In Memoriam (December 2018)

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            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.


ANDERSON, STEVEN L. REV., Nov. 26, 1946, Green Bay, Wis., to April 26, 2018, Wausau, Wis.; son of Anton and Marjorie Anderson; graduated Springfield Seminary 1974.  Served 1974-2011.  Ministries/Parishes: Anoka, Royalton, Isle, Gleason, Wis.  Retired 2011. Funeral: May 12, 2018, Wausau, Wis.; Interment: Luxemburg, Wis.

BAHLOW, NORMAN WILLIAM REV., Nov. 5, 1939, Springfield, Ill., to Sept. 7, 2018, Festus, Mo.; son of Louis and Alma (Hasley) Bahlow; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1965.  Served 1965-1978, 1981-2003, 2004-2006.  Ministries/Parishes: New Melle, St. Louis, Shelbyville, Belle, Mo.; Chicago, Ill.; Atlanta, Texas; Missouri District Circuit Visitor 1991-1994.  Retired 2006.  Funeral and Interment: September 14, 2018, DeSoto, Mo.

HELLAND, LLOYD JAMES REV., Sept. 16, 1951, Albert Lea, Minn., to Aug. 18, 2018, St. Louis, Mo.; son of Lester and Veralyn (Tveit) Helland; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1990.  Served 1990-2009.  Ministries/Parishes: Guttenberg, McGregor, Iowa; Warsaw, Mo.; Okawville, Ill.  Retired 2009.  Survivors: Valerie (Hamilton) Helland; son: Joel; daughters: Rachel Bausch, Ruth Young.  Funeral: Aug. 24, 2018, Warrenton, Mo.

HINZ, RICHARD T. REV.,  Dec. 2, 1934, Mason City, Iowa, to Aug. 21, 2018, Fredericksburg, Va.; son of Rev. Carl and Helen (Schroth) Hinz; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1959.  Served 1960-2009.  Ministries/Parishes: Seaford, De.; Baltimore, Md.; Alexandria, Springfield, Va.; Southeastern District President 1978-1994.  Retired 2009.  Survivors: Deanna (Schaper) Hinz; sons: Rev. Paul, John, Rev. Timothy, Stephen. Funeral: Aug. 31, 2018, Springfield, Va.; Interment: Sept. 1, 2018, Fredericksburg, Va.

KOENIG, DAVID RICHARD REV., March 26, 1928, Garfield Heights, Ohio, to Aug. 10, 2018, Defiance, Ohio; son of Edward and Florence (Bohning) Koenig; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1952.  Served 1954-1992.  Ministries/Parishes: Highland, Ind.; Defiance, Ohio.  Retired 1992.  Preceded in death by his wife Althea (Berning) Koenig; son: Thomas; daughter: Cynthia.  Survivors: sons: Michael, Mark, Andrew.  Funeral and Interment: Aug. 14, 2018, Defiance, Ohio.

MICKAN, ELDOR LEONARD REV., July 27, 1917, Copperas Cove, Texas, to Sep. 17, 2018, Bulverde, Texas; son of Alfred and Marta (Zoch) Mickan; graduated Springfield Seminary 1945.  Served 1946-1990.  Ministries/Parishes: San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Alice, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Texas.  Retired 1991.  Survivors: Maria (Marx) Mickan; daughters: Ruth Ottmers, Martha Goeke, Rebecca Paterson, Deborah Schmalpz, Juanita Catron, Miriam Broyles.  Funeral: Sept. 22, 2018, New Braunfels, Texas.

REINKE, CALVIN EUGENE REV., July 27, 1952, Lincoln, Neb., to Sept. 6, 2018, Salina, Kan.; son of Gilbert and Eleanor (Good) Reinke; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1979.  Served 1979-2018.  Ministries/Parishes: Wichita, Olathe, Salina, Kan.; Walton, Neb.; Richmond, Harvester, Mo.; Lincoln Park, Mich.; Missouri District Circuit Visitor 1990-1995.  Survivors: Pam Reinke; son: Simon; daughter: Emily Acker.  Memorial Service: Sept. 13, 2018, Salina, Kan.; Interment: Sept. 13, 2018, Lincoln, Neb.

RIEMER, MILTON HENRY REV., May 20, 1933, Mequon, Wis., to Sept. 3, 2018, Austin, Texas; son of Erwin and Gertrude (Radau) Riemer; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1958.  Served 1958-1998.  Ministries/Parishes: Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Austin, Texas.  Retired 1998.  Survivors: Joan (Sperberg) Riemer; sons: Joel, Jonathan; daughter: Janice.  Memorial Service: Sept. 18, 2018, Austin, Texas; Inurnment: Lago Vista, Texas.

SCHUESSLER, DEANE L. REV., Feb. 22, 1933, Chicago, Ill., to Aug. 16, 2018, St. Paul, Minn.; son of Rev. Luther and Esther (Zutz) Schuessler; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1958.  Served 1958-1998.  Ministries/Parishes: Sapporo, Bibai, Hokkaido, Japan; Roseville, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.  Retired 1998.  Survivors: Julie (Clausen) Schuessler; sons: Rev. Kevin, Joel; daughter: Gay Wolf.  Funeral: Aug. 24, 2018, Woodbury, Minn.

