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Dr. C. Joseph Martin

Dr. C. Joe Martin, 85, died on February 21, 2017 in Goshen, IN. Surviving is his wife, Shirley. Dr. Martin, an associate professor, taught psychology and counseling classes on the Fort Wayne campus from 1990 to 1999. He also served at Davis & Elkins College, Bethel College, King College, Taylor University Fort Wayne, and later at The Chapel. Here is a link to his obituary: http://obituaries.goshennews.com/story/c-martin-1931-2017-879053682.

Eileen Wagler (Fliginger)

Eileen J. Wagler g58, 80, of Trivoli, IL passed away at 11:48 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria. She was born June 19, 1935, to Earl M. and Pearl (Leonard) Fliginger in Peoria. Eileen married Gerald "Jerry" Wagler on June 28, 1958, at Mt. Olive Missionary Church in Peoria, where she was an active member throughout her entire life. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pjstar/obituary.aspx?n=eileen-wagler&pid=179664044&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.kbMyNS7H.dpuf


Kiley Coffman (Vitek)

Kiley (Vitek) g07 married Justin Coffman on March 4,2017 in Edgerton Ohio. Kiley works in the Human Resource Department at CK Technologies.


Sharyn Brinson (Thomas)

Matt and I would like to introduce, our son, Wesley Zaiden Wayne Brisson! 12/14/16 at 7:54am, 6 lbs 11oz. It was a pretty emotional night last night but everyone is doing well. We look forward to having you meet the newest member of our family!

Sharyn Brisson (Thomas)

Sharyn (Thomas g06) and Matt Brisson had Wesley Zaiden Wayne on December 14, 2016. He weighed in at 6 lbs. and 11 oz. The Brisson’s live in Castle Rock, CO.

Amanda Luedeke (Heinsch)

Amanda (Heinsch g06) and Tad Luedeke g09 welcomed Roland Alexander born on March 8 in Fort Wayne. He was 9 lbs, 5 oz, and 22 inches.

Tommy Boggs

Tommy g06 and Rachel (VanProoyen g07) Boggs, along with big sister Hailey (6) and big brother Jack (4) welcomed a baby boy, Ryan James, on November 24, 2016.


Laura Stier (Buck)

Laura (Buck g05) and Ryan Stier welcomed Adeline Jean born December 9. She was 20 in. long and weighed 8 lbs 11 oz. The Stiers live in West Allis, WI.

Beth and Matt Overman (Armstrong)

Matt and Beth (Armstrong g05) Overman, with Patrick (6) and Charlie (3), welcomed Markus Samuel on January 26, 2017. Beth continues to teach as an intervention specialist at Parkway Local Schools. Matt will be ordained as a deacon in the United Methodist Church in June 2017.


Lori Current (Craw)

Lori Craw-Current g04 has been named executive director of admissions and student services at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, IN. She had been the assistant director of admissions at Indiana University East.


Rebekah Atkinson (Coleman)

Guy and I, and our 5 children: Timothy, Hannah, Grace, Natalie, and Jonathan, welcomed our 6th child, Caleb James Atkinson, on October 20, 2016.

Greta Ehlers (Anspach)

Greta (Anspach) Ehlers g02 has been named the assistant director at The MindCAP Center in Fort Wayne, IN.


Etta Miller (Burkins)

Etta Marian (Burkins) Miller, 86, professor of Teacher Education from 1991-1995 at Taylor University Fort Wayne, passed quietly in her sleep at the Lacey Panorama Convalescence and Rehabilitation Center, February 1, 2016. She was born on December 30th 1929 to John Andrew and Ruth Naomi (Boyd) Burkins in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Etta spent her life doing for others as a wife, mother, Christian missionary, educator, and prankster. She is missed by her family and the many friends she has made around the world. She is survived by her sons, Stephen (Guam) and Paul (Seattle, WA); daughter, Ruth Middlebrook (Olympia, WA); and five grandchildren. Etta's husband, Keith LaVerne Miller; parents, John and Ruth Burkins; and older brother, John Burkins; preceded her in death. http://memorial.yourtribute.com/Etta-B-Miller/story.aspx


Daryle Crawley

Taken the position of custodian for the Lakeview Terrace Cooperative in Indianapolis.


Mark Hull

Mark Hull g93 was named the 2017 RMAC Men’s Golf Coach of the Year. This is the second year in a row Mark has been named the Coach of the Year. In his 12th year as the Head Men’s Golf Coach at Colorado Christian University, he has produced more national championships and back-to-back winning seasons than any other program in CCU history. According to the CCU website, “[Hulls] integrity and success on and off the course does not go unnoticed by his team and peers.”

