With the Lord

As reported in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue.


Norma Daley Gardner

January 27, 1930–March 18, 2015

Norma was born to George and Alma Dailey of Waverly, N.Y. After working as a secretary at Stroehmann’s Bakery in Sayre, Pa., Norma enrolled in Nyack Missionary College (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). There she met Andrew (Andy) D. Gardner; they married in the C&MA Church in Waverly in 1951. While Andy continued his studies, Norma worked as a secretary in the Williams and Williams Law Firm in Nyack. During their more than 57 years of C&MA ministry, the Gardners served in a variety of roles. In 1954, they were appointed as missionaries to Guinea, West Africa. A skilled contractor, Andy was the builder for the Guinea field, after which the couple taught at the Telekoro Bible Institute. From 1969–1973 they ministered in the neighboring country of Sierra Leone. They concluded their time in Africa because of Norma’s health issues, returning to the United States in 1983 after nearly 30 years of missionary work. They then pastored at Wendell Avenue Alliance Church (Brockton, Mass.), where Norma led a weekly women’s Bible study. Because Andy’s building work frequently took the couple around the country, Norma enjoyed a diverse, varied ministry. She was housemother in a school for third-culture kids (TCKs), typed the Fulani language dictionary, taught girls sewing and cooking, and trained young women to read and study the Bible. Norma’s work with TCKs endeared her to young people who benefited from her servant’s heart, and she was recognized as a student of the Bible whose life reflected Christ’s teachings. Norma is survived by her husband; daughter Janet; and sons Andy Jr. and Steve.

Rev. Robert M. Chaffee

December 5, 1955–May 1, 2015

Born in Sharon Center, Ohio, Robert received his BA from Ohio (Delaware) Wesleyan University and his MBA from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University. On June 10, 1978, he married his college sweetheart, Linda. After 29 years as a corporate executive, Robert pastored C&MA churches in Medford, N.J. (2006–2007) and Middleburg Heights, Ohio (2007–2015). He also served briefly as the Central District’s director of Candidate and Personnel Development. Robert enjoyed mentoring men, playing golf, and coaching basketball. Robert is survived by his wife; daughters Brooke and Diana; and 7 grandchildren.

Letitia (Letty) J. Waite

March 31, 1924–May 3, 2015

Born in Tyrone, Pa., Letty attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). During more than 43 years of C&MA ministry, Letty served alongside her colleague, Arbutus Barr, ministering to children, youth, and adults in the Ozark Mountains; teaching English to Laotian refugees in Elgin, Ill., and Akron, Ohio; and working among the Hmong people in Akron. During her retirement, Letty continued to minister to the Hmong. She also was appointed president of the Missionary Prayer Fellowship of Henry Chapel at Chapel Pointe at Carlisle (Pa.), attended women’s prayer meetings, and sang in the choir. Letty is survived by her brother, Jack; many nieces and nephews; and her church family and friends.

Henry DeLos Holmes

March 30, 1925–May 7, 2015

Born in Northwood, Iowa, Henry accepted Christ at the age of 13 and heard God’s call to ministry when he was 15. A Word War II veteran, Henry attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). He married Dorothy Mae on December 21, 1946, in Hamlet, Neb. During 41 years of C&MA ministry, Henry served churches in Wauneta (1949–1950), Stratton (1951–1954), and Fremont, Neb. (1954–1959). He also worked at Gospel Light Publications’ regional office in Ft. Wayne, Ind. (1959–1960); at Christian Publications, Inc. in Harrisburg, Pa. (1961–1982); and was the Rocky Mountain District’s director for Christian education (1984–1988). Henry’s passion was seeing laypeople and pastors equipped for effective ministry. Known as “Mr. Sunday School,” he traveled widely for 22 years, holding Sunday school teacher training in local churches and speaking at conferences and college campuses. An expert in building design, Henry developed a Christian campground and helped 27 churches to design their buildings. In later years, he was instrumental in launching Gospel Messenger, a Christian newspaper for churches, and helped to write the Sunday school curriculum for the Orthodox Church in Russia. Henry is survived by his wife; daughters Nancy and Susan; son Timothy; 5 grandchildren; and 7 great grandchildren.

