Obituaries from 2005
Patricia Ann “Pat” Avery, 72, of Oklahoma City, OK, died Dec. 2. She was born Aug. 24, 1933, in Fort Dodge, IA, to Richard and Velma (Carlstrom) Terpstra. After graduating from Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, IA, in 1951, she attended Cincinnati (OH) Bible College, before transferring her junior year to Lincoln (IL) Christian College, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Christian education. On Aug. 16, 1958, in Des Moines, she married James H. Avery, and together they shared more than 47 years of marriage, raising four children, all while faithfully serving in God’s kingdom. In 1968, she moved from Clinton, IA, to the Oklahoma City area, where the family has been active in the community and served in ministry for the past 37 years. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Alongside her husband, she faithfully served the Lord fulfilling numerous positions and duties as pastor’s wife until her death. She was preceded in death by her sister, Donna Rae Myers. In addition to her husband, Jim, she is survived by her children, Michael William Avery, Brent Richard Avery, Leigh Ann Moffatt, and Christopher James Avery; two sisters, Mary Jo Ruppert and Gretchen Kay Patterson; and five grandchildren. A service to celebrate her life was conducted Dec. 6 at Draper Park Christian Church, Oklahoma City, OK. Interment followed at Resthaven Memory Gardens.
Ethel Mae Beckman died of heart failure Aug. 7 after 12 weeks in the hospital following a stroke. She was born Sept. 14, 1916, in Center Township, Rock County, WI, the eldest child of Sherman and Mabel Brown. She became a Christian and developed a desire to become a missionary while living with her Uncle Waldo and Aunt Jennie Brown in Kimball, MN, during her freshman year in high school. She graduated from Orfordville (WI) High School in 1935 and received a scholarship to Milton (WI) College. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1939 and taught for two years at Orfordville High School. During World War II she worked at a war plant in Beloit, WI. The stories of returning American soldiers challenged her to consider the need of the Japanese people. In January 1946 she enrolled at the School of Religion of Butler University (Indianapolis, IN) with the goal of becoming a missionary to Japan. There she met George Hoeft Beckman, who was also studying to become a missionary to Japan. Harold and Leone Cole recruited them to become teachers at Osaka Bible Seminary. The couple were married in Sweeny Chapel at Butler on June 10, 1947, and arrived in Yokohama on Dec. 28, 1948. During their first term of service they lived in Kyoto City and started a family; John was born in 1950, Jenann in 1952, Mary in 1953, and Ruth in 1955. The Sakyo Church of Christ also started in their home. During their second term of service the Beckmans stayed in furloughed missionaries’ homes at Osaka Bible Seminary and Hirakata City, contributing to the local ministries in both places. During their third term of service the Beckmans moved to Nishinomiya City and assisted with two congregations that merged in 1988, at which time the Beckmans moved to Takarazuka City. With the help of Daiki Kishimoto, the Megumi congregation had its start in their new house-and-church building. In addition to teaching Sunday school in churches and classes at Osaka Bible Seminary, she taught Bible classes for women in her home until caring for George took all her time. She also started monthly meetings for women of the church. George died April 22, 1997. She is survived by one sister, Geri Nelson of Janesville, WI; one brother, Lloyd Brown of Thornton, CO; one son, John of Cheyenne, WY; three daughters, Jenann of Takarazuka City, Japan; Mary of St. Mary’s, GA; and Ruth Hinson of Tanabe City, Japan; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Her body was donated to the medical department of Osaka University, after which it will be cremated; her ashes will be buried at Hattori Cemetery in Toyonaka City. Motonobu Ikeda, preacher for the Megumi Church of Christ, spoke Sept. 4 at the memorial held at the church building, and Akinori Nakano, president of Osaka Bible Seminary, spoke Sept. 5 at the memorial at the seminary.
Ellis B. Beeman, 84, died June 3 at his residence near West Burlington, IA. He was born May 27, 1921, in Richland County, WI, the son of Alva N. and Winnie H. Clark Beeman. On April 14, 1946, he married Lucille M. Sorenson; she died Nov. 22, 1983. On July 27, 1985, he married his college sweetheart, Mary Charlotte Wilson McDonald. Beeman received his bachelor’s degree in ministry from Minnesota Bible College (now called Crossroads College), then located in Minneapolis. The Church of Christ ordained him into the ministry July 23, 1944, in Richland Center, WI. He was a student minister with the Lamberton (MN) Church of Christ, then at Kimball, MN. He served one year with the Black Oak Church of Christ, Gary, IN; nearly seven years with the Tampico (IL) Church of Christ; then moved to Monmouth, IL, in 1957 and served with First Christian Church for more than 32 years. He served with theStockport, IA, church four years before retiring in 1994 after 54 years in the ministry. Mr. Beeman worked with youth camps through the years—MINN-IA-DAK and Pine Haven Christian Assembly in Minnesota; Cedar Lake camp in Indiana; and Rock River and LaMoine champs in Illinois. He also worked with the YMCA and the Monmouth Community Hospital chaplains’ staff. He was active in area youth activities, men’s fellowships, and area ministers’ meetings. He was a member and elder of West Burlington Christian Church in Iowa. Survivors include his widow, Mary Charlotte Beeman of West Burlington, IA; three daughters, Peggy Goodman and Diana Appel, both of Lincoln, IL, and Lisa Rivas of West Burlington; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Vaughn of Springfield, IL. In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Verl and Ellwood. Memorials have been established at Crossroads College in Rochester, MN, and the West Burlington Christian Church.
Warren Earl Bell, 81, died at his Scotts Valley, CA, home April 11. Born Sept. 7, 1923, in Idaho, he grew up in Portland, OR. He attended San Jose (CA) Bible College and received his master’s degree from San Jose State. He served as a minister in Gresham, OR, for 19 years, taught at San Jose Bible College, and then served as the pastor at Valley Christian Church in Concord, CA, from 1976 until retiring in 1995. He had lived in Scotts Valley for five years. Mr. Bell is survived by his wife of 62 years, Edith; three sons, Warren of Santa Cruz, CA, Nathan Allen of West Linn, OR, and Michael John of Redwood City, CA; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Matthew. Memorial services were at the High Street Community Church in Santa Cruz on April 21, with pastor Don Ferris officiating. Memorial gifts may be made to Hospice Caring Project, 6851 Soquel Dr., Aptos, CA 95003 or Kainos Home and Training Center, 3631 Jefferson St., Redwood City, CA 94062.
Russell E. Boatman, 91, of Lincoln, IL, died Nov. 5 at St. Clara’s Manor. Mr. Boatman was a minister with a distinguished career in Christian higher education. He was born Aug. 19, 1914, in Mountain Grove, MO, a son of Andrew and Verba Boatman. He held two baccalaureate and two master’s degrees, graduating from Northwest Christian College, Eugene, OR, and Phillips University, Enid, OK. He ministered with churches in Harrisburg, OR, Nash and Sperry, OK, and Wichita, KS. He served as president of Minnesota Bible College in Minneapolis from 1945 to 1962, and as dean/dean emeritus at St. Louis Christian College, Florissant, MO, from 1962 to 1992. He served on the boards of numerous mission and service agencies. He was an avid runner and fisherman, and a member of Lincoln (IL) Christian Church. He spoke widely at churches and conventions and authored numerous magazine and journal articles. He wrote four books: What the Bible Says about the End Times, What the Bible Says about the Church, What the Bible Says about the Holy Spirit,and Beyond Death. In 1948 he joined Billy Graham and other Bible college presidents to form the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges. Mr. Boatman married Lutie Kenney Aug. 25, 1935. She died Aug. 28, 1997, after 62 years of marriage. Survivors include four children, Charles of Fallbrook, CA, David of Danbury, WI, Paul of Lincoln, IL, and Elizabeth Passwater of Joplin, MO; four siblings, Nadine Rotolo of Fontana, CA, John Boatman of San Bernardino, CA, Mary Miller of Oceanside, CA, and Janet Van Meetren of Las Vegas, NV; 14 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, one brother, and two infant grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at Lincoln Christian Church on Nov. 8, with John Castelein and Paul Odom officiating. Memorials may be given to the Boatman Scholarship Fund at St. Louis Christian College or the Boatman Scholarship Fund at Lincoln Christian Seminary.
