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Rev. Gerhard Carl Michael

Gerhard Carl Michael, age 93, died May 7, 2001. He was born Jan. 17, 1908, in Otto, N.Y., to Carl Michael and Esther (Grube) Michael.

He graduated summa cum laude from Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Ind. in 1927, and from Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Mo. in 1930. In May, 1971, Concordia University, St. Paul, awarded him the honorary doctor of letters degree.

He was ordained Aug. 24, 1930, in Power, Mont. He served as pastor of the following Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregations: Zion, Power, Mont.; Trinity; Farmington, Mont.; St. John's, Fairfield, Mont. (1930-1941); Immanuel, Hankinson, N.D. (1941-1957); and St. James, Howard Lake (1957-1985). He was instrumental in starting St. John's, Fairfield, Mont., and Immanuel, Litchfield.

Rev. Michael served in many leadership capacities in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod on the circuit, district, and synodical levels. These inc1uded service as vice president in both the North Dakota and the Minnesota South districts, as a circuit counselor, as a member of Synod's Board of Appeals, and as member and chairman of numerous committees. In addition, he has written and served as editor of educational and other devotional materials.

After his retirement in 1985, Rev. Michael remained active in the church, serving parish vacancies and supply preaching until November 2000.

Gerhard married Augusta Kranawetter June 11, 1933, in Pocahontas, Mo. Three sons and three daughters were born to them: Lois (Robert) Troemel of Plymouth; Margaret (Clarence) Rivers of Valparaiso, lnd.; Rev. Gerhard Jr. (Joan) of Orlando, Fla.; Elaine (Rev. Roger) Ruff of Bel Air, Md.; Mark of Dayton, Ohio; and Joel (Amy) of St. Paul. There are 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Augusta, on July 11, 1990.

Services were May 11, at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, with the Revs. Michael Nirva and Martin Schoenfeld officiating.

Special music was provided by the Lutheran Women's Missionary League choir, with Nancy Butterfass serving as organist. Interment was at the St. James Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Michael Troemel, Michael Ruff, Mark Ruff, John Michael, Gregory Michael, Michael Rivers, David Rivers and Seth Michael.

Memorials are suggested to St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, or to the Gerhard C. Michael Scholarship Fund at Corcordia University, 275 Syndicate Street North, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home, Howard Lake.

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