John Fred Wuthrich, age 95, went to be with the Lord, and his Savior Jesus Christ on June 24, 2012. He was a resident of Wedgewood Terrace in Lewiston, having moved to Idaho nine months ago to be with family.
John was born to Fred and Melinda (Miller) Wuthrich in Whitewater, Kansas, on December 1, 1916. He was the fifth of nine brothers and sisters and was raised on the family farm.
After high school, he attended the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Calif. (BIOLA) and earned a general diploma in Christian Education in 1941 and a Bachelor of Theology degree in 1943. He also met fellow student Lois Mae Harris. They were married on their graduation day, June 10, 1943. This was the beginning of a 65-year marriage that would last until her death in 2008.
John earned a BA from Westmont College, Santa Barbara, Calif., in 1945 and a Bachelor of Divinity in 1948 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.
He served as pastor of Lorena Baptist Church in east Los Angeles for four years, until bad health forced him to leave the pastoral ministry.
John then worked at a Firestone gas station and tire dealer for a short period of time. He was then employed for 25 years at Tube Sales as a warehousemen until he retired.
Because of his love for Jesus, John’s life was full of ministry to others. He was an active member of several churches, serving as an elder, song leader, choir member, and volunteer custodian. John and Lois were generous to help young adults with their needs and opened their home to them for fellowship. They generously helped many Christian missionaries and organizations such as the American Bible Society, Focus on the Family, Campus Crusade for Christ, Insight for Living and Haven Today.
John leaves behind his daughter Janice Sauder and son-in-law, David of Lewiston; grandson, Joel Sauder and wife, Christie of Lewiston; granddaughter, Sarah Woodson and husband, Peter; great-grandchildren, Anna and Micah of Pelham, Ala.: three sisters, Mabel Riley, Marion Nightingale and Lavina Krahn still live in Kansas. John will be buried along side his wife Lois in Elma.
Family and friends will gather for an informal memorial gathering and time of thanksgiving at the home of Dave and Jan Sauder, 1229 Bryden Ave, Lewiston Idaho, at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 2, 2012. Pastor Jerry Valen of Emmanuel Baptist Church will take part. A memorial service will also be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 6, 2012, at the First Baptist Church of Elma, 600 W Main St., Elma, Wash.
Because of his deep and abiding love for the Word of God, donations in honor of John can be given to the American Bible Society.