Raymond Paul Boden, 81, of Warsaw, IN, died in his sleep May 23 after a lengthy illness. For 40 years, he served as minister in Christian churches in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. He was a good preacher and skillful teacher, but was best known for his ability as an evangelist. Teaching the Word in weekly study around the kitchen table, he brought whole families to Jesus, and many of them have become church leaders themselves. Born March 25, 1924, in Barberton, OH, to Clarence E. and Gladys Harden Boden, he married Carol Diamond July 4, 1946. In addition to his widow, he is survived by three children, Becky Earl of Warsaw, Tim of Greenville, MS, and Chris Davis of Lynnwood, WA; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Mr. Boden was a 1953 graduate of Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary. He served with the Holmesville (OH) Church of Christ, Concord Church of Christ (Johnstown, OH), Northway Church of Christ (South Bend, IN), Hamilton (IN) Christian Church, Southview Church of Christ (South Bend), First Christian Church (Warsaw), and Lakeside Christian Church (Springfield, IL). After his retirement, he served in an unpaid leadership role with the Monroe Street Christian Church in Springfield. For the last six years, he and his wife lived with daughter Becky Earl in Warsaw. On May 29, a memorial celebration was conducted at First Christian Church in Warsaw with Ed Erskin officiating. Memorials may be directed to the Danny Pitzer Memorial Fund at First Christian Church, 202 W. Main St., Warsaw, IN 46580.
Max E. Brandon, 79, died July 13 at his home in Urbana, IL, after a brief illness. He was born in Ferris, IL, April 28, 1926, the son of Valesco and Geraldine Brandon. In addition to his widow, Betty (Dyar), he is survived by four children, Denny, Darrel, Donald, and Debra Kilgallin; one foster daughter, Maurine Collett; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Richard; and one sister, Wanda Ensor. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles. Beneath his name and picture in the Kentucky Christian College yearbook was the single word “Evangelist.” He was honored by that title, and he honored his calling first in student ministries in Kentucky, then by conducting revival meetings and serving in located ministries, beginning at his home church in Adrian, IL. He was a sought-after speaker, writer, supply preacher, and counselor. Over the years, he had the privilege of baptizing parents, brothers, sister, and children. In more than 50 years he baptized 892 people, and married or buried hundreds more. For three and a half years, the Brandons were in full-time evangelistic work throughout the Midwest. He served faithfully for 59 years as minister in several Christian churches. He was a college professor at Rend Lake, IL, and Moberly, MO. He also served as development manager at Central Christian College in Moberly, Lincoln (IL) Christian College, and St. Louis (MO) Christian College. He owned farms in Champaign, Douglas, and Jefferson counties in Illinois. A special service of worship was held in his memory July 17 at First Christian Church of Champaign, IL with ministers J.P. Jones and Mike Kilgallin officiating. All of his children participated. Memorials may be made to the Max and Betty Brandon Ministerial Scholarship Fund, Lincoln Christian College and Seminary, 100 Campus Drive, Lincoln, IL 62656.
Aaron Parker Brown, 84, of Gridley, CA, died March 4 at his residence. Born in Berkeley, CA, he was raised in Wheatland, CA, by his parents, Jim and Hazel Brown, and he graduated from East Nicolaus High School and Yuba College. He served in the Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II. After the war he attended San Jose (CA) Bible College, graduating in 1950. His ministries included the Christian churches in Taft and Redlands, CA, and 19 years with Gridley Christian Church, where he had continued as a member. He served as director of many Christian camps, president of a ministerial association, director of released time Bible school, and board member of San Jose Christian College and the Northern California Evangelistic Association. He directed the California Schools of Mission and the Gridley Emergency Relief Service for many years. He and his wife conducted weekly services at local convalescent hospitals and guest homes. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Della June (Schnier) Brown of Gridley; three daughters, Shirley Whitney of Santa Rosa, CA, Bonnie Schnepel of Gridley, and Janice Comstock of Gilroy, CA; two sons, David of Las Vegas, NV, and Allen of Castro Valley, CA; 20 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; one great-grandson; and five stepgreat-grandchildren. Other survivors include one brother, Jim of Citrus Heights, CA; five sisters, Alice Coate of Petaluma, CA, Betty Pease of Fort Jones, CA, Iris Gregory of Orangevale, CA, Julia Bullard of West Sacramento, CA, and Pat McGeary of Sacramento, CA. A Celebration of Life service was conducted March 12 at the Gridley Christian Church with his sons officiating. Burial was at Wheatland. Memorials may be sent to Heavenly Hills Christian Camp, P.O. Box 1628, Twain Harte, CA 95383.
Donald Melvin Bullock, 72, died Sept. 17 at his home in Oak Ridge, TN. He was born Feb. 15, 1933, in Reading, OH, to Coy and Leta Bullock. Mr. Bullock held degrees from Kentucky Christian University in Grayson; Maumee Valley School of Nursing in Toledo, OH; Indiana University in Bloomington, IN; and St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, IN. He served as a minister in churches in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Tennessee. He pastored West Village Christian Church in Oak Ridge for 20 years. After his retirement in 1995, he continued to teach a Sunday school class. He was a member of Faith Masonic Lodge No. 756, of Oak Ridge, the York Rite Bodies of Oak Ridge, Knoxville Scottish Rite, 32nd Degree Scottish Rite of Oak Ridge, and a member of the Lion’s Club in Ohio. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jewel Wellene of Oak Ridge; four daughters, Pamela Rettig of Findlay, OH, Diane Sieffert of Lansing, MI, Lynette Bullock of Oak Ridge, Becky Campbell of Oak Ridge; one son, Tim of Oak Ridge; one brother, Denver of Cincinnati; one sister, Joyce Anderson of Crossville, TN; nine grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. His memorial service was conducted Sept. 21 at West Village church. Memorial contributions may be made to West Village Christian Church, 637 Robertsville Road, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
Dorral Campbell, 66, of Portland, OR, died March 27. He was raised in Emmett, ID, and was a member of Emmett Christian Church. He was ordained there in 1962. He graduated from Northwest Christian College with additional work in psychology and counseling at the University of Oregon. In addition to youth and staff ministries at First Christian Church, Boise, ID; Kern Park Christian Church, Portland; and Westside Christian Church, Eugene, OR; he was senior minister with Englewood and St. Johns Christian churches in Portland; First Christian Church, Twin Falls, ID; and Harrisburg (OR) Christian Church. He held administrative positions at Northwest Christian College and Puget Sound Christian College. He was the executive director of the North Willamette Christian Evangelistic Association. His historic connection to the programs at Wi-Ne-Ma Christian Camp and the Oregon Christian Convention were well-known. In the midst of these important ministries, he served as a member of the Associates in Christian Education at Emmanuel School of Religion and a member of the board of trustees of Puget Sound Christian College. He is survived by his widow, Becky; his mother; and two stepsons and their families. The memorial service was conducted at Beaverton (OR) Christian Church.
Davis Howard Crowe of Madisonville, KY, died Oct. 12 at Regional Medical Center with his wife Sue by his side. He was a faithful member and elder at Nebo (KY) Christian Church, where he attended both morning and evening services on the last Sunday of this life. He was baptized into Christ under the Bible teaching and preaching of H. Winkler in 1948. He was a farmer all his life, but farm jobs took a backseat to church activities. For more than 35 years he attended the Kiamichi Mountain Men’s Clinic and loved the many wonderful friends he made there. He and his wife of 62 years took great joy hosting in their home visiting Bible college students, missionaries, evangelists, and preachers. He also enjoyed supporting foreign missionaries, Bible colleges, and those needing a helping hand. In addition to his widow, he is survived by one daughter, Carol Watkins, and one son, Howard, both of Nebo; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother. Memorial services were conducted Oct. 15 at Nebo Christian Church with Harry Pitts of Lebanon, IN, Carl Beckham of Commerce, GA, and Ted Morelock, minister with Nebo Christian Church, officiating. Burial was at the Crowe Family Cemetery near Nebo.
Ruth Holton Dale, 92, died of heart failure May 21 at Moberly (MO) Regional Medical Center. She was born to Rolando and Miranda Spencer Holton July 7, 1912, at Newton, NC. At 16 she attended Women’s College of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She graduated in 1933 with a major in library science and a minor in English. Her first job was as librarian and high school English teacher at what is now Kentucky Christian University in Grayson (1933-34). To pay off her college debts, she worked 1935-37 in the Accounts and Deposits Department in Washington, DC, during Franklin Roosevelt’s administration. In 1936 she married L. Edsil Dale at the Broad Street Christian Church in New Bern, NC. He died in 1995 after 59 years of marriage. They had one child, Sharon Schantz, of Moberly; two granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Dale served the Lord with her husband—who ministered with several churches—and taught at four different Bible colleges, the last one being Central Christian College, Moberly, where she taught “Christian Living” to freshmen girls. Throughout her life, Mrs. Dale taught Sunday school, directed Christmas and Easter plays, worked in VBS, camps, women’s retreats, and spoke for women’s banquets. She wrote for Christian Standard and reviewed books for Standard Publishing. In addition to her immediate family, she is survived by one sister, Hollon Clark, of Cocoa, FL. She was predeceased by four brothers.
