Our hearts and prayers go out at this time to Rev. Scholten's family, being especially mindful of John Parent's wife Dara, Rev, Scholten's daughter. May we pray as a church family for God to surround them all with the wholeness of God's loving presence, and may we offer them that presence ourselves in God's loving image.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 pm at South Congregational Church, 9 Pleasant Street, Middletown with Pastor Barbara Marks officiating. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rev. Scholten's memory may be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 221 Ridge Road, Middletown, CT 06457
The husband of the late Nila (Clark ) Scholten, Born in Minneapolis, MN, he was the son of the late Albert, Sr. and Agnes (Hedlund) Scholten. Rev. Scholten attended schools in Minnesota graduating Pine City High School, Class of 1941. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corp serving from 1944 to 1946 earning the rank of Corporal and participating in action against the enemy at Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands and the occupation of China. In 1946, he and Nila were married. He went on to graduate University of Minnesota in 1950 and Drew Theological Seminary in 1954.
Rev. Scholten served as pastor of Methodist churches in Westhampton and Amityville, Long Island and First United Methodist in Middletown CT for thirty years. He served as program director of the Methodist Church Camp on Shelter Island, NY one week per summer for seventeen years and was a member of the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for forty-four years. He served on other various committees including the Board of the Ministry, Town and Country Committee, Central District Nominating Committee, District Committee on the Superintendency, Interchurch Chaplaincy Program of Connecticut as treasurer and was a co-chair and member of the Hark L. Wright Memorial Scholarship Fund.
After retirement from First United Methodist Church in Middletown, he served as a minister of visitation for twelve years at Prospect United Methodist Church in Bristol, CT. Rev. Scholten is survived by two sons, James Scholten and his wife, Debra of New Britain and John Scholten and his wife, Laura of Durham; two daughters, Mary Tew and her husband, Everett of Barkhamsted and Dara Parent and her husband, John of Middletown; seven grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.Along with his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his brother, James Scholten and a grandson, Alin Clark Tew. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com. -
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