The Reverend Doctor Arthur Frederick Graudin was born March 30, 1927, the oldest of 3 sons born to Jacob and Mildred Graudin in Philadelphia, PA. On June 24, 1949 Marlyn Bangert and Arthur Graudin were united in marriage in Warrenton, MO. Marlyn and Art were married 66 years 6 months and 4 days before Marlyn went to be with Jesus, December 28, 2015. The last 10 years of Marlyn’s life Arthur was her loving, patient caregiver. Rev. Graudin attended Boston Latin School, Concordia Collegiate Institute of Bronxville, NY, and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. He received his Doctorate from Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, California.
Rev. Graudin served as missionary-at-large and pastor of St. James Lutheran Church, Marion, IN; Professor at Concordia College in Milwaukee, WI and assisted in the establishment of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Mequon, WI. Rev. Graudin served as pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, PA, and was dean of students and taught Latin and religion at the high school at Concordia Teachers College, Seward, NE. Rev. Graudin served as missionary-at-large and Pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church, Claremont, CA. In 1974 Dr. Graudin accepted a position at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. He taught Old Testament classes and was Director of Placement. In 1997 Dr. Graudin retired but as a Professor Emeritus continued to teach an occasional class and attended the Chapel service on a daily basis as he was able.
His published works include the book Mark’s Portrait of Jesus as Teacher (Claremont School of Theology); the “Sermon Series” in Concordia Theological Monthly; “The Lutheran Confessions and the Old Testament” in Concordia Journal; and a collection of sermons for The Concordia Pulpit. He was a frequent contributor of book reviews and sermon studies in Concordia Journal.
He also served several LCMS entities including the Commission on Church Literature, the Advisory Committee on Doctrine and Conciliation, and the Board of Doctrinal Review/Commission on Doctrinal Review.
In almost all of his correspondence, Graudin used the closing, “In the Master’s service.” After being placed in hospice care last week, he told one of his children: “I’ll see you in heaven.”
Graudin was preceded in death by his wife, Marlyn E. Graudin (nee Bangert), a longtime volunteer and former director of the Seminary’s Re-Sell It Shop; and a son and daughter-in-law, Dave and Leslie Graudin. Survivors include three children: Debbie (Rev. Andy) Keltner, Elisabeth (Rev. Michael) Teuscher and Mark (Julia) Graudin; and many grand, great, and great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ascension Lutheran Church, the Concordia Seminary Food Bank, or the Seminary's Preachers basketball team.
June 30, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
John L. Ziegenhein & Sons Funeral Home, 7027 Gravois Ave., St. Louis, MO 63116
July 1, 10 a.m.
Ascension Lutheran Church, 5347 Donovan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109.
Pastors are invited to vest in a red stole for the funeral and should arrive at the church by 9:45AM.