David Daum, 61, died Aug. 29 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 2, 1943, to Ronald and Edith Daum of Xenia, OH. Mr. Daum left a lucrative family furniture business in Xenia in 1979 to enroll at Cincinnati (OH) Christian University (then Cincinnati Bible College) in preparation for a life of Christian ministry. He has served as senior minister with the Orrville (OH) Christian Church since 1989. He is survived by his widow, Charlotte, and their two sons, Tony and Chris. Mr. Daum and the Orrville church have been an integral part of the ministry of Christ in Chennai, India, which is helping to touch thousands of lives across Asia. Sharing in Mr. Daum’s Sept. 3 funeral service were Peter Ignatius (missionary with Lakeview Bible College & Seminary in Chennai, India), Dave and Donna Linn (missionaries in Caracas, Venezuela), and John Wilson (his spiritual mentor and friend). In his memory, Lakeview Bible College and Seminary has instituted the David Daum Award for Excellence in Christian Ministry. This award will be given at Lakeview’s annual commencement to the senior student who exemplifies the qualities of commitment, hard work, and enthusiasm in a located church ministry. Memorial contributions to the Orrville Christian Church Building Fund or to Lakeview Bible College & Seminary may be made to 925 N. Elm St., Orrville, OH 44667.
Delmar D. Debault, 87, of Lake Wales, FL, died at his home on Jan. 26. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Eileen, three children, and two grandsons. Born in Stewardson, IL, he was a charter student at Lincoln (IL) Bible Institute (now Lincoln Christian College & Seminary) in 1944. Further education included Butler University, Oral Roberts University, Jacksonville University, and Midwest Christian College. He received an honorary doctorate from Cebu Bible Seminary, Philippines. While preparing for the ministry, he was postmaster in Mason, IL. He was ordained in 1941 at his home church in Mason, and then served many churches in Illinois, including Minier and Kinmundy. In 1952 he was called to the First Christian Church, Kissimmee, FL. Selected as state evangelist, he was the first minister to Englewood Christian, Jacksonville; Southeast Christian, Orlando; and Havendale Christian, Winter Haven. He also served Highland Church of Christ, Robinson, IL, and Osage Hills Christian, Tulsa, OK. For 50 consecutive years he attended the Kiamichi Men’s Clinic in Oklahoma. During his ministry he conducted more than 500 revivals and participated in 200 weeks of VBS and church camps throughout the U.S. While serving Osage Hills, he led that congregation in founding Mid India Christian Mission. He later established International Christian Ministries and traveled, with wife Eileen, to 75 countries conducting leadership training seminars, teaching in colleges, leading study tours, and evangelizing in remote parts of the world. His numerous awards include the Distinguished Alumnus Restoration Award for Ministry in Missions and Evangelism from LCCS in 1989 and the Honored Servant Award from the Florida State Christian Convention in 2001. At the time of his death he was an active director on the board of International Disaster Emergency Service (IDES). Memorial gifts may be made to IDES, P.O. Box 60, Kempton, IN 46049.
Russell Doles, 97, died April 17. He had been a resident at Sunshine Christian Home in Holiday, FL, since 1984. He was preceded in death in 1995 by his wife, Ellen, to whom he was married 66 years. A celebration of his life was conducted at First Christian Church, Tarpon Springs, FL; it was led by Pat Carrington, Eddie Groover, and his grandson, Russell “Buck” Oden. He was born in Letts, IN, and married Ellen Moncrief in 1929. The couple were introduced to the Christian church in 1932 while he was attending Indianapolis (IN) Bible Institute. He was immersed by O.A. Trinkle and they became members of the Englewood Christian Church in Indianapolis. Shortly thereafter, he felt called to full-time ministry, and despite the Depression and having a family, enrolled in Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary where he received his AB degree in 1939, and MA in 1940. He served 50 years in full-time ministry with churches in Indiana, Kentucky, Georgia, and Florida. In 1961 Mr. Doles became vice president of public relations with Atlanta Christian College, East Point, GA, a position he held for more than eight years. During those years he preached almost every Sunday in congregations as a representative of the college. In 1970 the Doles began semi-retirement in Florida. In the next several years, he served interim ministries in New Port Richey, Brandon, and Jacksonville. In 1977 he began a seven-year part-time ministry of visitation with First Christian Church in Largo, where Bob Shannon was senior minister. During his life, Mr. Doles led in establishing four Christian service camps and saw 17 Timothys go into the ministry. From 1984 until recently, Doles served as volunteer chaplain in the care center and coordinator of speakers for the center’s Sunday afternoon worship services. He and Ellen were active members of First Christian Church in Tarpon Springs. He is survived by two daughters, Marie Oden of Lake Butler, FL, and Sharon Parrish of Newport News, VA; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial gifts to the Doles Scholarship Fund of Atlanta Christian College may be sent to 2605 Ben Hill Road, East Point, GA 30344.
Woodrow W. “Woody” Foley of Lexington, KY, died Dec. 29, 2005, on his 87th birthday. Born in Picayune, MS, Mr. Foley graduated from Valparaiso (IN) Technical Institute and served with the U.S. Army in Okinawa during World War II. In 1949 he became a member of Broadway Christian Church (Lexington, KY), and married Margaret Sweeney “Boots” Foley (daughter of William E. Sweeney). He served the church as deacon, elder, board chair, and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Bluegrass Christian Men’s Fellowship. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one sister, Margaret Ann (Kay) Graves of Tomball, TX; and two daughters, Margaret Sweeney Foley Case of Danville, KY, and Mary Ellen Foley of Normandy-by-Ash, Surrey, England. He was preceded in death by one sister, Ellen Rawes, and one brother, Col. Jesse R. Foley. Memorial contributions may be made to Broadway Christian Church.
Jone V. Gallagher, wife of Harold E. Gallagher, died of cancer April 7 in Asheville, NC. Jone and Harold met on the Los Angeles campus of George Pepperdine College in 1946. They were married at the View Park Church of Christ, Los Angeles, on June 11, 1948. In addition to her widower, she is survived by one son, Mark of Honolulu, HI; two daughters, Carol of Fairview, NC, and Sandy of Kelseyville, CA; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Celebration services were conducted April 17 at the Blue Ridge Christian Church in Asheville and on May 21 at the Kaimuki Christian Church in Honolulu. The Gallaghers retired to Asheville in 1993 after serving with three churches: The Florence Avenue Church of Christ, Los Angeles (1950-57); the College Church of Christ, San Jose, CA (1957-60); and the Kaimuki church in Honolulu (1961-93). Mrs. Gallagher taught preschool children for 25 years. Hawaiian friends honored her with the names Kuw Muu (beloved and honored teacher) and Hiilani (heavenly one who shares love and friendship). Memorial gifts may be made to the Blue Ridge Christian Church, P.O. Box 5040, Asheville, NC 28813.
Paul C. Gay, 88, received the best Christmas gift of his life when he went to meet his Lord on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2005. Born on Oct. 19, 1917, in Canton, OH, he was a 1936 graduate of McKinley High School and entered the Army in 1940. While serving in Europe he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was discharged in late 1945. He was ordained by P.H. Welshimer in August 1950 at First Christian Church in Canton, OH. He attended Phillips University in Enid, OK; while there he served as chaplain of the Northern Oklahoma State Hospital and established the first Boy Scout troop and Cub Scout pack in a mental institution. He was active in Scouting for more than 50 years and was honored with the Silver Beaver, the highest award a Scouting volunteer can receive. After he graduated from Kentucky Christian College in Grayson in 1951, he ministered with churches in Moreland and Mackville, KY. He was called to the Church of Christ in Galion, OH, in 1955 and stayed for nearly 20 years. While serving at Galion he was a member of the Galion Trouble Clinic, founder and board member of the Crawford County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, director of the Family Service Board, president of the Ministerial Association (several times), worked with the Galion Ambulance Service, served as chaplain of the Galion Police Department for 10 years, and served as truant officer for Galion Public Schools. He was a trustee of Round Lake Christian Assembly in Lakeville, OH, director and trustee of the Christian Children’s Home of Wooster, OH, and served on the Continuation Committee of the Ohio Youth Convention. In 1974 he was called to Ellwood City, PA, where he ministered 10 years. The next 10 years, he served with churches in Neapolis and Swanton, OH, before returning to Galion for two years. He last preached (in the pulpit) at the Boulevard Church of Christ in 2002 at the age of 84. He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of nearly 60 years; three daughters, Chrislyn Shelhart, Paula Ater, and Sheryl Overstreet; two grandsons; one stepgrandson and one stepgranddaughter; three great-grandsons; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Etta, and one brother, Donald Gay. Memorial gifts may be made to Round Lake Christian Assembly, 114 State Route 3, Lakeville, OH 44638.
