In Memoriam (November 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.



DOUGLAS, VENICE CLARK REV., Oct. 13, 1945, Mound Bayou, Miss., to July 5, 2018, Detroit, Mich.; son of Lucille Clayborn; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1979.   Served 1979-1984, 1987-2005.  Ministries/Parishes: Miami, Fla.; Chicago, Ill.; Detroit, Mich.; Gary, Ind.  Retired 2006.  Survivors: Mary (Williams) Douglas; son: Paul; daughters: Chanrae, Deanne.  Funeral: July 13, 2018, Detroit, Mich.

FOLLETT, MARK C. REV., March 25, 1963, Port Arthur, Texas, to July 29, 2018, Port Arthur, Texas; son of Albert and Dorothy Follett; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1997.  Served 1997-2018.  Ministries/Parishes: Sterling, Neb.; Woodville, Jasper, Texas.  Survivors: Terressa (Hennigan) Follett.  Celebration of Life: Aug. 1, 2018, Jasper, Texas; Interment: Aug. 1, 2018, Port Arthur, Texas.

KAMMAN, HAROLD W. REV., Nov. 8, 1924, Cincinnati, Ohio, to Aug. 12, 2018, Oklahoma City, Okla.; son of Louis and Bertha (Miller) Kamman; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1950.  Served 1950-1990.  Ministries/Parishes: Abilene, Kan.; Texhoma, Boise City, El Reno, Duncan, Okla.  Retired 1990.  Preceded in death by his wife Thelma (Dittmer) Kamman and daughter Ruth.  Survivors: daughter: Lois Buesser.  Funeral: Aug. 18, 2018, Oklahoma City, Okla.

KNICK, DONALD ELMER REV., Jan. 16, 1926, Rosemount, Minn., to June 5, 2018, Rochester, Minn.; son of August and Holdina (Reinke) Knick; graduated Springfield Seminary 1950.  Served 1950-1989.  Ministries/Parishes: Omega, Tulaby Lake, Deer Creek, Almora, Fergus Falls, Rochester, Minn.  Retired 1989.  Preceded in death by his daughter Deborah.  Survivors: Irene (Wohlfeil) Knick; sons: Steven, Kevin, Jonathan.  Funeral: June 9, 2018, Rochester, Minn.: Interment: June 11, 2018, Fergus Falls, Minn.

KNIPPEL, CHARLES TAYLOR REV., May 26, 1927, Beaumont, Texas, to July 23, 2018, East Alton, Ill.; son of Arthur and Dottie (Johnson) Knippel; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1952.  Served 1953-1992.  Ministries/Parishes: Salem, Wood River, Ill.; Norman, Okla.; Florissant, St. Louis, Mo.; Oklahoma District Circuit Visitor 1958; Southern Illinois District Circuit Visitor 1976-1980.  Retired 1992. Preceded in death by his wife Donna (Niehaus) Knippel and son Charles.  Survivor: daughter: Anne Marie.  Funeral: July 30, 2018, Granite City, Ill.; Interment: July 30, 2018, East Alton, Ill.

KREUTZ, EUGENE WILLIAM REV., Oct. 30, 1927, Cushing, Okla., to Aug. 6, 2018, Folsom, Calif.; son of Rev. Frederick and Sophia (Allday) Kreutz; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1952.  Served 1952-1985.  Ministries/Parishes: Fresno, Clovis. Fairfield, Lodi, Calif.; Centerville, Mich.  Retired 1987.   Preceded in death by his wife Marilyn (Maack) Kreutz.  Survivors: sons: Mark, Paul; daughters: Marcia Battershell, Jennifer Mills, Julie Rogers, Sarah.  Funeral and Interment: Aug. 17, 2018, Rescue, Calif.

LARRABBE, EUGENE EDWIN REV., Dec. 12, 1925, Grant, Mont., to Aug. 13, 2018, Wykoff, Minn.; son of Omar and Elsie (Schroeder) Kreutz; graduated Springfield Seminary 1949.  Served 1949-1976, 1978-1988.  Ministries/Parishes: Finlayson, McGrath, Aurora, Babbitt, Crown, Moose Lake, Barnum, Minn.  Retired 1988.  Preceded in death by his wife Lavonne (Schuett) Larrabee.  Survivors: sons: Peter, Joseph, Christopher, Nathan; daughters: Heidi Hall, Sarah Deeny, Rebecca Servaty.  Funeral and Interment: Aug. 17, 2018, Chatfield, Minn.

LETZRING, THEODORE A. REV., Feb. 8, 1929, New Salem, N.D., to Aug. 6, 2018, Alta, Iowa; son of Theodore and Helen (Oestreich) Letzring; graduated Springfield Seminary 1956.  Served 1956-1988, 1990-1992.  Ministries/Parishes: Anthon, Yorktown, Sac City, Schleswig, Charlotte, Royal, Iowa.; Iowa West District Circuit Visitor 1962.  Retired 1992.  Survivors: Caroline (Bargmann) Letzring; sons: Thomas, Timothy; daughters: Carlotta Ohm, Crystall Friedrichsen, Charlene Elyea.  Funeral and Interment: Aug. 12, 2018, Hanover, Iowa.

