The Rev. Earl W. Schmiesing, a Lutheran pastor who served parishes across the Midwest before making his way to Maryland, died of cancer Saturday at Heritage Harbor Health & Rehabilitation Center in Annapolis. He was 83.
Mr. Schmiesing became pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Parkton in 1985. He retired in 1994 after overseeing the construction of a church building and presiding over sharp growth in the congregation.
Born in Lucan, Minn., he graduated from Concordia College in St. Paul, Minn., and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo., before marrying Lois Ann Vogl of Milwaukee in 1946.
He was ordained later that year and served as a missionary at large and traveling evangelist. In 1947, he became pastor of churches in Oklahoma City and Winfield, Kan., where he also served as campus pastor at St. John's College and editor of the Oklahoma and Kansas editions of Lutheran Witness.
From 1968 until moving to Maryland in 1985, he did pastoral work at Syracuse University and two upstate New York parishes.
He moved with his wife to Severna Park last year.
Services were held Wednesday at Redeemer Lutheran, and he is to be buried today at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Lucan, Minn., across the street from the house where he was born.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Robert L. Schmiesing of Fairfax, Va., John E. Schmiesing of Tempe, Ariz., and Richard T. Schmiesing of Las Vegas; a daughter, Beth Lee Phillips of Arnold; a sister, Everell J. Bartsch of Mankato, Minn.; and 10 grandchildren. Another son, Paul Edward Schmiesing, died in 1987.