Joan Getter, 78, died May 24 in Mussoorie, India, in the foothills of the Himalayas, where her family had traditionally escaped the summer heat of Sitapur, India, their residence. She was born Sally Joan McNamara in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 29, 1926. She attended Pacific Christian College, then transferred to Minnesota Bible College where she met and married Bernel Getter of Viroqua, WI. In 1947, only months into their 58-year marriage, the couple left for the newly independent India. Gandhi, the father of independent India, was assassinated as the newlyweds crossed the Atlantic by freighter. The couple had only three furloughs back to the U.S. during their first 20 years in India, and only five years total furlough time in 58 years. After two years of Hindi language study, they settled in the Surguja District where Christianity was still forbidden and human sacrifice was openly practiced. A tent was “home” for two winters. Five daughters (Kathy, Rhonda, Debbie, Sharon, and Barbara) and two sons (Ken and Tim) were born and raised in India. School required a nine-month yearly separation and a four-day, 1,000-mile railway journey. Oldest son Ken died in a crash during one such trek when he was 17. The six children and families now live in Minnesota, Colorado, Washington, Kansas, Tibet, and Tanzania. Mrs. Getter started Annual Village Women’s Retreats 41 years ago. She coordinated and supervised the ACT program for more than 30 years. She originated many village nursery schools and VBS programs. In 2004, 78 VBS programs were conducted entirely by local Indian leaders and preachers. Village women were trained to carry on programs of Bible study, sanitation, health, and nutrition. The Church of Christ Mission in India now encompasses 120 churches, 28 primary schools, five middle schools, four junior high schools, and three junior colleges. Two churches were started this past year. More than 5,000 Indian children are in mission schools built through the years. She shared her heart, gifts, and talents by counseling, teaching, and sharing Jesus with the people of India. Her widower, Bernel Getter, is still doing missionary and evangelistic work in India. Memorial gifts may be made to Church of Christ Mission in India and forwarded to: Plainfield Christian Church, 800 Dan Jones Road, Plainfield, IN 46168.
Roy C. Goldsberry, 81, of Union City, GA, died Dec. 25, 2005. He was born in Hamersville, OH, and served in India and North Africa during World War II. His war service inspired him to become a missionary. After graduating from Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary in 1953, he married Barbara Myers and the two became missionaries to Nigeria, Africa. In 1963 a bout with tropical illness prompted relocation to missions work in Italy, where the couple served until 1979. During furloughs and upon his retirement, he taught missions classes at Cincinnati Bible Seminary, Atlanta (GA) Christian College, and Central Christian College in Moberly, MO. In addition to his mission and teaching work, he served with White House Christian Church in Bridgeport, IL; the Christian Church in Birdseye, IN; Cabool (MO) Christian Church; Springdale Christian Church, Atlanta, GA; Biloxi (MS) Christian Church; and the First Christian Church in Prattville, AL. He was an active member of the First Christian Church in Fairburn, GA, until his death. In addition to his wife of 52 years, Barbara, he is survived by two daughters, Anna Sandefur and Martha Miller; one brother, Robert Goldsberry; one sister, Lois Riter; and three grandchildren. A funeral service was conducted Dec. 28.
Frances Evelyn Hamilton, 96, died May 8 at her caregivers’ home in Cochise, AZ. She was born to the Davis family in New Castle, IN, in 1908. She married Samuel Martin Hamilton of Rising Sun, IN, in 1927. She taught school and her husband delivered mail, worked on a degree from Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary, and served as minister with a Christian church in Kentucky. Their only child, Priscilla Lee, was born in 1933. In 1944 the family moved to Denver, CO, where Sam received a doctorate degree from Denver University. After moving to Pella, IA, for a year (where Dr. Hamilton served as a college professor), the family moved to Hays, KS, where he served as department head of philosophy and religion at Fort Hays Kansas State University for the next 33 years. Mrs. Hamilton raised their daughter and two grandchildren, taught school at Otis, KS, and was at times an instructor of mathematics at Fort Hays. The couple traveled extensively, including a five-month, around-the-world trip in 1961. They retired to Arizona, south of Wilcox, in 1980. Dr. Hamilton died in 2000. She is survived by Priscilla Scott of Kansas City and two granddaughters. Burial was May 13 at Rising Sun, IN, with Arthur Katt and Ward Patterson officiating. Beginning in 1953, Dr. and Mrs. Hamilton helped hundreds of Bible college graduates standardize their degrees at Fort Hays. Many of these students went on to higher academic achievements and are teaching in Bible colleges and holding other leadership positions. The Hamiltons were a team in their effort. She was the enthusiastic encourager to her husband and to all who came to study there.
Eunice Matilda Hancock of Garden Grove, CA, 93, died Nov. 17 after a lengthy illness. She was born Sept. 28, 1912, in Waterville, KS, the second of eight children born to Clarence and Matilda Nelson. When she was 12, she moved to Southern California where she spent the rest of her life. On May 28, 1932, she married Loran Hancock, and they had 59 years together before his death in 1991. She ministered alongside her husband for nearly 50 years at South Broadway Church of Christ in Los Angeles, First Christian Church and College Park Church, both in Long Beach, CA, and finally at Knott Avenue Christian Church, Anaheim, CA. She is survived by one sister, Dorothy Eide; one son, Norm Hancock of Cypress, CA; three daughters, Lorrene Brandriff of Riverside, CA, Dorothy Brown of Long Beach, and Donna Farnham of La Palma, CA; 18 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made in her honor to Kulpahar (India) Kids Home, c/o P.O. Box 2424, Glendale, AZ 85311.
James F. Harding Jr., 63, of Portage Lakes in Akron, OH, died Oct. 14 at University Hospital in Cleveland after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Canton, OH, on Oct. 9, 1942, he was a 1960 graduate of Lincoln High School and a 1964 graduate of Milligan College in Tennessee, where he later served in the office of financial development. He was ordained in 1964 at First Christian Church in Canton, OH, his home church. He served for 41 years as minister with the following congregations in northeast Ohio: Unionport Christian Church; North River Avenue Christian Church in Toronto; Lynkirk Christian Church in Austintown; Millersburg Christian Church; and Coventry Crossing Church of Christ in Akron. He also served as an elder at the Lakeview Christian Church in Akron. For 25 years he worked at Adams Camera Shop in Canton; he also worked as a bookkeeper at Stark Equipment, and had owned and operated his own businesses, the Battery Pro of Akron and EcoQuest in Summit County. For 10 years he served as executive director of the American Cancer Society in Summit County. He was an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Portage Lakes and a 32nd degree Mason with the Toronto Lodge. He was preceded in death by his father, James F. Harding Sr. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Sue Ann (Colvin) Harding; three daughters, B.J. Madden of Wichita, KS, Becky DuBois of St. Louis, MO, and Lee Ann Browne of Portage Lakes; one son, James Lloyd Harding of Houston, TX; his mother, Sara Jayne Harding-Dray of Canton; three brothers, Ray and Rick of North Canton, and Dan of Chester, VA; and eight grandchildren. A memorial celebration of the life of this “good and faithful servant” was conducted Oct. 18 in North Canton with ministers Manley Pierce and Art Fields officiating. The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the American Cancer Society, Coventry Crossing Church of Christ in Akron, or Milligan College.
Edwin V. Hayden, 91, died March 15 in Columbus, OH. He was a minister, writer, teacher, editor, and author. In 1930 he graduated from Salem (VA) High School, where he was a member of the debate team and newspaper staff, senior class president, and valedictorian. Seven years later, he married Hester M. Weaver. In 1934, Mr. Hayden received a BA degree at Roanoke College, followed by a BD at Butler School of Religion in 1938; an MA from Butler University in 1943; LitD from Kentucky Christian College in 1958; and a DD from Milligan College in 1963. Mr. Hayden spent 18 years in located ministries, as assistant to P.H. Welshimer in Canton, OH, and minister of churches at Lock Haven, PA, and Mount Vernon, IL. In 1952, he began a five-year teaching career at Ozark Bible College in Joplin, MO. In 1957 he became editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD, retiring in 1977. He continued his association with Standard Publishing as lesson writer and editor. Mr. Hayden served as a teaching elder at Lockland Christian Church in Cincinnati from the late 1950s until just a few years ago. From February through April 1990 he was lecturer at Zimbabwe Christian College at Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa. In February and March 1992 he was lecturer in mission schools in Bangladesh and Thailand. Mr. Hayden is the author of three books: Preaching Through The Bible, 1982; Beloved Sufferer, 1987; and North American Gold, 1989. He was honored with several plaques and citations, including one from the World Convention of Churches of Christ, at Aukland, New Zealand. He is survived by his children: Marshall Hayden of Columbus, OH; Nadyne Renner of Cincinnati, OH; and Linda Lawson of Elizabethton, TN; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hester, on May 28, 1988. A memorial service was conducted March 18 at the Lockland Christian Church, with Don A. Stowell and Sam Stone officiating. Burial was at Arlington Memorial Gardens in Cincinnati.
