Linda Carter, wife of Rev. Al Carter, passed away around 11 am on Friday, January 5, 2018. She was in hospice after a battle with cancer. Her husband has been pastor of First UB (Columbus, Ohio) since 2011. They previously served UB churches in St. Mary’s and Rockbridge, Ohio.

Visitation: 12:00-1:00 on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.
Funeral: Following visitation
Location: First UB church, 496 S. Wheatland Ave., Columbus, OH 43204

Condolences can be sent to Pastor Carter at this address:

Rev. Alfred Carter
711 Westfall Court
Columbus, OH 43228

Betty Ruedger Guenzler

Betty Ruedger Guenzler, 83, passed away November 19, 2017, in Mount Carroll, Ill. Betty served three terms as a United Brethren missionary nurse at Mattru Hospital in Sierra Leone, 1963-1971.

The funeral service will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, November 28, at the Mount Carroll Church of God, with visitation one hour beforehand.

Betty became a Christian at a young age, and graduated from high school in Mount Carroll, Ill. She entered nursing school in Lansing, Mich., and during her final year sensed God calling her to become a missionary nurse. After graduating, she enrolled at Huntington College to study the Bible. While at HC, she applied for service with the UB mission board.

Mission director George Fleming said her duties during her three terms at Mattru included surgery supervisor, ambulance driver when needed, teaching in the nursing school, bookkeeping, and head nurse. During part of that time, Betty served alongside Juanita Smith, who was also from Mount Carroll (Juanita’s father, Cecil, pastored the Mount Carroll UB church). Juanita served 12 years at Mattru, 1953-1965.

Charles Guenzler and Juanita Smith were married in 1965. After Juanita became ill, Betty Ruedger was among a group of missionary nurses who came to Mt. Carroll to help Charles care for his wife. After Juanita’s death in 1981, Charles and Betty stayed in contact.

Charles and Betty were married on June 8, 1985. They enjoyed 32 years of married. Charles, at age 93, passed away on October 28, 2017. Betty died 22 days later. (Read her obituary notice.)

Rev. Frank L. Mathna, 88, of Shippensburg, Pa., passed away on the morning of Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Viewing: 3-5 pm Sunday, November 19, 2017.
Viewing location: Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home, 112 West King Street, Shippensburg, PA 17257.
Funeral: 11 am Monday, November 20, 2017.
Funeral location: Lurgan United Brethren church, 7900 Roxbury Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257. Stan V. McCammon, Lurgan’s pastor, will officiate.

Frank Mathna was born on December 16, 1928, in Mongul, Pa. He served in the US Army during the Korean War, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Theology from Huntington University in 1960.

Mathna pastored the Van Wert, Ohio, United Brethren church for five years. That was followed by 32 years as pastor of Park Layne UB church in New Carlisle, Ohio. He retired from there in 1994. He subsequently served periodically as associate pastor of Mongul UB church in Shippensburg, Pa.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dot, along with four daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.

Rev. Paul and Carie Burrus

Rev. Paul Burrus, pastor since 2013 of Corunna UB church (Corunna, Ind.), passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2017. He was 59 years old. Paul was diagnosed the week before with a fast-acting acute leukemia, and was immediately sent to hospice.

Visitation: 2-7 pm Friday, November 10.
Funeral: 2 pm Saturday, November 11. Visitation one hour beforehand.
Visitation and funeral location: Feller & Clark Funeral Home, 1860 South Center Street, Auburn, IN 46706.

Paul and his wife, Carie, have two grown children and six grandchildren. Cards can be sent to Carie at this address:

Carie Burrus
312 Willard Dr.
Auburn IN 46706

Dr. Howard and Sue Cherry

Dr. Howard and Sue Cherry

Dr. Howard F. Cherry, 88, passed away at 2:50 am on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, in Warren, Ind.

Visitation time: 4:00 – 8:00 pm Friday, August 11, 2017.
Visitation location: Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, Ind.
Funeral time: 11 am Saturday, August 12, 2017.
Funeral location: College Park United Brethren Church, 1945 College Ave., Huntington, Ind. Pastors Gary Dilley and Paul Hirschy will officiate. There will also be one hour of visitation prior to the service.

