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David P. Muyskens

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SPARTA - The Rev. Dr. David P. Muyskens, 83, died at home in Sparta on Dec. 21, 2013.

He is survived by his wife, Ann; their children, Noel (Armanda), Kirsten Schanck (Bill), Kevin (Cynthia); and grandchildren, Andrew Schanck, Meredith Lindner (Peter) Evan Muyskens, Ethan Muyskens; great-grandchild, Alexandra; and his sister, Bernice Lettenmaier (Patrick).

David was born in India in 1930 to missionary parents. He came to the U.S. at age 17 to attend Hope College in Holland, Mich. He attended Princeton Seminary and earned his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. During 40 years of ministry he served Presbyterian churches in New Jersey (South Amboy, Hightstown and Shrewsbury) and United Church in Fayetteville, N.Y. In retirement he served the Berkshire Valley Church and Dover Memorial Church part-time.

Growing up in India during the struggle for independence under Gandhi's leadership contributed to a life-long passion for peace and justice. He became active in the civil rights movement, mobilizing the local community and participating in protest marches. He organized CROP walks to raise money to fight world hunger and served on the National Board of CROP. In several Presbyteries he headed up the Peacemaking Committee. In 1988, David and Ann were invited to represent the Presbyterian Church on a three-week trip to the Soviet Union to visit and preach in protestant churches in four major cities. The Muyskens received numerous citations from the community and church for their efforts to combat hunger and poverty and to work for peace and justice.

David was a natural athlete who loved tennis, cycling and skiing, and represented New Jersey in the National Senior Olympics.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, at the First Presbyterian Church of Sparta. Donations may be sent to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Dec. 23, 2013
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