Howard A. Hayes died in Johnson City, TN, on Oct. 14, just five weeks shy of his 99th birthday. Born in the hills of East Tennessee, Dr. Hayes studied at Johnson Bible College, Milligan College, and East Tennessee State University in order to receive his BA; Butler University School of Religion to receive his BDiv, and Vanderbilt University for his MTh and DMin degrees. He ministered with congregations in Tennessee, Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma, and Minnesota before returning to Tennessee in 1967. He cofounded, taught at, and served as academic dean of Midwest Christian College, taught and served as academic dean at Minnesota Bible College, and taught at Milligan College and Bluefield (WV) College of Evangelism. His 78-year romance with his wife Florence began in the summer of 1927 when he and fellow students from JBC worked the wheat harvest, which took them to Colorado. Married in 1933, the couple welcomed five children into their home during ministries in Flagstaff and Prescott, AZ, Oaklandon in Indiana, and Oklahoma City. His love of travel and adventure led him to spend two summers doing carpentry work at Alaska Christian Home in Anchorage, supervise his three daughters on a two-week canoe trip in the Quetico-Superior waters, tour the Holy Lands and Near East with friends from Milligan, and present a series of lectures on Restoration history to the annual conference of ministers in Jamaica. In addition, he and Florence toured the British Isles and all 50 states. When asked how they could afford such travel, Dr. Hayes replied in his characteristic manner, “We use our cigarette money.” Memorial scholarships are being established both at Johnson Bible College and at Emmanuel School of Religion.
Seth M. Hill, 25, died unexpectedly Oct. 13. He was born in Wadsworth, OH, and lived there most of his life. He graduated from Kentucky Christian College. He served as an intern at the First Church of Christ in Grayson, KY, and then at Southern Acres Christian Church in Lexington, KY. While in Lexington he also worked at Central Bank. Since June 2005, he served as student minister at Northwest Avenue Church of Christ in Tallmadge. He is survived by his parents, Howdy and Cheryl Hill; one brother, Heath, and fiancée, Lauren Harned. A praise and celebration service was conducted Oct. 16 at Northwest Avenue church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Northwest Avenue Church of Christ Youth Ministries, 737 Northwest Ave., Tallmadge, OH44278.
Fred G. Hostetter, 100, of East Palestine, OH, where he was a member of the First Church of Christ, died March 31. A farmer all his life, he raised four children: Richard Hostetter of Burlington, NC, a retired minister, missionary, and Bible college professor; Autumn (Mrs. Rod) Huron of Cincinnati, OH, wife of a Christian administrator; Lila Sheefel, Searsport, ME, a registered nurse who cared for her father the last years of his life; and Charles Ben Hostetter, church trustee, who owns the family farm. Mr. Hostetter was preceded in death by Ruth Finch Hostetter, his wife of 41 years and mother of their children, and Thelma Sutherin Reesh Hostetter, whom he met at church and to whom he was married 26 years. He had two stepdaughters: Beverly Morris of Orlando, FL, and Carol Bollinger of East Palestine. He is survived by 17 grandchildren (two of them missionaries to Ghana); 28 great-grandchildren (one a missionary to India); and one great-great-grandchild. Services were conducted by Robert Helbeck, minister of East Palestine Church, and two grandsons, Lance Hostetter, minister with Foscoe Christian Church, Boone, NC, and Eric Huron of Cincinnati, OH.
Donald G. Hunt, 83, of Ottumwa, IA, died July 1 in Colorado Springs, CO, where he was scheduled to preach that weekend. Mr. Hunt was born April 26, 1922, in Cincinnati, IA. He was baptized when he was 14, and ordained into the Christian ministry in 1942. He was a 1946 graduate of Ozark Bible College (Joplin, MO) and a 1947 graduate of Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary. He conducted seven student ministries and seven revival meetings during his college years. In 1946 he began the Voice of Evangelism, editing it for more than 59 years, perhaps the longest editorial tenure of any publication in the Restoration Movement. In 1947 he was one of the founders (with Burton W. Barber and James R. McMorrow) of Midwestern School of Evangelism, Ottumwa, and taught there until his death. He was a prolific writer, producing about 35 books and booklets, and about 30 tracts and charts. His best-known works were The Unfolded Plan of God; 52 Simple, Stimulating Studies; and Pondering the Proverbs. In 2000 his autobiography, My Cup Runneth Over, was released. He was married to Margaret Hunt on July 26, 1948, in Portland, OR. He held ministries in Ottumwa, Orleans, Cincinnati, Des Moines, and Davenport, IA. He also assisted independent churches in Eldora and Laurens in their court cases involving the Disciples. In 1997 the Iowa Christian Convention honored him for outstanding leadership. His overall work is noted in the new Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement (Eerdmans, 2005). He taught at scores of summer Christian camps, spoke on hundreds of preaching rallies, and conducted hundreds of revival meetings across the United States. He also led six teaching tours to the Holy Land and preached in several foreign countries. At the time of his death he was serving as associate minister of Christ’s Church in Ottumwa, teaching and preaching four times every Sunday. His consecrated life could be summed up by Romans 12:11, “Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord.” Seth Wilson said of him, “He was as pure in his devotion to God—all the time—as anyone I have ever known.” In addition to his widow, survivors include three sons, Donald II of Centerville, IA; Ronald of Petaluma, CA; and Richard of Salem, OR; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Funeral services were conducted July 8 at Christ’s Church in Ottumwa with Victor Knowles, Dan Smith, William Payne, Jerry Weller, Arch Word Jr., Tom Burgess, and Jeff Dalrymple officiating. Burial was at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Cincinnati, IA. Memorials may be sent to Midwestern School of Evangelism, Christ’s Church, or the family.
Melvin W. “Mel” Jenewein, 87, of Dover Ridge, Powhatan, OH, formerly of Bethesda, OH, died June 4 at The Ohio State University Ross Heart Hospital in Columbus. He was born Feb. 10, 1918, near Alledonia, a son of the late Jacob and Monta Milhoan Jenewein. He retired from the North American Coal Company No. 6 mine after 40 years and was a member of the Bethesda South Main Street Church of Christ. The church honored him in April for serving as an officer and elder for 54 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Hazel Crum Jenewein; one sister; and three brothers. Survivors include his widow, Opal Carpenter Jenewein; two daughters; one son; three stepdaughters; four sisters; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted June 7 at Bethesda South Main Street Church of Christ with ministers Tim Snyder and Stan Kirtlan officiating. Burial was at Ebenezer Cemetery in Bethesda.
Velma Kneale, 90, widow of Dellos Kneale, died Sept. 2 in Tulsa, OK. She was born Sept. 27, 1914. The Kneales moved from northwest Missouri to Miami, OK, in 1947 where Mr. Kneale served as associate minister with Russell Martin. Later the Kneales were founding members of the East Tulsa Christian Church. Mrs. Kneale is survived by one daughter, Jo Ann Rader of Oklahoma City, OK; one son, Jim of Tulsa; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1968; and by one daughter, Janet Hedges. Roy Blackmore conducted the services in Tulsa; burial was at New Point, MO.
Bonnie Janet Lillibridge Lanoue, 87, died Dec. 16 in Tulsa, OK, at home with her beloved family surrounding her. Mrs. Lanoue was a graduate of Pierre (SD) High School, class of 1936. After graduation she worked at the Statehouse. During her eight-year career she worked in the Department of Tourism on the Mount Rushmore project and served as secretary to the governor of South Dakota—all prior to her six-week engagement and subsequent marriage to “the love of her life,” Lionel William “Bill” Lanoue, on Oct. 20, 1944, at the Amarillo Army Air Base Chapel in Amarillo, TX. They served in the U.S. Army for more than 30 years and traveled the world. They were instrumental in starting and working in Christian churches wherever they were stationed. Lifelong supporters of missions, they opened their home to foreign missionaries from throughout Southeast Asia while stationed in Japan, Greece, and Thailand. Mrs. Lanoue was a devoted Restoration Movement worker and never wavered in her faith; she converted her husband to Christ, and taught her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren through singing, teaching, and service. In addition to her husband, Bill, Mrs. Lanoue is survived by two daughters, Nancy Presko ofLancaster, KY, and Bonnie DeEtte Lanoue of Tulsa, OK; one son, Glenn William Lanoue of Tulsa; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Glenn and Janet Lillibridge, and three brothers—Wilferd, DeVilla, and Charles Lillibridge. Son-in-law John Presko conducted the memorial service Dec. 19 at Hayhurst Funeral Home in Broken Arrow, OK. Burial was at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. Memorials may be made to Northside Christian Church, 1201 N. Elm Place, Broken Arrow, OK 74012. Online tributes may be expressed atHayhurstfuneralhome.com.
