For the Late Rev. Bahnsen
Impressive'rites, with a capac¬ ity attendance marked the final service for the late Rev. Henry T. Bahnsen, 61, pastor of St. John's Evangelical church here the past four years, who died in Deaconess hospital, St. Louis, Mo., shortly after nine o'clock on Tuesday morning, August 10. After his passing, the body was removed to the Schumacher Funeral Home where it rested until after private services for the family, Friday forenoon, when it was removed to Trinity Evangelical church (which he built, and served about twenty years,) and there it lay in state, attended by two guards of honor, until two o'clock in the afternoon, when public services were held. During those hours, the favorite hymns of the deceas¬ ed were played softly by the church organist, and old friends ! and former parishoners filed rev- j erently into the church, paying last respects at the bier of a friend and former pastor, about whom .were banked innumerable floral [tributes attesting the love and es¬ teem in which he was held. Five [ministers, among whom were the 1 pastor of the church, the presi¬ dent of the Missouri Synod and Rev. Paul David of Genoa, Ohio. i participated in the service and 35 j other robed ministers represent- ling the Missouri District of : the Evangelical and Reformed churches, served as active and honorary pallbearers. A college classmate from Ohio officiated at the grave in the committal ser¬ vice.
Many from his Elmore parish attended the funeral.
On the Sunday following the funeral, memorial services were held in "his" church in St. Lou¬ is, for which the Ohio members of his family remained. .
Rev. Bahnsen was born in Ger¬ many and at the age of seven he came to America with bis parents, who settled in Sandusky, Ohio. There, in St. Steven's church, he was confirmed and, at the age of 16, having decided to devote his life to the ministry, entered Elm- hurst College, Elmhurst, 111., from which he was graduated. He then attended Eden Theolog¬ ical Seminary in St. Louis and was graduated from there in 1902
His first charge was at Jersey-' ville. 111., where he served two and a half years; then at Troy, 111., the same length of time. At Collinsville, 111., next, he served eight years and directed the building of a church and parson¬ age. He then went to Trinity Evangelical church at St. Louis, serving that parish nearly 20 years, and supervising the erec¬ tion of a $100,000. church of about 700 capacity, also a parsonage. From that pastorate he came to Elmore and was serving his fourth year at St. John's, when taken seriously ill early in June.
He was the last of his parental family, his parents, two sisters and two brothers having preced�� ed him in death. His wife, two sons and four daughters survive.
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