In Memoriam: June 17, 2016

The following is a weekly listing of Nazarene ministers and leaders who recently went home to be with the Lord. Notices were received June 13-17, 2016.

Viola Barton, 97, of Franklin, Tennessee, passed away June 9. She was the widow of retired minister, evangelist, and educator Edward Barton, who served in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kansas, Indiana, Georgia, and Tennessee. Edward Barton passed away in 2007. 

Tammy M. Binam, 46,  of Strafford, Missouri, passed away June 10. She was the wife of Kevin L. Binam, a minister on the Joplin District.  

William F. "Bill" Branson, 62, of Winterset, Iowa, passed away June 15. He has been pastor of the Winterset Church of the Nazarene since 1989. He is survived by his wife, Terri L. Branson.

Kenneth Burton, 95, of Monmouth, Oregon, passed away June 9. He was a retired minister, serving in Wisconsin, Indiana, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Montana. He is survived by his wife, Audrey Burton. 

Dorothy (Ingersoll) Gordon, 87, of Salem, Oregon, passed away June 8. She was the widow of retired minister James Gordon, who served in New Mexico, California, and Oregon. James Gordon passed away in 2005. 

Miriam R. (Conrad) Esselburn-Henry, 86, of Warsaw, Ohio, passed away June 15. She was a song evangelist commissioned in Ohio and widow of song evangelist A. C. "Bud" Esselburn, who passed away in 1991. She is survived by her husband, John Henry. 

Kenneth L. Jenkins, 100, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, passed away June 13. He was a retired minister, serving in California, Idaho, and New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Jenkins, in 2009.  

Dorothy (Gossett) Joplin, 97, of Manteno, Illinois, passed away June 13. She was the widow of retired minister Elmer Joplin, who served in Illinois. Elmer Joplin passed away in 2015. 

Shirley (Miller) Killion, 84, of Loda, Illinois, passed away June 8. She was the wife of retired minister Robert Killion, who served in Illinois.

Doris Kuhn, 90, of Oil City, Pennsylvania, passed away June 11. She was the widow of retired minister John Kuhn, who served in Pennsylvania. John Kuhn passed away in 2007. 

Alma "Maxine" (McCoy) Riffle, 89, of Bradenton, Florida, passed way June 11. She was the widow of retired minister and evangelist Brady Riffle, who served in West Virginia. Brady Riffle passed away in 2015.

Tracy Rushing, 72, of Carthage, Missouri, passed away June 8. He was a song evangelist based on the Joplin District . He is survived by his wife, Terri (Knell) Rushing.

Richard A. Wright Sr., 95, of Jefferson, Ohio, passed away June 9. He was a retired minister, serving in Ohio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Wright, in 2015.

For previous editions of In Memoriam, see the "Passings" section by clicking here.

Note: Please join us in prayer for the families who have lost loved ones. Click on names for full stories, funeral information, local online obituaries, and/or guest books (if available). To submit an entry of a minister or church leader, send to news@nazarene.org.

--Compiled by NCN News

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