The Rev. Elmer L. Zick Jr. was a retired Lutheran minister from Glen Burnie who had pastored Christ Lutheran Church in Millersville for nearly four decades.
The Rev. Elmer L. Zick Jr. was a retired Lutheran minister from Glen Burnie who had pastored Christ Lutheran Church in Millersville for nearly four decades. (HANDOUT)

The Rev. Elmer L. Zick Jr., a retired Lutheran minister who was pastor of Christ Lutheran Church in Millersville for nearly four decades, died Sunday of complications from leukemia at his Glen Burnie home.

He was 92.

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The son of Elmer L. Zick Sr., a house painter, and Elizabeth Martha Zick, a homemaker, Elmer Louis Zick Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on North Bradford Street in East Baltimore.

He was a 1942 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and served in the Army in Europe as a heavy-machinery mechanic from 1943 until being discharged in 1945.

He earned a bachelor's degree in social studies in 1948 from what is now Towson University and continued his studies at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he earned a second bachelor's degree in history in 1950.

Mr. Zick received his theological training at Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus and was ordained a Lutheran minister in 1953.

He was pastor of Lovi Lutheran Church and Perry Highway Lutheran Church, both in Pennsylvania, before moving in 1956 to Christ Lutheran Church on Jumpers Hole Road in Millersville.

After retiring in 1992, he served for a decade as pastor at the Augsburg Lutheran Home in Lochearn before retiring a second time in 2002.

Mr. Zick was the first volunteer chaplain at North Arundel Hospital and a member and chaplain of the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Co. in Severna Park. He also was vice president of the Lutheran Home and Hospital Foundation.

He was an avid Orioles fan and a student of Baltimore history, family members said.

Services will be held at noon today at his church, 8245 Jumpers Hole Road, Millersville.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, the former Betty Louise Urban: four sons, Paul Zick of Arnold, John Zick of Toddville, Dorchester County, Mark Zick of Shrewsbury, Pa., and Timothy Zick of Stewartstown, Pa.; a daughter, Ellen Topping of Ruskin, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

— Frederick N. Rasmussen

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