Christian minister Rex G. Lawson, 84, of Mountlake Terrace, WA, died Nov. 27, 2005. He was the son of Gerald Wilford Lawson, who was also a Christian church minister, and Faye Stober Lawson. He was born Jan. 22, 1921, in West Grove, Davis County, IA. He graduated from Weatherwax High School, Aberdeen, WA, in 1938. He earned degrees from Northwest Christian College in Eugene, OR, and the School of Religion at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. On Sept. 6, 1942, he and Eileen M. Rahn were married in Salem, OR. During his student years he had ministries in Trent and Yamhill, OR, and Swayzee, IN. Returning to the West Coast he held ministries in Rupert, ID; Astoria, OR; and Emmett, ID. He then served as director of development for Puget Sound College of the Bible, Seattle, WA, for several years. After leaving the college, the Lawsons traveled around the country for six months, then returned to Washington where he ministered at Mountlake Terrace. He retired in 1987, but held a six-month interim ministry in Vancouver, WA. He was a member of the Board of Associates at Emmanuel School of Religion, Johnson City, TN. He is survived by his widow, Eileen; five children, Rahny of Snohomish, WA, Sandra of Lynnwood, WA, Dan of Elizabethton, TN, Darol of Everett, and Carol of Mountlake Terrace; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one sister, Geraldine Hansmeier. His memorial service was Dec. 3 at Mountlake Terrace Christian Church with Russell Galbreath, Dan Burris, Ray Renzema, Barbara Galbreath, Polly Smith, and John Lawson participating. Inurnment will be at the Garden Chapel of the Risen Lord on the campus of Emmanuel School of Religion on April 20, 2006. Memorial gifts may be made to the Rex and Eileen Lawson Preaching Scholarship at Emmanuel School of Religion, One Walker Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601 or to Mountlake Terrace Christian Church, 5304 232nd St. S.W., Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.
John H. Low, 59, of Malta, MT, died June 22 at the Phillips County Hospital from injuries received in a fall from a windmill 43 miles north of the city. Mr. Low served as maintenance supervisor of Malta Public Schools. He was born March 1, 1946, in Bayard, NE, to Harold and Edna (Willie) Low. He was raised in Nebraska and graduated from Bridgeport (NE) High School in 1964. While attending Dakota Bible College in Huron, SD, he met Linda Mills, and her sons, Daniel and David. They married on Dec. 21, 1977, in Huron. (Linda’s first husband was killed while serving as a missionary in Chile.) After Mr. Low graduated from college in 1978, they moved to Malta, where he served as pastor of Malta Christian Church. Mr. Low ministered at several locations, including Big Sky Christian Youth Ranch, Lewistown, MT. Later, the family returned to Malta and Mr. Low became the maintenance supervisor for the school system in 1992. He no longer served as full-time pastor but participated in weekly Bible studies and a men’s group. He was a pilot and also enjoyed flying radio-controlled airplanes. He preached and shared his faith at Faith Church, The Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Little Rockies Christian Service Camp, and everywhere he went. In addition to his widow, survivors include three sons, David Mills-Low of Bozeman, MT, Daniel Mills-Low of Missoula, MT, and Cory Low of Scottsbluff, NE; two brothers, Harold Low Jr. of Arapaho, NE, and Eddie Low of Scottsbluff; four sisters, Lois Dobrinsky and Darlene Brown, both of Bridgeport, Lavinia Suhr of Scottsbluff, and Mary Ellen Goodro of Wheatland, WY; and four grandchildren. A funeral service was conducted June 27 at the Malta High School. Interment was at Malta Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Northern Montana Youth Ranch, The Gideons, or the Little Rockies Christian Service Camp.
Ruth Vivian Engle Mackey, 92, of Hillsboro, OH, died Dec. 22 at the Crestwood Nursing Center in Hillsboro. She was born Aug. 17, 1913, in Van Wert, OH, the daughter of Trall and Bessie Pearl DeCamp Engle. Mrs. Mackey was a member of the Hillsboro Church of Christ, where she had served as superintendent of the children’s department. When missionaries came through Hillsboro, they were nearly always hosted at the Mackey household. Mrs. Mackey attended the Lake James School of Missions for many years. She was a 1935 graduate of Miami University and had taught high school drama, English literature, Latin, and French in the Hillsboro and Belfast schools. She was a past member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Hillsboro Garden Club. She is survived by one daughter, Christine Cook of Hillsboro; three sons, William Howard of Leesburg, FL, Charles H. of Palo Alto, CA, and Thomas E. of Newark, OH; two sisters, Evelyn Engle Kovach of Cincinnati, OH, and Virginia Engle Bartal of Anderson, SC; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Howard Thomas Mackey, in 1975; and two brothers, Cecil and Beryl Engle. Funeral services were conducted at the Hillsboro Church of Christ on Dec. 28, with John Porter officiating. Burial was at the Hillsboro Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hillsboro Church of Christ, 155 W. Walnut St., Hillsboro, OH 45133.
W. E. “Bill” McGilvrey, 88, died March 24 at his home in Kokomo, IN. He was born March 15, 1917, near Albia, IA, to G. E. “Ted” and Sarah E. McGilvrey. His minister, Orval Morgan, was instrumental in his decision to enter the ministry. He graduated from Cincinnati (OH) Bible Seminary on June 8, 1939. That same day he married his classmate, Claudia Edwards of Elizabethton, TN. Together they served with churches in Waynesboro, VA, Erwin, TN, and High Point, NC. Fifty years ago, Mr. McGilvrey contracted polio, leaving him paralyzed from the hips down. At the invitation of founder Harrold McFarland, he joined the staff of Mission Services, then located in Joliet, IL. He worked in research and represented Mission Services at the National Missionary Convention and Lake James (IN) School of Missions every year for 20 years or more. He also helped start at least six churches during his years of service. He was known for his generosity to his beloved Judson Road Christian Church, his alma mater, and to his children and grandchildren. He was also known for maintaining relationships and conducting ministry through letter writing. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, sisters, and wife. Survivors include his children, Ruth Davis of Cincinnati, OH, Rachel Ritchey of Joliet, IL, Mark McGilvrey of Livonia, MI, Mary Pepper of Kissimmee, FL, and Martha Metz of Kokomo, IN; 16 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted March 31 at Sunset Memory Garden Funeral Home in Kokomo, with Gary Carpenter officiating. Memorial gifts may be made to Judson Road Christian Church Building Fund, 2006 Judson Road, Kokomo, IN 46901.
Floyd K. Miller, 75, of Terre Haute, IN, died Nov. 17 at Union Hospital. He was a retired teacher with more than 37 years of service, teaching at Rosedale and Otter Creek high schools, and serving as dean of students at Otter Creek Junior High School. He also served 50 years in the ministry with Wood Street Christian Church in Paris, IL, Union Christian Church in Terre Haute, IN, and Cloverdale (IN) Christian Church. He was born Aug. 21, 1930, in Elbridge Township, Edgar County, IL, to John Miller Sr. and Eula Kimbrough Miller. Survivors include his wife of more than 50 years, Catherine Snow Miller; one son, Mark Miller of Greencastle, IN; one daughter, Cathleen Miller of Terre Haute; three brothers, Daniel Miller of Spencer, IN, Charles Miller of Rosedale, IN, and John Miller Jr. of Florida; one sister, Patsy Jackson of St. Louis; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Miller, and one sister, Bernice Trump. He earned his master’s degree from Indiana State University. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and worked in the office of Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Japan. He served 31 years as sponsor of the National Bible Bowl. He had served on the board of directors of Crisis Pregnancy Center of Putnam County, New Church Evangelizing Fellowship, and Camp Illiana. He was past president of Terre Haute North Little League, Indiana State Christian Men’s Fellowship, was a licensed auctioneer and a member of Indiana Auctioneer Association, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, and National Teachers Association. Services were Nov. 21 in Maplewood Christian Church with the Rev. Mark Miller officiating. Burial was at Roselawn Memorial Park, with military graveside rites. The family suggests memorials be made to Crisis Pregnancy Center of Putnam County, New Church Evangelizing Fellowship, or to Ozark Christian College of Joplin, MO.
Jean (Case) Morgan, 86, of Zionsville, IN, died Dec. 11. She was born in Atchison, KS, on April 29, 1919. She attended Kansas State Teachers College and taught in elementary schools in Kansas. She moved with her family to Indiana in 1954 and lived in the Maple Grove community near Bloomington until moving to Knoxville, TN, in 1960. She and her husband were on the staff at Johnson Bible College in Knoxville for 27 years, where she served as food services manager until her retirement in 1987. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Russell Morgan; one sister, Maurine Bryce of St. Louis, MO; four daughters, Janis Weedman of Avon, IN, Carol Fields of Indianapolis, IN, Judy Mentzer of Danville, IL, and Kay Moll of Mason, OH; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Dec. 14 at the chapel at Johnson Bible College. Memorial contributions may be made to the Russell and Jean Morgan Scholarship Fund at Johnson Bible College, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998.
Robert G. Murphy, 76, died Jan. 10. He was born Nov. 6, 1928, in East St. Louis, IL. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Shirley Mae Egan on Sept. 10, 1949. In 1964, Mr. Murphy left a thriving career at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis to follow the call of God. St. Louis Christian College helped him find his first ministry at Keyesport (IL) Christian Church, where attendance averaged 14 and the pay was $25 per week. In 1966, he was called to pastor his home church, the Kingshighway Church of Christ, East St. Louis. He graduated from St. Louis Christian College in May 1967 and was ordained the next month. In 1970, the Murphys moved west to the Christian Church of Los Alamos, NM. At that time, Mr. Murphy earned his MA from Eastern New Mexico University. This past October, the Los Alamos Church honored him for 20 years of service. Mr. Murphy culminated his active ministry at Paramount Terrace Christian Church in Amarillo, TX, where he served as minister to senior adults for 10 years, conducting a funeral service two days before his death. Mr. Murphy had planned to attend a reunion at St. Louis Christian College in February, where he was to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award; the college presented the award posthumously to his children. He led numerous evangelistic meetings. Through these contacts and gatherings—such as the North American Christian Convention—he cultivated friendships that he cherished throughout his life. Mr. Murphy was known for his honor, selflessness, kindness, and intellect, but faith and family always came first. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years. He is survived by one son, Gary Murphy of Germany; two daughters, Janet Case of Houston, TX, and Gail Murphy of Newark, OH; and two granddaughters.
