Theodore J. Stuvel, Jr. of Burton, age 91, died peacefully on Monday, November 15, 2021, at his residence.
Theodore was born in Flint, Michigan on July 8, 1930, the son of the late Theodore John, Sr. and Fern (Rice) Stuvel and lived in Burton, MI. He devoted his life to his family, his service in the Air Force (Korean War) and his dedication to his church and school system (Mt. Morris). He was a teacher, principal, a lay speaker and instructor. Ted loved the outdoors, traveling, learning and always having a good laugh.
Ted served the church in many capacities and was well known in Flint-area congregations. He started preaching when he was just a teenager at what is now the Phoenix Atherton UMC. He filled many pulpits and served as a District Superintendent Assignment from time to time. Perhaps his greatest legacy is the Lay Speaker/Servant Training program, which he helped to develop and then led for many years. That program became a model for districts throughout the Detroit Conference, and through that program Ted trained leaders who went back to serve countless congregations. Many of those leaders went on to serve in pastoral ministry.
Ted was dearly loved by his wife of 69 years Margery; children Deb (Rick), Mike and Cindy (George); grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many dear friends.
A Celebration of Life was held in November at the Swartz Funeral Home in Flint with Rev. Jeremy Peters officiating the service.
Online condolences can be shared at: https://www.swartzfuneralhomeinc.com/