Russel A. Liechty

Russel Allen Liechty, 90, of Goshen, Ind., died Jan. 13, 2021. He was dean of students emeritus and professor emeritus of education at Goshen College. He was born Dec. 15, 1930, to Joseph and Emma (Frey) Liechty near Pettisville, Ohio.

Russel A. Liechty

He attended Goshen College, where he studied sociology and met his future wife, Marjorie Schertz. After earning a master’s degree in counseling at Ohio State in 1959 and a doctorate in counseling and behavior studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1964, he served as dean of students at Goshen College from 1964 to 1978, when he became director of counseling. He and Marge undertook international assignments that took them to Woodstock School in India (1969-70), Belize (1974), China (1983) and Nepal (1977-78 and 1985-86).  

Members of College Mennonite Church, he and Marge taught and coordinated the CMC college-age Sunday school class for almost 40 years. They also coordinated the Friendship Family Program for the college’s international students and helped to promote and coordinate scholarship funding for international students.

After his retirement they served at the Chicago Mennonite Learning Center from 1993 to 1996. Retirement also provided time for him to devote to other passions, including restoring antique vehicles. 

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie; four children, Joseph (Linda) of Goshen, Jane (Wayne) Fisher of Minneapolis, Minn., Mark (Laura Hostetler) of Oak Park, Ill., and Daniel and (Jill Koop Liechty) of Goshen; two sisters-in-law, Loveda Liechty and Treva Liechty; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to the International Student Ministry Group at College Mennonite Church.

A closed service will be held for the immediate family. An open memorial service will be planned for a later date, when family and friends can safely gather.

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