The Rev. Henry E. Paustian

The Rev. Henry E. Paustian, 89, of West Bend, was called to his eternal home on Thursday, May 29, 2008 at the Kathy Hospice in West Bend.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at St. Markís Lutheran Church in Watertown, with the Rev. James Werner officiating.

Burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday at the church from noon until the time of service.

Memorials may be directed to St. Markís Lutheran School or WELS Ministerial Education.

Pastor Paustian was born on May 10, 1919 in the parsonage of St. Johnís church, Barre Mills, Wis., the sixth child of Pastor John and Magdalene (nee Siegler) Paustian. He was baptized in infancy by his father.

Henry attended St. Johnís Lutheran School where he was confirmed in 1933. He graduated from West Salem High School as salutatorian in 1937, and then attended the former Northwestern College in Watertown.

Following graduation in 1942, Henry attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, where for one year he directed the seminary chorus.

Following his graduation in 1945, he served briefly at a congregation and its preaching stations in Jamestown, N.D. and then as an instructor at Mobridge Lutheran Academy.

He then accepted a call at St. Johnís in rural La Crosse to assist his father who was ill.

At his fatherís death, Henry was called as pastor. He served for 17 years on the board of Luther High School, Onalaska and taught the religion class there for the first two years of its existence.

In 1963, he accepted a call extended him by St. Markís of Watertown, leaving a parsonage which had been occupied by family members for 75 years.

He served there until his retirement in 1985.

His marriage to Elaine Shelvik took place at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Madison on May 10, 1953.

They recently celebrated their 55th anniversary.

Pastor Paustian was privileged to serve the Western Wisconsin District as first vice-president and Home Mission Board chairman.

He served the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod on its Board for Home Missions and on the Synodical Council for almost 25 years.

He was a member of the synodís Committee on Services to the Aging, on the Commission on Youth Service and also on the synodís Publication Review Committee.

He wrote devotions for the synodís Meditations publication in its earliest years and after his retirement in 1985.

He was instrumental in the publication of three volumes of its collection of meditations, "For Such A Time As This" and was the author of "Listen! God Is Speaking To You," a book of devotions for seniors.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his five siblings and spouses, the Rev. Walter (Lillian), the Rev. Norbert (Hazel), Adelbert, Margaret (the Rev. Gerhardt) Albrecht and Marie (Harvey) Nuttelman, and several nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; five children, Christine (the Rev. Philip) Krieger of Tecumseh, Mich., the Rev. John (Miriam) Paustian of West Bend, David (Tina) Paustian of Racine, the Rev. Philip of Gladstone, Mich. and Prof. Mark (Constance) Paustian of New Ulm, Minn.; 14 grandchildren, Jonathan Krieger, Rachel (Joshua) Wilch, Daniel (Kristel), Joel, Joshua, Andrew, and Benjamin Krieger, John Michael and Joshua Paustian, Jordan, Tristan and Colin Paustian, Abigail and Hannah Paustian; two great-grandchildren, Alexis and Ella Krieger; and by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.