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Arend, LeRoy F.

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Identifier: KUMA-02-673

Scope and Contents

Folder 1. Pastor personnel record, Central Kansas Conference, completed through 1973. Minister's Service Record, handwritten, undated. Photocopy of group photograph, with handwritten numerals on some of the figures; caption in pencil reads "Salina Conference 1924;" indicates that figure number 16 is "LeRoy F. Arend, d. June 13, 1973." Letter, handwritten, on Dodge City District letterhead, dated "Dec 18 - 53," addressed to "Bro. Young" and signed "Rev. LeRoy Arend," telling of the death of Bro. Ollinger of Greensburg. Clippings from unknown source, pasted to single sheet of paper; clippings are from 1954 through 1956 and appear to be from a Methodist publication; all mention Rev. Arend; one is death notice for his brother H. D. Arend.


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Biographical or Historical Information

LeRoy Franklin Arend was born in Portis, Osborne County, Kansas, on August 25, 1890, the eldest of four children of Franklin Sylvester and Susannah Bowers Arend. He attended schools in Portis and in Downs, Kansas. He received his A.B. in 1924 from Kansas Wesleyan (Salina); and attended 15 years of summer sessions of ministerial training school, Salina, one month of summer school at Iliff School of Theology (Denver, Colorado), and one summer school in Bresby. Hill, Ozarks. He was admitted on trial to the Northwest Kansas Conference, 1918; admitted to full membership 1920; ordained Deacon 1920; and ordained Elder, 1921 (one record says 1926). He was transferred to the Kansas Conference and was a charter member of the Central Kansas Conference when it was formed. Appointments included: Webster circuit 1917; Salina: Grand Avenue (student pastorate) 1920; Osborne 1926; Concordia District 1932 (1 ½ years); Salina: University 1933 (3 years 7 months); Clay Center: First 1926; Wichita: Trinity 1942; El Dorado 1945; Supt. of Concordia district (1931) and Dodge City District 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955; Kingman October 1956, October 1957, June 1958. He also served as trustee of both Kansas Wesleyan and Southwestern College (Winfield). Rev. Arend retired May 29, 1959, and went to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he served as Membership and Evangelism, and Visitation Minister for the First UMC and Associate Pastor Emeritus. In December, 1971, he and his wife moved to Pocatello, Idaho. He was married to Lillie Jane Snyder (born October 30, 1891) on June 12, 1912. Their children were Veryle Edwin (1913-1916), June Edith (Arend) Muck (1914-2003), Lawrence Eugene (1915-1968), and Lola Mahree (Arend) Wood (born September 23, 1917). Rev. Arend died June 16, 1973, at the age of 82, in Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery on June 18. A memorial service was also held for him a few days later in his old hometown of Downs, Kansas, at the United Methodist Church there. He was survived by his two daughters, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. His wife had predeceased him in 1972. His memoir appears in the Kansas West Conference Journal for 1974, page 413; his wife's appears in the 1973 journal, page 202.

Note written by Sarah St. John


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This collection contains information on Rev. LeRoy F. Arend, who served a 50-year ministry in the United Methodist Church, including appointments as district superintendent in the Concordia and Dodge City districts. He was also a trustee of both Kansas Wesleyan and Southwestern Colleges.

Arrangement Note

Two official Conference personnel records are in the front of the file, followed by three other documents in chronological order.

Other Descriptive Information

Information from Kansas West card file (discarded): middle name: Franklin 1890 - born August 25 in Portis, KS 1918 - admitted on trial, Northwest Kansas Conference 1920 - full member, ordained deacon (March 21) 1926 - ordained elder (September 26) 1936 - transferred to Kansas Conference 1939 - charter member Central Kansas Conference 1959 - retired 1973 - wife's memoir, Kansas West Journal (p.202) 1973 - died June 16 in Pocatello, ID, buried there 1974 - memoir, Kansas West Journal (p.413)

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Repository Details

Part of the Baker University and Kansas United Methodist Archives Repository

518 8th Street
PO Box 65
Baldwin City KS 66006 US