In Memoriam (May 2016)

In Memoriam

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.


BRAMSTEDT, PAUL W. REV., September 28, 1930, Mascoutah, Ill., to February 8, 2016, Belleville, Ill.; son of William and Mathilde (Wilmsmeyer) Bramstedt; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1955. Served 1955-1995. Ministries/ Parishes: Nigeria, West Africa; Gillespie, Steeleville, Ill.; Joplin, Mo.; Carrollton, Mich. Retired 1995. Survivors: Deloris (Rowold) Bramstedt; daughters: Jane Illsley, Lois Boldt, Paula Thibault, Cheryl Hill. Funeral and Interment: February 12, 2016, Mascoutah, Ill.

CASSIDY, JOHN SMITH JR. REV., August 6, 1944, San Francisco, Calif., to January 30, 2016, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii; son of John and Naomi (Reed) Cassidy; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1971. Served 1971-1981, 1991-2003. Ministries/Parishes: Gardena, Canyon County, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Calif. Retired 2003. Preceded in death by his wives Mary (Leeman) Cassidy and Ann (DiLorenzo) Cassidy. Survivors: sons: Daniel, Brett; daughter: Leah Kong. Memorial Service: February 9, 2016, Hawaii and March 5, 2016, Daly City, Calif.

CLOETER, MARTIN R. REV., October 9, 1926, Ormsby, Minn., to January 28, 2016, Grand Island, Neb.; son of Rev. Richard and Martha (George) Cloeter; colloquy 1967. Served 1967-1992. Ministries/Parishes: Seward, Neb.; Minneapolis, Chaska, Minn. Retired 1992. Survivors: Dorothy (Raabe) Cloeter; sons: Daniel, Rev. David; daughter: Rachel Brandenburg. Funeral: February 13, 2016, Chaska, Minn.; Interment: February 13, 2016, Faribault, Minn.

ERNSTMEYER, MILTON SIEBERT REV., September 16, 1916, Hayland, Neb., to February 5, 2016, Williamsburg, Va.; son of J. Fred and Lena (Siebert) Ernstmeyer; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1943. Served 1943-1983. Ministries/Parishes: U.S. Navy Chaplain; Washington, D.C. Retired 1983. Preceded in death by his wife Muriel (Koch) Ernstmeyer. Survivors: daughters: Jan, Carol, Lynn. Funeral: February 13, 2016, Williamsburg, Va.; Interment: Arlington, Va.

GRAFE, WILLIAM CHARLES REV., November 30, 1926, Detroit, Mich., to January 31, 2016, W. Bloomfield, Mich.; son of William and Dorothy (Roths) Grafe; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1953. Served 1953-1993. Ministries/Parishes: Green Grove, Curtis, S. Green, Bloomfield Hills, Drayton, Union Lake, Mich. Retired 1993. Preceded in death by his daughter Elizabeth. Survivors: Lucy (Buettner) Grafe; sons: Mark, Stephen.

HAENER, EVAN WALTER REV., October 23, 1962, Los Angeles, Calif., to February 10, 2016, Harrison, N.J.; son of Thomas and Marjorie (Lester) Haener; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 1991. Served 1991-2016. Ministry/Parish: Harrison, N.J. Survivors: Christine (Wesser) Haener; son: Ian. Funeral: February 15, 2016, Harrison, N.J.: Interment: February 18, 2016, Kearney, N.J.

HOWARD, RONALD REV., August 20, 1956, Sumter, S.C., to January 6, 2016, Torrance, Calif.; son of Leroy and Mary (Lang) Howard; SMP certified 2013. Served 2014-2016. Ministry/Parish: Long Beach, Calif. Survivors: Philomena (White) Howard; son: Ronald; daughter: Leah. Funeral: January 23, 2016, Long Beach, Calif.

HUWE, RALPH ARTHUR REV., August 6, 1926, St. Paul, Minn., to February 2, 2016, Boulder City, Nev.; son of Otto and Mae (Knoerl) Huwe; graduated Springfield Seminary 1966. Served 1966-1991. Ministries/Parishes: McKees Rocks, Levittown, Sharpsburg, Pittsburgh, Pa. Retired 1991. Survivors: Barbara (Ottinger) Huwe’ sons: Timothy, Thomas, Jonathan, David, Tobiah; daughter: Kristen. Funeral and Interment: February 10, 2016, Boulder City, Nev.

KLEMZ, ROGER EDWARD REV., January 30, 1933, Valparaiso, Ind., to February 18, 2016, Minneapolis, Minn.; son of Edward and Agatha (Heimberg) Klemz; graduated Springfield Seminary 1958. Served 1958-1999. Ministries/Parishes: New Orleans, La.; Jackson, Miss.; Jackson, Plainview, Buffalo, Minn.; Sioux City, Iowa.; Southern District Circuit Visitor 1961-1964; Minnesota South District Circuit Visitor 1968-1969, 1977-1981. Retired 1999. Survivors: Helen (Scheele) Klemz; son: Theodore; daughters: Kathryn, Ann Schulhofer, Geniece Leines, Amy. Funeral: February 24, 2016, Buffalo, Minn.

