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1/30/2013 1:49:00 PM
St. Matthew pastor remembered for sense of humor
Community news staff

HUBER HEIGHTS — William A. Schreiber, age 64 of Enon, who served as the pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Huber Heights since June 2001, passed away on Jan. 19, 2013 in York, Pa. Visitation was held Friday, Jan. 25 and services were Saturday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

John Armstrong, President of St. Matthew Lutheran Church,  said he was shocked when he learned of Schreiber’s passing and said there were a lot of “red eyes” when the congregation was told.

“Nobody expected it,” he said of Schreiber, who presided over the St. Matthew Lutheran Church 50th Anniversary in October.

Armstrong said that Schreiber brought a “sense of humor” to his congregation.

“He did good sermons on Sunday, but his biggest thing was a sense of humor in dealing with people,” said Armstrong.

“He was a good guy,” added Armstrong. “We’re going to miss him. Everybody in the congregation is going to miss him.”

William has served as a volunteer fireman and civil defense director in past communities where he has lived and was currently serving as Chaplain and on the Critical Incident Team of Mad River Township Fire Department in Enon. His fire helmet was presented to the family.

“The best way to describe Bill: he has a heart of gold,” said David Leist, Fire Chief of Emergency Services for Mad River Township/Enon Fire and EMS Dept. “He was always a phone call away if we ever needed anybody.”

As part of the Critical Incident Stress Management team in Ohio, this group provided counseling service for fire and EMS departments that had an incident at their station or a fatality within their station or a run that went bad.

“He really enjoyed doing that,” said Leist.  “It was a blessing to have Bill on our department.”

He was born Nov. 9, 1948 in Peoria, Ill. to the late Julius J. Schreiber and Violet (Mitchell) Schreiber. William grew up in Illinois and attended Lutheran elementary school and public high school there. He attended Concordia Junior College at Milwaukee, Wisc. and Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, Ind. He received his Masters of Divinity Degree at St. Louis Seminary Seminex, St. Louis, Mo. and Chicago Seminary in Chicago, Ill. in 1975.

William was ordained on Aug. 10, 1975 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Junction City, Kansas where he served as a worker-priest spending part of his time working as a minister and part time as a gunsmith. He also drove wheat trucks and school buses. In following years he served as pastor of Zion Lutheran in Downs, Kansas; Christ Lutheran in St. Paul, Neb.; Immanuel Lutheran in Osmond, Neb.; Christ Lutheran in Oil City, Pa; and was currently serving as the pastor of St. Matthew Lutheran in Huber Heights.

He also enjoyed visiting children and grandchildren, fishing, woodworking, golf and gunsmithing.

William married Karen (Rissman) Schreiber at Immanuel Lutheran Church in DeKalb, Ill. on June 6, 1970. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, mother, three sisters – Bonita & George Ackron, Alice & Michael Fritch, Judith & John Lee; three sons - Joshua & Julie Schreiber of Fountain, MN; Jeb and Lisa Schreiber of Emigsville, Pa.; Jon Schreiber of Cumming, Ga.; one daughter - Jerusha and Eric Lorenz of Grand Island, Neb.; and seven grandchildren – Joelie, Jessie, Ella, Mae, Jentrey, Dale and Ephra. William was preceded in death by his father, Julius Schreiber and one grandson, Jay Schreiber.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew Lutheran Church, St. Matthew Lutheran Preschool or Mad River Township Fire Department.

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