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Obituary: The Rev. George R. Scilley

Brother George R. Scilley died in Fargo, N.D. on December 21, 2014, at age 81.

Born August 27, 1933 in Fargo, N.D., he was the son of Ralph and Minnie (Schroeder) Scilley. Brother Scilley graduated from Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1955 and received a Bachelor of Divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1958. He later attended U.S. Army Chaplain School and George Washington University. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry June 22, 1958 and consecrated a Presbyter December 30, 1973.

He was united in marriage to Dorothy Libricz September 27, 1958 and together they served pastorates in North Dakota (Aurelia, Alice, Fargo) and Michigan (Daggett-Menominee) as well as numerous assignments while serving as a chaplain with the U.S. Army from 1963-1983. He entered into retirement March 1, 1998.

Brother Scilley is survived by his wife, Dorothy; daughter, Sarah; and one grandson.

A memorial service was held December 28, 2014 at Shepherd of the Prairie Moravian Church, Fargo, N.D., with the Rev. Eric Renner officiating. Burial was in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, D.C. ν


From the January/February 2015 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the Week — Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35

Sunday, September 23 — Jeremiah 11:18–20; Psalm 54
James 3:13–4:3,7–8a; Mark 9:30–37

I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:34

John wrote: My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1

Gracious Advocate, so often we go off on our own and lose our way. We take our eyes off of you and selfishly focus on the world. Thank you for not abandoning us to ourselves. Thank you for bringing us back into loving communion with you. In the name of Christ, our redeemer, we pray. Amen.

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