Herbert M. Zorn

Herbert M. Zorn

New Glarus, Wisconsin/Herbert M. Zorn, age 95, died on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the New Glarus Home.

He was born July 22, 1922 to Walter and Augusta (Strasen) Zorn in Cleveland, Ohio, where he spent his early years and attended school.

Herb studied at Concordia College, Milwaukee; Concordia Seminary, St. Louis; and Washington University, St. Louis. In 1947, Herb accepted a call to the India mission field. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Lichtsinn on August 3, 1947. The couple left for India by sea in November and arrived in India on December 28, 1947. Herb served in the southern states of Kerala and Tamilnadu as station missionary and then seminary professor, for a total of twenty-five years. In 1972 Herb and Dorothy left India for an appointment by the World Council of Churches in London, to coordinate a study of the viability of theological seminaries throughout the Third World. Upon completion of this task in 1975, they moved to St. Louis for two years of teaching at Christ Seminary, Seminex. In 1977, they moved to pastoral ministry in Portland and Beaverton, Oregon. Herb retired in August 1987. In retirement, he served several congregations as interim pastor. In August 1997, the couple moved to New Glarus.

Herb is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and three children: Becky (Lee) Stilwell of Verona, Paul (Janet Petri) Zorn of Northfield, Minnesota, and Steve (Eva) Zorn of Roseville, Minnesota. Herb and Dorothy have eight grandchildren and sixteen great grandchildren.

Herb was preceded in death by his parents, four siblings, and one great grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the New Glarus Home Chapel, 600 Second Ave., New Glarus, Wisconsin (access via the Elm Dr. entrance). A celebration of Herb’s life will follow the memorial service.

A gathering of relatives and friends will precede the memorial service from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the New Glarus Home Chapel.

The Zentner-Beal Funeral Home of New Glarus is assisting the family.

Memorials are suggested to International Partners in Mission (ipmconnect.org) or to the Bethania Kids Foundation (bethaniakids.org).

An online memorial with guestbook is available at www.bealfuneralhomes.com