Mystic - Rev. Dr. John C. Fuhrmeister, 91, of Mystic, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at his home.
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Rev. Fuhrmeister was born on Dec. 15, 1921, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the late Luther and Sioux (Leefers) Fuhrmeister. He was married on March 3, 1951 in Detroit, Mich. to the former Hazel E. Williams.
John served as a meteorologist in the Army Air Corps during both World War II and the Korean War. He earned a graduate degree in physics at the University of Illinois and performed research for the General Motors Corporation. After obtaining his theological degree at Princeton Theological Seminary, he served as pastor of churches in Highland Park, Plainwell, and Lansing, Michigan, and St. Johnsbury, Vermont. From 1973 to 1988, Rev. Fuhrmeister was pastor and pastoral counselor at the St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Groton.
In 1982, Rev. Fuhrmeister received the doctor of ministry degree from Andover Newton Theological School. After his retirement, Rev. Fuhrmeister continued to provide pastoral counseling in the area. He also volunteered for CONTACT of Southeastern Connecticut, the Civil Air Patrol, and Lawrence + Memorial Hospital.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his children, Christopher J. Fuhrmeister and wife, Janet, of Randolph, Vermont, Paul K. Fuhrmeister M.D. and wife, Laurene, of Miami, Okla., Rev. Anne E. Fuhrmeister and husband, Randy Francisco, of Waterford, Martha S. Parker and husband, Donald, of Mystic, and Peter W. Fuhrmeister of Quaker Hill; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Rev. Fuhrmeister was predeceased by his sister, Jane Swearingen.
Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Crossroads Presbyterian Church, 70 Cross Road, Waterford.
In lieu of flowers, his family has requested that donations in his memory be directed to either the Center for Hospice Care, 227 Dunham St, Norwich, CT 06360 or to the Crossroads Presbyterian Church.
Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames St., is assisting his family with the arrangements.
Please visit www.byles.com for directions, to sign his guestbook or to share a memory.
Published in The Day on Oct. 24, 2013