Rev. Don R. Gephart

April 24, 1933–May 18, 2015

Don attended St. Paul Bible College (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). On November 22, 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, Phyllis Landis, in Miamisburg, Ohio. During nearly 60 years of C&MA ministry, Don served churches in Minneapolis, Minn. (1965–1957); Highmore, S.Dak. (1957–1958); Rockwood, Mich. (1959–1962); Kenton (1962–1964) and Westerville, Ohio (1967–1969); Oconomowoc, Wis. (1971–1984); Willard, Ohio (1992–2000); and Oconomowoc, Wis. (2000–2015). Don also was a talented artist and skilled in sleight of hand, which he used to further his ministry. Don is survived by his wife; sons Paul, Tim, Mark, and Joel; 5 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

Glenna Edna Howard

July 19, 1930–May 27, 2015

Edna attended Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bible College and the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College). She earned her MA from the University of Northern Colorado (Greeley) and her PhD from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). On July 27, 1951, she married Dale. During 25 years of C&MA ministry, Edna served alongside Dale in C&MA churches in Indiana, Texas, Illinois, Nebraska, and Colorado. They also ministered at the Alliance Academy in Quito, Ecuador (1978–1983), where Edna was principal and Dale was the school counselor. In addition, Edna taught school in East St. Louis, Ill. (1960–1966); Palisade, Neb. (1966–1970); and Northglenn, Colo. (1970–1978), and served as a principal in Cleveland, Tenn. Later she went on to become a professor and Education Department chair at Houghton (N.Y.) College (1988–1996). Teaching students and guiding young teachers to their highest levels of performance was a consistent goal in Edna’s educational career. While residing in Belfast, N.Y., Edna served on the Board of Education for a number of years. She chaired the Allegheny County Services Board for 16 years and was secretary to the Elder Board at the Wesleyan Church of Houghton. After her retirement, Edna worked for the New York State Education Department in area schools. Edna is survived by her husband; sons Mike, Paul, Ron, Joseph, Nate, and Chris; 20 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Rev. Fred Kowalchuk

August 13, 1924–June 4, 2015

Fred was born in Blenheim, N.J., to Russian immigrants, who died of tuberculosis in 1934. His foster mother sent him to the nearby C&MA church, and he accepted Christ at the age of 16. Fred attended the Missionary Training Institute (now Nyack [N.Y.] College), where he met Ann Estes. On June 21, 1946, they married in the Arbuckle C&MA Church in Union City, Pa. Fred began his 42 years of C&MA ministry serving a pastorate in Norfolk, Neb. (1946–1948). He and Ann were then appointed as missionaries to Peru, where they were involved in teaching, traveling to remote villages, and the Encounter with God movement. Fred also served for several years as field chairman. In 1978 the couple was transferred to Spain to help begin a C&MA work there. They served in Spain until 1988 and officially retired in 1990 after moving to Bradenton (Fla.) Missionary Village, where Fred and Ann enjoyed reconnecting with classmates from their days at Nyack. During retirement Fred was asked to preach in church services at the Palm Bay Mobile Home Park in Palmetto, Fla. After Ann died in April 2008, Fred moved to Edinburg, Tex., to live with his daughter Lynn. Fred enjoyed meeting new people, and children were drawn to him. He was quick to tell stories of God’s provision and guidance. Fred was predeceased by his wife and their daughter April; he is survived by son Bruce; daughter Lynn; 4 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.

June M. Moon-Oswick

April 30, 1925–June 10, 2015

June was born in Whitehall, N.Y., to Lon and Charlotte Lunt Reynolds. On April 25, 1923, she married Rev. William L. Moon, who died March 12, 1985. June later married Fred Oswick, who passed away in 1992. June was a clergyman’s wife who loved her church. She was a long-time member of the C&MA Church of Newark (N.J.) and also attended New Hope Bible Church in Phelps, N.Y. She enjoyed ministering to children, singing, and playing the piano. June is survived by sons Paul, Jonathan, and William; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great–great grandchildren.