KOCH, MARVIN OSCAR REV., July 29, 1922, Floydada, Texas, to February 8, 2016, Austin, Texas; son of Gottfried and Friede (Lippe) Koch; graduated Springfield Seminary 1951. Served 1951-1987. Ministries/Parishes: Lafe, Ark.; Jackson, Mo.; Copperas Cove, Lampasas, Gatesville, Denison, Texas; Texas District Circuit Visitor 1990-1991. Retired 1987. Survivors: Emma (Lehman) Koch; sons: Robert, Dennis, Douglas, Roger. Funeral and Interment: February 13, 2016, Copperas Cove, Texas.

LILLICH, VICTOR O. REV., May 17, 1933, Tecumseh, Neb., to March 1, 2016, Yakima, Wash.; son of Arthur and Mary (Wagner) Lillich; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1959. Served 1959-1998. Ministries/Parishes: Alpha, Minn.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Yakima, Wash.; Northwest District Circuit Visitor 1992. Retired 1998. Preceded in death by his son Paul. Survivors: Joan (Aselmann) Lillich; sons: Philip, James; daughters: Rebecca Quesnell, Lisa Vickers. Memorial Service: March 12, 2016, Yakima, Wash.

LISCH, ELMER RICHARD REV., January 18, 1923, Glenmore, Wis., to February 11, 2016, Kiel, Wis.; son of Reinholdt and Martha (Gehrke) Lisch; Colloquy 1983. Served 1983-2013. Ministries/Parishes: Port Washington, Belgium, Wis. Retired 2013. Survivors: Aleda (Stelter) Lisch; sons: Thomas, John, Philip; daughters: Susan, Krista. Funeral and Interment: February 14, 2016, Kiel, Wis.

LUDWIG, PAUL WALTER JR. REV., February 11, 1926, Hoxie, Kan., to February 4, 2016.; son of Rev. Paul Sr. and Thekla (Friedrich) Ludwig; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1951. Served 1951-1988. Ministries/Parishes: Brenham, Ft. Worth, Texas; U.S. Air Force Chaplain; Lakeland, Fla. Retired 1988. Survivors: Margaret (Atsinger) Ludwig; son: Martin; daughter: Paulette Clements. Funeral: February 19, 2016, Irmo, S.C.; Interment: February 19, 2016, Columbia, S.C.

MCWHIRTER, JOHN A. REV., August 12, 1937, Lackawanna, N.Y., to February 10, 2016, Kingsport, Tenn.; son of Walter McWhirter and Katheryn (Tallman) Haas; colloquy 1980. Served 1980-1999. Ministries/Parishes: Kingsport, Tenn.; Pine Bluff, Ark.; Mid-South District Circuit Visitor 1997-1999. Retired 1999. Preceded in death by his daughter Jill Harbinson. Survivors: Ladell (Lineberger) McWhirter. Survivors: sons: Scott, Todd; daughter: Amy Hiatt. Celebration of Life: February 14, 2016, Kingsport, Tenn.

MENNICKE, VICTOR OTTOMAR REV., March 1, 1927, Reeseville, Wis., to January 9, 2016; colloquy 1982. Served 1982-1992. Ministry/Parish: Sarasota, Fla. Retired 1992. Preceded in death by his wife Geraldine Mennicke. Survivors: Cynthia (Dennis) Mennicke; daughters: Ellen Barnes, Victoria Merwin, Patricia Levine; Stepson: Scott Dennis. Memorial Service: January 16, 2016, Sarasota, Fla.

MEYER, PHILIP J. REV., December 5, 1965, Faribault, Minn., to February 15, 2016, Buffalo, Minn.; son of Robert and Karen Meyer; colloquy 2009. Served 2009-2016. Ministries/Parishes: Pocatello, Idaho; Buffalo, Minn.; Northwest District Circuit Visitor 2010-2012. Survivors: Vanessa (Poston) Meyer; sons: Dylan, Jesse. Celebration of Life: February 21, 2016, Buffalo, Minn.; Interment: Rochester, Minn.

SCHUELER, DENNIS ROY REV., March 3, 1950, Milwaukee, Wis., to February 11, 2016, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; son of Kenneth and Ruth (Gauger) Schueler; graduated St. Louis Seminary 1976. Served 1976-2016. Ministries/Parishes: Bethalto, Ill.; Mayville, Platteville, Wisconsin Dells, Lundon Station, Wis.; South Wisconsin District Circuit Visitor 2006-2009. Survivors: Bonnie (Bartel) Schueler; daughters: Kendra Junk, Kirsten. Funeral: February 15, 2016, Lyndon Station, Wis.; Interment: February 15, 2016, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

STING, RAYMOND PAUL REV., December 18, 1936, Sebewaing, Mich., to February 21, 2016, Cass City, Mich.; son of Harold and Erna Sting; colloquy 2007. Served 2007-2013. Ministry/Parish: Bad Axe, Mich. Retired 2013. Preceded in death by his wife Carol (McKenney) Sting. Survivors: son: Tod; daughters: Joann, Annette Russell. Funeral: February 24, 2016, Sebewaing, Mich.; Interment: February 24, 2016, Bach, Mich.

