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John Ratzlaff, ’70

John Ratzlaff, ’70

Posted on 12 January 2016 by editor

SSJ031035-1_20160111November 18, 1947 – January 7, 2016

John D. Ratzlaff ’70 ,  of West Salem, Oregon, passed away on Thursday, January 7. He was born on November 18, 1947 in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Alvin and Elvera Ratzlaff. John grew up on the family farm in Orienta, Oklahoma. He attended Orienta Elementary School and later graduated from Oklahoma Bible Academy. He graduated with his BA from Grace Bible Institute, where he met his sweetheart Dee. John and Dee married on September 12, 1970, in Mountain Lake, Minnesota. In faith, they moved to Oregon in 1971 where John had been hired as the first Youth Pastor at the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church in Dallas. In 1974, they moved to West Salem and John started his career with State Farm Insurance. John was past president of West Salem Rotary and the West Salem Business Association. He was also past board chair at Salem Academy and a past board member of the Salem Free Clinics. John was an active member of Salem Alliance Church.

John’s faith in Jesus Christ was the most important thing to him, and he reflected that by the way he loved people. He would invite people into his office and talk about hot rods, family, and occasionally insurance. John enjoyed boating on Detroit Lake and teaching people how to water ski. Classic car shows gave him the opportunity to spend time with his high school buddies, and again, visit with people.

John was very proud of his sons and loved his grandchildren. He made it a priority to be present at their sporting events and programs. When people were in his presence, John always made them feel important.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Dee; sons Mitch (Kelleigh) Ratzlaff and Travis (Brandee) Ratzlaff, along with his grandchildren Connor, Grant, Logan, Cole & Hailey. He leaves behind his brother, Stanley Ratzlaff and sister, Ruth Buller.

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Chuck Nichols

Charles H. (Chuck) Nichols, ’70

Posted on 15 January 2014 by vunruh

Charles Nichols, Ph D.; Professor Emeritus, Educational Studies

For the past 30 years Chuck Nichols has been an integral part of Providence life. Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies, Dr. Charles (Chuck) Nichols died on January 14, 2014. Providence Theological Seminary and University College will miss him greatly.

Dr. Nichols was born in 1939 and grew up in New Jersey near Philadelphia. His academic career included studies at Philadelphia College of the Bible (B.S. in 1967), Wheaton College (M.A. in 1970), and the University of Nebraska (Ph.D. in 1983). It included also many years as a teacher at Grace College of the Bible in Nebraska (1970 to 1983) and at Providence (1983 to the present). Chuck retired from full-time teaching in 2009 and became Professor Emeritus. He continued teaching regular modules in the seminary program until this past October (October 2013).

Chuck was also an ordained minister in the Evangelical Free Church of America, and served as minister of youth at the First United Methodist Church in his home town, New Jersey from 1963 to 1967, and then as minister of education at the Wheaton Evangelical Free Church from 1968 to 1970. He continued his activities as an ordained minister preaching in many different venues. Chuck had a passion for missions as well—from serving as the chairman of World Team USA to spending time on the OM Ships in West Africa. He expressed this passion within his own congregation, as well in the global church.

In 1963 Chuck married Susan (Elwell), known to all as Sue, who survives him. Chuck and Sue became fully part of Steinbach life, in the church and in the community. In constant demand as a teacher and speaker at churches and Bible camps and colleges from Lithuania to Brazil, Chuck was a great ambassador for Christ, for the church, and for Providence. He had a gift for connecting with students, remembering names and people better than most.

Chuck and I carpooled for many years from Steinbach to Otterburne, as he taught his courses in Christian Education, and I in missions. He was a good partner driving back and forth, and a good man in the various arenas of his life. We remember him as a frequent participant in all forms of sports—playing football and basketball and floor hockey. He enjoyed watching college football (go Cornhuskers!), but enjoyed playing more.

It is hard to say in which place we will miss him most—the classroom, his home church, the many places in which he served (from the OM Ships to teaching abroad in various countries), the basketball court, or any other place. The truth is, we miss him in all of these, and more. Our love and prayers remain with Sue and with those closest to Chuck and Sue. God keep you and comfort you in the days ahead.

Daryl Climenhaga, D. Miss.
Associate Professor, Global Studies, Providence Theological Seminary
January 14, 2014

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Marcella Regier

Marcella "Marcy" Elaine Regier, ’70

Posted on 11 June 2013 by vunruh

Marcella “Marcy” Elaine Regier of Winona Lake, Ind. passed away at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at her residence at the age of 65.

She was a resident of Kosciusko County, Ind. for the past 35 years, where she was a member of Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, and Moms In Touch of Warsaw, Ind. Marcy was a 1965 graduate of Central Christian High School in Hutchinson, Kan. She then attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebr. and received her Bachelors Degree in 1970.

She moved to Winona Lake in 1978, and worked at Grace College in Winona Lake as an Administrative Assistant in the Dean of Students office from 1995-1999. She dedicated her life to her family and was known for her radiant smile, and her mission as a prayer warrior.

Marcy was born on June 13, 1947 in Omaha, Nebr. to John Harder and Bertha (Zielke) Harder. On September 9, 1972 in Hutchinson Kan. she was married to Melvin “Mel” Ray Regier, who survives in Winona Lake, Ind.

She will also be lovingly remembered by her three daughters: Sarah (Aaron) Scantlen, Winona Lake, Ind.; Liz (Tim) Sprankle, Warsaw, Ind; Bekah (Jeremy) Miller, Chicago, Ill; five grandchildren: Mahlia, Josiah, and Hezekiah Scantlen; Claire and Margot Sprankle. Also surviving are one brother Loren (Maylene) Harder, Perryton, Tex; and one sister Velma Bartlow, Seattle, Wash. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

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