IN MEMORIAM (November 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.
AVE-LALLEMANT, MARTIN PETER REV., Aug. 6, 1946, Eau Claire, Wis., to Aug. 15, 2023, Fairfield Bay, Ark.; son of Rev. Winfred and Irene Ave-Lallemant; graduated St. Louis seminary 1972. Served 1972-2008; 2010-2023. Ministries/Parishes: Loup City, Omaha, Neb.; East Point, Ga.; Franklin, Tenn.; Conway, Searcy, Fairfield Bay, Ark. Florida-Georgia District Circuit Visitor 1997-2001; Mid-South District Circuit Visitor 2008-2009. Survivors: Elisabeth (Arndt) Ave-Lallemant; sons: Matthew, Shane; daughters: Rebecca Walker, Jussara, Lindsay Bradfield. Memorial Service: Sept. 15, 2023, Fairfield Bay, Ark.
EGGOLD, THOMAS ELMER REV., Nov. 11, 1945, Ft. Wayne, Ind., to Aug. 6, 2023, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; son of Henry and Madalene (Brandhorst) Eggold; graduated Ft. Wayne seminary 1985. Served 1985-2009. Ministries/Parishes: Clarinda, Iowa; Anderson, Ft. Wayne, Ind. Indiana District Circuit Visitor 1991-1993. Retired 2009. Survivors: Kathryn (Walle) Eggold; sons: Rev. Thomas, Joshua, Rev. Daniel. Funeral: Aug. 10, 2023, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Interment: Ft. Wayne, Ind.
EGLOFF, CARL J. REV., Feb. 13, 1932, New York City, N.Y., to July 24, 2023, Germantown, Wis.; son of Carl and Caroline (Daunheimer) Egloff; graduated Springfield seminary 1959. Served 1959-2000. Ministries/Parishes: Wood Dale, Ill.; Milwaukee, Elm Grove, Wis. Retired 2000. Preceded in death by his wife Eunice (Kriefall) Egloff. Survivors: son: Paul; daughters: Lori Wilke, Juli Kalous. Funeral: July 29, 2023, Elm Grove, Wis.; Interment: July 29, 2023, Brookfield, Wis.
MCFARLAND, MICHAEL ROBERT REV., Jan. 29, 1957, Highland, Ill., to Aug. 10, 2023, Opelika, Ala.; son of Esta and Bernice McFarland; graduated St. Louis seminary 1983. Served 1983-2023. Ministries/Parishes: Montgomery, Ala.; Irving, Texas; Asheville, N.C. Southern District Circuit Visitor 1990-1995; Texas District Circuit Visitor 2004-2007. Retired 2023. Survivors: Brenda McFarland; sons: Samuel, Luke, Micah. Memorial Service: Aug. 19, 2023, Asheville, N.C.
RAMSEY, THOMAS G. REV., March 30, 1945, Youngstown, Ohio, to Dec. 30, 2022, Bonita Springs, Fla.; son of Walter and Ella (Duesing) Ramsey; graduated St. Louis seminary 1988. Served 1988-2011. Ministries/Parishes: Seward, Neb.; San Pedro, Calif.; Ponca City, Okla. Oklahoma District Circuit Visitor 2003-2009. Retired 2011. Survivors: Peggy (Beals) Ramsey; sons: Jeffrey, Brian. Memorial Service: Jan. 14, 2023, Brookfield, Wis.
RODECK, RONALD ROY REV., March 23, 1935, Oak Park, Ill., to July 26, 2023, Lubbock, Texas; son of Paul and Laverne (Voss) Rodeck; graduated St. Louis seminary 1961. Served 1961-1986; 1990-1995. Ministries/Parishes: Onawa, Anthon, Iowa; U.S. Army Military Chaplain; Payson, Ariz.; Lubbock, Texas. Retired 1996. Survivors: sons: Paul, Derek; daughter: Amy. Funeral: July 31, 2023, Lubbock, Texas.
SHAW, JAMES EDWIN REV. DR., Sept. 28, 1928, Boone, Iowa, to Aug. 4, 2023, Oviedo, Fla.; son of Lawrence and Elsie (Oesch) Shaw; graduated Springfield seminary 1959. Served 1959-1994. Ministries/Parishes: U.S. Army Military Chaplain; Washington, D.C. Retired 1994. Preceded in death by his wife Joanne (Sexauer) Shaw and son Jay. Survivors: Glenna (Minatodani) Shaw; sons: Jonathan, Joel; daughter: Jamie Belton. Memorial Service: Aug. 18, 2023, Oviedo, Fla.; Interment: Arlington, Va.
SHOEMAKER, DAVID T. REV., Feb. 5, 1938, Casey, Ill., to July 31, 2023, Sonora, Calif.; son of John and Margaret (Loudenback) Shoemaker; graduated Springfield seminary 1965. Served 1965-2000. Ministries/Parishes: Faribault, Bagley, Minn.; Detroit, Millington, Mich.; San Jose, Calif. California-Nevada-Hawaii District Circuit Visitor 1995; 2005-2008. Survivors: daughters: Rachel, Gretchen, Heidi. Celebration of Faith: Aug. 26, 2023.