THOMPSON, JOHN LEE SR. REV., March 28, 1950, Decatur, Ala., to Sept. 23, 2018, Houston, Texas.; son of Edmund and Elizabeth (Chappel) Thompson; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1986.  Served 1986-1993, 1995-2018.  Ministries/Parishes: Birmingham, Ala.; Crosby, Pasadena, Houston, Texas. Survivors: Elizabeth (Gaus) Thompson; son: John Jr.; daughters: Whitney, Rachel.  Funeral: Sept. 29, 2018, Houston, Texas; Interment: Oct. 1, 2018, Houston, Texas.


ACKMANN, JAMES, April 4, 1931, Milwaukee, Wis., to Aug. 1, 2018, Fort Wayne, Ind.; son of William and Eleanor (Luplow) Ackmann; graduated River Forest 1953.  Served 1953-1993.  Ministry/Parish: Fort Wayne, Ind.  Retired 1993.  Preceded in death by his wife Elizabeth (Mueller) Ackmann.  Survivors: sons: John, Thomas; daughters: Lauren Brennan, Susan Klawien, Christine Janowicz.  Funeral and Interment: Aug. 11, 2018, Fort Wayne, Ind.

HANSEN, SCOTTE MICHAEL, Aug. 26, 1973, Lajes Field, Azores Island, Portugal, to July 19, 2018, Lincoln, Neb.; son of Michael and Linda (Smith) Hansen; graduated Seward 2000.  Served 2000-2018.  Schools/Ministries: Wichita, Kan.; Sioux City, Lincoln, La Vista, Neb.  Survivors: Annie (Doerr) Hansen; son: Lane; daughter: Nadia Batres. Funeral: July 29, 2018, Lincoln, Neb.

HEINZ, EDWARD CHARLES, June 6, 1941, Bronx, N.Y., to Sept. 1, 2018, Aruba; graduated River Forest 1963.  Served 1963-1994.  Schools/Ministries: Rock Island, Ill.; College Point, N.Y.; Westwood, N.J.  Retired 2011.  Survivors: Betty (Roesch) Heinz; sons: Kenneth, Gary; daughter: Andrea Dawson.  Celebration of Life and Interment: Sept. 22, 2018, Westwood, N.J.

HILL BELL, JUANITA (HILL), Dec. 22, 1945, Camden, Ala., to Aug. 20, 2018, Miami, Fla.; daughter of William and Lizzie Hill; graduated Seward 1969.  Served 1973-2000.  Schools/Ministries: Montgomery, Ala.; Miami, Orlando, Fla.  Preceded in death by her husband Henry Bell. Funeral and Interment: Aug. 25, 2018, Atmore, Ala.

HOLZERLAND, ARNOLD W., Dec. 19, 1937, Waubay, S.D., to Sept. 9, 2018, St. Louis, Mo.; son of Eric and Minnie (Schulz) Holzerland; graduated Seward 1977.  Served 1977-1999.  Schools/Ministries: Osmond, Neb.; Munger, Mich.; Rosebud, Mo. Retired 1999.  Survivors: Barbara (Ulrich) Holzerland; sons: Rev. Timothy, David; daughter: Lydia.  Funeral: Sept. 14, 2018, Rolla, Mo.; Interment: September 18, 2018, Bourbon, Mo.

PLIESEIS, EUNICE LOIS (WENDLAND), July 5, 1941, Valley City, N.D., to July 20, 2018; daughter of John and Mildred (Hoffmeister) Wendland; graduated Mequon 1987.  Served 1987-2010.  School/Ministry: Greenfield, Wis.  Retired 2010.  Survivors: son: Todd; daughters: Lisa, Kelli Settle, Nicole Smith.  Funeral: July 28, 2018, Greenfield, Wis.

SCHAEKEL, NORBERT, May 13, 1929, Decatur, Ind., to Aug. 21, 2018, Fort Wayne, Ind.; son of Herman and Edna (Wefel) Schaekel; graduated River Forest 1956.  Served 1956-1991.  Schools/Ministries: Bear Creek, Wis.; Buckley, Ill.; Decatur, Ind.  Retired 1991.  Preceded in death by his wife Mary (Ewel) Schaekel and son Lynn.  Survivors: sons: Bert, Kirk.; daughters: Diane Brown, Connie, Annette Seitz, Beth Karimi.  Funeral and Interment: Aug. 24, 2018, Decatur, Ind.

SPEED, CYNTHIA LOUISE (PAYTON), Sept. 19, 1957, Whitefish, Mont., to Sept. 12, 2018, Lewistown, Mont. daughter of Richard and Marilou Payton; colloquy 2012.  Served 2012-2018.  School/Parish: Billings, Mont.  Survivors: sons: Matthew, Michael, Lucas, Garrick.  Funeral Sept. 19, 2018, Billings, Mont.; Interment: Sept. 19, 2018, Eureka, Mont.

THIES, EVERETT IRVING, May 26, 1947, Springfield, Ill., to April 28, 2018, Des Moines, Iowa; son of Delbert and Katherine (Ropers) Thies; graduated Seward 1969.  Served 1969-2002.  Schools/Ministries: Houston, Texas; Lincoln, Hampton, Columbus, Neb.; Lockwood, Mo.; Bremen, Kan.; Retired 2013.  Survivors: Patty (Layne) Thies; sons: Devon, Asher; daughter: Heather Burns.  Funeral: June 8, 2018, Polk City, Iowa

Source: LCMS News