In Memoriam
The Rev. Walter Wangerin Jr.
February 13, 1944 - August 5, 2021
The Rev. Walter Wangerin Jr. was born February 13, 1944; and died August 5, 2021. He was an American author and educator best known for his religious novels and children's books.

Wangerin was born in Portland, Oregon, where his father was a Lutheran pastor. He was the oldest of seven children. The family moved often, living in Shelton, WashingtonChicago, IllinoisGrand Forks, North DakotaEdmonton, AlbertaMilwaukee, Wisconsin; and Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1968, he attained an M.A. in English literature from Miami UniversityOxford, Ohio, and went on to study at Concordia Seminary and Christ Seminary-Seminex, both in St. Louis, Missouri. Wangerin attained his M.Div. from the latter in 1976. From 1970 to 1991, Wangerin taught English at the University of Evansville, Indiana. From 1977 to 1985, he was also the pastor of Evansville's Grace Lutheran Church. While in Evansville he wrote a weekly column for The Evansville Press and hosted an evening radio show on WNIN-FM.

Wangerin was a professor at Valparaiso UniversityValparaiso, Indiana since 1991, where he taught literature, theology, and creative writing. He was honored in 2009 when he was selected one of Valpo's 150 Most Influential Persons.

Wangerin is the author of more than thirty novels, numerous children's books, and a handful of plays, and he has received several awards for his short stories and essays. He has been a college professor, a radio announcer, a book reviewer, a pastor of a Lutheran church, and has also taken part in cultural ceremonies such as a Lakota Sun-Dance.

Most of his writing has been religious, primarily giving theological guidance on subjects such as marriagemeditationparenting, and grieving. Other religious books concern the events in the Bible. Below are listed some of his writings:

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