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With the Lord

As reported in the Nov/Dec 2019 issue.

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Janet C. Jones

November 14, 1931–February 7, 2019

Born in Lewistown, Pa., Janet attended Nyack (N.Y.) College. On June 27, 1953, she married Rev. George P. Jones. A consecrated woman in ministry, Janet served with George in churches in Darlington (1953–1955), Philipsburg (1955–1961), Mars (1961–1965; 1995–2006), Lawrence Park (1965–1967), Uniontown (1976–1980), and Blairsville, Pa. (1980–1995). She retired in 2006 and moved to the DuBois area. Janet dedicated her life to serving Jesus and sharing His love with others.

Janet was predeceased by her husband; she is survived by children Glenn, Susan, and Jann; and 6 grandchildren.

Thurman S. (Steve) Doman Jr.

January 17, 1941–March 22, 2019

Steve was born in Chicago, Ill. In 1962, he married Mary Anna McGee, who served alongside him during his 28-plus years of ministry. Ordained with the C&MA in 1968, Steve entered the U.S. Army as an Alliance chaplain. He retired in 1994 as the post chaplain at Ft. Ord, California, continuing his ministry there as the volunteer pastor to seniors and retirees.

Steve attended Princeton Seminary, Boston University, and Golden Gate Theological Seminary. He received his DMin from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Steve was on the cover of the June 22, 1983, issue of The Alliance Witness for a report entitled “Serving God and Country: Inside the Alliance Military Chaplaincy.” He was also a featured writer for the April 1995 issue of Alliance Life and was a guest speaker in C&MA churches for several years.

Steve is survived by his wife; daughters Christine and Rachelle; 8 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

Karl H. Kose

April 13, 1923–May 20, 2019

Born in Ashburn, Ga., Karl received his BA from the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.). On January 1, 1944, he married his high school sweetheart, Eloise Harper. Upon graduation, they served pastorates in West Virginia before sailing for Gujarat, India, in 1949.

During 38 years of ministry in India, Karl and Eloise were involved in district evangelism, literature production and distribution, radio programming in the Gujarati language, field administration, and local church ministries. They also served at Union Biblical Seminary, where Karl was business manager and Eloise was a young women’s matron, and were involved with the Alliance Executive Committee, notably the turnover of mission property and ministries to the Gujarat Alliance Church.

After retiring in 1987, the couple lived in Coshocton, Ohio, and later in Bradenton (Fla.) Missionary Village. They were active in community life until health problems necessitated their move to Shell Point Retirement Village in Fort Myers.

Karl had a love for travel and took his family to many interesting places in India, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. He and Eloise were married for 70 years.

Karl was predeceased by his wife; he is survived by sons Rajan and Kevin; daughter Rebecca; 7 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Rebekah Irene (Buss) Evilsizor

December 31, 1948–May 21, 2019

Born in Dover, Ohio, Irene received Christ at age 12 while attending Beulah Beach Camp (Vermilion, Ohio). She earned a BS degree in Christian education from Nyack (N.Y.) College. On June 22, 1974, Irene married James (Jim) Evilsizor.

During 41 years of C&MA ministry, Irene served with her husband in churches in McPherron (1975–1978), Donegal (1978–1986), New Castle (1986–1995), Osceola Mills (1995–2003), and Tionesta, Pa. (2003–2016). She taught Sunday school, served in the nursery, directed children’s church, and performed secretarial duties. Irene was also involved in Alliance Women in the Western Pennsylvania District, serving as president in two regions and as retreat secretary.

Irene and Jim retired in November 2016 and moved to Clearfield, Pennsylvania. Throughout her life, Irene testified of Christ’s presence with her, even in her battle with cancer.

Irene is survived by her husband; sons Timothy, Joseph, and Stephen; and 3 grandchildren.

Harry Kiel

October 6, 1923–May 22, 2019

Harry was born in Milo Township, Minn. During World War II, he was stationed at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans., working at the U.S. Army’s Command and Staff School. On October 4, 1947, Harry married Lorna A. Wessman.

Harry worked for Northwestern Bell Telephone (Minneapolis, Minn.), retiring in 1983. He then remained active as a C&MA layman and was chosen Layman of the Year in 1990. Harry traveled throughout the United States conducting seminars. He also served in many denominational committee assignments, including the C&MA Board of Higher Education. For 22 years he was a member of Crown College’s Board of Trustees, which he chaired for six years.

Harry always had a passion for Christian education. Along with his wife, he established an ongoing scholarship at Crown College for students interested in missions. In 2017, Harry and Lorna celebrated 70 years of marriage.

Harry is survived by his wife; daughters Susan, Kathleen, and Beverly; 6 grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren.

Andrew (Andy) Daniel Gardner Sr.

April 5, 1931–May 27, 2019

Born in Linneus, Maine, Andy attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack College, N.Y.), where he met Norma Dailey. They married on June 16, 1951.

Andy’s 60 years of C&MA ministry began in French West Africa (now Guinea), where he built numerous churches, schools, and homes. During their 30-year missionary career, Andy and Norma also served in Sierra Leone when Guinea’s borders were closed to missionaries. After they returned to Guinea, they taught at the Telekoro Bible Institute. The Gardners later served a pastorate in Brockton, Mass. (1984–2014), where Andy was involved in visitation and prison ministries.

Norma passed away in 2015, leaving Andy devastated. Eventually he proposed to Corrine Horn, a missionary friend whom Norma had said he should consider marrying if she were to die. Andy and Corrine married in January 2016, which restored him from significant depression to renewed joy.

Andy led a life of bold faith, narrowly escaping death numerous times and having faced down a witch. He also experienced God’s protection while in first grade when he was run over by a truck backing up.

Andy is survived by his second wife; daughter Janet; sons Andy and Stephen; 9 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Marcia Lee (Dunn) Walker

November 3, 1951–June 4, 2019

Born in Fort Wayne, Ind., Marcia earned her nursing degree from Lutheran School of Nursing. She then attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.), where she was the school nurse. In 1977, Marcia departed for Gabon, Africa, as a missionary nurse. There she met and married Clarence Walker, a fellow missionary and widower with three children.

After 15 years in Gabon, the Walkers returned stateside for health reasons. Marcia served as the school nurse at Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College for 13 years until her retirement. She was known for her love for people and unwavering trust in the Lord.

Marcia is survived by her husband; children Cynthia, Stephanie, Deborah, Lauralyn, and Stan; and 9 grandchildren.

Raymond (Ray) P. Woerner

February 7, 1931–June 14, 2019

Ray was born in Philadelphia, Pa., to Gustave and Pauline Woerner, C&MA missionaries to China. He attended Toccoa Falls (Ga.) College, where he met Betty Jean; they married on September 11, 1953. After serving a pastorate in Cochranton, Pa., the Woerners were appointed as C&MA missionaries to Chile.

During his time in Chile, Ray served in a variety of roles. He traveled by boat to evangelize the Mapuche people in Chiloé. He was also the director of the Temuco Bible Institute, where he was a Bible teacher, and was coordinator of short-term Bible institutes throughout Southern Chile.

Later the Woerners returned stateside and worked at Toccoa Falls College. In 1977, Betty and their youngest child, Deborah, lost their lives in the Toccoa Falls dam break. Ray remained at the college, working in the Maintenance Office and serving as director of Financial Aid.

Ray then returned to Chile, where he helped start Hope Radio Ministries alongside Chilean pastors and was field director for the C&MA’s work there. He retired in 1997 after 35 years of faithful missionary service. 

Ray is survived by his second wife; 4 children, G. David, Daniel, Denise, and Fabiola; 9 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

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