|Brother Don was born February 16, 1910 at Kelvin, The Territory of Arizona. He died March 10, 2005 in Houston, Texas. He was 95 years old. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie Clemons Risinger; his second wife, Hettie Sue Harrison Risinger and grandson, John Monroe Risinger. He is survived by one of his brothers, The Reverend Lewis Risinger; his three children, Bess Rice, The Reverend Dorothy Gremillion and her husband John; Donald M. Risinger Jr. and wife Elsie; stepson Howell Risinger and wife Lois Ann; and stepdaughter Susan Risinger; thirteen grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Brother Don was an active Minister in The United Methodist Church for 56 years building church buildings and installing many pipe organs. He was a loving and kind pastor who touched many lives. His people knew he loved them and gave him their love in return.
He was graduated Cum Laude from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and from Perkins School of Theology. He served the Oenaville, Texas charge (3 churches) and the Bardwell, Texas charge (5 churches) while in Seminary. After finishing seminary, he and his family moved to the Louisiana Conference where he served at Lutcher (4 churches), Algiers, Oakdale (3 churches), Amite, Homer, Welsh, Oak Park (Lake Charles), North Highlands (Shreveport), and retired from Leesville (2 churches). After two years of retirement, he accepted an appointment to Squyres United Methodist Church in Ragley, Louisiana. After five years and a successful building program, he retired again. He was elected Pastor Emeritus at Squyres United Methodist Church.
From a little western mining town to the space shuttle, the only things that did not change through his remarkable life were the character of his God, the love of his family, and the need he felt for his people to know Christ’s salvation. Welcome good and faithful servant.
He was laid to rest next to his beloved Marie at Squyres Church Risinger Memorial Park in Ragley.
Elsie Risinger, daughter-in-law
|Source: 2005 Journal|