Friday, May 8, 2009

C.F.W. Walther/Joe Scholl Commemoration Day

C.F. W.Walther and my grandfather Joe Scholl both died on May 7th (not in the same year).

Pop's grandfather, Joseph Hoehne (Höhne), was Chairman of the Board of Elders at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Wittenberg, Missouri in 1939. I am Chairman of the Board of Elders at Zion Lutheran Church in Poplar Bluff, Missouri in 2009.


Gerald Joseph Scholl was born in Wittenberg, Missouri, on January 19, 1931, to Rudolph Edwin and Martha Flora (Hoehne) Scholl.
Received as an infant into the Kingdom of Grace by Holy Baptism at the Trinity Lutheran Church at Altenburg on February 2, by the Rev. Vogel, he was transferred at the Lord's request to the Kingdom of Glory by death on Monday, May 7, 2007 at the age of 76 years and 4 months.
Mr. Scholl was confirmed in 1949 at the Trinity Lutheran Church at Cape Girardeau by the Rev. Melzer.
On February 28, 1948, he was united in Holy Matrimony with Jewel Marie Brinkley at Osceola, Arkansas.
Mr. Scholl is survived by his wife and two children, Martha Marie (Scholl) Richmond and Joseph Alan Scholl, both of Poplar Bluff; three grandsons, Timothy Christian Schenks, Terry Michael Schenks, and Joseph Edgar Richmond, all of Poplar Bluff; one brother, James Lee Scholl of Jackson, Missouri; one aunt, Frieda (Hoehne) Newberry of St. Louis, Missouri; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jason Wayne Scholl; and two brothers, William Dean Scholl and Howard Eugene Scholl, both of Cape Girardeau.
His body will be laid to rest in the City Cemetery at Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

Carl Ferdinand Wilhelm Walther (1811-87), the father of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, served as its first president from 1847 to 1850 and then again from 1864 to 1878. In 1839 he emigrated from Saxony, Germany, with other Lutherans, who settled in Missouri. He served as pastor of several congregations in St. Louis, founded Concordia Seminary, and in 1847 was instrumental in the formation of the LCMS (then called the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States). Walther worked tirelessly to promote confessional Lutheran teaching and doctrinal agreement among all Lutherans in the United States. He was a prolific writer and speaker. Among his most influential works are Church and Ministry and The Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel.