Rev. C. W. Locher, D. D.
The news of the death of the Rev. C. W. Locher, D. D., came as a shock to his large number of friends. He had been with us and preached to us on Sunday, March 4th, and seemed in his usual good health. When he returned to his home in Webster Groves, Missouri, he developed a cold, which later culminated in pneumonia. Even then there seemed hope for his recovery, but on April 2nd, he was called to his eternal rest.
Dr. Locher was a man of genial courtesy, who put his whole energy into the task which was his. His many friends found him a source of inspiration and help. He had been prominent in the work of the Synod, serving as chairman of the Foreign Mission Board, as President of two of our Districts, and finally as President of the Synod. It was in this latter office, especially, that he expended himself without stint, putting his duty before all else and placing his talents unreservedly and whole-heartedly into the service of his Church and his God.
Those who attended our worship service on March 4th will long remember the earnestness with which he made a plea for unfailing support of the Church, for faithfulness in service, and for loyalty unto death. This was the last sermon he preached.
We hold his memory sacred and view his life as one which was lived for his Master, knowing that his earthly labors being over, he is enjoying the rest prepared for the children of God.
—Our Church Visitor, a monthly publication of St. Mark’s Evangelical Church, New Albany, Indiana — May 1934 Issue # 5 page 5