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CLICK, Reverend E. Dale On August 29, 1918, Everett Dale was born on a farm near Enon, OH to Raymond Emanuel Click and Maude Viola Botkin Click. Dale was raised in the Springfield area and was a son of Rockway Lutheran Church. He had one sister, Pauline. Graduate of Wittenberg University and Hamma Divinity School, Springfield, OH. Ordained -- United Lutheran Church in America -- 05/24/44. Dale married Martha Jane ("Bunny") Gray on 06/11/44. They were blessed with two sons, Barry Edward and Dean Raymond. As a dedicated pastor, he served 5 congregations and was Associate Director of Evangelism for the national church in New York City (1953-58). His last full-time ministry took place at First Lutheran Church, Dayton OH (1978-83). Rev. Click was a prolific author and published 15 books and was well known in Lutheran circles as the Architect of a Churchwide Evangelism Emphasis from 1955-57. His seminary -- Hamma Divinity School -- became part of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH -- and Rev. Click recently (09/29/2011) was in Columbus to receive the DISTINGUISHED ALUMNUS AWARD, and he was rightfully proud of that. The Reverend E. Dale Click was a man of God who influenced thousands of people with his commitment to Christ and the Church. And he was a loving father, grandfather, uncle, and friend. He passed away in Thousand Oaks CA at the age of 94. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Bunny, who passed away in 1996. E. Dale Click is survived by two sons, Barry and Dean, three grandsons - Bryan, Stephen, and Joshua -, granddaughter, Jessika Jenkins, nephew - Rev. Larry W. Matthews - and grandniece, Sheryl Crowell, and by numerous cousins, especially Rosemary Belt of Columbus. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Seminary, 2199 East Main St Columbus OH 43209, for the purpose of establishing a Chair on Evangelism. His cremains will be buried alongside his loving wife at Enon Cemetery, Enon OH, on March 16, 10AM at a graveside service there.

Published in Dayton Daily News on Mar. 10, 2013
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