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Bishop Oscar Burkholder 

Bishop Oscar Burkholder

Male 1886 - 1956

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  • Prefix  Bishop 
    Birth  24 Sep 1886  near, Stouffville, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Male 
    Occupation  Cressman Mennonite Church, Breslau, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    minister 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-36565 
    Died  29 Oct 1956  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: heart attack 
    Buried  Breslau Mennonite (Cressman's) Cemetery, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I36565  Generations
    Last Modified  15 Mar 2017 

    Family 1  Mary Reesor,   b. 5 Jul 1966, Stouffville, York Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1974, Preston (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  28 Mar 1918  [1
    Children 
     1. John H. Burkholder,   b. 1917, of, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1990, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Clayton Frederick Burkholder,   b. 21 Jan 1919, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1988, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F28884  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Laura May Shantz,   b. 12 Sep 1892, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Apr 1916 
    Married  1913  [1
    Family ID  F41947  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    from Allan Detweiler 2008
    from Allan Detweiler 2008

  • Notes 
    • Burkholder, Oscar, son of the late Aaron and Agnes Burkholder, was born Sept. 24, 1886, near Stouffville, Ont.; died Oct. 29, 1956, at the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital; aged 70 y. 1m. 5 d., following a heart attack. In 1913 he married Laura Mae Shantz, of Breslau, who predeceased him April 13, 1916. On March 28, 1918, he married Mary Ressor who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (Clayton, Breslau; John, Waterloo), 3 daughters (Ethel Marie-Mrs. Arthur Gingerich, Markstay; Agnes-Mrs. Hilton Staynor, Hamilton; Nellie-Mrs. Archie Kinsie, Breslau), 4 brothers (Orval, Ralph, and Ira, Stouffville, and Clarence, Breslau), one sister (Laura-Mrs. Walter Miller, Stouffville). One sister (Ruth-Mrs. Ed Litner), one brother (Lorne), and one infant daughter (Elsie) preceded him in death. There are 12 grandchildren. Bro. Burkholder accepted Christ as his Saviour in 1898 at the age of 12. On July 13, 1912, he was ordained to the Christian ministry at the Cedar Grove Church, Markham, Ont. On Jan. 5, 1913, he assumed pastoral responsibilities at the Cressman Church, Breslau. On June 13, 1954, he preached his farewell sermon to the Cressman congregation after having served as their pastor for 41 years. He was ordained as bishop of the Cressman congregation on April 3, 1949 and continued as bishop until June 5, 1956. Bro. Burkholder was widely known, used, and appreciated in the Mennonite Church, as evangelist and Bible teacher. He was also competent leader and held many positions in the church. Included in his activities are the following: Bible teacher at Ontario Mennonite Bible School for 37 years and principal for 7 years; secretary of Ontario Sunday School Conference, 26 years; president of the Ontario Mennonite Mission Board, 14 years; member of the Publishing Committee of General Conference, 27 years; member of General Conference Executive Committee, 22 years; moderator of General Conference, 2 years; member of General Mission Board, 6 years; as well as many other committees and boards of both General Conference and the Ontario Conference. Three books of his have been published, "Life Stories For Youth," vol. 1 and 2; and "Predicted Departure from the Faith," as well as articles for the GOSPEL HERALD, "Christian Monitor," "Christian Ministry," and "Sword and Trumpet." On Sept. 30, 1952, on his return from the World Conference at Basel, Switzerland, and his tour of the Holy Land, Bro. Burkholder had the opportunity of conducting the first Mennonite communion service in London, England, at the Finsbury Mission where John Coffmans are located. The pulpit which he used was the one used by John Bunyan when he preached in London. On June 18, 1954, Bro. Burkholder was taken to the hospital suffering from a heart attack. He was confined to the hospital for some time but made a remarkable recovery, and on Thanksgiving Day, Oct. 11, 1954, he preached a full sermon for the first time after his heart attack. He enjoyed fairly good health from that time until early in the summer of 1956 when he was confined to his home, suffering from muscular rheumatism. On Oct. 7, he again suffered a heart attack and was taken to the hospital where he passed away quietly in his sleep three weeks later. Funeral services were held Oct. 31, 1956, at the Cressman Church, with Carl J. Rudy officiating. Other participating in the service were J. B. Martin, C. F. Derstine, Roy S. Koch, Horace Cressman, Merle Shantz, and E. J. Swalm. Bro. Martin used as a text for the message II Tim. 4: 7, 8, the text Bro. Burkholder used as his farewell message to the congregation on June 13, 1954.1a

      1aThe Kitchener-Waterloo Record 30 Oct 1956

  • Sources 
    1. [S74] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Kitchener-Waterloo Record (1948-1994), Obituary of Oscar Burkholder - 30 Oct 1956.

  • Event Map
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    Link to Google MapsOccupation - minister - - Cressman Mennonite Church, Breslau, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: heart attack - 29 Oct 1956 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Breslau Mennonite (Cressman's) Cemetery, Breslau, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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