ARP News Update

Rev. Dr. Harry Theodore Schutte

IMG_6492The Rev. Dr. Harry Theodore Schutte passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the age of 87. Dr. Schutte was born in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. Schutte served as an ordained minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church for 63 years. Among his many activites, Dr. Schutte served as Moderator of the General Synod of the ARP Church, Chairman of the Board of World Missions, member of the Board of Directors of Erskine College as well as an organizer of the Presbyterian Church of America.

Dr. Schutte is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy G. Schutte; son, Mark Edward Schutte and his wife, Lisa of Suwanee, GA; daughter, Harriet Schutte Chepesiuk and husband, Ray of Whitby, Ontario Canada; grandchildren, Caleb, Sarah and Rachel Chepesiuk, Lyndsey and David Schutte.

Family and friends of Dr. Schutte are invited to attend his visitation beginning at 1:00 PM Saturday, January 24, 2015 at First ARP Church with his memorial service to follow at 2:00 PM in the church sanctuary. Rev. Matt Kuiken will officiate.

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In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Covenant Village Benevolence Fund, 1351 Robinwood Road, Gastonia, NC 28054 or First ARP Church, 317 S Chester Street, Gastonia, NC 28052.

McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Dr. Schutte.

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