Jacinda Cobb

Jacinda Cobb g93 passed her nursing state boards, and she is now a Registered Nurse at Goshen Hospital, Goshen IN.

Sondra Beard (Allen)

Sondra (Allen) Beard g93, English Language Learner Teacher, has been nominated for Teacher of the Year from Haley Elementary in Fort Wayne Community Schools. She and her husband, Jim g88, who works at IPFW, live in Fort Wayne. Their son, Colin cs20 is a freshman Business Major at Taylor University.

Mark Hull

Mark Hull g93 coached his Colorado Christian University men’s golf team to back-to-back NCCAA titles last week. He also was named National Golf Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.

Mark and Danielle Hull

Mark g93 and Danielle Hull became parents to an adopted baby girl, Olivia Mia Grace Hull who was was born at 6:03 a.m. June 17,2017, 6 lbs 11 oz, 19.5 inches. Grandparents Bill g69 and Sharon g67 Hull are also doing fine.


Karla Chamness-Eskridge (Chamness)

Karla Chamness-Eskridge fs1992 passed away on April 3, 2017

Rich and Maggie Troyer

Rich g92 and Maggie g92 Troyer are returning to northeast Ohio after spending the past 30 years in Fort Wayne to begin a new business venture and to be closer to Rich’s father. Troyer's Amish Tours will be serving the Holmes County-Ohio area with small group tours, charters and special events. The business will serve as a outreach ministry to those who come to understand more about the Amish faith and lifestyle. The website is www.troyersamishtours.com.


Dick Kryder

Dick Kryder, 86, husband of former alumni secretary Marceil (Zehr) Kryder g52, passed away on March 11. Survivors also includeDann (Ashley) Zehr g89 of Smyma, TN.  


Michael Wayne Needham

Michael Wayne Needham, fs87, 53, of Wabash, Indiana, died at 9:26 pm, Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Miller's Merry Manor East in Wabash. He was born April 10, 1963 in Kokomo, Indiana, to Ronald and H. Marcille (Reed) Needham. Mike was a 1981 graduate of Southwood High School, and attended Fort Wayne Bible College. He worked as a security guard at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo and also delivered The Paper. He attended Wabash Friends Church, where he often volunteered his time. Mike also volunteered at Miller's Merry Manor East, in Wabash, the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, and Lutheran Hospital. He is survived by his mother, H. Marcille Needham of Wabash, two sisters, Cheryl (Dean) Stouffer of Wabash, and Phyllis Wagner of Peru, Indiana, three nephews, Jared Stouffer and Jonah Stouffer, both of Wabash, and Levi Wagner of Peru, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father.

Laura Willams (Skees)

Laura (Skees) g87 was taken by cancer, but welcomed by her Savior into her eternal reward on Sunday, July 24 at 10:05 p.m. Please continue to pray for Pastor Ron, his four children, and Pathway Community Church. Obituary Laura Rae Williams, 52, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, went home to be with her Savior and finished well the race marked out for her with her profound faith, trust, and love for the Lord on July 24, 2016. She was born on June 26, 1964 in Fort Wayne to Franklin and Barbara Skees. Laura has a sister, Holly Roth, and a brother, John Skees, and several nieces and nephews who love her dearly and saw her complete trust in Christ in how she lived her life. Laura graduated from Taylor University Fort Wayne with her degree in counseling, as well as a degree in secondary education from IU and an M.A. in School Administration from IU. She was married to her loving husband of 22 years, Ron Williams, and served alongside him in his role as the senior pastor of Pathway Community Church. She had a profound effect on the lives of many people, leading them to Christ. Laura and Ron have four beautiful children who love the Lord deeply—Dawson, Lydia, Sophia, and Isabella. Laura was a devoted mother who spent her time loving her kids very much and pointing them to their greatest treasure, Jesus Christ. After the adoption of their youngest child Bella, and because of her heart for the orphan, Laura was instrumental in starting an orphan ministry called True Vine within Pathway Community Church. This verse sums up Laura's faith in Christ: "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." Isaiah 26:3 Visitation hours are at Pathway Community Church, Thursday July 28 from 1-5pm and 6-9pm. The Funeral is at First Assembly of Church of God Friday, July 29 at 1pm, with visitation two hours prior. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Pathway Community Church for True Vine or to The Laura Williams Children's Foundation. D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Park Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Ken Sistrunk

The Rev. Ken Sistrunk g87 has been named the new pastor at North Manchester Missionary Church in North Manchester, IN. He and his wife, Joanne (Kingsbury g84) started in this new role in late May 2017.


