News and Tribune

August 22, 2013

Martin L. Mappes, 87; Georgetown

— Funeral services for Pastor Martin L. Mappes, 87, Georgetown, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Grace Lutheran Church, New Albany. He will then be taken to Norman, Okla. for services and burial in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery at a later date. He died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services, New Albany.  

He was born Feb. 23, 1926 in Norman, Okla. to his late parents, Henry and Wilhelmina Hansmeyer Mappes. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He attended St. John’s College in Winfield, Ks. and graduated from the Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. in 1954. His dedicated vocation as a Lutheran Pastor for 60 years included St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Topeka, Ks., Trinity Lutheran Church, Ramona, Ks., Trinity Lutheran Church, Hoyleton, Il., Trinity Lutheran Church, Salina, Ks., Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Knoxville, Tn. and lastly, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Georgetown, where he served from 1976 through his retirement in 1989. Pastor Mappes was currently a member of the Grace Lutheran Church, New Albany.

We celebrate Martin’s strong and abiding faith in God, his deep love of family, his generosity to others, and his faithful service to the flock that he shepherded. I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. Romans 1:16

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, the former Doris M. Awe; children, Brian Mappes and his wife, Lisa, Teresa Brown and his wife, Don, and Marty Mappes and his wife, Gina; siblings, Elsie and her husband, Hank, Arlene, Pauline and her husband, Roy, Dorothy, Mary Margaret, Wilma and her husband, George, Nancy and Carolyn; and 13 grandchildren, Zachary, Heidi and her husband, Kevin, Sara, Ryan, Carter, Lauren and her husband, Jason, Jordyn, Cameron, Joshua, Samendia, Eva, Jefferson and Zyf.

 He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Liesha and Katlyn.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, at Kraft Funeral Service, Charlestown Road Chapel, New Albany and after 9 a.m. Saturday, at the church.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “Jesus is Lord”, “Kids Against Hunger”, or Indiana District LWML Scholarship Fund for Church Workers.  Checks should be made payable to Grace Lutheran Church and designated for the appropriate memorial.

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