Rev. Wayne Arlie Stracener

Rev. Wayne Arlie Stracener, 73, a Godly man, of Six Lakes, was called to Heaven on Monday, January 27, 2014.  He was born August 17, 1940 in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana to the late Arlie and Lena Mae (Wood) Stracener.  Wayne married Miss Beverly Ruth Swift on June 24, 1960, in Rock Island, IL., and together they raised 7 children.  He was a very uncomplaining, willing helper to Beverly.  

Rev. Wayne was called to preach when he was 12 years old.  He earned a Bachelor of Theology from Bible Missionary Institute and was a Vice President and a Teacher at BMI for 14 years.  He pastored churches in Illinois, Colorado, New Mexico, Alaska and California, and was currently serving at the Bible Missionary Church in Six Lakes, MI. He worked on several mission fields including the Philippines, Guyana, Nigeria and Barbados.  

Besides his parents, Rev. Wayne was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Stracener and a sister, Norma (Bailey) Woods.  

Surviving are his wife, Beverly; children: Daniel (Joanne) of Oliver Springs, TN,  Judith (Morrie) Lewis of the Philippines, Nathan of Pickens, SC, Larry (Rita) of Corona, CA, Sharon (Roger II) Mertens, of Georgetown, IL, Karen (Kenneth, Jr.) Arnold of Indianapolis, IN  and Pamela (Ryan) Nickel of Kingston, TN;  grandchildren:  Reed, Wyatt, Timothy, Chad, Darrin, Micah, Matthew, Heather, Titus, Angela, Madeleine, Gabriela, Roger III, Dalton, Drew, Sarah, Krystal, Kenneth III and Kevin; great grandchildren: Andrew, Dara, Hana, Jadyn, Jared, Bentley and Adahlia; brother, Terry Stracener of Westlake, LA; sister, Arlena Holcomb of Milan, IL and many nieces and nephews.  

Funeral services for Rev. Wayne will be Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 10 a.m. at  Bible Missionary Church, 9452 Musson Road, Six Lakes, MI with the Rev. Bob Dyal, District Moderator of the Great Lakes District of the Bible Missionary Church, officiating.  Visitation will be Friday evening, January 31, 2014  from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Brigham Funeral Chapel, 9977 W. Howard City-Edmore Rd, Lakeview and one hour prior to Rev. Wayne’s service on Saturday (from 9 to 10 a.m.) at the church.  

Even in death, Rev. Wayne continues to bless people through the Gift of Life Program. 

Memorial contributions may be directed to Bible Missionary Institute for a Missionary Scholarship Fund. 

Condolences may be expressed to the family utilizing the guestbook below.



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  • Velma Wiltshire (Tuesday, February 11 14 08:16 pm EST)

    January 31, 2014
    Sincere condolences to Sis Stracener and family from Sis Wiltshire and the entire Wiltshire family from St. Philip, Barbados. We feel your loss. Bro. Stracener was our Pastor and friend for many
    years. We will certainly miss him, but we know that he is secure in arms of the Almighty. God Bless you and comfort you at this time!!

  • Linda Miller Medsker (Tuesday, February 11 14 01:29 pm EST)

    Stracener family, we were so blessed to have you as our pastors in Anchorage. I remember the caring kindness of Beverly and Wayne, and the fellowship we had with your family in my parents'home. Good
    memories! God bless you all.

  • Paul and Linda McClelland (Saturday, February 08 14 07:30 pm EST)

    So sorry to hear of Bro. Wayne's passing. I know he is rejoicing at the feet of Jesus, but those loved ones left behind are sad. God bless all of you and especially Beverly and her dear children.

  • Boyet Esguerra and Family (Saturday, February 08 14 08:58 am EST)

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences, words cannot begin to express the sadness you are feeling right now, but we are here for you and we are praying for you to get through this. God bless you all
    and may his soul rest in the everlasting peace of our Christ Almighty.

