Pastor Erling Lloyd Carmichael, 85, of La Crosse, Wis., died Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at the Hillview Health Care Center.
Erling Lloyd Carmichael was brought into this world Feb. 23, 1932, to Charles and Alvina Carmichael. He was baptized into the Christian faith and later publicly confessed that Christian faith at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Fort Atkinson, Wis. He received his Christian education while studying at Northwestern Preparatory School and Northwestern College in Watertown, Wis., Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wis. He served his Lord while teaching at Wisconsin Lutheran High School and also in the pastoral ministry. He served at a tri-parish in rural Tomah, rural Fairfax, (Wellington Twsp.) and finally in Nodine, Minn. While in the pastoral ministry, he served on many different boards and committees.
On June 14, 1958, he was united in marriage to Beverly Rehwinkel at Grace Lutheran Church in Oshkosh, Wis. Their marriage was blessed with four children. The joy of his life was serving his Lord as a pastor and reaching out to the many children in the Christian Day schools that were a part of his ministry.
Erling was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Janine; his brother, Chuck; his adopted daughter, Cheryl; his daughter-in-law, Julie; and his brother-in-law, Howard Wessel.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; his children, Lisa of La Crosse, Scott of Milwaukee, and Rachel (Tim Scriver) of Springville, Iowa; adopted daughter, Chris Rolloff (Dave), adopted son-in-law, Jim Boyum of Fairfax, Minn.; brother, Gary (Caroline) of New Ulm, Minn.; sisters, Lucille Wessel of New Ulm, Charlene Miedtke (Roger) of Fairmont, Minn., and Kay Yanz (Jerry) of Mills River, N.C.; grandchildren, Thomas, Joshua, Aaron, Dan, Ben, Jordan, Zach, Sam, Jordyn, Sami, Ellie and Adam; and great-grandchild, Nolan; and many nieces and nephews. Blessed be his memory.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Nodine. Pastor Dennis Harbach will officiate. Burial will be held at a later date in the Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Schumacher-Kish Funeral & Cremation Services of La Crescent, 111 S. Oak Street, and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church.
Online guestbook is available at www.schumacher-kish.com. Memorials may be given to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church or Grade School, Luther High School, or the WELS Committee on Relief.
The family would like to thank the staff at Hillview for their wonderful care.