The Rev. Clifford Allen Zeckser, 67, of Venice, Fla. died June 14, 2014. He was born March 16, 1947 in Kansas City, Mo., son of Arthur and Velma (Schmidt) Zeckser. He was received into the kingdom of God’s grace through Holy Baptism at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kansas City, Mo. on April 27, 1947 and reaffirmed his baptismal vows through the Rite of Confirmation on May 21, 1961 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mission, Kan.
He was raised in Fairway and Prairie Village, Kan. He was active in congregational activities through his high school years and served on the Executive Board of the KS District Walther League. He was ordained into the Lutheran ministry October 20, 1974 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mission, KS — the very church he attended as a child.
Following ordination, he accepted a call as worker-priest and missionary-at-large to North Central Vermont from the New England District (LCMS) and three additional calls as Pastor of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, Montpelier, VT (AELC); St. John’s Lutheran Church, Palatka, Fla. (AELC) and Our Savior Lutheran Church, Nokomis, Fla. (ELCA.)
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Donna Lee Volkmann. He is survived by a niece, Amanda Soh Im Cope of Kenosha, Wis.; Aunt Laverne Greiwe of Marshall, Mo.; two uncles, Louis Schmidt of Alma, Mo. and William Schmidt of Independence, Mo.; a grand nephew, cousins and friends.
Clifford graduated from Shawnee Mission West High School, Overland Park, Kan. (’65); from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind. (BA -‘70) and from The Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago, Ill. (M. Div. – ‘74 - a Seminex graduate.) He served on the Board of Trustees of Newberry College, Newberry, S.C .and Village on the Isle, Venice, Fla. and various committees, including the Florida-Bahamas Transition Team of the New Lutheran Church (ELCA.)
Clifford carried a lifelong love of music, especially classical and ecclesiastical. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. He sang in choirs and played clarinet in various organizations. Other interests included chess, books and archaeology. He participated in the Albright Institute (ASOR) excavations at Tell el-Hesi and Caesarea Maritima, Israel. He was also an avid phillumenist.
A memorial service will be held July 10, 2014, 11 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Nokomis, FL 34275. Interment will follow in Kansas City, Mo., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, Clifford requests memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 2705 N Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, FL 34275 or to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. Please visit www.ParkLawnFunerals.com to share memories and condolences.