web_Krey, Matthias 84, was called to be with his Lord after months of illness on September 7th, 2013. Pastor for 47 years in Lutheran Church-Canada, serving 9 years at Grace Lutheran, St. Catharines, 27 years at First Lutheran, Windsor and 11 years at Good Shepherd Lutheran, Amherstburg. Married to Joan (nee Beckman) they celebrated 40 years of marriage on May 12th this year.  The Lord blessed them with 12 children, three of which are in heaven, Joel (1974), Sharon (1985), and Rachel (1991).  Beloved father of Rev. Theodore and Rebecca Krey of the Dominican Republic, Johanna and Rev. Eric Stinnett of Montana, Elizabeth and Peter Beck of Indiana, Sarah and Mark Jorgensen of Washington, Ruth and Chad Anderson of Montana, Nathan and Martha Krey, Matthew Krey, James Krey, and Tirzah Krey all of Windsor. Matthias is Grandfather to 15 grandchildren. Joel, Hannah, John, Ruth, Abigail, Sarah, Joshua, and Daniel Beck, Rachael, Naomi, and Luke Stinnett, Esther, Matthias, and Natalia Krey, and Grace Krey. The third of 16 children, Matthias was born into a deeply Christian household January 19, 1929 in Ambridge, Pennsylvania to the late Rev. Rudolph E. M. and Emilie Gertrude (Behrens) Krey.

Dear brother of the late Ruth Krey-Stark and the late William, Esther Lowrey of Wilmington and the late Albert, the late Johanna Krey, the late Tirzah Krey, Dr. Phoebe Krey Lanzoni and the late Dr. Vincent Lanzoni of New Jersey, John and Carlene Krey of Mass., Mirjam and husband Dr. Claude Catellier of Quebec, Rhoda Morris and James of Mass., Priscilla Loring and late husband Charles of Mass.,  the Rev. Dr. Peter and Nora Krey of CA, the late James Krey, Rev. Andrew and Sally Krey of GA, the Rev. Dr. Philip Krey and René Diemer of PA, Shem Krey and Alice Kern of Qatar, and Susanna Krey Miller and Charles of OH. Matthias is also survived by two generations of nieces and nephews and many relatives in Germany. Along with his family he spent several years of his childhood in Germany eventually returning to Brooklyn, New York. After relocating to Haverhill, Massachusetts, the family settled in Wilmington in 1959. After returning from Germany, Matthias was drafted into the U.S Army and upon his return obtained his mechanical engineering degree from MIT and worked at Raytheon. He fondly recalled the transistors that they were racing to develop in what became known as the race to put the first man on the moon. After three years of engineering, he entered Concordia Springfield Seminary and earned his Masters of Divinity in 1966 serving his internship in Berlin Germany.  Thus began a long and distinguished career of service to His Lord Jesus Christ and His church. He contributed to the larger Church in a variety of ways: Missouri Synod Board of Appeals for nine years; Mission Director of the Ontario District; founding Board of Directors of Lutheran Church-Canada; Handbook Committee and the Committee for Communications of the Ontario District; three times as Circuit Counselor for the Windsor Circuit, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League Pastoral Advisor for the Niagara Circuit, and the Ontario District; Lutheran Laymen’s League representative for the Windsor circuit; and delegate to Synodical and District Conventions. He served the Lord until sickness confined him in January of this year to home. Pastor Krey firmly believed in Jesus as his risen Lord and Saviour. Thanks be unto God the Father for His Son, Jesus Christ, for whose life, death and resurrection has forgiven Matthias his sins, and promised him salvation and eternal life through baptism. Donations made to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Debt Retirement Fund would be appreciated by the family. Visiting Thursday 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm. at Families First 3260 Dougall Ave., South Windsor (519) 969-5841.  On Friday, family and friends are invited to visit after 11 am until time of Service at 1pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (11 Con. 3N at Alma Rd., Amherstburg) (519)736-6979.  Interment Victoria Memorial Gardens.  Share photos, memories or make a donation at www.FamiliesFirst.ca 


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