MEYER, KEITH EDWARD REV., Oct. 18, 1953, Beloit, Wis., to June 13, 2018, Minneapolis, Minn.; son of Frederick and Ruth (Bachanz) Meyer; graduated St. Louis Seminary 2005.  Served 2005-2018.  Ministries/Parishes: Claremont, Minneapolis, Minn.  Survivors: Patricia (Hibler) Meyer; sons: Michael, Matthew.  Memorial Service: June 19, 2018, Minneapolis, Minn.

NICKLAS, EDWIN J. REV., Nov. 18, 1950, Baltimore, Md., to July 23, 2018, Davie, Fla.; colloquy 1979.  Served 1976-2014.  Ministries/Parishes: Bowie, Md.; Virginia Beach, Va.; Plantation, Davie, Fla.; Southeastern District Circuit Visitor 1991-1995.  Retired 2014.  Survivors: Jane Nicklas; son: Steven; daughter: Janice.

NIRVA, MICHAEL JOHN REV., Dec. 17, 1962, Minneapolis, Minn., to June 9, 2018, Jonkoping, Sweden; son of Helen (Nelson) Nirva; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1991.  Served 1991-2018.  Ministries/Parishes: Howard Lake, Faribault, Minn.  Survivors: Lisa (Sethre) Nirva; daughters: Noelle, Kajsa.  Funeral: July 14, 2018, Faribault, Minn.

SCHMIDT, HAROLD W. REV., Feb. 5, 1935, Blackburn, Mo., to July 15, 2018, DeKalb, Ill.; son of Frank and Bertha (Kellerman) Schmidt; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1960.  Served 1960-2000.  Ministries/Parishes: Frederic, Webster, Danbury, Wis.; Genoa, Ill.; Northern Illinois District Circuit Visitor 1977-1988.  Retired 2000.  Survivors: Lynne (Weber) Schmidt; sons: David, Mark, Darrin; daughter: Brenda Beach.  Funeral and Interment: July 21, 2018, Genoa, Ill.

SCHMIDT, WILLIAM EDWARD REV., Jan. 16, 1940, Albany, N.Y., to July 24, 2018, Overland, Mo.; son of Edward and Hermine (Reiser) Schmidt; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1965.  Served 1965-2005.  Ministries/Parishes: Detroit, Mich.; Kampsville, Carrollton, Marion, Ill.; Southern Illinois District Circuit Visitor 1987-1989, 1994-1997.  Retired 2005.  Survivors: Carol (Krauskopf) Schmidt; son: Edward; daughter: Elena Sasieta.  Funeral and Interment: July 28, 2018, Carrollton, Ill.

SCHNEIDER, KEITH ARVIN REV., Dec. 12, 1946, Detroit, Mich., to July 22, 2018, Rogers City, Mich.; son of Russell and Mary (Laura) Schneider; graduated Springfield Seminary 1973.  Served 1973-2011, 2013-2018.  Ministries/Parishes: Plainview, Minn.; South Lyon, Cheboygan, Rogers City, Mich.; Michigan District Circuit Visitor 1991-1997.  Survivors: Donna (Conaway) Schneider; son: Jonathan; daughter: Callie.  Funeral and Interment: July 27, 2018, Rogers City, Mich.

STIRDIVANT, DAVID MARTIN REV., Nov. 10,1923, Huntington Park, Calif., to July 7, 2018, Yucaipa, Calif.; son of Benjamin and Ruth (Theiss) Stirdivant; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1948.  Served 1948-1990.  Ministries/Parishes: Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Irvine, Calexico, Banning, Rialto, Indio, Holtville, Bell Gardens, Calif.; Austin, Texas. Retired 1990.  Survivors: Belen (Vasquez) Stirdivant; sons: Mark, Timothy, Ronald, Donald, Kevin; daughters: Lorraine, Lisa.  Funeral: July 20, 2018, Riverside, Calif.

ULRICH, EDWARD C. REV., Sept. 18, 1923, Filer, Idaho, to July 25, 2018, Hillsboro, Ore.; son of Louis and Ida (Werner) Ulrich; graduated Springfield Seminary 1953.  Served 1953-1988.  Ministries/Parishes: Oden, Texas; Peoria, Ill.; Hillsboro, Ore.  Retired 1998.  Survivors: sons: Bruce, Robert, Chris; daughter: Pamela Mallory.  Funeral: Aug. 18, 2018, Hillsboro, Ore.



No information provided for commissioned individuals.

Source: LCMS News