  • Evonne Wu (Saturday, February 08 14 12:47 am EST)

    My thoughts and prayer are with you dear ones, in such a loss,as seen from this side. We are all reminded to anticipate the end of our earthly race, and run with more patience the race set before us.
    Thankfulness for all the Lord accomplished in our brother's life fills our hearts as we look back, and then how we look forward to Glory as we follow !

  • Paul Swift (Tuesday, February 04 14 01:19 am EST)

    My Uncle Wayne was truly a wonderful man. I have do many great memories of him and all of the Stracener family. Thank you Uncle Wayne for all you did as a man, a husband, a father, an uncle, and a
    man of God.
    You will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.
    My deepest condolences to my dear Aunt Beverly, and to all of my wonderful cousins.
    I love you all.

  • Bro. Victor Chester (Monday, February 03 14 08:02 am EST)

    I am deeply affected by the lost of this great spiritual warrior.

  • Lawrence & Leila Chester (Sunday, February 02 14 08:19 pm EST)

    The Late Rev. Stracener was known to us personally for over four decades. He was truly a spiritual giant and a man of high integrity. My first meaningful encounter with Rev. Stracener was when I
    started attending Bible School in Jan. 1975 and he was my main lecturer. What was outstanding to me as a young preacher was that even though I did not measure up fully to the standards of the church,
    Rev. Stracener looked beyond that and saw potential in me. As a very young preacher, I was overwhelmed by these kind words of encouragement. That made an impact upon my life up to this day and helped
    me to become what I am today. For my wife, Leila, she remembers our dear Brother as a very kind, loving and humble man of God. He always had such a very sweet spirit with that winning smile. On
    behalf of my wife, three children, three grandchildren and the Dayspring Bible Fellowship Church in the Poconos, PA, we sincerely send our love and condolences to his wife, our dear Sis. Stracener,
    his seven children and their families. Our loss is heaven's gain.

    We pray that God's grace will overwhelm you and your family as we mourn this great loss of a man of God who was very faithful to the end. We are confident that he has heard these words from our Lord
    and Savior, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant! Enter into the the joy of the Lord". May God comfort your hearts with these words. We love you and you are in our prayers.

  • Dr. Berkeley Butcher (Sunday, February 02 14 09:29 am EST)

    I have known Bro. Stracener for the past 40 plus years. I even spent a night at his home in Government Hill with Sis Stracener, Danny, Judith and Nathan. Those were the only kids then. I have always
    found him to be soft spoken and kind. I saw him last year, on my visit home from Florida, where I lived these past 30 yrs. We even discussed his plans for retirement back in the states. I am still
    shocked at his passing; and wish to convey my deepest sympathy to Beverly, the children, grand children and great grand children.

  • Teresa A. (Root) Robinson (Saturday, February 01 14 10:25 am EST)

    Your family is having the funeral right now. I want to let you know I have been and will continue to pray that God will comfort each of you and give you his sense of peace. You do not know me but I
    have known of (just have not met)your family for many years.We are all brothers and sisters in the Lord and I grieve with you for your loss. But Praise God another one of his children has made it
    safely home.I pray that the lives Bro and Sis Stracener have touched will all make it into the city for a grand reunion. Let us all remain faithful so it will be a reality.

  • Wanda (Friday, January 31 14 11:19 pm EST)

    To all of the family.. May God place His strong and loving arms around you and hold you close. I know at a time like this only the Prayers of the people keep you going.

