andrew, Alan, Anthony; daughter: Amy. Funeral and Interment: Nov. 11, 2022, Hutchinson, Minn.
HANUS, THEODORE R. REV., March 2, 1938, Chicago, Ill., to Nov. 12, 2022, Arcadia, Fla.; son of Theodore and Olga (Strecker) Hanus; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1964. Served 1964-2006. Ministries/Parishes: Scranton, Pa.; Queens Village, Centereach, Vestal, Fulton, Rome, N.Y.; Arcadia, Fla.; Eastern District Circuit Visitor 1988-1991. Retired 2006. Survivors: son: Martin; daughter: Jennifer. Funeral: Dec. 10, 2022, Arcadia, Fla.
HAZEL, FREDERICK G. III REV., Nov. 27, 1952, Tucson, Ariz., to Nov. 14, 2022, Mesa, Ariz.; son of Fred Jr. and Helen (Jones) Hazel; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1982. Served 1982-2012. Ministries/Parishes: Elko, Nev.; Casa Grande, Ariz. Retired 2012. Survivor: daughter: Jessica Taylor. Funeral and Interment: Nov. 28, 2022, Cave Creek, Ariz.
HEUSER, MARK EVANS REV., Dec. 31, 1949, Charleston, W.V., to Dec. 16, 2022, Cleveland, Ohio; son of Jack and Noreene (Long) Heuser; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1999. Served 1999-2017. Ministries/Parishes: Rochester, Mich.; Vancouver, Wash. Retired 2017. Survivors: Donna (Mihaly) Heuser; son: Matthew; daughter: Sarah. Funeral: Dec. 19, 2022, Painesville, Ohio.
HOPPES, JAMES T. JR. REV., March 11, 1939, Collinsville, Ill., to Oct. 23, 2022, Collinsville, Ill.; son of James Sr. and Eileen (Henson) Hoppes; graduated Springfield Seminary 1965. Served 1965-2001. Ministries/Parishes: Lake View Terrace, Panorama City, Calif.; Decatur, Ind.; Ft. Dodge, Iowa; St. Louis, Mo. Retired 2001. Survivors: Chris (Rowekamp) Hoppes; son: Carl; daughters: Cara, Sara. Funeral and Interment: Oct. 28, 2022, Collinsville, Ill.
HOWEN, RUSSELL HOWARD REV., June 7, 1932, Grand Forks, N.D., to Oct. 21, 2022, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; son of Howard and Adela (Plantiko) Howen; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1957. Served 1957-1997. Ministries/Parishes: Morrill, Norfolk, Neb.; Martinez, Calif.; Nebraska District Circuit Visitor 1958-1962. Retired 1997. Preceded in death by his wives Miriam (Mikula) Howen and Cecile (Michaud) Howen. Survivor: daughter: Rebekah Kartman. Memorial Service: Nov. 12, 2022, Gardnerville, Nev.
IMME, JONATHAN D. REV., April 23, 1950, Richland, Wash., to Dec. 5, 2022, Lake View Terrace, Calif.; son of Rev. Edward and Jolanda (Vespererey) Imme; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1977. Served 1977-2022. Ministry/Parish: Lake View Terrace, Calif. Survivors: Sheila Imme; son: Jonathan; daughters: Jessica, Poleen. Memorial Service: Jan. 7, 2023, Lake View Terrace, Calif.
JANETZKE, DOUGLAS KIRK REV., Dec. 2, 1948, Lansing, Mich., to Nov. 19, 2022, Midland, Mich.; son of Reinhold and Mary (Jolliff) Janetzke; graduated Springfield Seminary 1974. Served 1974-2009. Ministries/Parishes: Roseville, Boyne City, Midland, Mich.; Fairmont, Minn.; Minnesota South District Circuit Visitor 1990-1994. Retired 2009. Survivors: Marguerite (Zerbst) Janetzke; sons: Joshua, Andrew. Funeral: Nov. 28, 2022, Midland, Mich.; Interment: Willow Springs, Ill.
KUHLMANN, ROBERT T. REV., March 3, 1932, Winfield, Kan., to Oct. 22, 2022, Fate, Texas; son of Rev. Dr. Gustave and Dorothy (Meyer) Kuhlmann; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1957. Served 1957-1994. Ministries/Parishes: Fairborn, Middletown, Ohio; San Antonio, Amarillo, Texas; Texas District Circuit Visitor 1990-1991. Retired 1994. Survivors: Eloise (Stigge) Kuhlmann; sons: James, Joel. Funeral and Interment: Oct. 29, 2022, Rockwall, Texas.
