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In Memoriam: April 5, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
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The following is a weekly listing of Nazarene ministers and leaders who have recently gone home to be with the Lord. Notices were received March 28 - April 1, 2011.

Ray L. Doane, 65, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away March 31. He was a former pastor and district superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene. He served as a pastor in Missouri, California, Idaho, and Arizona and as a D.S. in Anaheim from 2001-2010. He is survived by his wife, LaDonna Doane. (Story)

Wilber E. Heizer, 87, of Gilbert, Arizona, passed away March 26. He was a retired minister and evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene, serving in Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, California, Oregon, Arizona, and Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Heizer, who passed away in 2007.

Vincent Longo of Buenos Aires, Argentina, passed away March 31. He was a retired pastor and evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene. He is survived by his wife, Myriam Pozzi, South America regional communications and broadcast coordinator for the Church of the Nazarene.

Ancil W. McQueen, 99, of Coral Springs, Florida, passed away March 30. He was a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene, serving in Ohio, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosella McQueen, who passed away in 2002.

Willie L. Phillips, 89, of Clyde, North Carolina, passed away March 24. He was a retired minister in the Church of the Nazarene, serving in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his wife, Hermie (Morrow) Phillips, who passed away in 2008.

Kathleen L. (Mitchell) Shirer, 56, of Sistersville, West Virginia, passed away March 29. She was the wife of Dennis D. Shirer, pastor of the Sistersville Church of the Nazarene. Dennis previously served at the Wheeling Mar-Win and Ripley churches in West Virgina.

James Lawrence Snell, 97, of Bethany, Oklahoma, passed away March 20. He was a longtime professor at Southern Nazarene University. Until his death, he was both the oldest living graduate and teacher of the SNU School of Business, which honored him in 2008. He was also a longtime member of Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, where he served as an usher for 37 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys (Mitchell) Snell, in 2006.

D. Ray Thompson, 49, of Bridgeton, Missouri, passed away March 28. He was pastor of the St. Louis Gateway Central Church of the Nazarene. He became pastor at the church in 2003. He previously served in San Angelo, Texas (First); Sparta, Tennessee; Marlow, Oklahoma; Springfield, Missouri (Crestview - associate pastor); and Columbus, Ohio (Southwest Community - associate pastor). He is survived by his wife, Tami F. Thompson. (Story)

Irene (Moser) Moore Thon, 95, of Nampa, Idaho, passed away March 24. She was the widow of Harold A. Thon, a former minister in the Church of the Nazarene who served in Iowa and Idaho. Harold A. Thon passed away in 1995. Irene was preceded in death by her first husband, Wendell Moore, in 1972.

Joseph R. Tyson, 84, of Richmond, Kentucky, passed away March 23. He was a former minister and evangelist in the Church of the Nazarene, serving in Kentucky. He is survived by his wife, Arlene Leigh Tyson.

Freda Vance, 101, of New Virginia, Iowa, passed away March 29. She was the widow of Charles E. Vance, a former minister in the Church of the Nazarene who was ordained in Iowa. Charles E. Vance passed away in 1990.

For previous editions of In Memoriam, see the "Passings" section on ncnnews.com by clicking here.

Note: Please join with us in prayer for the families who have lost loved ones. Click on names for full stories, funeral information, local online obituaries, and/or guest books (if available). To submit an entry of a minister or church leader, send to submitnews@ncnnews.com.
--Compiled by NCN News
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