Dr. William Fusco, a well-loved preacher and gifted communicator of the Word of God, died Feb. 14. He was 91
William F. “Bill” Russell, a longtime pastor, died Jan. 19. He was 85.
Harold Joseph Miller, a pastor with a vision for planting churches and helping them thrive, died on the morning of January 19. He was 79.
Amy Wilmeth, a missionary and pastor’s wife, died Jan. 7 after battling breast cancer since March 2011.
Gregory Richard Barny, a pastor, died Oct. 13. He was 66.
Dr. Robert Leslie Sumner, a longtime pastor who had preached in all 50 states, as well as Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, and Brazil, died Dec. 5. He was 94.
Morgan Colburn, a longtime pastor in the Northwest, died Nov. 20. He was 70.
Charlotte Miller Neeld, a former pastor’s wife, died Nov. 3. She was 70.
Louis Hudson Miller, a pastor, camp director, and missionary, died Nov. 10. He was 99.
Adelaide “Addie” Zemmer, a missionary, died Oct. 17. She was 98.
Robert “Bob” J. Williams, a professor and pastor, died Oct. 10. He was 90.
Dr. Ted Welch, a pastor and missionary, died Oct. 11.He was 68.
Dr. Keith Howard Stone, a professor and pastor, died Sept. 11 after a long battle with Lewy body dementia. He was 71.
Dolores (Stalker) West, a pastor’s wife and missionary, died Sept. 8. She was 90.
Nyladine Redmond, a church planter, died Sept. 5. She was 87.
Genella Versluis, a veteran missionary, died Aug. 21. She was 92.
Karen Boersma, a pastor’s wife and missionary, died Aug. 29. She was 76.
Walter Spieth, a missionary and pastor for seven decades, died Aug. 5. He was 93.
Patricia Rose Schroder, a pastor’s wife and church planter, died Aug. 4. She was 83.
Milton W. Tyrrell, longtime employee of Regular Baptist Ministries, died July 18. He was 79.
Lillian Orton, a Baptist Mid-Missions missionary to the Central African Republic, died July 6. She was 84.
Sharon Day, a devoted pastor’s wife and nurse, died July 30. She was 71.
SEQUIM, Wash.—Dawn Mattison, a kind and caring pastor’s wife with a heart for teaching God’s Word, was welcomed into the presence of her Lord May …
Virgil Owen Vater, a pastor and camp director, died May 6. He was 89.
David L. Johnson, a pastor for 50 years, died April 25 following a brief illness. He was 70.
Catherine Buck, a pastor’s wife and missionary, died in the early morning hours of April 27.
Lewis Glenn Seaver, a pastor for 45 years, died March 26. He arrived in Heaven just in time to celebrate Resurrection Sunday with his Heavenly Father.
David Moore, pastor emeritus of Walnut Ridge Baptist Church, died Sunday morning, March 27.
Edwin A. DuBois, a pastor in Michigan from 1936 to 1998, died March 10. He was 97.
Karen Mae Hayman, a pastor’s wife, died Feb. 24. She was 72.
TACOMA, Wash.—Dr. William Bellshaw died. He led fruitful ministries in Washington, Oregon, and California. Bill pastored several churches, including Bethany Baptist Church in Salem, Oregon, …
Todd DeKryger, a beloved medical missionary in Togo, died Feb. 26 after a brief illness. He was 46.
Francis (“Frank”) M. Kisner, a former pastor, died Feb. 23. He was 95.
Gerald T. Montgomery, a pastor with an effective multicultural ministry, died Jan. 25. He was 87.
Roger Lee Williams Sr., a pastor, died Feb. 2. He was 84.
Betty L. Eloe, a pastor’s wife for 39 years, died Jan. 25. She was 85.
Norma M. Fowler Shipp, a pastor’s wife and longtime church and college secretary, died Jan. 4. She was 83.
Donald Brong, a minister for over 50 years, died Dec. 24. He was 96.
