In Memoriam: Reverend G. William Lankton


The Reverend G. William Lankton died on May 2, 2014 with his family by his side. He had been battling Alzheimer's Disease and was placed in hospice care early last week. Bill and his wife, Lynn, moved to Oregon in December, 2013 where he lived out his final days surrounded by family and nature.

Rev. Lankton served Chicago Presbytery, beginning June 16, 1966, as Associate Director of the Division of Educational Services. A few of his responsibilities included staff services to the Department of Camps and Conferences, the Department of Christian Education, the Senior High Committee, and numerous congregations. He retired as Director of Presbyterian Camps, Saugatuck, MI, on February 1, 1990. Chicago Presbytery granted him status as Camp Director Emeritus on June 13, 2006. Bill crafted the moderator's cross that is worn to this day by successive Presbytery Assembly Moderators. Before joining Chicago Presbytery, he served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Holly, Michigan. He was active there in the Synod of Michigan's camp and conference program.

Bill is a 1951 graduate of Wayne State University in Detroit and a member of the McCormick Theological Seminary class of 1954.

Rev. Lankton is survived by his wife, Lynn, and their adult children, Mark and daughter-in-law Deidre, and Cathy. A third child, Greer, preceded him in death in 1996. He was loved by many colleagues and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at Calvary United Protestant Church in Park Forest, IL, on July 12, 2014. Details will follow later.

Cards and remembrances can be sent to 41901 Humbug Way, Port Orford, OR 97465.

Grateful for the gifts of Reverend Lankton's long life and fruitful ministry, please join us in giving thanks for his faithful commitment to the living body of Christ and to the manifestation of God's grace in creation.