H/o Noreen E. Nickleson (08 Aug 1919 - 23 Dec 2007 )
This obituary is from the Thursday, March 31, 2011 Edition of the Press Enterprise
Rev. Vernon W. McDormand
Pastor, prison chaplain born in Nova Scotia
The Rev. Vernon W. McDormand, 88, of Everett Street, Benton, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, March 30, 2011, at his home.
Born May 4, 1922, in Westport, Nova Scotia, he was the youngest son of the late William and Fanny McDormand. He was preceded in death by his wife, Noreen E. (Nickleson) McDormand, on Dec. 23, 2007, following 60 years of marriage. At age 17, he moved to Toronto, Ontario, where he entered the College of Churches of Christ (Disciples of Christ) in Canada. In 1940, he became the student pastor of the Winger Church of Christ, Wainfleet, Ontario. While serving this church, he finished high school and spent 10 months in the Canadian Military and then graduated from the Ontario Bible College, Toronto, Ontario.
In 1947 he and his wife, Noreen, married and in 1949, upon graduation, moved to Illinois, where he entered Eureka College, graduating in 1953, with a Bachelor Degree. While in Eureka College, he served two different student Christian Churches (Disciples of Christ) in Ruland and Flanagan, Ill.
Later, the Rev. McDormand became the pastor of the First Christian Church in Gibson City, Ill., resigning in 1960 to enter the Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, Ky., where he graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor of Divinity degree (currently a Master of Divinity degree).
While in Seminary, he served as Student Pastor at Old Union Christian Church, Kentucky, and Houstonville Christian Church. Also while in Seminary, he worked at the State Mental Hospital in Lexington, Ky.
Following graduation, he and his wife pastored the First Christian Church of Mount Sterling, Ill., and then the First Christian Church in Gibson City, Ill. While in Gibson City, he took four quarters of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Woodville State Hospital, Pittsburgh, and was endorsed by the Pennsylvania Council of Churches as an Institutional Chaplain. He then became Chaplain at the State Correctional Institution at Greensburg, and later at Western Penitentiary in Pittsburgh.
In 1983, the Rev. and Mrs. McDormand moved to Benton to pastor the Benton Christian Church, where he retired in 1998. He and his wife were also active with the Church Camp at Nordmont for many years. While pastoring the Benton Christian Church, he was recognized at a celebration for his 50 years of service in the ministry. Following his retirement, he pastored St. Peter's United Church of Christ in Hobbie for three years.
He was a member of Oriental Lodge No. 460, F&AM, Orangeville, and a 25-year member of the Benton Lions Club. He loved to travel with his close friends, Gary and Alice Strauch.
Surviving are his three children: Kenneth Henry McDormand and his wife, Lynn, of Racine, Wis.; the Rev. Dorothy Ann McDormand and her life partner, Rosemary Duffy, of Pittsburgh; Frances McDormand and her husband, Joel Coen, Manhattan, N.Y.; four grandchildren: Kenneth McDormand Jr. and his wife, Cherie, Pontiac, Ill.; Sheri Dawn McDormand, Lincoln, Neb.; Brian Lee McDormand, Bloomington, Ill.; Pedro McDormand Coen of Manhattan, N.Y.; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson; a brother, Gerald McDormand, and his wife, Frances, of Vancouver, British Columbia; his close friends, Gary and Alice Strauch, of Waller; and his close friend and care-giver, Bert Getz.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. at the Benton Christian Church, Third and Church streets, Benton. The Rev. Dr. David Mansfield and the Rev. James Donahoo will officiate. Private burial will be in the Waller Cemetery, Jackson Township. There will be a viewing Sunday evening from 6 to 8 at the Benton Christian Church and also Monday morning from 10 until the time of the service at the church. There will be a Masonic Service Sunday evening at 8 at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Westport Church of Christ or the Westport Public Library, P.O. Box 1216, Westport, Nova Scotia, Canada B0V 1H0
Arrangements are under the direction of the McMichael Funeral Home Inc., Benton.
For online condolences, please visit: www.mcmichaelfuneralhome.com.
Noreen Eloise Nickleson McDormand
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