TIEMANN, DELBERT C. REV. DR., Oct. 20, 1930, Concord, Ill., to Aug. 16, 2023, Rochester, N.Y.; son of Carl and Marie (Korsmeyer) Tiemann; graduated Springfield seminary 1956. Served 1956-1998. Ministries/Parishes: Rochester, Henrietta, N.Y. Eastern District Circuit Visitor 1988-1989. Preceded in death by his wife Brigitta Tiemann and son James. Survivors: sons: David, Timothy, Daniel. Funeral: Aug. 21, 2023, Rochester, N.Y.
TORGLER, ROBERT H. REV., May 25, 1927, Minneapolis, Minn., to Aug. 7, 2023, Matthews, N.C.; son of Hugo and Esther (Wohlrabe) Torgler; graduated St. Louis seminary 1951. Served 1951-1991. Ministries/Parishes: Houston, Channel View, Texas; Baltimore, Bel Air, Md.; Charlotte, N.C. Southeastern District Circuit Visitor 1990-1991. Retired 1991. Survivors: Jennie (Mettler) Torgler; sons: Robert, Matthew; daughter: Lisa. Celebration of Life: Sept. 9, 2023, Charlotte, N.C.
CLOETER, HUBERT VICTOR, May 23, 1929, Akron, Colo., to May 5, 2023, Edina, Minn.; son of Rev. Richard and Martha Cloeter; graduated Seward 1952. Served 1952-1992. Schools/Ministries: Chicago, Dundee, Jefferson City, Ill.; Faribault, Minn. Retired 1992. Survivors: Diane (Tomaich) Cloeter; son: Timothy; daughters: Rebecca Johnson, Melinda Mennicke, Lisa McCulloch. Funeral and Interment: May 16, 2023, Faribault, Minn.
KRAMER, ROY E., Feb. 25, 1932, Frohna, Mo., to Aug. 19, 2023, Shoreview, Minn.; son of Ernst and Martha (Vogel) Kramer; graduated River Forest 1956. Served 1956-1997. Schools/Ministries: Houston, Texas; St. Paul, Minn. Retired 1997. Preceded in death by his wife Ramona (Rathe) Kramer and son Quentin. Survivors: sons: Llewellyn, Garrett, Carlyle; daughter: Gizelle Smothers. Funeral and Interment: Aug. 26, 2023, Roseville, Minn.
LADENDORF, GENE WILLIAM, July 16, 1944, Peoria, Ill., to Feb. 7, 2023, St. Charles, Mo.; son of William and Helen (Wuethrich) Ladendorf; graduated St. Paul 1966. Served 1967-2006. Schools/Ministries: Worden, Collinsville, Ill.; Milwaukee, Glendale, Wis.; Bronxville, N.Y.; Carrollton, Dallas, Texas. Retired 2006. Preceded in death by his wife Janice (Friedrich) Ladendorf. Survivors: son: Mark; daughter: Jana Leppien. Funeral and Interment: Feb. 18, 2023, St. Charles, Mo.
LADENDORF, JANICE FAY (FRIEDRICH), Dec. 17, 1944, Bagley, Minn., to Jan. 29, 2023, St. Charles, Mo.; daughter of Rev. Carl and Emma (Schneuer) Friedrich; graduated St. Paul 1966. Served 1976-2007. Schools/Ministries: Collinsville, Ill.; Elm Grove, Wauwatosa, Wis.; Bronxville, N.Y.; Carrollton, Dallas, Texas. Retired 2007. Survivors: Gene Ladendorf, who later passed away in Feb. 2023; son: Mark; daughter: Jana Leppien. Funeral and Interment: Feb. 18, 2023, St. Charles, Mo.
MEYER, JUDITH ANN (OTT), Sept. 13, 1939, LeMars, Iowa, to Nov. 26, 2022, Tacoma, Wash.; daughter of Carol and Lucille Ott; graduated Seward 1961. Served 1973-1992; 1995-2006. Schools/Ministries: Wahiawa, Hawaii; Redwood City, Bakersfield, Fremont, Calif. Retired 2006. Preceded in death by her husband Rev. Robert Meyer. Survivors: son: David; daughter: Elizabeth Comstock. Celebration of Life and Interment: Jan. 15, 2023, Lakewood, Wash.
RUSCH, WILBERT H. JR., Feb. 19, 1940, Ft. Wayne, Ind., to July 29, 2023, St. Louis, Mo.; son of Wilbert Sr. and Margaret (Kogge) Rusch; graduated Seward 1961. Served 1961-2005. Schools/Ministries: Melrose Park, Ill.; Rocky River, Ohio; St. Louis, Mo.; Shanghai, China. Retired 2005. Survivors: Judith (King) Rusch; daughters: Rebecca Zimmerman, Barbara Obermeyer, Patricia Ranzini. Memorial Service: Aug. 2, 2023, St. Louis, Mo.
SNYDER, DOROTHY EDNA DEAC. (STANKE), Nov. 16, 1929, Roseville, Mich., to March 27, 2023, Rochester, N.Y.; daughter of Alexander and Hulda (Bischofsberger) Stanke; graduated Valparaiso 1952. Joined roster as emeritus 1990. Preceded in death by her husband Donald Snyder. Survivors: sons: Donald Jr., Richard; daughters: Anne Marone, Barbara Mitchell. Interment: April 1, 2023, Rush, N.Y.; Celebration of Life: May 27, 2023, Mendon, N.Y.