  • Sheila Butcher (Friday, January 31 14 06:32 pm EST)

    Sister Stracener,
    Please accept sincere condolences from Sister Butcher and other members of the Bible Missionary church at Bayfield, St.Philip, Barbados. We are all shocked and saddened at the passing of Brother
    Stracener. "Gone too soon". He touched many lives here in Barbados and we will all miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Reckell Small (Friday, January 31 14 04:18 pm EST)

    Sis Stracener and family,
    I wish to express my deepest sympathies to all of you at this sad time, but take comfort in the fact that our Bro Stracener has gone to be with his father in heaven where he is looking down at us. He
    was a great man of God and teacher. I sat in many of his teaching sermons at Bayfield Bible Missionary Church where he expounded the scriptures, I do treasure those moments and learned of God's
    teachings. Sis Stracener I hold you up in my prayers and know that The Lord is your strength even when we are feeling weak. Jesus will guide you and protect you even as Bro Stracener did in his

    Mom and Dad has also expressed their heartfelt condolences to you and family. Mom said she will always remember that Bro Stracener was influential in her journey of being a Christian when you first
    came to Barbados in the 1960s.

  • Carlos Mason (Friday, January 31 14 03:52 pm EST)

    It seems unreal that this man of God has left us.I knew him for close to 50 years.He was a good missionary,but his labors are over.May he rest in peace and rise in glory.May God strengthen
    sis.Stracener during this time of loss.

  • kathy (Friday, January 31 14 02:58 pm EST)

    My condolences to his wife and kids.He was truly a Godly man, may he rest in peace and rise in glory

  • Brent & Nicki, Travis, Levi & Joy Woodard (Friday, January 31 14 02:38 pm EST)

    It just doesn't seem possible. Bro. Stracener was a precious man. We spent much time together, first because he was Dean of the Bible School, then we toured together representing the School. Many
    wonderful hours we have spent. Bro. Stracener was most importantly a consistent man that I had great confidence in.
    We are praying for you Sis. Stracener and your family, Nathan, who was our pastor and Titus who is our dear friend and Co-laborer in the Lord.

  • Gerri Elliott (Thursday, January 30 14 11:31 pm EST)

    So sad to hear that this man of God has left us. I know He is rejoicing in Heaven. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the Stracener family at this time of deep sorrow. May God comfort each one
    of you!

  • Ida Mae Custer (Thursday, January 30 14 10:37 pm EST)

    Aunt Beverly,
    My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time of Uncle Wayne's passing. May God grant you His peace as you rely on Him. With love, Ida Mae Swift Custer

  • John & Christine Swift (Thursday, January 30 14 08:22 pm EST)

    Aunt Beverly & Family,
    Its still so hard to believe Uncle Wayne is actually gone. But as grandma said someday we will meet him in heaven. There really is not much more we can say that hasn't already been said. We just
    wanted to let you know we love you and are praying for you.
    John & Chrstine Swift & family

  • The Mann Family (Thursday, January 30 14 05:52 pm EST)

    My familys heart's and prayer's go out to the Stracener family. Although we were never blessed with meeting Mr.Stracener, just knowing Nathan and the morals and faith carried over to him from his
    father, Mr.Stracener was truely a great father and touched so many lives in a very special way.

  • Troy and Karen Pearson (Thursday, January 30 14 05:14 pm EST)

    To the Mertens, we are thinking of you guys. May God's peace be in your hearts.

  • David and Dorothy Swift (Thursday, January 30 14 03:46 pm EST)

    Dear Beverly, still hard believe those words, "He's gone, he's gone" are really true. Wayne was truly one of the most godly men we've ever known. We count it a privilege to have had him an important
    part of our family. We have daily thanked God for your faithfulness. Nathan expressed our sentiments so well. Wayne's death is a great personal loss to both of us and our family. Our desire is to
    meet him heaven where there will be no more sad farewells. "Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints". Ps. 116:15. Wayne truly was one. May God continue to comfort you and your
    family as you try to cope with your grief. Much love and prayers,

    David and Dorothy

  • Rev. Paul & Usha Watson (Thursday, January 30 14 02:19 pm EST)

    Dear Mom Stracener & Family
    We were saddened by the sudden news of the passing of our spiritual father and mentor. According to Richard we have had many teachers but only one father in the Lord. Usha remembers the warm
    reception and welcome into the family she received as an "adopted" daughter for almost 2 years. Both of us are the fruits of the Atlantic Caribbean Bible Institute in Guyana (ACBI). The brain child
    of dad Stracener. There we were nurtured and taught by a great man who modeled Christ in every way. We are grateful for the opportunity to have had renewed fellowship with dad and mom Stracener while
    he served his church and his God during the last tenure on the mission field in Barbados. He will be sadly missed but we know that he is gone to be with the Lord. Our love and prayers are with you
    mom Stracener and the entire family.

