Newsline Extra for December 29, 2008

Newsline Extra: Remembrances Dec. 29, 2008

“…Whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8b).

1) Remembrance: Philip W. Rieman and Louise Baldwin Rieman.

Philip Wayne Rieman (64) and Louise Ann Baldwin Rieman (63), co-pastors of Northview Church of the Brethren in Indianapolis, Ind., were killed in a car accident on the morning of Dec. 26. The accident occurred on a highway north of Indianapolis when the couple were on their way to a family gathering.

Louise Rieman was a current member of the Church of the Brethren’s Mission Advisory Committee. The couple both participated in the Sudan Assessment Team that spent three weeks in southern Sudan in July-Aug. 2007 ( They also were part of an informal group that helped support the original proposal for the Church of the Brethren’s Sudan mission initiative.

The Riemans were Brethren mission workers in Sudan from 1992-96, when they worked as community development facilitators for the New Sudan Council of Churches and with the council’s Peace Department. Their work for the council also took them to Uganda and Kenya.

In other service to the church, the Riemans pastored congregations in Iowa and Indiana. They coordinated the church’s first Nigeria workcamp in 1985, which has since become an annual event. They were peace witnesses and war tax resisters for decades, and were featured by the “New York Times” in an article about the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund on Aug. 3, 2002. The article reported that they gave about 60 percent of their taxes to civil rights and peace programs, despite Internal Revenue Service threats of liens against bank accounts, wage garnishments, and seizure of the family van. “We will look back on war someday like we did on slavery,” Phil Rieman told the paper.

Phil Rieman was born in Chicago on Aug. 27, 1944, the son of T. Wayne and Gwen Rieman. Louise Baldwin Rieman was born in Garkida, Nigeria, on June 23, 1946, the daughter of Elmer and Ferne Baldwin who were longterm Brethren mission workers in Nigeria. Both graduated from Manchester College in North Manchester, Ind., and from Bethany Theological Seminary. They were married in 1967. They are survived by their children, son Ken and his wife Kate, and daughters Tina and Cheri.

Condolences to the family may be sent care of Northview Church of the Brethren, 5555 E. 46th St., Indianapolis, IN 46226. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Dec. 31 at the Northview church. A live webcast of the service will be offered at which also includes directions for logging in from any computer with an Internet connection (for questions or technical assistance contact Enten Eller at or 765-983-1831). A memorial time of silence, prayer, sharing, and fellowship is planned for 10 a.m. on Dec. 31 at Ivester Church of the Brethren in Grundy Center, Iowa, where the Riemans were pastors from 1985-92.

2) Remembrance: Earl H. Traughber.

Earl H. Traughber (80) passed away on Sunday, Dec. 21, in Ontario, Idaho. He was a former district executive minister for Idaho District, a former member of the Church of the Brethren General Board, and an ordained minister and pastor in the Church of the Brethren.

“Tonight we in the Idaho District mourn the passing of a dear friend and brother,” said a call to prayer from the Idaho District Office, sent by e-mail on the evening of Dec. 21.

Traughber was district executive minister of Idaho District from 1977-85, in a part-time position while he concurrently served as pastor of Fruitland (Idaho) Church of the Brethren and the nearby New Plymouth United Church of Christ. He was pastor of the Fruitland congregation for a total of more than 30 years. He also served as a member of the Church of the Brethren General Board from 1989-94. In other volunteer service, he had a passion for working with the church’s disaster ministries and was a counselor for the Fruitland school district.

Condolences may be sent to his wife, Lois Traughber, at 1565 W. First St., Fruitland, ID 83619-2492. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3, at Fruitland Church of the Brethren. Concluding services will be at Riverside Cemetery in Payette, Idaho. Memorial contributions are being received to the Idaho District disaster ministries, Fruitland Church of the Brethren, and Heifer International.


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