Death Notices

      For the purpose of keeping people informed, we will be posting death notices of prominent people, "ministers" and former "ministers" of the Worldwide Church of God.

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Name

Date of Death

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John Ross Schroeder

March 8, 2014

United Church of God. Senior writer for the "Good News" publication. Apparently he lost consciousness, fell and hit his head on March 4th. John previously had a couple of stents inserted to treat narrow/weak arteries. Age unknown at this time.

Ray Wooten

Feb. 9, 2014

Wooten helped found the United Church of God in 1995 and left that organization because he believed it departed from the founding principles. He operated United Christian Ministries since 1995. The UCM corporate entity has been dissolved.

Leroy Neff

January 28, 2014

Ambassador Class of 1959; Long-time treasurer in the WCG. Evangelist. Headed the WCG's Divorce and Remarriage Evaluation Committee. In later years he was affiliated with the UCG, and then the COGWA. At the age of 90.

Buck Hammer

Nov. 15 2013

Brother-in-law to Garner Ted Armstrong. Much of the land on which AU sat on was previously owned by the Hammer family, a once wealthy East Texas clan that became involved with the Herbert Armstrong ministry and in the 1950s deeded the land over to the then Radio Church of God. Heart Attack.

Bryce G. Clark

May 12, 2013

Bryce was a resident of Eugene, Oregon. Broke from the Church of God the Eternal and formed a new organization called the Bethel Church of God.

Dennis Luker

March 14, 2013

President of United Church of God, Cancer.

Clint Zimmerman

August 28, 2012

Minister from the old WCG. His original profession was in the chiropractic field.

 Jack R. Elliott

 July 24, 2011

AC's former dean of students and psychology instructor. Founder of the Spokesman Club. Wrote "The Truth About Masonry"-Published in 1961 by AC.

Charles Hunting

Nov. 11, 2011

Four years ago his health began to decline and he eventually needed kidney dialysis. Charles was admitted to hospital in early November, and a few days before he died was moved to a hospice. CFH died in his sleep, and was buried in the Department of Veterans Affairs Sarasota National Cemetery.

David A. Hoover
"Ben Ariel
"

March 27, 2011

Author of "Beyond Babylon." David was an avid admirer of Herbert Armstrong and promoted the religion with rank vigor. Hoover was also a suspect at one point in his life for plotting to blow up the Al-Aksa Mosque. David was infected with the HIV virus.

Lester McColm

January 2, 2011

Once described as "the worst of the lot" McColm stayed loyal to the Tkach regime after the doctrinal changes. Dead at age 85 of heart-related complications.

 Art Gilmore

 Sept. 25, 2010

At age 98. For decades was the announcer for The World Tomorrow on radio and many other audio-video projects for the old Worldwide Church of God.

Dibar Apartianre

Dec. 8, 2010

Apartian was one of the original 'evangelists,' the highest rank in the hierarchy of Herbert Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God. For decades, he also taught French at the old Ambassador College Pasadena, California campus. He was responsible for the French language work in the old WCG, the now defunct Global Church of God, and the Living Church of God. He also handled other aspects of Church Administration in and out of the USA for the LCG.

Richard H. Sedliacik

Dec. 23, 2010

Responsible under Herbert Armstrong for the writing and editing of the Ambassador College Correspondence Course lessons.

Dorothy Armstrong Mattson

May 10, 2010

Herbert W. Armstrong's daughter.
David Robinson's book
Herbert Armstrong's Tangled Web  exposed absolute shocking allegations about the incestuous relationship between Armstrong and his daughter.
Herbert Armstrong never issued any statement discounting the charges of incest, nor did Stan Rader. Dorothy Mattson, Herbert Armstrong's daughter, never came forward to deny the allegations. And Garner Ted Armstrong had also refused to deny the charges.
Died after a long illness. Mrs. Mattson was 89 years old. Survived by her husband Vern Mattson.

William D. Gordon

Aug. 11, 2009

Bill served as a ministerial trainee in Bakersfield, California, until he was given his first pastorate in Anchorage, Alaska, in 1970. He also pastored four other churches: Duluth, Minnesota; Joplin, Missouri; Independence, Kansas; and Cookeville, Tennessee, before retiring in 1991. Of complications from surgery.

