Friday, April 22, 2011

On this day in 1927...

Rev. Martin Brueggeman died on April 22, 1927 in Memphis.  He had a Heart Attack the day after Easter.

The Reverend Brueggemann's obituary by E. H. Demetrio reads as follows: "Our dear brother, the Rev. Martin J.
Brueggemann, was born at Cleveland, O., February 3, 1870. There he attended the school of Trinity
Congregation. After his confirmation by the former Pastor J. H. Niemann (President of the Middle District) he
entered Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Ind., and graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., with the
class of 1893. His first charge was Manila, O., where he was ordained and installed. Then he accepted a call to
Fort Dodge, Iowa. Twenty years ago he was called to, and accepted, the pastorate of Trinity Lutheran Church of
Memphis, Tenn., and here he labored with signal blessing and faithfulness. He was elected Visitor of the
Arkansas and West Tennessee Conference District and served in this capacity for eight years.
On April 10, while attending a board meeting of the church council, he became ill, and upon being taken home,
continued to grow worse. In spite of every attention given him by his family and the attending physicians, he did
not rally. He was then taken to the hospital and there quietly fell asleep on Friday, April 22. From 3:00 P.M.
Saturday afternoon until the time of the burial his body lay in state in his church. The funeral took place on the
afternoon of Sunday, April 24. Rev. R. Kretzschmar, of Saint Louis, President of the Western District, preached
the funeral sermon.. The other Lutheran churches of the city had suspended services, and practically all the
members of the Lutheran churches of Memphis attended the burial of their leader. The Rev. H. Dueker officiated
at the altar, and the Rev. E. H. Demetrio officiated at the grave.
Pastor Brueggemann is survived by his widow, Mrs. Marie Walker Brueggemann, and three sons: The Rev.
Victor Brugge of Gordonville, Mo., Otis Brueggemann, of Cleveland, Miss., and Arnold Brueggemann of
A conscientious and faithful laborer has been called out of our midst and has entered, as we confidently hope, into
the rest in store for the people of God."

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