Darwin Dunten

Darwin Dunten g86 - After 16 1/2 years as senior pastor at Findlay First UB. I have accepted the call to Mt. Tabor Church of God in Celina, Ohio.


Lorie Vincent (Sonnentag)

Sunday, Sept. 6: 3 p.m. -- A public memorial service at First United Lutheran Church 2401 Kohler Memorial Dr. Sheboygan, WI 53081. Anyone who loved Lorie is welcome to come ready to participate in a profound worship experience mixing scripture, song, reflections, time around the Lord's table and healing prayer. Visitation with the family will be available at the church from 1-2:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Lorie's family welcomes contributions to the Lorie L. Vincent Campus Ministry Fund _______________________ Lorie's obituary follows. It will not be published until next week because official verification is delayed because it is a holiday weekend and her body was dedicated for research and did not go through a normal funeral home process. As a result, WE INVITE YOUR ASSISTANCE IN HELPING TO SPREAD THE WORD REGARDING HER MEMORIAL SERVICE. _________ Lorie Lynn (Sonnentag) Vincent, born 24 August 1963, was born to eternal life shortly after midnight on 4 September 2015. She was surrounded by loving family and marvelously supported on her final days at home by the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Lorie is survived by her husband Mark L. Vincent, Sheboygan Falls, WI; daughter Autumn (Alex) Heling, Port Washington, WI; son Zach (Kara Tomaszewski) Vincent and granddaughters Brynn and Simone, Spooner, WI; parents Don and Marilyn (Wecker) Sonnentag of Sheboygan Falls, WI, and Keith and Charlene (Shaum) Vincent of Safety Harbor, FL; sisters Vickie (Brian) Van de Water of Luxemburg, WI and Regina Vincent Mujica of Goshen, IN; brothers Daniel (Julie Hoffmann) Sonnentag of Oostburg, WI; David (Sarah Sachse) Sonnentag of Sheboygan, WI, and Eric (Daphne Loredo) Vincent of Surprise, AZ; and beloved nephews and nieces Jonah, Jacob, Justin, Jordan, Isrrael, Joseph, Erica, Hunter, Brandon, Elyse , Emily, Katie and David; and one grand-nephew Hudson. A Christian educator by training, Lorie served as the Minister for Youth and Young Adults for the Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference, and was ordained as a Christian Minister in that role. Lorie was also a founding partner in the organizational development firm Design Group International, serving as its first Chief Financial Officer. Lorie was diagnosed with uterine leiomyosarcoma (ULMS) in 1999, surviving 18 occurrences and multiple iterations of ground-breaking treatment. Lorie's family is especially grateful for the quality care she received from Dr. Paul LeMarbre, Dr. John Charleson, their incredible teams, and the Waukesha Memorial and Froedert Memorial Lutheran Hospitals where she received exceptional care. Lorie's book Fighting Disease, Not Death: Finding a Way Through Lifelong Suffering chronicled her cancer journey and approach to living well. A time of visitation with the family will be held from 1-2:45 p.m. at First United Lutheran Church 2401 Kohler Memorial Dr. Sheboygan, WI 53081, with a public memorial service of scripture and song to follow at 3 p.m. Dr. Paul LeMarbre, Lorie’s first Oncologist, will bring the eulogy. In lieu of flowers, Lorie's family welcomes contributions to the Lorie L. Vincent Campus Ministry Fund. Faith formation in young adults was a lifelong focus for Lorie and this fund supports InterVarsity Campus Ministry at UW Superior and the Fond du Lac Tribal Community College to be led by Lorie's son Zach. Gifts may be made out to "NCF-The Lorie L. Vincent Campus Ministry Fund" and sent to: National Christian Foundation 18650 W. Corporate Dr. Ste 105, Brookfield, WI 53045, brought to the Memorial Service or made online by cutting and pasting the following link into your browser:: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow…

Lyndon Loewen

Lyndon Loewen g85 graduated from Huntington University with a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership and Executive Leadership Coaching on May 13, 2017. He is thankful to his Best Friend Jesus to help him in the journey and to his wife Lori who encouraged and supported him immensely. He is working at Northwest Ohio Youth for Christ celebrating 30 years hanging out with teens sharing the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. Lyndon and Lori live in Findlay, OH and welcome FWBC grads who are near or going through to stop in and visit.


Bryan Thompson

Congratulations to Michigan State Police Chaplain Bryan Thompson g83, who was awarded the David R. Amor Award of Excellence in Chaplaincy. He has served in this role for 24 years. He and his wife, JoJean (Demond) g83 in Houghton Lake, MI. To read the article where Bryan was featured, click here. or go to http://www.upnorthvoice.com/news/2016/12/thompson-wins-amo-award/


Greg Rawley

Greg Rawley fs82 RN BS CNOR has a new position at Algonquin Road Surgery Center in Lake in the Hills, IL. He and Faith live in Warrenville, IL.


