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James Wright ('53, '55) and his wife Eleanor ('55 Geary) have announced their retirement. They have written their memoirs entitled, No Certain Dwelling Place. Their memoirs recount a lifetime of missionary ministry in three countries that involved 46 moves. They are living in Central City, Nebraska. The Faith Alumni Association wishes the Wrights God's best in their retirement.
Mrs. Bernice Miller, wife of Louis Miller, a 1955 graduate of OBI, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 10. Bernice served with her husband, Louis, in pastoral and camp ministries and later as a builder with Continental Baptist Mission. She was living in Manning, Iowa, at the time of her Homegoing. We extend our deepest sympathies to Louis and their daughters, Peggy and Marilyn. You will find a photo and more information at the IARBC website.
Donald Mueller ('58) entered the Lord's presence on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. He was 77 years old. He pastored five churches in his pastoral ministry, the last one being in Bancroft, Iowa, where he served from 1976 to 2006. At the time of his Homegoing he was living in a nursing home in Bancroft. We extend our sympathy to his wife, Bernadine ('57), and the rest of his family. Pastor Mueller served the Lord faithfully for many years and now is enjoying the blessing of the Lord's presence.
Marceline Rieser (ex. '53) went to be with the Lord on March 1, 2013. Marceline worked as a nurse before her retirement. She was living in Des Moines, Iowa, at the time of her Homegoing. We realize that many of those who attended OBI are now with the Lord. We rejoice with them in their "abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet. 1:11).
Faith Dark, a member of the OBI class of 1954, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Faith and her husband Harold ('51) served for many years as missionaries in the Central African Republic. After retirement, they served the Lord in their church in Pennsylvania. Two of their three children, Dan and Pauline, also attended Faith. Philippians 1:21 is certainly a fitting verse for Faith Dark. "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain." The Faith Alumni Association extends its sympathies to the Dark family.
Earl Swigart ('61) recently sent word about his "retirement" ministry. He retired in 2009 as pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He and his wife, Ellie, moved to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, to be near their son and became members of Calvary Baptist Church there. In 2010 he accepted the pastorate of Lockridge Baptist Church in Lockridge, Iowa. You just can't keep a pastor away from pastoring! God's best to Earl and Ellie. (9/13)
Joy Nettleton ('67) went to be with the Lord on March 8, 2013, after a 15-month battle with cancer. She was living in Lakeland, Florida, at the time. Joy was one of the the six daughters of David and Ruth Nettleton, our president from 1965 to 1980. We extend our condolences to the Nettleton and Osterhout families. (4/13)
Gene Swim ('61) entered into Heaven on March 14, 2013. At the time he was living in Topeka, Kansas. Gene pastored several churches in the Midwest and before his retirement was the pastor for 30 years of Faith Baptist Church in Topeka. His wife, Shirley (ex. '57) passed away on September 4, 2012. We offer our sympathy to the Swim family. (4/13)
Gary Gonnerman ('67) recently retired as the pastor of St. Ansgar Baptist Church in St. Ansgar, Iowa, because of health reasons. He had pastored that church for nearly 29 years and spent a total of 45 years as a pastor. Gary writes, "We plan to continue to live in St. Ansgar, worship at the church, and continue to minister in whatever way will be helpful to the new pastor. I also plan on doing pulpit supply when possible. We love the Iowa Fellowship and look forward to continued fellowship with you." We wish Gary a pleasant, fruitful retirement. (3/13)
Charles Butrin, former dean of students and professor of Bible at OBBC and FBBC, went to be with the Lord on March 14, 2012, at the age of 93. He was living at the time in North Manchester, Indiana, near one of his daughters. His wife, Virignia, passed away in 2009. Mr. Butrin served from 1956 to 1968, the first year the school was in Ankeny. Mr. Butrin was a vital part of this institution for so many years and was fondly remembered by hundreds of students. We thank the Lord for his life and service for Christ.