Howard Cherry was born on March 28, 1929, in Potterville, Mich., and in 1945 graduated from high school in Charlotte, Mich. He served in the US Army 1955-1957.

He was united in marriage to Suzanne Walters on October 4, 1952. They would have celebrated their 65th anniversary this fall. They had two sons and two daughters, all of whom survive.

He was a graduate of Huntington College and of the Huntington Theological Seminary. He received his master’s degree from St. Francis University in Fort Wayne and his doctorate from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill.

Dr. Cherry’s ministerial experience included:

  • 1964-1966: College Park United Brethren Church in Huntington, Ind.
  • 1966-1968: King Street United Brethren Church in Chambersburg, Pa.
  • 1968-1969: Hudson United Brethren Church in Hudson, Ind.
  • 1969-1979: Hopewell United Brethren Church in Auburn, Ind.
  • 1979-1992: professor in the Huntington University Graduate School of Christian Ministries.
  • 1992-1996: Union Church in Huntington, Ind.

He also spent time in Jamaica and Honduras training ministers, and for many years taught the United Brethren History Course. He was semi-retired from 1996-present.

Memorial donations can be made out to Huntington University or UB Global (the international arm of the United Brethren in Christ) both in care of Myers Funeral Home, 2901 Guilford Street, Huntington, IN 46750.

Rev. Vernon Macy, 91, passed away August 3, 2017, in Hastings, Mich. He was a former UB missionary in Honduras and a pastor in Michigan.

Visitation time: 5-8 pm Thursday, August 10, 2017.
Funeral: 12:30 pm Friday, August 11, 2017. Visitation one hour beforehand.
Visitation and funeral location: Hastings Baptist Church, 309 E. Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, MI 49058.

Vernon Macy became a Christian at a youth camp. He met his first wife, Veryl, while attending Taylor University in Upland, Ind. They were married in 1948 and adopted two children. While in college he sensed God calling him to mission work, specifically to Spanish-speaking people, so he took two years of college Spanish and waited for God to open a door.

He went on to earn a degree in elementary education from Michigan State University, while also pastoring local UB churches, including Lake Odessa and Woodbury. Then God opened a door to Honduras. They arrived in La Ceiba, Honduras, in August 1955, and served there until 1959, mostly in the city of Tela–pastoring the church there, and doing evangelism in surrounding villages. They then returned to Michigan and continued pastoring churches.

Veryl Macy died of cancer in 1985. In 1986, Vernon married Evaline Koutz, the widow of a minister, and they were married for 19 years; she passed away in 2015.

Phyllis Meadows, the widow of former bishop Clyde W. Meadows, passed away early in the morning of July 31, 2017. She was 96 years old.

A memorial service will be held on September 9 (the same day Dr. Meadows died in 1999 at age 98) in the Columbus, Ohio, area. Details will be posted when they become available.

Clyde and Phyllis were married in 1980. Dr. Meadows’ first wife, Mabel, passed away in 1979.

We just learned of the passing of Rev. Owen Gordon, a longtime leader in Jamaica Conference. He has been a pastor and superintendent in Jamaica, helped start the first Jamaican UB church in New York City in 1988, is a former member of the Huntington University Board of Trustees, and for many years was president of Jamaica Bible College (now Regent College of the Caribbean). Please remember Owen’s wife, Francis, in your prayers.

Wallace Graham, 80, passed away June 30 in Chillicothe, Ohio. He was the father of Scott Graham, pastor of Good Shepherd UB church in Greenfield, Ohio.

Memorial service: 7:00 pm Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Viewing one hour beforehand.
Location: Bainbridge Assembly of God Church, Bainbridge, Ohio

Scott Graham is highly involved with the US National Conference meeting, particularly is making all arrangements with exhibitors. His home address is:

Scott Graham
1660 Camelin Hill Rd
Chillicothe, OH 45601

Rev. John L. Ford, 78, passed away on Friday, June 9, 2017, in Cumberland, Md. He had been a pastor of the Clarksburg and Underwood UB churches, and was a member of Bethany House of the Lord in Cumberland.

Funeral date: 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.
Funeral location: Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, Md.