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In Memoriam
eville, California; his daughter, Sher-
ryl, and husband, James Lundy, of St.
Paul; his son, Kirk, and wife, Jaime
Cid, of San Francisco; his grandchil-
dren, Sean and Rose; and several niec-
es and nephews.
Benjamin Baldus
January 21, 2013,
after a brief illness.
Baldus earned a BA
from Michigan State
University, as well as
an MA and an M.Div. from San Fran-
cisco Theological Seminary. A man of
distinct tastes, Baldus was a choir di-
rector and church organist in addition
to being an ordained minister and
served in all of those capacities in
many Michigan congregations. Baldus
was Director of Public Policy and Ad-
vocacy at Lutheran Social Services of
Michigan for many years, retiring in
2011. He practiced what he preached,
and was a committed donor to a num-
ber of charities and institutions that
worked for the public good. He is pre-
ceded in death by his brother, Jeff, and
his parents, Don and Ann. He is sur-
vived by his son, Robert, and wife, Ve-
lia; his daughter, Melissa Diaz, and
husband, John; and his grandchildren,
Anya, Kiara, Gabriel, and Zoey.
Homer T.
died unex-
pectedly at his home
in Statesville, North
Carolina, December
28, 2012. During his illustrious career
with the Presbyterian Church (USA),
Rickabaugh served as a pastor, educa-
tor, and missionary. He worked with
the PC(USA) Worldwide Ministries
Division, developing and nurturing
relationships between U.S. Presbyteri-
ans and partner churches overseas.
Rickabaugh was born in Wilming-
ton, Delaware, and grew up in Mon-
toursville, Pennsylvania. He graduated
from PC(USA)-affiliated Maryville
College in Tennessee and Louisville
Presbyterian Theological Seminary
and was ordained by Northumberland
Presbytery in 1957. His first call was
to mission service in South Korea,
where he taught at the Presbyterian
Theological Seminary in Seoul from
1957 to 1960 and from 1961 to 1979.
Between those two stints, Rickabaugh
did post-graduate study at Union
Theological Seminary in Virginia,
where he met and married his wife,
Natalie Rose Abbott, who survives
him. Upon their return to the United
States in 1979, Rickabaugh served as
missionary-in-residence at Presbyte-
rian College in Clinton, South Caroli-
na. He subsequently served pastorates
in Raeford and Morganton, North
In 1987, Rickabaugh joined the
PC(USA) national staff, where he was
a consultant and coordinator for more
than 100 partnerships between U.S.
Presbyterian and partner churches
around the world until his retire-
ment in the late 1990s. In retirement,
he stayed active in the Association of
Presbyterians for Cross-Cultural Mis-
sion and in congregations in Louisville
and Statesville.  In 2003, Rickabaugh
was named a distinguished alumnus
by Louisville Seminary. He was pre-
ceded in death by his parents and
two brothers, Barry Livingston Ricka-
baugh and Ramon W. Rickabaugh.
In addition to his wife, Natalie, he is
survived by siblings Doris Rickabaugh
Cinque, Carey “Rick” Rickabaugh,
and Janet Rickabaugh White; three
children, Beth Rickabaugh Setzer, Dr.
John Clyde Rickabaugh, and Judy
Rickabaugh Candler; and five grand-
children, Mark Ryan Rickabaugh,
John Parker Rickabaugh, Sara Marga-
ret Setzer, Rachel Caroline Setzer, and
Andrew Davis Setzer.
Howard L. Hake
peacefully at home
December 26, 2012.
He was the young-
est of six boys born
to Ira and Ethyl Hake of Fall Creek,
Oregon. Hake graduated from Lowell
Union High School, earned a Bache-
lor’s degree from Northwest Christian
College, and a seminary degree at
Drake University. He served congrega-
tions of the Christian Church (Disci-
ples of Christ) in Idaho, Iowa, and
Washington before enrolling in the
University of Nebraska, where he
completed an MA in social work.
Hake later earned a D.Min. at San
Francisco Theological Seminary. He
worked for Lutheran Family Services
and Family Counseling Service in
Spokane, Washington, before estab-
lishing in 1977 a private practice in
counseling and psychotherapy in the
Spokane Valley, where he worked until
he retired in 1997.
Hake’s life reflected his love for
God, his love and care for people,
and his commitment to kindness and
encouragement. He was a talented
musician and a gifted thinker and
writer, and he had a wonderful sense
of humor. He is survived by his wife,
Sandy Crowley; his children, Shannie
(Rick) Million, Connie (Bob) Bor-
gen, Mike (Rebecca) Hake, and Lyle
(Vanessa) Hake; 12 grandchildren, 15
great-grandchildren, one great-great-
granddaughter, and brothers George
of Fall Creek, Oregon, Walt of Spring-
field, Oregon, and Harold of Good-
ing, Idaho.
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