W. Robert Palmer, 87, of Holt, MI, died May 15 in Lansing, MI. Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, he was the first convert and the first Timothy of the Chase Avenue Church of Christ (now LifeSpring Christian Church). He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cincinnati Bible Seminary. His ministries included First Christian Church, Crafton, PA; Church of Christ in Mineral Ridge, OH; Church of Christ in Buchanan, MI; and South Lansing Christian Church, Lansing, MI. Upon retirement, he served as chaplain for Great Lakes Christian Homes in Holt, and remained on staff at South Lansing Christian Church as minister emeritus. He also served as a trustee and part-time faculty member at Great Lakes Christian College, a director and chairman of Great Lakes Christian Homes, a board member for Mission Services of Knoxville, TN, and a board member of Christ In Youth, Joplin, MO. He served several Christian service camps and authored three Christian books. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margery Ellis Palmer, in December 1998. Surviving are two sons, Robert of Caledonia, MI, and Timothy of Mason, MI; two sisters, Ruth Peterson of Phoenix, AZ, and Shirley Baines of Cincinnati, OH; and four grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted May 19 at South Lansing Christian Church and June 9 at Great Lakes Christian Homes. Memorials may be sent to Great Lakes Christian College, 6211 W. Willow Highway, Lansing, MI 48917 or Great Lakes Christian Homes, 2050 S. Washington Road, Holt, MI 48842.
Ward Lemont Patterson, 71, world traveler, campus minister, writer, preacher, and professor died July 19 at his home in Cincinnati, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond F. and Florence (Crosby) Patterson, and one brother, Raymond F. Upon his graduation from Cincinnati Bible Seminary in 1956, Patterson traveled throughout Europe, Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. He earned his MA from CBS in 1958, with a thesis on “The Lost City of Petra in Jordan.” He earned an MS degree in English and drama from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. In 1961 he was awarded a Rotary Student Exchange Fellowship to the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he continued his studies in English literature, literary criticism, and drama. Patterson returned to the U.S. and accepted a teaching position at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where he received a Ph.D. in communications. His earlier travels sparked a desire to study in the Middle East, and he began a seven-year adventurous trek around the world; he visited more than 40 countries and logged nearly 65,000 miles riding an antique motorcycle. During his travels he spent time with many Christian missionaries and soon became a cheerleader for the cause of independent missionaries worldwide. He wrote many articles on their behalf for Christian publications. Five of the seven years were dedicated to work done with permission from museums and departments of antiquities in Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Tunisia. During this time he produced handmade rubbings and casts—many from ancient civilizations of the Fertile Crescent dating back to 2400 BC and to the time of Christ. He displayed his rubbings in several art shows. His writings began appearing in CHRISTIAN STANDARD in 1957. In the 1960s a comic strip entitled, “The Adventures of Alan West,” based on his travels, appeared weekly in Standard Publishing’s youth take-home paper. He wrote four books in the 1970s for Standard Publishing directed toward young adult studies: Yesterday/Today: Answers from the Ancients; Struggle, Crisis, and Victory; At the Testing Tree; and Wonders in the Midst. In the 1980s he was commissioned to write a series of books on the Psalms for Acćent Publishing. Along with his writings, his photography has appeared in many Standard Publishing publications. He assumed the position of campus minister at Indiana University and became known by college students and campus ministers around the country as the “dean of campus ministry.” During his seminary days he preached at Antioch Christian Church in Washington, IN. In 1991 he moved to Cincinnati to become professor of speech and communications at Cincinnati Christian University. He retired from this position but continued to write while serving as an adjunct professor both at CCU and at Northern Kentucky University. A memorial service was conducted July 27 at the CCU chapel. The family has asked that memorial gifts be directed to Cincinnati Christian University.
John Mark Pemberton, 52, of Grayson, KY, died Nov. 21 during a return flight from a speaking engagement. He was born Nov. 29, 1951, to John (deceased) and Marjorie Pemberton, retired missionaries to Chiredzi, Zimbabwe, Africa. He is survived by his wife, Leanna, with whom he served for 27 years in southern Africa establishing churches, schools, and children’s homes. He is also survived by his three children, Kera, Krista, and Kollette Pemberton; one granddaughter; two brothers, Sherman of Yorba Linda, CA, and Robert of Grayson, KY; and one sister, Pam Markey of Kyiv, Ukraine. His memorial service was Nov. 26 at First Church of Christ in Grayson. The family has requested memorials be directed to Chiredzi Christian Children’s Home, 132 W. Main St., Grayson, KY 41143. Contact his widow at 111 Paradise Hill, Grayson, KY 41143.
J. Murray Postles, 83, of Eugene, OR, died July 4. He was born Nov. 2, 1921, in Auckland, New Zealand, to Harvey and Elizabeth (Wilson) Postles. He was a minister with the Christian church/church of Christ for 57 years, retiring from the Elkton (OR) Christian Church in 1987. After retiring, he continued serving as an interim minister for a number of years. He was known as the “parachuting parson,” having bailed out of a burning plane while serving in the Civil Air Patrol Auxiliary. He had the opportunity to preach in Mexico, Hawaii, Scotland, New Zealand, as well as California and Oregon. He was a member of Garden Way Church in Eugene at the time of his death. He is survived by his widow, Annabelle; one brother, Grahame of Sun City, CA; three children, Trevor of Bonanza, OR, Gale Stra of Susanville, CA, and Dayna Mininni of Cyucos, CA; three stepchildren, Julie Arzberger of Auburn, WA, Janis Thompson of Eugene, and John Thompson of Everett, WA; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and one step-great-granddaughter. Memorial services were conducted July 16 at Westside Christian Church in Roseburg, OR. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Boise Bible College, 8695 W. Marigold St., Boise, ID 83714.
Ronald Oliver Richardson, 81, of Gaffney, SC, died May 27. The Monongahela, PA, native was the son of John and Beatrice Behanna Richardson. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He received a BA from Kentucky Christian University in Grayson and attended Butler School of Religion in Indianapolis. He was an ordained minister in the Christian church (Church of Christ) and served churches in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Kentucky Christian University’s Alumni honored him with the Distinguished Preaching Award in 2003. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Beulah Smith Richardson; three sons, Ronald of Concord, NC, and Jeffrey and John, both of Gaffney; two daughters, Sharon Fitzpatrick ofHuntington, WV, and Donna Taylor of Springfield, MO; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister, Dolores Richardson, and one granddaughter, Angela Fitzpatrick. Memorial services were conducted at Arritt Funeral Home in Covington, VA, with George Roberts, William Sleasman, and Bill Gilliland officiating. Burial was at Alleghany Memorial Gardens in Covington.
Leola B. Simmons, 70, of Plymouth, IL, died June 5 at her home. She was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Colchester, IL, the daughter of Frank and Edna Graham Wayland. She married Donald L. Simmons on June 30, 1960, in Augusta. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Sarah Beth McCord of Olney, MD, and Hope Walrad of Simpsonville, KY; two sons, Todd Simmons and Tedd Simmons, both of Plymouth; one sister; one brother; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, and one brother. Among her various positions, Mrs. Simmons worked for more than 20 years as a case worker with the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services. She and her husband parented nine foster children. She was also a homemaker. She was a member of the Colmar Christian Church (Plymouth) and served as an adult Sunday school teacher for nearly 40 years. She was active in missions, and took numerous short-term mission trips with Northwest Haiti Christian Mission before being diagnosed with congestive heart failure. She was a member of the Plymouth Women’s Research Forum and served as a trustee for the Great West Central (IL) Library District. A memorial service was conducted June 12 at the Colmar Christian Church with her son-in-law Dyke McCord, minister of the Church of Christ at Manor Woods, Rockville, MD, officiating.
