Kalamazoo pastor dies days after 100th birthday

Pastor Louis Grother.
Pastor Louis Grother.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A pastor who served the Kalamazoo community for decades died Saturday, two days after his 100th birthday.

Pastor Louis Grother led Zion Lutheran Church in Kalamazoo between 1949 and his retirement in 1984, and remained active in the church community after that.

During his time as a pastor, he started campus ministries at Western Michigan University. He served as a chaplain for the Kalamazoo police and fire departments. For more than 60 years, he held weekly services at the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital.

Thursday, Grother celebrated his 100th birthday. 

He died late Saturday evening, according to current Zion Lutheran Pastor Tim Seeber.

Funeral arrangements are pending, Seeber said.

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