  • Robert Durr (Thursday, January 30 14 01:02 pm EST)

    Sis. Beverly Our Prayers are with you and your family each day. Your lives have impacted our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren, for God and good. From the time Anna and I were at
    BMI with you and Bro. Stracener to the present we have always had high regard for you. It was our priveledge and a blessing to follow you and Bro. Stracener as pastors at Anchorage, AK. The few days
    spent with you before you left Alaska were times of wonderful fellowship. Bro. Stracener was so kind, gracious and helpful to us. He was always spoken of highly by the people here in Alaska. It was a
    blessing and so easy to follow in the pastorate someone like you. Bro. Stracener has won the fight, finished his course and received his crown of life. Bro Stracener's life impacted many for God
    across the years. I am sure there was a host of people waiting to welcome him as news of his homecoming spread. There is another great host that, because of his spirit and life lived for God, are
    following in his footsteps determined to make the City. May the God of all grace give you and your family grace upon grace, upon grace, for each day. You can trust our blessed savior and know that
    one day you and Bro. Stracener will be united in the presence of Jesus. Your Friends, Robert and Anna Durr

  • Samuel Lance (Thursday, January 30 14 12:25 pm EST)

    Bro. Stracener was more than just my professor at BMI, He was a good friend who took time to listen and care. He gave me help and advice many times. I will greatly miss this godly man of courage and
    vision. And remember fondly the personal stories from his time on the mission field, he told in class that gave me a desire to Go. I trust Jesus will hold the Stracener Family close during this tough

  • Jay Pruitt (Thursday, January 30 14 12:07 pm EST)

    Daniel, my sincerest condolences.

  • karla sue dillard steffensen (Thursday, January 30 14 11:59 am EST)

    my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family may God keep his hand on you all at this time

  • Nathan Stracener (Thursday, January 30 14 10:42 am EST)

    Unwavering, consistent, faithful, devoted, dedicated, kind... these are a few words that describe the humble servant of God the was my Dad for my whole life. As a child, I spent more alone time with
    my father than my siblings, but I suppose that's the benefit of being the mean one. He was the most intelligent person in any room or crowd, but he never talked down to anyone, and always had time to
    help. He knew a lot about so many things, from diagnosing the mechanical issues of a car, fixing anything on a computer, to mastering Greek and inspiring those around him to be better. When little
    men with inflated egos made him their doormat, he simply strived to make sure their shoes were shined. He never sought the limelight, but when it found him, he handled it with grace, dignity and
    honor. When I tried to think of who could be considered my Dad's best friend, the only person in the world that came to mind is my dear mother. He was the perfect example to all who knew him. His
    last simple task in this world, was so typical of how he lived... upon completing the task of shoveling snow from the walk, he made sure that he placed the snow shovel back where it belonged, then
    took one small step in this world, and one large step into the waiting Arms of his Heavenly Father... I hear you calling me there too, Dad!

  • Ron DiCiolla (Thursday, January 30 14 10:31 am EST)

    So sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He was a good man. Jo Ellen and I send our condolences.

  • David and Patsy Taylor (Thursday, January 30 14 09:55 am EST)

    Sis. Beverly, you are in our prayers. Our loss is certainly heaven's gain! What a faithful servant of the cross!

