Rev. William “Bill” Schmelder was born August 5, 1933, in Bristol. He was the son of Louis and Lavinia Schmelder. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Delle, and children Bill Jr., (Kathy) of Omaha Neb., Keith (Lisa) of St. Charles, Craig (Jennifer) of Batavia Ill., Kathi Kean (Josh) of St. Charles and 12 grandchildren. Rev. Schmelder is also survived by sisters Marilyn Schmelder and Shirley (Pete) Coughlin, and brothers Howard Schmelder and Larry (Jean) Schmelder, all of Bristol. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lynn Voelkel (Jim).
Rev. Schmelder was a graduate of Concordia College, Bronxville N.Y. and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He served as pastor of congregations in St. Charles Mo., Ft. Wayne, Ind., Covina, Calif., and Casa Grande/Coolidge, Ariz. He taught for 21 years at Concordia Seminary St. Louis, where he served as Registrar and excelled at teaching the art of preaching. He also assisted the ministry of Immanuel, Olivette, Mo. for over 30 years.
He was a dedicated pastor, servant of his Lord Jesus, and loving husband, father, and grandfather to his family.
Rev. Schmelder entered the church triumphantly on June 18, 2018. Soli Deo Gloria!In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church of Olivette, 9733 Olive Blvd, Olivette, Missouri, 63132 in Rev. Schmelder’s honor.