James E. Draper, producer of the GARBC’s Living Reality radio program from 1970 to 1980, died Dec. 13. He was 92.
Marilyn N. Saunders, a pastor’s wife, died Nov. 18 at her home following an eight-year battle with cancer. She was 79.
Raymond Charles Stagno, a pastor and businessman who was dedicated to his community, congregation and family, died Nov. 12. He was 67.
Donald W. Rickard, vice president of student ministries at Cedarville University for 30 years, died Nov. 12. He was 79.
Shirley Reese, a pastor’s wife, died Oct. 26 at age 84. She served along with her husband, Damon, as he was pastor of several churches in Iowa, including First Regular Baptist in Knoxville and Calvary Baptist in Webster City.
Duane B. Johnson, a pastor for more than 50 years, died Sept. 24 after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 75.
Ralph G. Colas, a pastor, died Oct. 22 at age 85. Sensing God’s call to the ministry as a young man, he followed his father’s example, who was a pastor in Elimsport, Pennsylvania, for many years.
Ralph E. Boersma, a pastor and missionary, died Oct. 27. He was 75.
Christopher Michael Leavell, a pastor for 12 years, died Oct. 15 at age 37 after a brief battle with cancer.
Harold V. Dark, a veteran missionary, died Oct. 4 at age 91. He ministered in the Central African Republic for 35 years, and his road to ministry was paved with God’s love and grace.
Leigh Adams, leader with Baptist Mid-Missions for 50 years, died Oct. 4 at age 87 following several years of declining health.
Richard Roy Merkel, a minister for over 50 years, died Sept. 27 at age 85.
Austin D. Plew, a pastor and leader of several agencies, died Aug. 2 following a brief illness. He was 95.
Glenn Arthur Armstrong, a longtime pastor, died Sept. 3. He was 81.
Edith McNeil, 84, died Aug. 31. She was a pastor’s wife, serving with her husband, Duane, as he was pastor of Grandville (Mich.) Baptist Church.
Clarence David Kennedy, a longtime pastor, died March 6. He was 92.
Gary Sammons, a missionary, Bible college teacher, and National Guard chaplain, died Aug. 20 at age 76
Ralph Eldon Brock, recognized for his unique ability to see an area of ministry need and find a way to meet it, died Aug. 25. He was 89.
Stephen Owen Worth, a retired pastor, died Aug. 20. He was 60 years old.
Lawrence “Larry” George Fetzer, a retired pastor, died Aug. 6. He was 80 years old.
Marjorie “Peggy” Johnson, a pastor’s wife, died July 5. She was 87.
Robert David Adolph, a medical technologist who used his skills on the mission field in Bangladesh, died July 6, 2015. He was 79.
Marleah Kenoyer, a medical missionary, died July 20, 2015, at age 93.
Dr. Walter Wilbert Welch, who influenced several generations of church leaders as he was president of Cornerstone University, died July 16. He was 97.
Carl “Les” Wells, a church planter, died June 26 after suffering a massive stroke. He was 86.
Martha Cobb, a church planter and pastor’s wife, died Sunday, June 21.
Joyce Farlow, a vivacious wife, mother, friend, and mentor, died May 15.
Clarence Trego “Doc” Beale Jr., a retired pastor, died May 7. He was 74.
Nancy Safford, a pastor’s wife, died April 19. She was 76.
Paul Lobb, former pastor, GARBC state representative, and camp director, died on the morning of April 16.
Bernard Lee “Bernie” Payne, a pastor, died March 11. He was 80 years old.
Marjory Louise Baker, a pastor’s wife, died March 11.
William E. Abernathy Sr., a longtime pastor, died on Feb. 26, just four days after his wife, Shirley, died. He was 89.
Shirley Abernathy, a pastor’s wife, died on Feb. 22. She was 87.
Bob Gage began and ended his ministry career by living out the words of 2 Timothy 4:2 and 5: “Preach the Word! . . . Do the work of an evangelist.” The recently retired pastor of First Baptist Church, Dunkirk, New York, died Feb. 9 at age 73.