STRATMAN, WILLIAM WARNER REV., March 6, 1951, Scottsbluff, Neb., to January 21, 2016, Torrington, Wyo.; son of W. W. and Velma (Williams) Stratman; graduated Ft. Wayne Seminary 2000. Served 2000-2005, 2007-2009. Ministries/Parishes: Rushmore, Minn.; Craig, Colo.; Gordon, Neb. Preceded in death by his wife Kathy (Prucha) Stratman. Survivors: Joan (Evans) Stratman; son: Terry, Samuel; daughters: Rebecca Ellis, Darcie Rosenthal. Funeral and Interment: January 26, 2016, Torrington, Wyo.

WHITE, DONALD E. REV., June 8, 1929, Newport, Ky., to April 24, 2015, Wausau, Wis.; son of Henry and Elizabeth (Fields) White; colloquy 1983. Served 1983-1991. Ministry/Parish: Merrill, Wis. Retired 1991. Survivors: Mary (Treankler) White; sons: Thomas, Andrew; daughters: Cynthia, Kerri Capp, Nancy Ruchti, Laura Greene. Funeral: May 2, 2015, Merrill, Wis.; Interment: Town of Scott, Wis.


HELGE, ERICH E. DR., November 6, 1929, St. Louis, Mo., to February 18, 2016, Albuquerque, N.M.; son of Erich and Phillipine Helge; graduated River Forest 1952. Served 1952-1993. Schools/Ministries: Kansas City, Concordia, Mo.; Seward, Neb.; Winfield, Kan.; Chicago, Ill. Retired 1993. Preceded in death by his wife Donna Helge. Survivors: Erich, David, Matthew; daughter: Elizabeth Owens. Memorial Service and Interment: February 22, 2016, Albuquerque, N.M.

HENTZEN, PATSY ANN (KROEGER), February 18, 1940, Carroll, Iowa, to November 29, 2015, Idaho Falls, Idaho; daughter of Wilbur and Lillian Kroeger; graduated Seward 1963. Served 1973-2005. School/Ministry: Idaho Falls, Idaho. Retired 2005. Preceded in death by her son Paul. Survivors: Richard Hentzen; sons: Eric, David. Funeral: December 4, 2015, Idaho Falls, Idaho.

HOLSTE, HERMAN MELVIN DR., April 25, 1927, Ludell, Kan., to February 8, 2016, Auburn Hills, Mich.; graduated Seward 1951. Served 1951-1990. Schools/Ministries: University City, Mo.; Detroit, Mich. Retired 1990. Survivors: Barbara (Neinas) Holste; son: James: daughters: Traci Schmitt, Sarah Grafe. Memorial Service: February 12, 2016, Rochester, Mich.

HUHNER, MARGARET ROSE (REED),   November 2, 1962, Hammond, Ind., to September 28, 2015, University Place, Wash.; daughter of James and Betty Reed; graduated Seward 1984. Served 1984-1987. Schools/Ministries: Gardnerville, Nev.; Springfield, Ill. Survivors: Kris Huhner; son: William Huhner; daughters: Karissa, Anna. Funeral: October 15, 2015, Ft. Lewis, Wash.

RUFF, ELAINE KATHLEEN (MICHAEL), July 24, 1941, Great Falls, Mont., to January 21, 2016, Webster Groves, Mo.; daughter of Rev. Gerhard and Augusta (Kranawetter) Michael; graduated Seward 1963. Served 1989-2005. Schools/Ministries: Buffalo, N.Y.; Kingsville, Md. Survivors: Rev. Roger Ruff; sons: Matthew, Mark, Michael. Funeral: January 23, 2016, Webster Groves, Mo.; Interment: Lancaster, Ohio.

SIPE, DORIS ELAINE DR., August 20, 1942, Catawba County, N.C., to May 29, 2015, Hickory, N.C.; daughter of Elmer and Beulah (Herman) Sipe; graduated River Forest 1964. Served 1990-1994. School/Ministry: River Forest, Ill. Retired 2004. Funeral: June 2, 2015, Hickory, N.C.; Interment: June 2, 2015, Amexander County, N.C.

WUGGAZER, DOROTHY ELIZABETH (KURING), August 22, 1925, Prince George, British Columbia, Canada, to July 16, 2015, Grand Junction, Colo.; daughter of Henry and Erna Kuring; graduated Seward 1970. Joined LCMS Emeritus 1973. Survivors: daughters: Emily Witte, Noel Singer. Funeral: July 23, 2015, Grand Junction, Colo.

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