Leon Pippin

Former faculty member Dr. D. Leon Pippin passed away on February 17, 2017, in Palm Bay, FL. Dr. Pippin is survived by his wife, Emily, and their four children.


Lawrence Whiteford

Lawrence Whiteford, 93, of Pekin passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 in Morton. He was formerly of Manito. He served faithfully on the board of Fort Wayne Bible College and with his wife were members of the Club of 100. Surviving are his wife, Marguerite Wilma Ekdahl and four daughters, Dianna (Jerry) Jenkins g70 of Colorado Springs, Colo., Miriam (Donald) Jordan of Eureka, Sarah (David) VanOrman fs72 of Pekin and Marcia (Darold) Hogue fs 79 of Groveland. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pjstar/obituary.aspx?n=lawrence-whiteford&pid=177603493#sthash.lxy7K41H.dpuf


Sherry Amstutz (Bowles)

Sherry Anne Amstutz fs77 passed away on Feb. 5. 2016. She was the mother of four and home schooled them all. She also worked in customer service for Nichols, Fort Wayne. Sherry was an avid gardener and loved flowers of all kinds. She also enjoyed bird watching, reading, ballroom dancing, and spending time with friends, family, children, and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Michael Amstutz, four children and many grandchildren. Copy the link to see complete obiturary. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fortwayne/obituary.aspx?pid=177682916


Joe Alvarez

Joe Alvarez fs76 went to be with Jesus on Monday, May 29. He is survived by his wife, Jan (Zimmerman) g75, and their three children. His funeral will be on Monday, June 5. There will be a viewing at 9:30 and funeral service at 10:30 at Central Church 5801 Schwartz Rd, Fort Wayne. Please be in prayer for his wife Jan, and their three children. Joe served on our Fort Wayne Alumni Council at one time.


James Evilsizor

Rev. James g75 and Rebekah Evilsizor have retired effective October 30, 2016, after 41 years of ministry. They reside at 620 Martin Street, Clearfield, PA 16830. Jim and Becky served five congregations, all in the Western PA District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance: McPherron, Donegal, Castlewood, Osceola Mills and Tionesta


Deborah L. Lehman (Rusher)

Deborah L. Lehman, 65, of Berne passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at her home. She was born on May 7, 1951 in Indianapolis to Leroy and Melba (Robbins) Rusher. She was married on October 11, 1980 to Kendall M. Lehman. - See more at: http://bernewitness.com/obituaries/deborah-l.-lehman-1#sthash.RZDze4wo.dpuf

Phil Mortensen

Rev. Phil Mortensen g74, 72, earned his Heavenly reward April 3, 2017 in Point Orange, FL after suffering a heart attack. He had been battling Prostate Cancer and undergoing radiation treatments. “Pastor Phil” planted Fellowship Bible Church in 1971, while a student of FWBC. He then planted Love Church in 1986, whose mission was to demonstrate Christ’s love to the poor and needy. In 1999, he and his late wife, Fran Mortensen h99, were named Distinguished Alumni for Urban Ministry. He also served as an instructor at TUFW teaching an Urban Ministries course. Surviving are his wife, Norma, son, Michael (Christine g92) Mortensen g91, director of Fort Wayne Alumni & Friend Relations, his daughter, MaryAnn Goodwell, three step sons, one step daughter, and multiple grandchildren. Arrangements: Celebration of Life - April 22, 2017 3:00 pm First Assembly of God, 1400 W Washington Blvd Fort Wayne, IN (Calling one hour before (Hawaiian shirts are encouraged :) Visitation - Friday, April 21, 2017 2 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Love Church, 1331 E Berry St Fort Wayne, IN


Karen D. Emerick (Bowers)

