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Eduard Riegert

Luther Mourns Passing of Former Instructor Eduard Riegert

It is with deep sorrow that Martin Luther University College mourns the loss of Rev. Dr. Edward Richard Riegert. Dr. Reigert taught homiletics (preaching) for 31 years and influenced more than a generation of students training for ministry.He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Ladona Marilyn (Carlson); his son James Eduard of Waterloo; his daughter Ann Ladona and son-in-law Jeffrey Kempel, his granddaughters Sophia Kempel and Emily Kempel of Waterloo, his brother Alfred (Erna) of Mission, BC, and his sister-in-law Gloria and Les Herauf of Comox, BC and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Anna and Theodor Riegert of Laird, SK; his brother Erwin (Jeanne) of Prince George, BC; his brother Arnold (Emma)  of Laird, SK; his brother Paul (Betty) of Regina, SK; his sister Lottie (Ted Domhof) of Vanderhoof, BC; his nephew Sydney Riegert of Laird, SK; his niece Janice Alward of Ottawa, ON; his sister-in-law Doreen (Ken Gustafson) of Ottawa, ON; his niece Cheryl Row of Toronto, ON.Dr. Reigert graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1955, the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, SK in 1958, the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA in 1960, and received a PhD from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ in 1967. He undertook additional studies at Union Theological Seminary, New York City; the Urban Training Center in Chicago, the Institute for Advanced Pastoral Studies in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and the University of Montana in Missoula.He was ordained by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in 1962. After serving as Pastor of the Philipsburg, ON parish he joined the faculty of Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (affiliated with Wilfrid Laurier University) in 1965 and served there until his retirement in 1996 as Prof. of Homiletics (Preaching). He also lectured in Traditional North American Aboriginal Religion in the Department of Religion and Culture of WLU 1973-1990.

He served on the Joint Commission on Inter-Lutheran Relations 1970-74; the Commission on Faith and Order of the Canadian Council of Churches 1971-73; the Division of Theology of the Lutheran Council in Canada 1979-83; the Canadian Lutheran-Anglican Dialogue 1983-86; the Lutheran World Federation-Baptist World Alliance International Conversations 1986-89; the Division of Education and Leadership of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada 1986-89; the Board of Governors of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saskatoon, SK 1996-2000; the Board of Directors and Director of Membership of LutheRanch 1996-2000; the Church Council of Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waterloo 2007-2010. He was invested as a Companion of the Worship Arts by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada in 2004.The author/contributing editor of four books and numerous articles, he was a popular conductor of preaching seminars in Canada and the United States. He was twice awarded the Allan Schendel Award for Theological Study by Lutheran Life Insurance Society in 1987-88 and 1994-95.In his younger years he enjoyed camping and hiking with his wife and family and white-water canoeing with friends, “The Saugeen River Runners”. After retiring he honed his woodworking skills, loved to read and to travel with his wife, and volunteered at Trinity Care Center. He loved being an Opa to his granddaughters and playing with them in the local sugar bush or exploring Ontario destinations with them and his wife.A memorial service was held at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Waterloo on Friday Oct. 28.

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