WALNUT CREEK -- Fred E. Augsburger, 95, of Walnut Creek, passed into the presence of his Lord early in the morning of Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at Walnut Hills Nursing Home in Walnut Creek, where he had completed his calling to minister to all people in the name of Jesus.
Fred was born April 27, 1921, in Elida to Clarence and Estella (Shenk) Augsburger and married Carolyn King on May 26, 1946, in Elida. Carolyn died on June 22, 2002.
He served in the Civilian Public Service in Luray, Va., during World War II. Following the war, Fred and Carolyn dairy farmed in Wisconsin, and in the 1950s followed the leading of Jesus to plant the Rockview Mennonite and Berean Fellowship Churches in Youngstown.
Fred was a member of Berlin Mennonite Church for more than 20 years and was a pastor and evangelist in more than 250 churches across the United States, Canada and Jamaica, serving in ministry for more than 70 years.
He enjoyed planting his Teddy Bears (sunflowers), making maple syrup and feeding the birds and squirrels.
He loved woodworking, furniture making and especially loved to build and repair clocks.
Fred was a cultivator and tender of tomatoes, flowers and especially people.
He will be remembered as a kind-hearted, wisdom-filled man who shared his love of life and people with all he met, always showing the way to the Lord.
His love for his family was evident in his stories and adoption of technology so that he could stay connected through emails and calls even when he was no longer able to travel.
Surviving are children, Ruth Ann (Owen) Burkholder and Joyce Gingerich, both of Harrisonburg, Va., Linda (Dennis) Gingerich of Cape Coral, Fla., Samuel (Beth) Augsburger of Nicholasville, Ky., and Brenda (Timothy) Yoder of Bird In Hand, Pa; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, A. Don Augsburger and Myron (Esther) Augsburger, both of Harrisonburg, Va., and W. David (Leann) Augsburger of Clairemont, Calif.; a sister, Anna Mary (Milton) Good of Elizabethtown, Pa.; and a sister-in-law, Garneita Augsburger of Sarasota, Fla.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a brother, S. Dan Augsburger, and a son-in-law, Paul Gingerich.
A memorial service was Feb. 11, 2017, at 4 p.m. at Berlin Mennonite Church, 4718 U.S. Route 62, Berlin, with members of the family officiating.
Auble Funeral Home in Orrville assisted the family with arrangements.
Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at www.aublefuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to Berlin Mennonite Church, 4718 U.S. Route 62, Berlin 44610.
Memorials may also be made to Interim Healthcare Hospice of Ohio, 232 Chestnut St., Coshocton 43812.
The family wishes to express deep appreciation to all the staff at Walnut Hills Nursing Home and Interim Healthcare Hospice for their dedicated care to Fred in his final years.