Gladys Rae Smith, 90, died Oct. 6 at Southwest Christian Care in Union City, GA. The beloved inspirational speaker was born to William and Jennie Watkins in Newman, IL, on Feb. 1, 1915. She attended city schools In Newman, then earned a BA at Eastern Illinois University and an MA at the Universityof Illinois. She was teaching school in Newman when she met her future husband, J.B. Smith, an ordained minister in the Christian Church. He was holding a revival when they met; Gladys filled in for the regular church pianist who was ill (she had studied music at Arthur Jordon Conservatory in Indianapolis, IN). They were married on Dec. 26, 1941. She accompanied her husband across the United States teaching and helping to lead worship at revivals. In 1962, they accepted the pastorate at First Christian Church, Newnan, GA, where Mrs. Smith taught children and adults and served as organist and choir director. After their pastorate in Newnan, Mrs. Smith traveled extensively on her own as a lecturer, speaker, teacher, and dramatist for conventions, women’s retreats, civic groups, colleges, camps, and leadership training seminars. Mrs. Smith wrote three college-level drama books and was published many times in Devotionsmagazine. Among her awards are Johnson Bible College’s “Distinguished Servant Leader” (1990) and the North American Christian Convention’s “God’s Distinguished Servant” (1990). She was active in the National League of Pen Women and Pilot International, where she was named “Pilot of the Year” in Newnan (1988). She continued to travel the country as a speaker and dramatist until 2001 when she began limiting her travels. She taught the Lamplighters Adult Sunday School class at Christ’s Church at Whitewater in Fayetteville, GA, until her hospitalization in September. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1992. Funeral services were conducted Oct. 8 at McKoon Funeral Home in Newnan. Memorial contributions may be made to the J.B. Smith Scholarship Fund at Johnson Bible College, 7900 Johnson Dr., Knoxville, TN 37998.
W. Leo Spurling, 88, died suddenly July 21 in Centralia, MO. He was born April 30, 1917, near Centralia, the son of Thomas E. and Sally Sansberry Spurling. On Sept. 21, 1935, in Kirksvillle, MO, he married Jennie L. Waddill, who survives. He was an ordained minister who served for more than 30 years with various congregations in northeast Missouri. He was a member of the Parkview Christian Church in Centralia. He is also survived by two daughters, Judith Hampton of Thompson, MO, and Rita Carter of Westmont, IL; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Thomas E. Spurling Jr. of Parker, CO. The memorial service was conducted in Centralia by Garreth Reese, professor at Central Christian College of the Bible in Moberly, MO, assisted by Lon Hardy, minister of the Parkview Christian Church. Lloyd Pelfrey, chancellor of Central Christian College of the Bible, sang. Burial was at the Centralia City Cemetery.
Don E. Sype, 83, of Lakeland, FL, died June 27, 2005. He was born in South Pasadena, CA. His family moved to Los Angeles where he was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Salyer. He graduated from Belmont High School in 1940 and enrolled in Bible college. He graduated from Pacific Bible Seminary (Hope International University) in 1945. In September 1942, he married Alta (McCracken) Goyette. In his 52 years of pulpit ministry, he served five churches: Shorb Avenue Church of Christ, Watts, CA; First Christian Church, West Los Angeles, CA; Flemington (MO) Christian Church; Central Christian Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL; and Lakeland (FL) Christian Church. He retired from full-time ministry in 1987. He had two interim ministries after retirement and he served as an elder at Lakeland Christian Church until his death. He served on the Chaplaincy Endorsement Commission and retired from the Civil Air Patrol as a lieutenant colonel. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Alta, daughters Gayle Moore and Sherry Schulz, and son, Cory Sype, all of Lakeland; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service to celebrate Mr. Sype’s life will be conducted in the new sanctuary of the Lakeland Christian Church on Jan. 7, 2006. Memorial gifts may be sent to Follow the Light Building Fund, Lakeland Christian Church, 901 W. Beacon Road, LakelandFL 33803.
Thomas D. Thurman, 76, of Cincinnati, OH, died Jan. 27 in Clermont, FL. Mr. Thurman was born to Hector Sanford and Mary Lee Duncan Thurman inHenderson County, KY, Aug. 5, 1928. He grew up in Evansville, IN, as a member of First Christian Church. He earned degrees from Cincinnati Christian University in Ohio, Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, and the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He served as minister in Springfield and Grayson, KY; Danville, IL; Mason and Mowrystown, OH; and Lady Lake, FL. He also served as a missionary in Zimbabwe, Africa, and as a professor at Cincinnati Christian University and Kentucky Christian University in Grayson. He wrote many books and articles; he was former editor of The Restoration Herald. He is survived by his widow, Norma; one son, David of Mooresville, IN; two daughters, Deborah Crowdy of Gaberone, Botswana, and Diana White ofPlainfield, IN; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by one brother, Zollie, and one sister, Ella Jane Buerger. Services were conducted in February at The Villages, FL, and Miamitown (OH) Church of Christ.
William Franklin Tucker, 87, died Sept. 17 at his home in Shickshinny, PA. He was born in Edwardsville, PA, on Jan. 16, 1918. He graduated from Huntington Mills High School in 1936 and received his college education at Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, TN. While a student, he wrote the college’s alma mater song. His student pastorate was at Englewood, TN. He then served in lifelong ministry in Pennsylvania at Big Run, Flemington, Mill Hall, Berwick, Bloomsburg, Westmoor (Kingston), returning to Berwick Christian Church, where he ministered for 28 years until retirement in 1983. He continued to serve interim pastorates at many churches for several years after retirement. He initiated the Dial-A-Prayer service which attracted hundreds of listeners in Berwick and Bloomsburg. He was one of the founders of the Christian Service Camp at Stillwater and the Allentown and State College Churches of Christ. He spoke at many conventions and delighted children with “fun” songs at Vacation Bible Schools and Christian service camps. During his ministry, he baptized 860 individuals and conducted 360 weddings and more than 500 funerals. Mr. Tucker was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Albert, and one sister, Louella Grey. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Alice; one daughter, Linda Eifert of Bloomsburg; two sons, Jon of Texas and Brian of Red Hill; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Memorial services were conducted Sept. 24 at the Bloomsburg Church of Christ, with Eric Miller, Lee Barnhart, and Joel Stauffer officiating. Memorial contributions may be sent to the William F. Tucker Student Aid Scholarship Fund, Johnson Bible College, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998.
Jerry D. Watkinson, 80, a missionary to Mexico for 50 years, died July 13 after a battle with cancer. He was born May 5, 1925, in Mount Vernon, WA. He grew up on a farm during the Great Depression; his godly grandparents were a strong influence on him. After a brief time in the Air Force, he worked as a photographer in southern California, where he met Deloris Mellin from Minnesota. They studied Scripture together and he was baptized in 1948. In July 1949 they were married. He studied at Pacific Bible Seminary in Long Beach, CA (now Hope University). He ministered with the Carson (CA) Christian Church and oversaw construction of their first building. He also led a youth program at South Santa Ana (CA) Church of Christ, where he was ordained into the Christian ministry. During Christmas vacation 1951, Mr. Watkinson and two other young men from the South Santa Ana church made a survey trip in Mexico, which began in Mr. Watkinson a lifetime passion for reaching Mexican nationals with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Watkinsons settled in Mexico in July 1955. In the summer of 1960, the family teamed up with brother Epifanio Gutierrez, who had established himself in the coastal city of Ensenada, Baja California, and they founded Churches of Christ of Baja California. Later the name was changed to Christian Mission for Mexican Evangelism, and additional Mexican evangelists were called to service. Eventually churches were established in Ensenada, Mexicali, San Luis Rio Colorado, Tecate, Rosarito, Erendira, Bonfil, and Culiacán. He continued to oversee the evangelistic emphasis of the mission. He taught Bible classes at the Empleados church in Ensenada until 1988, and he continued to teach the combined adult and youth class until his illness early this year. In addition to his widow, Deloris, he is survived by three children, Cynthia, Vicki, and Phillip; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
John Charles Young, 79, died Aug. 18 in Seattle, WA. He was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Anchorage, AK, to Adoph and Doria Oskolkoff Young. He served in the Indian churches for more than 29 years with his guitar playing and country western gospel singing. He also served as an elder and worship leader in the Seattle Indian Christian Church. In 1984, he married Elizabeth Dixson LaQua, and he worked beside her in all her ministries. They worked on the Tulalip Indian Reservation near Marysville, WA, for 5 ½ years and established the Seattle Native American Christian Church in June 1989. (This is a mission enterprise of Somerset Christian Church of Beaverton, OR.) The church serves inner-city Indians, street people, homeless people, battered women, and at-risk kids. They serve with counseling, Bible training, hot meals, clothing, worship services, and referrals. He networked with five other Indian ministries for 24 years in the Seattle area sharing his musical abilities and teaching others. He was employed by the state of Washington for 26 years. He served as a medic in the Army 1944-47. He did volunteer work with Indian support groups for 45 years and at a number of Seattle senior centers for 12 years. He was a member of the Ninilchik Traditional Council, Alaskan Yukon Pioneers, Cook Inlet Region Inc., and Northwest Pacific Aleut. The World War II veteran was buried at Tohoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA. On Aug. 27 a service celebrating his life was conducted at West Seattle Christian Church, with his own music played on tape. His widow gave the eulogy and sang. In addition to his widow, he is survived by one brother, one daughter, two sons, one stepdaughter, and three grandchildren.