9.25.2006 LCMS News
THE LUTHERAN CHURCH Missouri Synod
September 25, 2006 .................... LCMSNews -- No. 63
Funeral of Dr. Kurt Marquart available online
An audio recording of the funeral service of seminary professor Dr. Kurt Marquart is available on the Web site of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind., at www.ctsfw.edu <http://www.ctsfw.edu> . The funeral was held Sept. 22 at the seminary's Kramer Chapel.
Marquart died Sept. 19 at home. He had been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, in December 2005, but had remained active.
"Dr. Marquart was a distinguished colleague, beloved professor, and brother in Christ," said Dr. Dean O. Wenthe, president of Concordia Theological Seminary. Just hours before his death, Marquart had baptized his new great-grandson, Evan, Wenthe noted.
"As baptism joined Dr. Marquart and Evan to Christ's death and resurrection," he said, "we confess that he now enjoys that full life that Christ gives to those who are joined to Him" (John 10:10).
Marquart, 72, was associate professor of systematic theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, and had been a member of the seminary faculty since 1975.
He also was a voting member of the Synod's Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR), and had served the commission for 22 years -- longer than any other member in the CTCR's 44-year history.
"Dr. Marquart was deeply committed to the Holy Scriptures as the written Word of God and to the doctrine of the justification of sinners by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ Jesus alone, as the chief article of Christian doctrine on which the church stands or falls," said CTCR Executive Director Dr. Samuel Nafzger. "Always quick with a quip and gracious in his personal relationships, he presented his convictions with a style that often harkened back to the time of the Reformation. He will be missed on the commission."
Marquart was a nominee for LCMS president at the Synod's 2004 national convention. He also authored numerous articles and several books, including Anatomy of an Explosion: A Theological Analysis of the Missouri Synod Conflict (1977).
A 1959 graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Marquart also held a master's degree from the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (1982), and an honorary doctorate from Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon (2001).
The Estonia-born Marquart served as pastor of Lutheran congregations in Queensland, Australia, and Weatherford, Texas.
Survivors include Marquart's wife, Barbara; five grown children -- Danny (Karen) Marquart, Cynthia (Kerry) Johnson, Barry (Monika) Marquart, Angela (John) Hill, and Anthony (Rebecca) Marquart; 18 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
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