“Walter William Jenny died peacefully February 16 in a local hospital. He was 94.”  With that, Mr Jenny graduated from this life to the next.  All that’s left are the memories and the effects of a life well lived.

I didn’t know Mr Jenny, but I went to high school with his son.  Walter, Jr shared the obituary with us via Facebook, and I got to see the testimony of a man of faith who lived the message.

The first message is faithfulness in his witness to the world.  His performance on the job would not get in the way of his Christian message.  He was employed by the local newspaper as linotype operator, beginning after his service in WWII, a job he held until he retired in 1979. In 1975 he was recognized as “Oklahoma Printer of the Year” by his peers in the Typesetters Union.

However, it’s obvious from the obituary that his faith played a major part of his life:

The Jennys were active members of St. John Lutheran Church and founding members of Redeemer Lutheran Church of Shawnee. Over the years Walter served the congregations as President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher, Elder, trustee and steward. He was also active in the Lutheran Laymen’s League, the Walther League, and Aid Association for Lutherans.

Even in death, he continued to support  his church, asking for memorials to be given to the church in lieu of flowers.

I’ve never seen a successful church without men like Mr Jenny.  Their type are the backbone of their congregations.  The are, as the obituary so clearly summarized, “respected by all for his integrity, his work ethic and his reserved demeanor.”

Find these men and encourage them.  Your church will be stronger with their support.

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source:  http://www.mem.com/Story.aspx?ID=2871652

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