Richard John Kaczor, 76, Lawrence, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at Pioneer Ridge.
He was born March 27, 1939, in Polk, Neb., to Bernhard August and Irene Marie Elizabeth (Juergensen) Kaczor. He attended Concordia High School, Seward, Neb., in preparation for the ministry. He graduated with an associateís degree from St. Johnís College in Winfield and a bachelor of science degree from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Ind. He graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., with a bachelor of divinity degree.
He married Delores Ann Ahrendsen on July 19, 1963, in Audoben, Iowa. He was ordained as a pastor in the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. His first call was to start a congregation in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He also served congregations in Inglis, Manitoba, Canada and Scott City. In 1987, he began work for Lutheran Social Services and returned to school at the University of Kansas to earn his masterís of social welfare in 1996. After retiring in 2001, he returned to the ministry to serve Grace Lutheran in Hill City. He dedicated his life to serving the Lord through his service to others. He changed peopleís lives through his listening, his patience and his belief in them. He was a talented and creative artist whose main works included drawing and painting. He was a writer, sharing his gift through articles, poetry, and hymns. His creative servitude led him to projects that amazed and made us all smile.
He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Nate and wife, Angie, Nashville, Tenn. and Joel Kaczor and wife, Mary; a daughter, Libby Grady and husband, Myrone, Lawrence; a brother, Leroy Kaczor, Spencer, Neb.; two sisters, Cherry Hammon and husband, Gene, Spencer, Neb., and Bonnie Rodenburg and husband, Bob, Norborne, Mo.; and seven grandchildren, Kaylee Kaczor, Knoxville, Tenn., Micah Kaczor, Bowling Green, Ky., Degan and Camden Kaczor, Aris, Jase and Kaius Grady, all of Lawrence.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Jan. 30, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lawrence; burial in Stony Point Cemetery, rural Douglas County.
Family will greet friends from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 29, at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Memorials are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.warrenmcelwain.com.