The Rev. Harold Whetstone, 79, pastor, missionaryThe...

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The Rev. Harold Whetstone, 79, pastor, missionary

The Rev. Harold Vink Whetstone, a retired Lutheran pastor and missionary, died of a stroke Friday at Augsburg Lutheran Home in Lochearn. He was 79.

In June, he stepped down as vice pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Hollins Ferry Road, a post he had held since 1975.

He moved to Baltimore in 1960 as pastor of St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Hillendale and served there 14 years.

From 1974 to 1991, he was chaplain at John Deaton Medical Center in the Inner Harbor.

"He was a caring man who would come in on his day off and play chess with younger residents with spinal cord injuries," said the Rev. John Sabatelli, pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in the Inner Harbor. "He was truly a humble man. He was happy to minister to some of the most marginalized people in the world."

Born in Waynesboro, Pa., Mr. Whetstone graduated from Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in 1945 and, in 1954, received a master of arts degree from the Kennedy School of Missions in Hartford, Conn.

Also in 1954, he was ordained in Baltimore and married Olen Boyer, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. They were commissioned as missionaries of the Lutheran Church in 1947 and worked in China near Beijing until the communist government forced them to leave.

In 1950, they were sent to Monrovia, Liberia, and served there until 1960.

Mrs. Whetstone died in 1976.

Services were held Monday.

Mr. Whetstone is survived by a son, Roger A. Whetstone of New Oxford, Pa.

Pub Date: 10/13/99

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