Karen D. Emerick, g70 was a faithful servant throughout her whole life. Karen was 73, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, July 18, 2016. Born in Lima, OH, Karen was a Registered Nurse with Lutheran Hospital for 35 years, retiring in 2009. Karen had a heart for serving the Lord through many missions trips around the world. Karen and her husband were active with High School Youth Groups for decades. She was a founding member of The Pointe Church where she also taught Sunday School. Karen made wonderful homemade noodles. She loved her family and cherished the time spent with her grandchildren. Surviving are her husband of 50 years, Richard "Dick" Emerick of Fort Wayne; children Kristen Emerick of Wilmington, NC, Richard (Kerrie) Emerick, Michael (Marko) Emerick both of Billings, MO; grandchildren Noah and Abigail Emerick; siblings Gary (Alice) Bowers of Virginia Beach, VA, Dennis (Bonita) Bowers of Dayton, OH, David (Carole) Bowers of Virginia Beach, VA, and Jonnie Bowers of Lima, OH. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Laota Bowers. Service is 11:00 am, Friday, July 22, 2016 at The Pointe Church, 5335 Bass Road, with calling one hour prior. Calling at D.O. McComb and Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home, 8325 Covington Road, Thursday, July 21, 2016, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Memorials may be made to The Pointe Church-Mission Fund. To sign the online guest book, go to www.domccombandsons.com.


D. Steven Maricle

Steve Maricle g69 passed away October 22, 2016. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, October 29, at Richwoods Christian Church, 8115 N. Knoxville Avenue, Peoria, IL, with the Celebration of Life service following. His obituary can be found at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pjstar/obituary.aspx?n=d-steven-maricle&pid=182109363

John Strubbar

I am involved in interim pastoral ministry. Currently, we are at First Baptist Church in Merced, CA


Larry Heidelberg

Larry Heidelberg g1967 (preferred 1966) entered his heavenly home late Sunday afternoon, Sept. 11. A Celebration of Larry's life will be on Sunday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m. at Pine Hills Church 4704 Carroll Road, with calling at 4 p.m. For full obiturary go to http://hosting-24051.tributes.com/obituary/show/Lawrence-E.-Larry-Heidelberg-103955252

Ruth Anne Yoakum

Ruth Anne Yoakum g67, 72, passed away Wednesday, September 23, 2015 She used her education as a teacher, secretary, and as a leader when she served as Dean of Women at Ohio Christian University. Her full obituary is posted at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dispatch/obituary.aspx?pid=175934177


Doreen Moening (Lantz)

On Dec. 26, 2105, Doreen passed away. Her obituary is at Legacy.com. Continue to pray for Bob and family.


Phillis Sholl (Rice)

Phillis L. Rice Sholl g65, age 75, of Sturgis, MI, passed away Saturday, April 9, 2016, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI. Surviving is her husband, Dwight g63. Arrangements will be announced by the Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091.


Karin Cramer (Lantz)

Karin (Lantz) Cramer g64 passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family, Sunday, January 1, 2017. Surviving are her loving husband of 52 years, Jerry Cramer g62; children, Stephani Cramer (Ken) Clouser, Sean (Cassie) Cramer, and Sara (Lonnie) Fowler; grandchildren, Kendall Cramer, Isabel Cramer, Coyle Fowler, Miles Fowler, Zoey Clouser, and Jayden Clouser; step-grandchildren, Seth Clouser, and Ben Clouser. Karin was preceded in death by her brother, James Lantz; and sister, Doreen Moening. Further detail is posted at http://mccombandsons.tributes.com/obituary/show/Karin-L.-Cramer-104315238


John Steiner

JOHN A. STEINER g63, 76, went home to be with the Lord he had loved and served so long on Monday, April 3, 2017. Born Oct. 31, 1940 in Bluffton, Ohio, John served Fort Wayne Community Schools as teacher and principal for over 35 years. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Lois Steiner g66; children; SuAnn g88 (Donn) Nichols, Michael (Lynne) Steiner, Shari (Matt) Barcalow; grandchildren Blaine, Keegan, Eli, Isaac, Piper, Natalie, Jaydn, Maggie; siblings, Virginia Witmer, Christine Gerig, Gus Steiner. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Avalon Missionary Church, 1212 Lower Huntington Rd., Fort Wayne (IN 46819), with calling one hour prior. Calling also from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2017 at the church. Arrangements by D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fortwayne/obituary.aspx?n=john-a-steiner&pid=184886926#sthash.EyTMVBrk.dpuf

Judith (Judy) Hadwin (Nesseth)

Judy Nesseth Hadwin g63 passed away on July 27, 2016 in Rockledge, FL. She was born on January 27, 1941.She is survived by her son, Lon L. Hadwin, Jr.; and daughters, Cambria Dawn Hadwin and Tamara Lynn Murray. She had five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life service will be performed at Tampa Shores Community Church, August 6, 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to Health First Foundation in Judith's name to Hospice. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sptimes/obituary.aspx?pid=180907228#sthash.jGYPX1jw.dpuf


