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Pastor Edmund Lichtsinn

Friday, April 13, 2012

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Pastor Edmund Lichtsinn, formerly of Storm Lake and a current resident at Southfield Wellness Community in Webster City, died peacefully Saturday, April 7, 2012.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 12, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Storm Lake. Burial was in the Storm Lake Cemetery. The Sliefert Funeral Home in Storm Lake was in charge of the arrangements.

Edmund William Lichtsinn was born on May 11, 1922 the oldest son of Edmund H. and Lydia Meyer Lichtsinn, in Indianapolis, Ind. He attended elementary school at St. John's from 1928 to 1935. His high school years were spent in a boarding school at Concordia, Ft. Wayne, Ind., graduating in 1939, then 2 years at Concordia Junior College, in the pre-ministerial department, graduating in 1941. In the fall of that year he continued studies to become a Lutheran pastor at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo. Following his second year at the seminary he volunteered to spend a year teaching in the elementary school of Grace, New Albany, Ind. After another semester at the seminary he interned at Trinity Lutheran Church, Navasota, Texas then returned for his final year at the seminary and graduated in June 1946.

He married Clara Evers of Rochester, Ind., Aug. 24, 1947 at Rochester, Ind. The Lord blessed them with three children, Louis, Karen and Anita.

Pastor Lichtsinn's first call was to a dual parish in Friona and Hereford, Texas. He was ordained and installed Sept. 22, 1946. After conducting worship and classes in the county courthouse, he officiated at the dedication of a church building in Hereford in 1949. After a ministry of 6 years he accepted a call to another dual parish at Arcadia and Noblesville, Indiana. In 1956 the parish was divided and they moved to Noblesville.

In October 1959 he accepted a call to Zion, rural Storm Lake. This congregation operated a parish school until 1973. In 1965 Faith congregation, Sioux Rapids asked him to serve there in addition to Zion. This arrangement continued until he retired Jan. 1, 1988. He moved into Storm Lake and accepted a contract as pastoral assistant and visitation pastor at St. John's. He also served as guest pastor for many area churches.

During his ministry in Indiana, Edmund began editing the District Edition of the Lutheran Witness, producing a monthly or bimonthly insert for the official magazine of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. He continued this work in Storm Lake in addition to parish responsibilities, until 2004, a span of 58 years. Ed and Clara moved to Southfield Wellness Community in Webster City, July 2007.

During high school and college years Ed took organ lessons, playing for college and seminary chapel services, occasional congregational worship, and prepared print-outs of varied musical and responsive readings for worship. He also set up a schedule of tape ministry for the elderly and shut-ins of the church. In Storm Lake he served on the area council of the aging and as clergy representative on the advisory board for the Storm Lake police department. In his free time he enjoyed gardening, riding his bicycle, spending time with family, (especially his grandchildren), traveling, watching Twins and Cardinals baseball, and Indianapolis Colts football. He liked to eat ice cream -- the real stuff, not soft serve.

He is survived by his wife, Clara; son, Louis Lichtsinn and Vi, of Warrenton, Mo.; daughter, Karen Clark and husband, John of Cedar Rapids; daughter, Anita Longhenry and husband, Dennis of Webster City; grandchildren: Chrissi Buchanan and husband, Pat of Waterloo; Amie Clark (John) of Pine Hill, N.J.; Kate Haisman and husband, Tony of Algona; Sara Lichtsinn of Alton, Ill.; Kyle Clark and wife, Chris of Cedar Rapids; Bryan Lichtsinn of St. Louis, Mo.; great-grandchildren: Chase, Samantha, Lucas, Emily, Ty, Lynnleigh, Logan, Ava; brother, Robert Lichtsinn and wife, Marla of Fountainview, Calif.; sister-in-law, Ruth Devries and husband, John of Palo Alto, Calif.; brother-in-law, Leonard Evers and wife, Nancy of Kewanna, Ind.; and several grandnieces and nephews.

Edmund was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Dorothy Lichtsinn and grandson, Jeff Clark.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to St. Louis Seminary and the discretion of the family.