Raymond (Ray) John Smith

June 10, 1933–June 16, 2015

Ray was born in Onigum, Minn., at the Indian Health Service Facility. An enrolled member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, he was raised on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Cass Lake, Minn. Ray accepted Jesus at the age of 11. A gifted musician, he sang with his family’s quartet, preaching the gospel in English and Ojibwe languages at churches, conferences, and camps throughout the upper Midwest. Ray attended St. Paul Bible Institute (now Crown College, St. Bonifacius, Minn.). As the St. Paul Choral Club’s soloist, he traveled extensively and filled concert halls throughout the United States. On June 22, 1954, he married Margurite Jean French at Westgate Chapel in Toledo, Ohio. During more than 26 years of C&MA ministry, Ray served as a worship leader (1955–1975) and was president of Mokahum Indian Bible School (1971–1975) in Cass Lake. He also was an evangelist in the North Central District (1992–2015). Ray had an extensive music ministry, performing with his family in concerts, evangelistic crusades, and deeper life conferences and on radio and television (1975–1982; 1991–1994). Among his other roles, Ray was involved with the Chippewa Bible Broadcast, a Christian radio program with a Native listening audience in the United States and Canada. He served with CHIEF Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz., and was director for the Center for Indian Ministries at Oak Hills Fellowship (Bemidji, Minn.). Ray was predeceased by his first wife; he is survived by his second wife, Barb Kushman Smith; sons Russ, Gary, Craig, Scott, and Joel; stepchildren Steve, Connie, and Kathy; 7 grandchildren; 9 step-grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and 4 step–great grandchildren.

Rev. Garfield G. Powell

July 19, 1923–June 25, 2015

Born in Carbon Hill, Ala., Garfield enlisted in the Navy in June 1941 and was a metal worker aboard ship during World War II. He was honorably discharged on October 2, 1945. On February 15, 1947, Garfield married Charlotte Ruth Knox. After Garfield started working in the coal mines of Alabama, the Powells moved to Dragerton, Utah, where they accepted Christ in March 1951. Garfield enrolled in Simpson Bible College (now Simpson University in Redding, Calif.), graduating in 1960 with a BA. During more than 27 years of C&MA ministry, Garfield pastored churches in Vallejo, Calif. (1960–1965); Salt Lake City, Utah, where he started a new C&MA church (1965–1967); Garrison, Minn. (1968–1973); Tuscaloosa, Ala. (1973); and St. Croix Falls, Wis. (1973–1980; 1996–1997). In 1988, Garfield retired in Jasper, Ala., and started a C&MA church there. He also served as a district superintendent and was an interim pastor during retirement. Garfield enjoyed ministering to children, storytelling, and the outdoors. His love for God, family, and country was a defining characteristic of his life. Garfield is survived by his wife; son James; 3 grandchildren; and 5 great grandchildren.

Hazel C. Arnold

December 30, 1929–June 27, 2015

Hazel was born on a farm near Columbia, Ky., the youngest of 10 children. She received Christ as a child through the influence of her godly parents. While in college, Hazel met Harry (Hap) Arnold. They wed on February 19, 1949, and enjoyed 66 years of marriage. During their more than 40 years of C&MA ministry, Hazel served with Hap in churches in Union, N.J. (1956–1960); Waco, Tex. (1960–1962); and St. Petersburg (1965–1973), Clearwater (1973–1979), and Boca Raton, Fla. (1979–1983). Hazel also supported Hap when he was assistant to the Southeastern District superintendent/church-planting director (1983–1985) and the district superintendent (1985–1993). Hazel was a woman of prayer and gifted in hospitality and evangelism. Her passion for reaching the lost spurred her to distribute the Daily Bread to 40 neighborhood homes, even at the age of 85. Hazel is survived by her husband; son Paul; daughter Cindy; 2 grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her adopted daughter, Andrea Ashley.

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