Ron Sonius

Mr. Ronald James Sonius, 82, of Rock Hill, S.C. entered his heavenly home Monday, August 17, 2015, at Piedmont Medical Center. Ron was the son of George J. Sonius and Ruth E. Braun Sonius. Ron was born June 10, 1933, in Fostoria, Iowa and moved with his family to Ft. Wayne, Indiana in 1935. He graduated from Ft. Wayne Bible College. He married Pauline Hopkins in 1954 and they went to Sierra Leone, West Africa as missionaries. They relocated to Liberia, West Africa in 1969 where they continued missionary work at Radio ElWA until 1997 when they moved to Rock Hill. The family will receive friends from 1 until 3 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Manchester Creek Community Church at 1689 Springsteen Road in Rock Hill, S.C. A Celebration of Life Service will follow the visitation at 3 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Bill Simpson officiating. In addition to his wife, Ron is survived by a daughter, Jill Anderson; a son, Leland Sonius and his wife, Michelle; his grandchildren, Julie Lena and her husband, Josh, Anthony J. Sonius and Kyle J. Sonius and his great-grandchild, Jocelyn Lena. He is also survived by a large African "family." http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/heraldonline/obituary.aspx?pid=175534266#sthash.A6yRMgoJ.dpuf


Yvonne Hostetler (Johnson)

Yvonne (Johnson) Hostetler, BSN g61 passed away on December 30, 2016 in Lansing, MI. Yvonne had studied in the Nursing program at Fort Wayne Bible College and Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing. She and her late husband, Richard g65, had worked as missionaries in Haiti for the Missionary Church. Survivors include daughter, Anne (Hostetler) Stokes fs87 and, son, Eric Hostetler g87. Click here for the full obituary or go to this link: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Yvonne-Hostetler&lc=7225&pid=183269673&mid=7231829.

Howard Moser

Howard g61 and Ruth (Ringenberg) g61 Moser continue ministry in Villagarcia, Spain. English classes have been a great tool in sharing their faith. They visited the States in November 2015, when they met their first great grandbabies and another new grandchild.

Paul Kulp

Paul T. Kulp Sr. (81) from the class of 1962, pastor of Wayside Chapel and principal of Wayside Christian School, Boyertown, PA, passed away on October 29, 2016.


Noboru Ayabe

Noboru Ayabe g55, 84, of Mililani HI went to be with the Lord in Jan. 2016. He was the first Hawaiian Islands minister to be ordained by the Missionary Church. He is survived by wife Myrneth g55, son John, daughters Joy Ayabe g82 and Jean Gerig g84, brothers Jerry and Harold g57, sister Kay Harada and four grandchildren.

Maxine Haller (Scheffler)

Maxine Haller fs55 passed in to the presence of the Lord on December 28, 2016 after having broken her hip just the week before. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Haller g55 in 2004.


Jackie Carl

DR. JACQUELINE J. "JACKIE" CARL, g53, 87, of Lima, formerly of Fort Wayne, died on Saturday, June 17, 2017, 6:43 a.m., at Wyngate Senior Living. A family graveside service will be held in July. Memorial contributions may be given to Brookside Community Church, 6102 Evard Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46835. Online condolences may be shared at BayliffAndSon.com. The family would like to thank all those at Wyngate for their wonderful care and compassion over the last 19 months. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fortwayne/obituary.aspx?n=jacqueline-j-carl-jackie&pid=185865189&fhid=17954#sthash.q3B7kXil.dpuf

Lavern Musselman

Lavern Musselman, 84, fs53 passed away on May 29, 2016. Surviving is his wife, Clara (Weitz) fs53, whom he met at FWBC. Here is a link to his obituary that can be hyper-linked to his name: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/xeniagazette/obituary.aspx?pid=180181256.


Emily Ringenberg (Figuly)

