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Rev. W. Marcus Kendall

Monday, October 15, 2007

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Rev. W. Marcus Kendall, 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by family members on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, at Westminster Village North, Indianapolis.

Born April 29, 1916, in Greenville, Ill., he was the son of Dr. William H. and Orrel (Ryer) Kendall.

In 1943, he married the late Suzanne (Arnold) Kendall, with whom he shared a 35-year union.

He was a 1937 graduate of the College of Wooster, Ohio, and a 1940 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey.

He was ordained by the Indianapolis Presbytery into the First Presbyterian Church of Greenfield on June 16, 1940, and served as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Chruch of Greencastle from 1940-43.

He was a Chaplain/Major in the United States Army for two years, having served his country in Italy during World War II.

He served as director of the Westminster Foundation, Indiana University, Bloomington, from 1946-49. He was the Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Brazil from 1949-56, at which time he took a position in fundraising with the Board of National Missions, where he became Field Director of new Church Building and Finance, Chicago, in 1962.

He later worked with the Presbyterian Housing Program as a Retirement and Financial Consultant. In 1979, he assumed the position of Assistant Pastor at the First-Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis and retained the position until 1981 when he became the Interim Pastor for the Southminster Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, and also the First Presbyterian Church in Greenfield.

In 1982, he served as the Interim Executive Presbyter of the Whitewater Valley Presbytery in Indianapolis and became Interim Supply of the First Presbyterian Church in Rushville and the Interim Senior Pastor of the Irvington Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, during the next two years.

He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Hancock No. 101, F.& A.M., Greenfield Yorkrite, as well as the American Legion Post 1771, Indianapolis.

He was preceded in death by his second white, Carolyn Thalhamer Adams, whom he married in 1979.

Survivors include his son Jeff A. Kendall and wife Jan, Carmel; daughter Annette Kendall, Indianapolis; stepdaughter Susie Mattingly, Nashville, Ind.; sister Carol Forthofer, Annapolis, Md., 16 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and many friends at Westminster Village North.

He will be remembered for his quiet and gentle spirit, his easy smile and his love for his family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenfield First Presbyterian Church. Visitation is from 11 a.m. until services. Burial will follow in Park Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westminster Village Foundation, 11050 Presbyterian Dr., Indianapolis, 46236, or the First Presbyterian Church, 116 W. South St., Greenfield, 46140.