LOUM, JOHN SAMUEL REV. DR., March 18, 1948, Gambia, West Africa, to Oct. 26, 2022, St. Louis, Mo.; son of Guy and Marian (Johnson) Loum; colloquy 1999. Served 1999-2020. Ministries/Parishes: Ft. Wayne, Ind.; St. Louis, Mo. Retired 2020. Survivors: Hannah (Belford) Loum; sons: John Jr., Hans, Cyril, Donald. Funeral and Interment: Nov. 19, 2022, St. Louis, Mo.
MARTIN, MARK DAVID REV., April 17, 1957, Midland, Texas, to Oct. 21, 2022, Independence, Mo.; son of Herschel and Barbara (Coy) Martin; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1991. Served 1993-2022. Ministries/Parishes: Egypt Mills, Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, Independence, Mo. Survivors: Betty (Manns) Martin; daughters: Leah, Rachel Murad. Funeral: Nov. 6, 2022, Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Cremation.
MEYER, MELVIN MARTIN REV., July 23,1937, Palatine, Ill., to Dec. 13, 2022, South Bend, Ind.; son of Martin and Irene (Busse) Meyer; graduated Springfield Seminary 1963. Served 1963-1976, 2011-2014. Ministries/Parishes: Beulah, Zap, N.D.; Waukegan, Ill.; Rochester, Ind.; Berrien Springs, Mich. Retired 2014. Survivors: Elizabeth (Kotila) Meyer; sons: Michael, Matthew, Mark; daughter: Melanie Zuiker. Funeral and Interment: Dec. 16, 2022, South Bend, Ind.
MUELLER, THEODORE CHARLES REV., April 22, 1940, Oakland, Calif., to Nov. 28, 2022, Santa Rosa, Calif.; son of Otto Jr. and Charlotte (Neddersen) Mueller; graduated Springfield Seminary 1965. Served 1965-2006. Ministries/Parishes: Sutherland, Ore.; Saginaw, Mich.; Santa Rosa, Calif.; California/Nevada/Hawaii District Circuit Visitor 1991-1994, 2009-2013, 2018-2021. Retired 2006. Survivors: Jerilyn (Eickhoff) Mueller; son: Timothy; daughters: Christine Dechert, Amanda Kitchens. Memorial Service: Dec. 10, 2022, Santa Rosa, Calif.
PRIGGE, RONALD BLAIR REV., March, 25, 1945, Winona, Minn., to Nov. 24, 2022, Rural Brownsdale, Minn.; son of Leonard and Edna (Blair) Prigge; graduated St. Louis Seminary 2000. Served 2000- 2014, 2017-2018. Ministries/Parishes: Racine, Sargeant, Brownsdale, Minn. Retired 2018. Survivors: Nancy (Matthews) Prigge; sons: Matthew, Michael, Jason. Funeral and Interment: Dec. 1, 2022, Sargeant, Minn.
RABON, LAWRENCE C. JR. REV., Dec. 09, 1947, Kansas City, Mo., to Nov. 13, 2022; son of Lawrence Sr. and Eldora Rabon; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1984. Served 1984-2015. Ministries/Parishes: S. Burlington, Vt.; Hendersonville, N.C.; New England District Circuit Visitor 1999. Retired 2015. Survivors: Margo (Jeske) Rabon; son: Colby; daughters: Christine Stuart, Briana Hastings. Memorial Service: Nov. 19, 2022, Asheville, N.C.
ROWAN, ROBERT HENRY JR. REV. DR., Dec. 25, 1930, Minot, N.D., to Dec. 5, 2022, Grand Forks, N.D.; son of Robert Sr. and Amelia (Rennick) Rowan; colloquy 1985. Served 1985-1996. Ministries/Parishes: Plentywood, Rock Springs, Miles City, Mont.; Napoleon, Lehr, N.D. Retired 1996. Survivors: Delores (Storud) Rowan; daughters: Joani Kilber, Jane Mindt. Funeral: Dec. 8, 2022, Grand Forks, N.D.; Interment: Dec. 9, 2022, Minot, N.D.
SAEGER, MAYNARD HARRY REV., May 10, 1925, Merrill, Wis., to Dec. 11, 2022, Ontario, Calif.; son of Leslie and Nina (Gutknecht) Saeger; graduated Springfield Seminary 1972. Served 1972-1990. Ministry/Parish: Montclair, Calif. Retired 1990. Preceded in death by his wife Grace (Arndt) Saeger and son Dale. Survivors: son: David; daughter: Diane. Memorial Service: Ontario, Calif.
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