Esther Balbach, a former pastor’s wife, died Jan. 18 at age 95.
Freeman Whetstone, a veteran pastor, died Jan. 11 at age 91.
Bernhard E. “Ben” Strohbehn, a pastor, died Jan. 8 following several years with Parkinson’s disease. He was 89.
Shirley Hull, a former pastor’s wife who was devoted to Christian education, died Jan. 7.
Dr. Joseph Bower, veteran pastor, mentor, evangelist, and ministry leader, entered into the presence of the Lord, Whom he loved and served, on Jan. 5.
Marilyn “Judy” Nichols, a retired pastor’s wife, died Dec. 22, one year after her husband, Jack, who died Dec. 29, 2013. Judy was 77.
Quentin D. Kenoyer, MD, a retired medical missionary, died on Dec. 3 at age 90.
Patricia Miller, a pastor’s wife who ministered to college students, died Dec. 9. She was 82.
David Henriksen, a retired pastor, church planter, and interim pastor, died Dec. 14 at age 81.
Memorial Baptist Church is mourning the loss of Joey Riley, an Army sniper who was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
David Lee Gardner, an international church planter, died on Nov. 6 at age 84.
Shirley Ann Grant, a former pastor’s wife, died Oct. 28. She was 77.
Ronald Vernon McLucas, a pastor, youth pastor, and music minister in various churches, died Oct. 25. But even before he accepted those positions, he served the Lord as a young boy.
Joy Schildroth, church secretary died Oct. 25. She loved her Savior, Jesus Christ, and worshiped Him faithfully with a lifetime of sacrificial, committed, and fervent service.
Joel Sanborn Kettenring died Oct. 29 after a prolonged battle with dementia and a recent struggle with heart disease. Joel, 86, had faithfully served the Lord for 67 years.
WEST CLARKSVILLE, N.Y.—Leslie E. Chambers, pastor of West Clarksville Baptist Church, died July 30 after a brief battle with cancer. He was 62. Les attended …
Clarence Roberts, a former pastor, died Oct. 6. He was 80 years old.
Eugene Matlock, who spent a lifetime serving churches and individuals, died Oct. 7, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer. He was 61.
Maurice Wilcox served the Lord for 65 years as a chaplain, church planter, and pastor. He died Sept. 17, 24 days before his 103rd birthday.
Larry Rowland, who died Sept. 11, was an incredible man of God, a devoted husband, and celebrated father. He dedicated his life to the proclamation of the gospel and ministry of others.
Donald Ray McMillen, pastor and pulpit-supply speaker, died on Sept. 15. He was 85.
Mary Davisson, a pastor’s wife, died on Sept. 7 at home with her husband, Dorsey, at her side.
Carol Elaine Gaston, a missionary to Navajo Indians and later to truckers, died Aug. 22. She was 91.
A memorial service will be held for the late John White at Calvary Baptist Church, Grand Rapids, Mich., on Saturday, Aug. 16. The service will …
POSTVILLE, Iowa—John White Jr., an influential leader in the GARBC, died Monday, July 7, 2014. He was 81.
BROOKSVILLE, Fla.—Ralph M. Weer, missionary pastor, died July 4, 2014. He was 85.
CORNING, Iowa—Sonja Walter, a faithful volunteer at Iowa Regular Baptist Camp, died June 18. She was 75. Sonja was born on her family’s farm north …
HILLSBORO, Ore.—Dr. Buel L. Liming, evangelist, pastor, and author, died May 26, 2014. He was 80 years old. Buel attended Los Angeles Baptist College and …
WATERLOO, Iowa—Lawrence D. Garland, a former pastor, died June 2. He was 77.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif.—After being united in marriage for 64 years, William and Patricia Thornton were not long separated in death. William died on April 27 at the age of 90. Sixteen days later, Patricia died at 84 years old.
HAVANA, Ill.—Darrell Auten, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, died June 5. He was 64. Darrell graduated from Baptist Bible College, Springfield, Mo.; this was the …