Serving the Church in Other Ways

By Marilyn Kettering Badger

March 21, 2016

Maple Grove people who have served in special ways and in special places as servants of our Lord

CPS (Civilian Public Service) workers:
September 1944- August 1946
  • Gaylord Fisher – Served at Logansport, in State Hospital -
  • Harland - Hazel Gortner – Served at Kane, PA forestry camp, at Marion VA State Hospital and at New Windsor, MD forestry camp
  • Clayton Keener – Served at Logansport, IN State Hospital


New Windsor Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS)

Conscientious Objectors (CO) – 1-W’s (Alternative Service): (Boys usually did this as an alternative to military service – some had to defend their stand before the draft boards of their county to receive their 1-W status.  Girls usually did it to serve since they were not included in the draft – at that time. Some did not go to BVS and the preparatory training – they just went to their assignment.) Here’s a list:

  • Herman Reinke Late 1940’s - Early 1950’s Sea-going cowboy
  • George Kettering BVS Unit #23, July 1954 Brethren Service Center.Nappanee, IN
  • George Schreiber BVSUnit#25, Dec.1954 Brethren Service Center,Nappanee,IN*Paul Myers BVS Unit 29, Dec.1955 Nappanee, IN & New Windsor, MD
  • Ella Lambert Myers  BVS Unit #34, March1956 New Windsor. MD
  • Ron Shoup BVS Unit #49, Jan.1961 Brethren Service Center, Nappanee, IN
  • David Badger BVS Unit #52, Oct.1961     Disaster Project in British Honduras & Maintenance at Leprosy Hospital, Garkida, Nigeria
  • Don Keener BVS Unit #53, Jan.1962 Flood Relief Project, Hamburg Germany, Construction of Retirement Home in Vienna, Austria & Evangelical Lutheran Church Farm at Berlin, Germany
  • Merlyn Kettering BVS Unit #68, Oct.1968Brethren Service Center, Nappanee IN & Community Work in Northern Greece
  • Robynne Hylton Shores BVS Unit #123,Sep.1976 BridgewaterHome,Bridgewater,VA
  • Doug Gilmore BVS Unit 146, July,1980 The Palms, Sebring, FL
  • Laura Clark Woolf   BVS Unit #214 1994 Camp Courageous-Monticello, IA
  • 1997 - Church of the Brethren Offices Elgin,IL
  • Deana Gilmore BVS Unit #210, Jan.1994 Lehman Center, York, PA
  • Merle Evel Alternative Service –CO-Nurses Helper – Akron,OH Hospital
  • Dan Kettering Alternative Service-CO-1965-67 Helper in hospital at Elyria, OH

Youth Summer Service Work:  1962/1963/1964

Merlyn Kettering – National Youth President with Dan West
Marilyn Kettering – Marion COB, Marion Indiana Youth Work
Dan Kettering – Travel with Merlyn and Dan West


Disaster Service Work:

 Shirley Benner            Clyde Benner              Susan Benner              Lawrence Benner  

Marlene Shoup            Delbert Kettering        David Badger


Thank you all for representing us in service.

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