The Rt. Rev. Douglas Edwin Theuner, VIII Bishop of New Hampshire (Episcopal Diocese) and a resident of Sunapee and Concord, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013.
The son of Grace Elizabeth McKean and Alfred Edwin Kipp Theuner, he was born in the Bronx, New York City, on Nov. 15, 1938. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jane Lois Szuhany Theuner; and two children, Elizabeth Susan DiTommaso and her husband Frank of Hampton, and Nicholas Frederick Kipp Theuner and his wife Charlotte Driver of Morehead City, N.C.; and by five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, Amy Carmela DiTommaso and her husband Jarrod Manzer of Houston, Texas, Alexandra Marie and Mariana Teresa DiTommaso of Hampton, Dakota Jean and Megan Nicole Theuner of Morehead City, N.C., and Ophelia Manzer DiTommaso of Houston, Texas; as well as by his dog Armando.
Bishop Theuner held a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Wooster, Wooster, Ohio; a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Bexley Hall, the Divinity School of Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio; and a Master of Arts in history from the University of Connecticut. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Cuttington University, Suacoco, Liberia, in 2000.
Following his ordinations as deacon and priest in Ohio in 1962, Bishop Theuner served congregations in Ohio and Connecticut before being elected bishop coadjutor of New Hampshire in 1985. Consecrated in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Cathedral, Manchester, in 1986, Bishop Theuner served as bishop of New Hampshire until his retirement in 2004, at which time he was the third-longest serving diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church. From 1994 to 2002, he was the president of the First Province (New England) of the Episcopal Church and a member of the Presiding Bishop's Council of Advice, of which he also served for five years as president.
Active in many local, national and international organizations, Bishop Theuner was a member of the board of directors of Lutheran Consolidated Community Services of Concord, and of the Advisory Committee for the Emergency Cold Weather Shelter of the First Congregational Church of Concord.
The Burial Office will be read in St. Paul's Church, Concord, at 10 a.m., Monday, Nov., 11, 2013, and a Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at the Church of the Epiphany, Newport, at 3 p.m. that day. Following cremation, committal of the ashes will be at a later time in Lake Sunapee.
Memorial donations may be made to the Trustees of the Protestant Episcopal Church in NH, 63 Green St., Concord, NH 03301, and marked for the Bishop Charles Francis Hall Scholarship Fund at the White Mountain School or the Bishop Philip Alan Smith Scholarship Fund at the Holderness School. Undesignated gifts will be evenly divided between them.
Online condolences may be expressed at bennettfuneral.com.
Published by Concord Monitor on Nov. 10, 2013.