Omaha Alumni Updates
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Joan (Stengel '55) Boyd went to be with the Lord on November 20, 2015. She was 83 years old. She was living in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, at the time of her Homegoing. The Faith Alumni Association expresses its Christian sympathy to her husband, Vernon ('68), and her family. (1/16)
Marilyn (Holtz) Saunders (ex. '57) went to be with the Lord on November 18, 2015, after an eight-year battle with cancer. She was 79. Marilyn and her husband Glenn ('58) served for 25 years in pastoral ministry, and later she was a kindergarten teacher at Union Grove (Wisconsin) Christian School. Two of their three children, Jim ('83) and Joanne ('84), attended Faith. The Faith Alumni Association expresses its sympathies to Glenn and his family. You will find the obituary and photo here. (12/15)
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, 2014. 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. (7/14)
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. (4/13)
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). (4/13)
Ralph Boersma ('63) went to be with the Lord Tuesday, October 27, 2015. He was chosen as Faith’s Alumnus of the Year in 2003 for U.S.A and Foreign Missionaries. After graduating, Ralph pastored a church in Ladysmith WI, and then started four churches as a missionary. Please keep his wife, Karen (Nincehelser '62), and the rest Boersma family in your prayers. You can find the obituary and a photo here.
Delores A. Treffer ('66) went to be with the Lord on October 2, 2015. She was born in Weatherford, Texas and was raised there as well as in Iowa. She attended and graduated from OBBI and earned her R.N. degree from Immanuel Hospital of Nursing in Omaha. She was preceded in death by her husband and is survived by her children and grandchildren. To read her obituary and to view a photo, click here. (10/15)
Wayne Davis (ex. 66) went to be with the Lord on January 27, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He was living in the Phoenix area at the time of his passing. Wayne and Sheena (McDonald '67) spent most of their married years in Alaska where Wayne grew up as the son of BMM missionaries Dale and Bea Davis. The Faith Alumni Association expresses is symphathies to Sheena and her two sons, Rob and Scot. (1/15)
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)