Emily Ringenberg, 85, of South Bend, IN passed away at 4:29 a.m. Thursday, September 24, 2015 at her home. She was born on April 2, 1930 in Cleveland, OH to Andrew and Maria (Winslow) Figuly. On April 11, 1953 at the Scranton Road Baptist Church, Cleveland, OH, she married Rev. Ralph Ringenberg who survives. They have enjoyed sixty-two years of marriage. Mrs. Ringenberg is also survived by her children, Roy (Marabeth) Ringenberg of Raleigh, NC, formerly of Quito, Ecuador, Ron (Frances) Ringenberg of Elkhart, IN and Rae (Melody) Ringenberg of Apopka, FL; seven grandchildren, Sarah (Dan) DeSalvo of Raleigh, NC, Peter Ringenberg of South Bend, IN; Ruth (Jason) Martin of Raleigh, NC, Ross Ringenberg of Elkhart, IN, Joe (Rachael) Ringenberg of Boston, MA, Nate (Carolyn) Ringenberg of Charlotte, NC and Joel Ringenberg of Apopka, FL; seven great grandchildren, Natalie, Claire, twins Cora and Amy, Zoe, Lux, and Joan; and her twin brother, John (Frances) Winslow of Tavares, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Mary Schoun, Bessie Ursell, and Anne Fleming and brother, Paul Winslow. Mrs. Ringenberg earned her Bachelor's degree from Fort Wayne Bible College and her Master's and Educational Specialist degree from Indiana University. She was employed as a school teacher for thirty-two years in Indiana and Illinois. She taught at John Glenn School Corporation in Walkerton, IN, IUSB in South Bend; Mooresville, IN; Indianapolis and Illinois. She was a member of St. Mark Missionary Church. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, September 27, 2015 at St. Mark Missionary Church, 55240 Bittersweet Road, Mishawaka, IN. Graveside services and burial will follow at Sumption Prairie Cemetery, South Bend. Friends may visit with the family from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday in the Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel, 3718 S. Michigan St.. South Bend, IN and one hour prior to the service at church on Sunday. Contributions in memory of Emily Ringenberg may be offered to Reach Beyond for the ministry of Roy and Marabeth Ringenberg, 1065 Garden of the Gods Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80907. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.palmerfuneralhomes.com

Rev. Forrest L. “Woody” Plumb

Rev. Forrest L. “Woody” Plumb fs52 passed away on January 2, 2016. He served as a pastor for 39 years in C&MA ministry.

Rev. Dale Gerig

The Rev. Dale Gerig g52, 87, went home to be with the Lord February 12, 2017. Dale married his high school sweetheart, Beth g53, in a double wedding ceremony with his brother, Zenas Gerig g51, and his bride Esther (Lehman g52). Both Beth, his wife of 64 years, and Esther survive. Also surviving is their daughter, Karen (Gerig) Mills g81. He was preceded in death by his son, Kenton Gerig g78, for which the Gerigs started a scholarship available at Taylor University. Here is a link to the obituary - http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/kpcnews/obituary.aspx?pid=184140039.

Milt Wong

Milton (Milt) Wong g52 passed away December 10. He is survived by his wife, Glennavere (Egly g51), whom he had been married for 64 years, and their son and daughter-in-law, Keith g80 and Sue (Belella g80) Wong.

Eula May Shattuck (Compton)

Eula May Shattuck, age 89, of Cedar Springs, MI, quietly departed this life on Saturday, April 23, 2016, passing peacefully into the arms of Jesus. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday April 30, 2016 in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL. Visitation from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Saturday. Burial is immediately following the service at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Shelbyville. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Extreme Response International, Shattuck Memorial, PO Box 345, Snellville, GA 30078. Or online at www.extremeresponse.org. Eula was born in Shelbyville, Illinois on April 14, 1927, to Leverette and Della Compton. Eula was united in Holy Matrimony to Reverend Grant Shattuck on August 24, 1952 at Mt. Zion Methodist Church, in Illinois. This union was blessed with three children, Susan, Steve and Ruth. Eula and her husband Grant served together in ministry as pastor and wife for a total of 42 years in Michigan, Montana, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana and finally retiring in 1998 to Michigan. Eula loved to plan ministry events for women and took her role as a pastor’s wife very seriously with much compassion and joy. Eula is preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers, as well as her beloved daughter Susan Adella Dondlinger. Eula is survived by her husband, Grant of Cedar Springs, MI; son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Barbara Shattuck of Cedar Springs, MI; daughter, Ruth Arteaga of Santa Maria, CA; son-in-law, Michael Dondlinger of Cedarburg, WI; brother, Paul Compton, of Shelbyville, IL; and five beloved grandchildren as well as numerous nephews and nieces. Send condolences at www.howeandyockey.com


Donovan Gerig

Donavon J. Gerig g51, 88, of Berne, passed away Sept. 27, 2016 at Visiting Nurse & Hospice in Fort Wayne. Born Jan. 7, 1928, he was a son of the late Clarence and Idella (Neuenschwander) Gerig. He married his wife of 67 years, LaDonna (Litzenberg) on Aug. 5, 1948; she preceded him in death on June 20, 2016. Don was a graduate of Southeastern High School in Detroit, Mich., Fort Wayne Bible College, and Taylor University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music and English from Ball State University. Don was music director at Hartford Center near Linn Grove, Adams Central High School in Monroe, South Adams High School in Berne and Northrop High School in Fort Wayne. He retired from teaching after 37 years in 1989. Donavon was music and choir director for more than 33 years at churches in both Berne and Fort Wayne. He was also director of the Edelweiss Singers for 18 years in Adams County. He loved traveling with his wife, singing all forms of music and spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is survived by his four children, Becky (David) Ristau of Dana Point, Calif., Deb (John) Hilligoss jof Columbia City, Randy (Kristi) Gerig of Seattle, Wash., and Rick (Lori) Gerig of Fort Wayne; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Lee (Lois) Gerig; and sister, Sharon (Bob) Snodgrass. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, LaDonna. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, at First Mennonite Church in Berne.


