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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


Monday, July 23 — Psalm 88:13–18
Deuteronomy 32:10–43; Luke 11:1–13

The Lord said to Isaac, “Through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed.” Genesis 26:4 (NIV)

Many will come from east and west and will eat with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 8:11

God of our ancestors, we are grateful for the blessings upon blessings that you bestowed upon Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and also upon us. Thank you for the promise of your unending faithfulness. Amen.

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