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Obituary: Rev. Calvin R. Vass, Columbus

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Rev. Calvin. R. Vass, 88, formerly of Clifford, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Kindred Health Care where he had been living.

Rev. Vass was former pastor at The Chapel of Good Shepherd Church and was founder and president of Global Harvesters Missionary Organization. He had been a pastor in Sweetwater, Texas, and in his early years served churches in northern Indiana and also in Uniondale, Upland and Campbellsburg. He spent time in Okinawa and took missionary trips to Central and South America and Asia.

He loved gardening and visiting the sick in hospitals and at their homes.

He graduated from Taylor University in 1953 and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1958. A veteran of the  U.S. Army, he served in Okinawa during World War II and received the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with a Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal.

The funeral will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Crossing Independent Methodist Church with Rev. Austin Boggan officiating. Calling hours will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Norman Funeral Home in Hope and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until service time. Burial will be at Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to Global Harvesters Foundation, 273 Philpot Road, Shelbyville, TN 37160-7028, or to Gideon Bibles.

Online condolences may be sent to the Vass family at

Born in New Albany Nov. 21, 1924, Rev. Vass was the son of Ernest A. and Frances Hottel Vass. He married Claudina H. Wolfe on March 20, 1943. She preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 2012.

Survivors include children Eileen (Don) Mankin of Clifford, Ronald (Audie) Vass of Cisco, TX, Dan (Susan) Vass of Columbus, Jeanette (Randy) Teltoe of Trafalgar and Barbara Vass of Columbus; grandchildren, Dustin Vass of San Angelo, TX, Amber (Zac) Mullen of Indianapolis, Julie (Jim) Swegman of Columbus, Austin and Adam Teltoe of Indianpolis, Jackie Taylor of Franklin, Melissa (Chris) Panzera of Texas, Elizabeth (Seth) Davis of Florida and Scotty O'Haver; great-grandchildren, Aubree and Jacob Vass of San Angelo, TX, Chloe Mullen of Indianapolis, Luke and Callie Swegman of Columbus, Maggie Taylor of Franklin, Caleb, Ashlynn and Tayt Panzera of Texas and Alana Davis of Florida; sisters-in-law, Linda Rudd and Mary Jane Wolfe, both of New Albany; and a brother-in-law, Richard Skidmore of Hanover.

Rev. Vass was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother, Ernest A. Vass; a sister, Wilda Skidmore; and brothers-in-law, Alfred Wolfe and Bernard Rudd.


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