Raymond McNair

 


 

Carl McNair

 

October 11, 2008

 


 

April 14, 2004

 

TEMECULA, Calif. -- Raymond F. McNair, 78, died Oct. 11, 2008, in Southern California. According to early reports, Mr. McNair, a 1953 graduate of Ambassador College, Pasadena, and an early evangelist in the Radio/Worldwide Church of God, died after an illness that had lasted about two and one half years. He had suffered with prostate cancer.


He was a pastor rank minister while he was in the Milwaukee area back in the early 1980's. He became a leading minister in the Global Church of God after he was disfellowshiped by Joe Sr. Cancer.

Besides Raymond, Carl's other brother Marion McNair was a member of the Worldwide Church of God who attained to the highest rank of Evangelist back in the 1950's and was author of "Armstrongism Religion Or Ripoff"

Fred Brogaard

June 22, 2008

Husband of Betty Brogaard. Fred, as a WCG pastor, oversaw churches in Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia, and Sedro-Wooley, WA.

Orlin Grabbe

March 15, 2008

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Orlin_Grabbe

John Kennedy

2006

John Kennedy, former pastor of Pasadena West PM, and most recently pastor in the Maine congregations, died as a result of, I think, prostate cancer. 

It's sad, really.  This was a guy that ... I dunno, on the one hand I liked him because I don't think he ever actually drank the Kool-Aid, but at the same time, he encouraged (almost) everyone else to go ahead and take a big gulp.  I was one of the ones that he never pushed the Kool-Aid on, though.  I think that he expected I would wind up like him - a minister, cynical, etc.  

He died sometime in 2006, I can't remember when.

Art Docken

3/29/06

Based on testimonials from some WCG survivors, Mr. Docken was a rarity in WCG -- a minister who actually cared about his flock.

Herman L. Hoeh

11/21/04

Benson and Stabler would love this guy!  Widely described as the "architect" of church doctrine, "Doctor" Hoeh spent much of his life preaching against the evils of masturbation, yet reportedly had secrets of his own. Oddly, after nearly half a century of designing and preaching Armstrongism, Hoeh apparently had no trouble turning his back on it when the Tkach empire flushed it down the toilet.  To his credit, he didn't start his own mini-cult

David Jon Hill

11/2003

Hi!  I haven't seen a notice on your website re: David Jon Hill's death which occurred in November, 2003 (you may have posted it, however, and I might have missed it--even though I frequently check for new material from you).

Anyway, if you and other readers are interested, you could go to Ken Westby's website at:  http://www.godward.org.

Jon Hill was in the process of writing a 4-part historical/autobiographical article for Westby's ACD magazine, but only completed 2 before he died

Garner Ted Armstrong

9/15/03

What can we say? An icon has passed?

Becky Rush

8/2/03

You probably never heard of Becky Rush; she was one of the "little people".  A survivor of the WCG, she found The Painful Truth and joined the PT Forum, where she captured our hearts.  Of all the names listed on this page, her name is easily the most important.  We wouldn't trade one Becky for all the snakes in Pasadena.  Becky Rush was precious.  If there really is a heaven, Becky is the only person on this page to get in...and she didn't have to pass through a metal detector to do it.  We still miss her.

Dean Blackwell

4/14/03

Dean Blackwell, died at about 8:30 a.m. this morning, as a result of his recent strokes.

Howard Clark

10/14/02

Howard Clark passed away at age 72.  Clark was so badly crippled by a hand grenade in the Korean War that he could move nothing but his little finger.  He recovered so completely that the only indication of an injury was a slight limp when he walked.  He was a dynamic speaker and had a wonderfully deep voice when leading songs.

Gerald Waterhouse

9/4/02

Left speechless

Stanley Robert Rader

7/2/02

Stanley Rader Assumes Room Temperature!

Eugene Noel

April 12th 2002

UCG pastor Eugene Noel died this morning (Friday, April 12) at the James Cancer Hospital at around 8:00 A.M.

Bill McDowell

January 2002

 

Raymond Cole

9/25/01

Mr. Cole had suffered nearly complete paralysis and general deterioration of health following a stroke several years ago. He was receiving extensive therapy for this in his home, but apparently to no avail.

Ernest Martin

1/16/02

Apparently, he'd had a heart attack some days previously, had come out of hospital, and was sitting at his computer the other day, and collapsed with a massive cardiac.  Whatever one thinks of Martin's theology, he must be admired for standing on principle. He was one of the first to leave when the cult refused to correct doctrinal error.

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