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The Rev. Loren E. Arnett


1925 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
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The Rev. Loren E. Arnett

April 8, 1925 ~ September 30, 2015

Family and friends celebrate the life and mourn the death of the Reverend Loren Arnett (90). His consideration and compassion extended to improving the lives of people around the world. As a pastor and subsequently an ecumenical leader, Loren had unique opportunities to focus attention on justice in the human community, global peace, and local issues of personal responsibility and freedom.

Loren was born in Wenatchee, Washington in 1925 and grew up in Portland, Oregon (and was an Oregon Ducks fan his whole life). He served three years as a Navy pilot in World War II. Loren was ordained into the Christian ministry in August 1948 at Kern Park Christian Church in Portland. He was a graduate of Northwest Christian College (1949) and Butler School of Religion in Indianapolis (1952). He was a pastor of churches in Michigantown, Indiana, and in Aberdeen and Yakima, Washington.

Beginning in 1960 Loren served on the staff of the Northwest Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He was called to be the Associate General Secretary and Lobbyist of the Washington-North Idaho Council of Churches in 1967 and then served as General Secretary beginning in 1973. Loren's leadership and ecumenical vision led to the creation of the Washington Association of Churches in 1975, and he served as Executive Minister until he retired in 1989. In 1984 he was awarded the honorary Doctor of Ministry degree by Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.

Among the many leadership roles he held, Loren served on the National Council of Churches Commission on Regional and Local Ecumenism and the national board of Church World Service. He travelled around the world in connection with this ecumenical work.

He was an ardent reader, crossword puzzler, and huge Mariners fan. He enjoyed fishing and hiking trips and adventures with his sons Norman and Doug, as well as world travel and social justice adventures with his wife June.

He will be missed by: June Arnett, his wife of 46 years; sisters, Beverly Pfouts and Dolores Hanson; children, Meri Arnett-Kremian, Norman (Patricia Gawley) Arnett and Doug (Lenee) Arnett; stepchildren, David Stone, Ellen (Mack) Sands and Janet (Don) Wodjenski; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, October 20, University Christian Church, 4731 15th Avenue NE, Seattle. The family requests that memorial gifts be made in his honor to "Loren Arnett Endowed Scholarship at the School of Theology and Ministry" at Seattle University, P.O. Box 222000, Seattle WA 98122-1090.
Published in The Seattle Times on Oct. 11, 2015
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