Rev. Carl Wesley Stroder, age 93, of Jackson, passed away on ­­­­­­­­­Friday, July 15, 2016 at Ratliff Care Center in Cape Girardeau.

He was born May 5, 1923 in Crump, Missouri, son of Luther and Lela Heimbach Stroder.  He and Delma Louise Eakins were married February 14, 1947.

Carl grew up in the Crump area and was a graduate of Randols High School.  He served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from August 22, 1944 to October 13, 1946.  After his honorable discharge as sergeant, Carl felt the call to preach the Gospel and became affiliated with the General Baptist organization.  In the early ‘50’s, he decided he would need training to preach more efficiently.  He enrolled in the Central Bible Institute in Springfield, Missouri.  In 1953 he was ordained with the Assemblies of God and he remained with this denomination until his death.  He pastored churches in Centerville, Missouri; Van Wert, Ohio; Lutesville, Missouri; and Ellington, Missouri.  He returned to school, graduating in 1967 from Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri and worked from 1968 to 1973 as a counselor at Ellington High School.  While working in Ellington, he achieved a Masters of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University.  In 1974, he and Delma moved to Creal Springs, Illinois where Carl was the pastor for the Assembly of God Church.  He founded and pioneered the former Lakeside Assembly at Lake of Egypt, Illinois developing it from the ground up.  Carl and Delma moved to Lakeview Acres in Jackson in 2002 to be closer to family and, in doing so, made many new friends.  They always had a big garden and loved to give the produce to neighbors, friends, and family.

In addition to his wife of 69 years, loving survivors include three sons: Lonnie (Susan) Stroder of Jackson, Missouri, Glenn (Joyce) Stroder of Farmington, Missouri, and Larry (Miriam) Stroder of Wildwood, Missouri; eight grandchildren, Timothy (Karie) Stroder, Dr. Ryan Stroder, Alex Stroder, Rebecca (Gary) Merseal, Rachel Stroder, Melissa (Scott) Stephens, Jennifer (Joe) Keel, and Shawn Stroder; five great grandchildren; and a brother, John Stroder (Norma Jean) of Florissant, Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son (Ronald Carl Stroder), three brothers, and a sister.

The visitation will be from 4 p.m. until service time on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the chapel of McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson.

The funeral service will be at 7 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Dave Parmley officiating, assisted by Rev. Charles Lance.

Interment will be on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 11:00 am in Proffer Cemetery in Crump with military honors.

The family suggests that contributions be made to Teen Challenge of Cape Girardeau of Southeast Missouri or Southeast Hospice.

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  1. Mary Helderman Livingston

    I have known few people in my life that have impressed me with his faith like Brother Carl did. His genuine, kind and loving manner touched so many people. His smile was contagious and you could feel the love he had for people. I also remember his firm handshake and how he would look people in the eye and share Jesus. You knew he was the real deal. Precious memories for his family and his endearing legacy will always be remembered by the Helderman family.

  2. Rita Weber

    Dear Delma & Family,
    What a blessing to know that Carl is in heaven! He now has his heavenly body with no aches or pains. My father was a cousin to Carl. I’m sure my parents, John & Alberta Heimbaugh, met Carl at heaven’s gates. Carl was a blessing to family and friends. Stroder/Heimbaugh gatherings provided many wonderful memories. Carl and my mother shared the same birthday, May 5, 1923. Carl blessed us in June 2012 with his presence at Mother’s funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Rita and Brad Weber
    Perryville, MO

  3. Jeannette Stone

    Lonnie and Susan and family: Just wanted you to know I am praying for you. Your Dad spent his life loving the Lord and serving Him – I am sure he is receiving “Well done, good and faithful servant” from the Lord. What a wonderful legacy he left behind. God bless and comfort your Mom and you, too. Jeannette Stone and Jim

  4. Jack Smart

    Lonnie and Susan, I am so sorry to see that Bro. Carl passed away though I know that he has no such sorrow, being in the presence of the Lord.
    He was a wonderful minister and always a great encouragement to me. He loved to tell about the time that Bro. Mepplelink offered him at position at TC. He certainly had a heart for our students. Praying that the Lord will bring comfort to everyone during this time.

  5. Paul Sulser

    Lonnie, Glenn, and Larry. Sorry to hear of the passing of your father. He was a wonderful man and lived his life as a testament to the Lord. Thinking of you and your families during this time.

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