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3/2/2013 8:00:00 AM
Rev. Paul M. Cecrle
Nov. 9, 1926 - Feb. 28, 2013
Paul M. Cecrle
Paul M. Cecrle

Rev. Paul M. Cecrle, 86, Rochester, passed away at 10:34 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013 at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester, Indiana.

He was born on Nov. 9, 1926, in Starke County, the son of Edward and Ruth (Reynolds) Cecrle. During World War II he served with the United States Army Air Corp. After being discharged from the military, he enrolled and graduated from the Tulsa Bible College in Tulsa, Okla.

On June 23, 1950 in South Bend, he married Beverly I. Klapp. She preceded him in death on Feb. 17, 2004.

Beginning in his ministry, Reverend Cecrle started churches in Kansas, pastoring at churches in Emporia, Council Grove and Manhattan, Kan. He also served as superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church in Kansas. In 1971, he resigned from the district and spent seven years traveling as an evangelist.

Reverend Cecrle arrived in Rochester in 1975 as the pastor of Westside Apostolic Church, where he served for over 27 years. He was especially proud of the establishment of the Westside Apostolic Church Food Pantry. The food pantry was his joy for over 20 years, being able to provide food for hundreds of families each month. He loved mission work and was an avid supporter of numerous missions.

In his spare time, he had his daily devotion to reading his bible. He was gifted musically, being able to play the clarinet, saxophone, accordion, piano, harmonica and was starting to learn the violin. A devoted family man and husband, Reverend Cecrle enjoyed greatly the time spent with his family playing board games and cards. He had been a member of the American Legion, helped many church members and community members in need over the years and in the last few months of his life, he appreciated the care provided to him by Hope Hospice.

Survivors include his daughters, Beth and husband Larry Nimmo, Littleton, Colo., and Debbie and husband John Phillips, Rochester; 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Ben and wife Joan Cecrle, Melbourne, Fla., Charlie and wife Joyce Cecrle, Melbourne, Fla., David and wife Ann Cecrle, Broken Arrow, Okla., and Sam and wife Judy Cecrle, Walkerton; and sisters, Lou Goddard, Niles, Mich., and Betty Upham, South Bend.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sons, Stephen Cecrle and Michael Cecrle; daughter, Rebecca Cecrle; granddaughter, Rachel Scott; and grandson, Daniel Cecrle.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2013, at the Westside Apostolic Church, Rochester, with Reverends Steve Addison and Kenneth Mendenhall officiating.

Friends may call from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the church and one hour prior to service at the church.

Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth, where military graveside services will be conducted.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Westside Apostolic Church Food Pantry.

Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Hoffman

Reverend Cecrle helped us many a time at the Emmaus Mission Center in Logansport when we were getting started. When the Rochester food pantry had to much of a perishable food he would call our food pantry and share. And as we got established we were able to share with him. What an awesome servant of our Lord!

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