Carl Keeport Newswanger

Carl Keeport Newswanger, 82, of Albany, Ore., died March 7, 2024. He was born May 11, 1941, in Bird-in-Hand, Pa., to Willis and Alice Newswanger. He was educated at Lancaster Mennonite School, Eastern Mennonite College and Goshen Biblical Seminary.

After graduating with a master of divinity degree, he entered pastoral ministry at Pueblo Mennonite Church in Colorado, eventually moving on to pastor Mennonite churches in Bloomington/Normal, Ill., Orrville and Hartville, Ohio. He completed his ministry at Salem Mennonite Church in Oregon.

He was deeply affected by his experiences in the town of Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland, Canada, where he taught in the local school between his college and seminary studies. Through the rest of his life, he would often be heard singing Newfoundland folk songs and developed a love of stamp collecting specializing in the postage stamps of Newfoundland.

He was also passionate about community outreach through the work of the Southeast Keizer Community Center, which he helped to establish during his ministry at Salem Mennonite Church. He was a frequent volunteer at weekly Friday evening sessions, where he loved playing games with children of the neighborhood.

He is survived by his wife, Louise (Myers); son Jon (Shawn); daughter Jill (Nathan) Kletzing; seven grandchildren; and brothers Aaron and Galen. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Ella Newswanger.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 11 at Salem Mennonite Church. Memorial gifts may be made to the Southeast Keizer Community Center, in care of Salem Mennonite Church.

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