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Obituary: The Rev. Otto Dreydoppel

Brother Otto Dreydoppel died at Lynnwood, Washington, July 13, 2013, at the age of 85. Born November 30, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of Otto and Sophie (McCubbin) Dreydoppel. Brother Dreydoppel graduated from Moravian College in 1952 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1955. He received a Masters in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1970. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry May 1, 1955 and consecrated a Presbyter January 20, 1963.

He was united in marriage to Jean Jackson June 3, 1950 in Bethlehem, Pa. Together they served pastorates in Ohio (Uhrichsville), Indiana (Haverford), New Jersey (Egg Harbor City), Pennsylvania (Calvary, Midway Manor), and California (Morongo). Brother Dreydoppel served the church in mission service in Alaska (1972-79) as superintendent in Bethel and Director of Theological Education for the Alaska Church and as interim superintendent in Labrador (1987-1989). He also served under call to specialized ministry as chaplain at Allentown (Pennsylvania) State Hospital. He entered into retirement December 31, 1989.

His wife, Jean; sons, Otto, Jr. and David; daughters, Carol and Susan; nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter survive Brother Dreydoppel.

Funeral services were held August 10, 2013 at Edmonds Lutheran Church, Edmonds, Wash. A memorial service will be held at a date yet to be announced with interment at Nisky Hill Cemetery in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.


From the September 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, April 21 — Psalm 52
Leviticus 15:1–24; Mark 5:21–43

The snares of death encompassed me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’ Psalm 116:3,4

The disciples awoke Jesus and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:38–39 (NKJV)

Christ Jesus, how prone we are to worry. How we forget your words, “Fear not.” When our faith is diminished by fear, gently remind us to take refuge in you. “Saranam, Saranam, Saranam.” Amen.

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