Allen Richard Beyersdorf

Allen Richard Beyersdorf

March 23, 1947 - August 18, 2011

Allen Richard Beyersdorf

March 23, 1947 - August 18, 2011


Rev. Dr. Allen Richard Beyersdorf March 23, 1947 – August 18, 2011, resident of Lake Forest, California, was called to his eternal rest in Heaven due to the grace of Jesus Christ after a courageous ten-year battle with mesothelioma. He died at Saddleback Memorial Hospital without pain, with his family by his side, and in the Lord’s hands.

Allen was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Preparatory School and Northwestern College. In 1973, he graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and was called and ordained as minister of Living Word Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mission Viejo, California. In 1983, he earned a Masters of Sacred Theology from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary and in 1997, a Doctorate of Ministry from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. While at Living Word, Allen started the Good Shepherd Bible Camp for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Arizona/California District and was chairman of the California Lutheran High School Board of Directors. In addition to his theological work, Allen received an Associates of Arts degree in accounting from Saddleback Community College. Allen retired from his ministry in July 2011 after 38 years at Living Word.

Allen was born to Allen Beyersdorf, Sr. who preceded him into the glory of Heaven, and Lenora Beyersdorf, and he was the beloved husband of Lieselotte Zindler Beyersdorf for nearly forty years. He will forever be remembered by his children Matthew Allen Beyersdorf, J.D., Heidi Marie Beyersdorf, M.D., and Dr. Andreas Joel Beyersdorf; his daughter-in-law, Amy Beyersdorf; his grandchildren, Jacob Franklin Beyersdorf and William Cody Beyersdorf; his sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Rev. David Sternhagen of New Orleans, LA; four nieces; four nephews; and countless friends and family who were blessed to know him. Allen loved preaching and teaching the Gospel message, being with family, traveling, laughing, creating artwork, and collecting coins, stamps, and trains.

Allen touched the lives of many people with his life and work at Living Word Lutheran Church and maintained his sense of humor all the way to the end. Friends and family are invited to attend a visitation at O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills 92653, on Friday, August 26, 2011, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. His funeral will take place at Living Word Lutheran Church, 23561 Alicia Parkway, Mission Viejo 92691, on Saturday, August 27, 2011, at 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Pacific Meso Center at the Pacific Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, which is dedicated to finding a cure for mesothelioma. The center is located at 10780 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite #101, Los Angeles, 90025.

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52 responses to Allen Richard Beyersdorf

  1. Doug Koch says:

    I personally never had the honor of meeting Rev. Beyersdorf, although from the stories that his daughter Heidi told me, I wish I had. It is always a delight to hear how fruitful another brother in the Lord has been. I will pray for the family and the grief that they are going through. But I also pray that we all will be inspired to make an eternal impact in the lives of others like he did.

  2. Jean Braden says:

    I will always cherish our talks prior to the early service before anyone else had arrived. His undying faith strengthened me more than once. I pray knowing he is in the Lords hands in the beauty of heaven will give you comfort.

  3. Our prayers are with the Beyersdorf family. Pastor Beyersdorf was a very special man and will be missed.

  4. Tom Evans says:

    He was a great man who will be sorely missed. He was an important part of my life the last 25 years.

  5. I am so thankful that God gave us such a faithful Pastor for so many years! How blessed can a family be that has had three generations touched by Pastor Beyersdorf? Very! May God keep his loving arms around his family members during this time! However, may we all rejoice that Pastor is enjoying his rewards with God and the Angels and will be waiting for us all! God is good!!

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