  • Rev. & Mrs. Timothy A. Todd (Thursday, January 30 14 12:41 am EST)

    Dear Stracener family,
    You are in our prayers. Through out the week since the news of Bro. Stracener's passing, many different memories of him would come back to us. One especially, though, was when he brought a trio of
    guys from BMI to our church in Scottsbluff, NE. We had the privilege of housing the group and we had such a wonderful time visiting with him. He has left an indelible mark on our lives and that of
    our family. As I, Rhonda, was going to work yesterday this old Cherokee saying came to my mind. "When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world
    cries and you rejoice." I could not find a more fitting thought for Bro. Stracener. A more Godly example, than he, will be hard to find. May God comfort you as you celebrate the life of this warrior
    of the Faith!

  • Mony Lawton (Wednesday, January 29 14 10:33 pm EST)

    I'm so sorry to hear of your great loss. My heart is full of thanks and appreciation for all you all did for God and others. As the song reflects, "It's not in vain". While our hearts ache now,
    Heaven is rejoicing. I trust God will hold you tightly in His arms and give comfort only He can give. You are remembered!

  • Rev. Dale Hayford (Wednesday, January 29 14 08:04 pm EST)

    Sister Beverly Stracener:
    The news of Brother Wayne Stracener's home going was so shocking and painful. It is difficult to comprehend. He was a man of God and one of the best men I ever knew. It was a genuine privilege to
    work with the tremendous Wayne and Beverly Stracener team for over ten years at Bible Missionary Institute. When he would leave you at home, while he traveled many miles in his work for Jesus, you
    always looked forward to his return. Now you look forward to going to him and being united forever with the Savior you both served so faithfully. We sorrow with you and are praying for you and all of
    your family. "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms" (Duet. 33:27). Rev. & Mrs. Dale Hayford

  • Brandy Bogardus (Wednesday, January 29 14 07:09 pm EST)

    You have a wonderful daughter, Pamela and I are great friends. She spoke of you often and I'm proud to say that you are now with our heavenly Father and looking down to be a gaurdian angel to all
    your children. Rest in Peace.

  • Bill Hall (Wednesday, January 29 14 06:19 pm EST)

    We at Anderson Ford are deeply saddened by your loss, as we consider his son Nathan to be a part of our family here. We all see evidence of the humbleness, kindness, and Godly spirit of Rev.
    Stracener through Nathan on a daily basis and our thoughts and prayers are with all of the the family during this time of need.

  • Richard D. and Susan D. Swift (Wednesday, January 29 14 05:31 pm EST)

    Words cannot express all our true feelings of sorrow and sympathy for the family. May god's arms of love and comfort surround you, Aunt Beverly and all of the family. May the Holy Spirit's presence
    be felt in your homes and in each heart. God bless you so. We will certainly miss Uncle Wayne but we know he is in a much better place enjoying the presence of the Christ he loved and served.

    Love and Prayers,
    Richard and Sue Swift and family

  • Stanley and Cynthia Oshiro (Wednesday, January 29 14 05:31 pm EST)

    We are so saddened by your loss. Bro. Stacener was such a positive influence in our lives. We are praying for your family. May God bless and comfort you. Stanley and Cynthia Oshiro

  • Darrel Swift (Wednesday, January 29 14 05:10 pm EST)

    Dear Aunt Beverly and Family,
    I am deeply saddened with your loss (and our loss). I feel privileged to have gotten to know Uncle Wayne and to have him as such an important part of our family. He was never too busy or too proud to
    spend time with his nephews and nieces; for that I am eternally grateful. We all loved and respected him for both his Godliness and his service to so many. We will all remember the many things you
    both accomplished for God and know he is rejoicing in Heaven now with family members and friends who have gone on before him. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
    Sincere Sympathies,
    Darrel Swift

  • Pauline Franklin (Wednesday, January 29 14 05:10 pm EST)

    I am so sorry to hear about Bro Wayne. We loved and appreciated his tender spirit. Such a beautiful example of God's love. My prayers are with you and your family Sis Beverly.

