Rev. William Lusk

July 18, 2014 

Rev. William Earl Lusk

Aug. 26, 1926 - June 25, 2014

The Rev. William Earl Lusk died peacefully Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Lusk was born in Rochester, Pa., Aug. 26, 1926, to the Rev. Earl Graham and Alice Buffington Lusk. He graduated high school early in Lowell, Mass., joined the U.S. Army and was stationed in Nagasaki, Japan.

Lusk received a degree in chemistry from Eastern Nazarene College and a master’s degree in biochemistry from Boston University. After working in biological research he moved to Kansas City to attend the Nazarene Theological Seminary. A study of other faiths that led him to Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City, where he began his life’s work in the Episcopal Church. Lusk graduated from Seabury Western Seminary, Evansville, Ill., and was ordained priest in 1956 at the Cathedral in Kansas City. During his long career as a priest, Lusk served churches first in Camdenton and Lebanon, then for 24 in Sedalia and finally in Harrisonville. Lusk served on the Diocesan Council of West Missouri for 30 years, was delegate to the Episcopal General Conventions from 1979-1985, and was active in the Diocesan youth work, especially the camp facility, Cliff Springs. In retirement he led the Diocese’s retired clergy program for many years and authored Visions of Missouri Bishops. He met Missouri State Child Welfare supervisor Shirley Corrough when both were assisting a family in Lebanon. They were married for 50 years before Shirley’s unexpected death in 2008. Together they worked tirelessly for their churches, communities and family.

Lusk leaves three children, John and Rosella Lusk of Buena Vista, Colo.; Mary Lusk of Minneapolis; and David Lusk and Carissa Hussong of Memphis, Tenn.; plus seven grandchildren, Isaac, Alexandria, Ysabella, Madelyn, Grayson, Matthew and Phoebe.

Memorials may be sent to The Diocese of West Missouri, Lusk Youth Memorial, 420 W 14th St, Kansas City, MO 64105.

There will be a service celebrating Bill Lusk’s life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kansas City.

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