William Backus Ph.D.
Holcomb-Henry-Boom-Purcell Funeral Homes - Shoreview
515 Highway 96 West
Shoreview, MN
Backus, William, Ph.D. - S.T.M., M. Div., Licensed Psychologist Age 79, of Roseville, MN, went home peacefully to be with his Lord, listening to Bach's Magnificat, his family gathered at his bedside, on June 12, 2005 following complications of spinal surgery. Bill was born in Elko, NV on May 5, 1926. He grew up in San Leandro, CA, received a B.A. and Masters of Divinity degrees at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. He was called to serve as pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, St. Louis. In 1956, he began serving at a Lutheran parish in Pleasant Hill, CA. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1969 from the University of Minnesota. Bill was on staff at Hennepin County General Hospital, founded the Center for Christian Psychological Services, and for many years served on the staff of North Heights Lutheran Church, Roseville, MN. Bill authored many books, published by Bethany House Publishers, based on his classic book, 'Telling Yourself the Truth'. These books have been published in many languages ministering the freedom in truth to many people worldwide. Bill will be best remembered for his intergrity, humor, enthusiasm, love of Bach, compassion for people who were hurting, and his deep love for his Lord and Savior. He was completely devoted to his parishioners, patients, friends, and family. Preceded in death by his father, Lynn; his mother, Elaine; his stepfather, Roland; and his infant twin sister. He is survived by his loving wife, Candy; his children, Martin (Judith), Roxanne (Kevin) Barber, Christa (Patrick) Mehrhoff and Deborah (Gary) Stadsklev; also survived by his sister, Marian (Gene) Faszholz; sister-in-law, Kathy (John) Thompson; nephew; 3 nieces; 14 grandchildren; many loving family members and friends; and his devoted dog, Cappy. Visitation Saturday, June 18, 6-9 PM, HOLCOMB-HENRY-BOOM, 515 Hwy 96 at Mackubin, Shoreview, and one hour prior to service. Funeral service 4 PM, Sunday, June 19 at NORTH HEIGHTS LUTHERAN CHURCH, Hwy 10 & 96, Arden Hills. Memorials may be made to William Backus Memorial Fund. 651-482-7606.
Published by Pioneer Press on Jun. 16, 2005.
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As the co-author of TELLING YOURSELF THE TRUTH, I feel mortified at Bill's loss, yet I know that he is now hand-in-hand with the Savior he loved and served so faithfully for so many wonderful, fruitful years.
Poet Philip Larkin wrote, "If grief could burn out like a sunken coal the heart would rest quiet." Bill Backus will forever be cherished by friends, colleagues, family and all who were touched by his life and work. He was a vitally important person in my life, and it is in the "coals of grief" that I join those who loved him and say goodbye. God bless and hold you tight, dear Candy.
And oh Bill, you will be so terribly missed.
Marie Chapian
June 27, 2005
Bill was my brother-in-law, married to my sister Candy for 33 years. Through these many years, Bill blessed me richly many times with personal counseling in my times of dire need. He blessed me with his generosity in sharing his home with me many times through the years, and with his never ending love for my daughter Kirsten and myself. His humor, his instigation of very challenging discussions, his pranks (yes, the serious pastor and psychologist had another side to him!), and his intense love for the Lord will bring smiles to my face forever. The most important blessing is that he loved my sister, Candy, with all of his heart. He was a very special person in my life and I will miss him terribly. He left a wonderful legacy for all of us. When we truly engage in the Truth...the Truth surely sets us free.
Kathy Thompson
June 26, 2005
Like so many others who have posted here, his book, "Telling Yourself the Truth" was instrumental in my recovery and turned my life around when I hit bottom. He will live on forever both in the kingdom of heaven and in the lives he helped rescue.
Paul Janoff
June 24, 2005
Dear Candy and other loved ones,

Dr. Backus, his books, his teaching, his clinic, etc. touched my life and the lives of my loved ones far more than I could begin to express in this book entry. I had hoped he would live to be a hundred. It seemed as if he would. May you all be comforted by precious memories of "Dr.B." and by the love of Jesus.
Ruth Olson
June 20, 2005
I have so many wonderful memories of Dr Backus and I think of him more as a father who had a wonderful impact on my life.My prayers are with his family.His kindness and wisdom I will cherish.
Heike Martin
June 20, 2005
Dr Backus and his book "Telling Yourself The Truth" & his counseling were so helpful to me and to some of my friends. He was a wonderful person and I will never forget him. My prayers are with his wife & family.
C Peterson
June 18, 2005
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of your loss.
Doug Schoeller
June 18, 2005

I was saddened to learn of your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

John O'Brien, AMT
John O'Brien
June 18, 2005
Addy and I were blessed to work at the Center for Christian Psychological Services for thirteen years, always appreciative of Dr. Backus's integrity, honesty, and deep commitment to the Word of God.
His support for Sanctus Marriage Enrichment gave us courage to pioneer this ministry. Special blessings from God to all his family and friends.
Wilfred Sager
June 17, 2005
We are sorry to read of Dr. Backus' passing. We were blessed by his ministry at North Heights and enjoyed his Bible classes. We have really missed him since we moved to Sun City. We extended our condolences to Candy and pray for God's blessing and peace upon her.
Bill & Lois Grove
June 16, 2005
"Telling Yourself The Truth" came along in my life from a dear friend when I was going through desperate times in the mid 80s. I don't believe I'd be here today if not for that book, and the truths in it.

After moving to Minneapolis, I was blessed to have several meetings with Dr. Backus. He was more like a loving father than a doctor. I truly, truly am a better person because of him, and my deepest condolences go to his family.

Many blessings,
George Carden
June 16, 2005
Dear Candy, Marian and Gene, I was so sorry to hear of your loss. We can be comforted to know that Bill is with his Lord. I'm so glad we got to visit with you at our CCC reunion. My love and prayers, Luci
Lucille Binz
June 14, 2005
On behalf of the New Brighton Dept of Public Safety: To Candy and the family of Bill Backus, please accept our condolences. We share your grief.
Bob Jacobson
June 14, 2005
My prayers and love are with all of you during this sad time. Bill, who is loved and adored by so many, has left this world a better place. I am blessed for having known him.
Nan Clements
June 14, 2005
The work Dr. Backus did and the books he wrote have been instrumental in helping many people, including me, get through the tough times in life. May the Lord provide his family with the comfort of His presence and the blessings that come from a life lived in His service. My condolences to the family of Dr. William Backus.
Bonnie Joyce
June 14, 2005
There are no words to express what Dr. Backus did for me. He helped me through very difficult times in my life. I will never forget the day I found out my breast cancer was in my lymph node system and I needed more surgery. My husband got Dr. Backus on the phone. He said, "Carol, I know you are overcome with fear, but keep one thought in your mind for tonight - Trust God." There are so many more things... I could fill a notebook. His life definitely changed my life and led me and my husband, Jeff, closer to The Lord.
Carol Notto
June 14, 2005
My thoughts and prayers are with Bill's family.
Brian LaCroix
June 14, 2005
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