  • Sharon Franklin Miller (Wednesday, January 29 14 05:04 pm EST)

    I am so sorry doe your loss and my prayers are with you. I will never forget Bro Wayne's sweet spirit, his humbleness and laughter. He and Beverly were my pastor in Monmouth Il when I was a teenager
    their love for God and each other made an enormous impact om my life

  • Bob and Marie Barker (Wednesday, January 29 14 04:18 pm EST)

    Dear Sis. Stracener and family. Marie and I are certainly shocked to hear of Bro. Wayne's passing. He was such a great example of what holiness of heart and life truly is. I well remember gong to
    Anchorage,Alaska in 1967 and preaching revival with you dear folk. The blessings we all have received by knowing you and your faithful husband will live on in our lives until we meet again on the
    great eternal shore with our Saviour, Jesus Christ.I have been reminiscing of testimonies of men in the Bible and also those we have known. What a great testimony Bro. Wayne was, and still is, to all
    of us. Our prayers are with you and your dear family. Bob and Marie Barker

  • Penny Rogers Gregory (Wednesday, January 29 14 03:33 pm EST)

    Beverly, so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers are with you. May God surround you with peace.

    Penny Gregory, from Colorado

  • Ferne Roberts (Wednesday, January 29 14 03:18 pm EST)

    I am so saddened to hear of your husband's sudden passing. Truly he was God's servant. Remembering you and your family in prayer. Love,
    Ferne Roberts

  • Ken and Isa Arnold (Wednesday, January 29 14 03:15 pm EST)

    Dear Beverly and family, Our prayer is that the Blessed Jesus will put His loving arms around you, and hold you close in this time of sorrow. That you will be reminded that our faithful brother,
    Wayne has joined 'That great cloud of witnesses', and is shouting his encouragement to each of you everyday in your own journey the city.

  • Larry and Trisha Jewett (Wednesday, January 29 14 02:15 pm EST)

    Dear Beverly and family,

    Our hearts are saddened along with so many who knew Wayne! Please know you will be in our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers during the coming days and weeks. May God wrap and enfold you in His
    arms and comfort you as only He can do. Your forever friends, Larry and Trisha Jewett

  • Larry Stracener. Rita, Madeleine, and Gabriela (Wednesday, January 29 14 02:13 pm EST)

    No better father could anyone ask for. We were all blessed to have such a kind , genuine, godly man as our Dad. We will miss you staying with us in California. We love and respect you.

  • Charles G. Porter (Wednesday, January 29 14 01:56 pm EST)

    Bev, and family. So saddened by your loss of my friend Wayne. Fond memories of school with Wayne and you plus your wedding. Never will forget chasing you and Wayne through the cemetery. Lots of fond
    memories. May the peace of God rest with you and yours during this sad and difficult time.
    .......Charles Porter

  • mwbolton2001 @yahoo.commw (Wednesday, January 29 14 01:50 pm EST)

    Bro. Stracener was a great example and mentor to me. As a man who always stood for what he believed right and was kind while strong. I know he will be missed!
    Michael W. Bolton
    Evangelist Kennewick, Wa Church of Christ

  • Kathy Zink (Wednesday, January 29 14 01:35 pm EST)

    My heart aches for you & your children! Your husband was a prince of a man, such a steady, godly example for those of us coming behind. His wisdom will live on in multitudes of us around the
    world. You & your family have been in my prayers we got the news of Bro. Stracener's passing. I will be remembering you especially in these coming hard days. Love, Kathy

  • Clyde and Linda Wehner (Wednesday, January 29 14 01:19 pm EST)

    Dear Stracener family, I remember Bro. Wayne from an early age. My father Rev. Robert Durr Sr pastored his family in West Lake LA. Nazarene church. Later years we pastored together on the
    Intermountain District BMC. We always enjoyed the sweet family of children and have always loved and respected Bro. Wayne. He was a true example of a Godly life and was always willing to help
    whenever needed. Beverly, we pray God will give you and your family strength and comfort thru the days ahead. Clyde and Linda(Durr) Wehner

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