Barbara Van Gorkom (Dailey)

Barbara (Dalley) van Gorkom g50, 91, entered the presence of the Lord on April 10, 2017. She is survived by her husband, David g51, who lives in Mandan, ND.

Carolyn A. Johnson (Klopfenstein)

Carolyn Johnson was a faithful, talented, encouraging person who touched the lives of so many people. Her funeral is at 11 am, Monday, Dec. 21 at Avalon Missionary Church.


Marjorie Webber (Cook)

Marjorie (Cook fs49) Webber passed away on November 19, 2015. She served alongside her late husband, who she met at FWBI, Rev. Wayne Webber fs49 for 42 years in pastoral ministries.


LaDonna J. Gerig (Litzenberg)

LaDonna J. Gerig, 90, of Berne passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016 at Swiss Village in Berne where she was a resident. She was born on August 20, 1925 to Jesse and Thelma (Zook) Litzenberg. She was married on August 5, 1948 to Donavan “Don” Gerig. She was a graduate of Woodburn High School and Fort Wayne Bible College. She worked for the Fort Wayne Community Schools as an elementary school librarian and gave private piano lessons. Later, she was librarian for the Adams County Edelweiss Singers Chorus. She loved her family, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Becky (David) Ristau of Dana Point, California; and Deb (John) Hilligoss of Columbia City; two sons, Randy (Kristi) Gerig of Seattle, Washington; and Rick (Lori) Gerig of Fort Wayne; sister, Lois (Kent) VonGunten; brother, Dennis (Sue) Litzenberg; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Lillie M. Bodine (Farah)

Lillie M. (Farah) Bodine, 92, fs48 passed away in Fort Wayne on March 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by William Bodine, Sr. g46. Her obituary http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fortwayne/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=185104859.


Ruth Schierling (Caddy)

Ruth (Caddy) Schierling g45 entered her heavenly home on December 14, 2016. She and her late husband, Jake g45, were long-time missionaries in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Go to http://fw.taylor.edu/archives/archive_article.shtml?inode=8dfa3cc1-844f-446c-9c3a-93d2818dc3a1 to watch the movie about her husband coming to Christ giving up football in California to come to FWBI and then to serve as missionaries.


Virginia G. Roth (Meier)

Virginia G. (Meier) Roth, age 93, went to be with her Lord on July 8, 2017. She was born November 9, 1923 in Swanton, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Roth, parents, Alfred and Grace Meier, sister, Phyllis Meier, and a special sister-in-law, Cleo Roth. For 10 years, Virginia started Missionary Churches in Hawaii and has been a promoter of missions wherever she has served. Virginia attended Fort Wayne Bible Institute and Defiance College where she received degrees. She received a MA degree in Christian Education from Wheaton College. She served as Christian Education Director of the Fort Wayne First Missionary Church. Virginia was a long time member of the Grabill Missionary Church where she taught a special needs Sunday School Class for many years and sang in the Senior Saints Choir. Virginia enjoyed her experiences with family, neighbors, and friends. Ellis and Virginia enjoyed traveling in 35 different counties. Early in her life, she sang in the Meier Trio with her two sisters. Virginia married Ellis Roth (Berniece-deceased) in 1962 and assisted him in parenting his four sons. Virginia is survived by her sister Carolyn Patricia Meier, four sons, David (Nancy) Roth, Philip (Ann) Roth, Paul (Joyce) Roth, and James (Deborah) Roth, 10 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren. Service is 10:30 am, Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Grabill Missionary Church,13637 State St. Grabill, IN with calling one hour prior and Rev. William Lepley officiating. Calling also Friday, July 14, 2017 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Grabill Missionary Church. Burial in Leo Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Rafiki Foundation: Mike Ritter, missionary in Africa . To sign the online guest book, go to www.mccombandsons.com.


Vera Hubaker (Rohrs)

Vera Rohrs Hubaker g38, 98, of Safety Harbor, FL., passed away May, 17, 2016. She was born January 23, 1918 in Hicksville, Ohio to the late Fred and Bertha (Dickerhof) Rohrs. She was married to the late Rev. Robert W. Hubaker.
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