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LCMS - Former first vice president Mennicke dies

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Date Tue, 04 Jun 2002 18:22:49 -0700

The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
Board for Communication Services

LCMSNews -- No. 30
June 4, 2002

Former first vice president Mennicke dies

Dr. August T. Mennicke, first vice president of The Lutheran Church- 
Missouri Synod from 1986 to 1995, died Friday, May 31, at Mercy Hospital, 
Coon Rapids, Minn., after suffering a subdural hematoma. His home was in 
nearby Andover, Minn.

The funeral service for Mennicke, 70, was today (June 4) at Family of 
Christ Lutheran Church, Andover, where he was a member and part-time 
assistant to the pastor.  Following the service, the body was cremated.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at St. Paul's 
Lutheran Church, Des Peres, Mo.  Mennicke was interim pastor (1995 1996) 
and then pastor (1996-98) at St. Paul's before retiring to Minnesota.

 From 1970 to 1986, he was president of the LCMS Minnesota North District 
and was executive counselor for the district from 1963 to 1970.

A 1955 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mennicke also served as 
pastor of a four-point parish in Minnesota (1955-61) and of Prince of Peace 
Lutheran Church, Ozark, Ala. (1962-63).

He was chairman of the LCMS Council of Presidents from 1982 to 1986. In 
other Synod service, he served on its Committee on Structure (1977-82), 
Editorial Commission for Official Periodicals (1975-79), steering committee 
of the Alive In Christ fund campaign (1984-86), and the boards of regents 
of the two LCMS seminaries (1986-92).

More recently, he was a member of the boards of People of the Book Lutheran 
Outreach (POBLO) for work with Muslims, and the Mill Neck Family of 
Organizations.  At the time of his death, he also was an area 
representative for Wheat Ridge Ministries.

Among survivors are his wife, Joyce, of Andover; five children -- Sheryll 
(Steve) Wojta, of St. Paul, Minn.; Steven (Sally), Ocala, Fla.; David 
(Katherine), St. Paul; Susan, Austin, Texas; and Philip (Mindy), Minneapolis;
11 grandchildren; four brothers and two sisters.

The family suggests that memorials be directed to any of the following: the 
building fund for Family of Christ Lutheran Church, 16045 Nightingale St. 
NW, Andover, MN 55304-2522. ; POBLO, 922 N. Beech Daly Road,  Dearborn 
Heights, MI 48127; Mill Neck Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 100, Mill Neck, NY 
11765; and Wheat Ridge Ministries, One Pierce Place, Suite 250E, Itaska, IL 


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