Former DP, Dr. O.H. Cloeter, dies

Dr. O.H. Cloeter, who served as president of the Synod’s Minnesota South District for 13 years, diecloeter.gifd Aug. 30 in Minneapolis.  He was 88.

A funeral service was held Sept. 3 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Faribault, Minn.

Dr. Cloeter served as Minnesota South District president from 1978 until his retirement in 1991.  He was a vice president of the district from 1966 to 1974, and also served on the district’s Evangelism Committee, Mission Administration Committee, and Campus Committee.  Outside the district, Dr. Cloeter’s service included chairman of the Board of Regents of Concordia University (then College) in St. Paul, Minn., and secretary of the LCMS Council of Presidents.

A 1945 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Dr. Cloeter served as pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bristol, Conn. (1945-50); St. James Lutheran Church in Northrup, Minn. (1950-57); and Trinity, Faribault (1957-78).

Dr. Lane Seitz, president of the Minnesota South District, said he thanked God for Dr. Cloeter — “for his faith in Jesus as his only Savior from sin, for how he used the gifts God had given him to share that precious message of forgiveness and life with so many others down through the years, and for the leadership he provided to our district and the Synod.”

Survivors include Dr. Cloeter’s wife, Elsie; seven children — Renata (Gary) Brand, Richard (Christine), Paul (Nancy), Carl (Judy), Roberta (Scott) Wiesehan, Robert (Marilyn), and Anita; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Updated Sept. 3, 2008

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