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Reverend William Lynn Inderstrodt

Date of Death: May 17, 2011

Date of Birth: July 14, 1927


TOPSHAM — The Reverend William Lynn Inderstrodt, retired United Church of Christ minister, died Tuesday, May 17th in Topsham. Bill, as he was known to so many, was born July 14, 1927 in Richmond, Indiana to Sheridan and Inez Inderstrodt, with two other brothers, David and Richard. He grew up in the Quaker tradition, attending the Friends Meetings in Richmond, and was a boy soprano in the Quaker services. He was active in sports while growing up, attending Richmond public schools and then Earlham College, graduating in 1943.

Bill expanded his education in the fall of 1949 when he attended the Hartford Seminary Foundation in Hartford, Connecticut. That was the same year he met his future wife, Jane Sattler of Washington, DC, who was also attending Hartford as a graduate student. On February 6, 1954, Bill and Jane were married in the Methodist church she grew up in, with her minister and Bill’s co-officiating, in a Quaker service the couple had written. It was the beginning of a splendid marriage and partnership which would last more than 57 years.

After his graduation in 1952, he became associate minister at the Westmoreland Congregational church in Washington DC. Four years later, Bill and Jane moved to Washington, Connecticut, where he was the minister for the First Congregational Church. He served there for 16 years and in Danbury, Connecticut for eight years. He also served as the Minister to Business and Government of the Connecticut Conference UCC, where he built housing for moderate-income seniors and managed 100 units in coastal Fairfield. The many hats he wore included interim Deputy Director of the Office of Communications for the United Church of Christ in New York City. He even served for a summer as pastor of the Church of Scotland in Bermuda. His last "official" parish before retirement in 1993 was with First Parish Congregation of York, Maine.

But, you never really "retire" from being a minister. Bill became the "interim minister" at numerous churches, including Elijah Kellogg Congregational Church in Harpswell and Pride’s Corner UCC. He also gave countless hours as a board member for Volunteers of America, the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine and the Ethics Committee of the Office of Guardianship for Adult Services with Maine DHS.

In 2001, Bill and Jane moved to The Highlands in Topsham, as both continued their very busy lives of giving back to the greater community. A jovial, fun person to be around, you could always find Bill by following the laughter. He also used humor to get his point across, sometimes taking a stand when it wasn’t always the most popular one, but the one he felt was right.

His humor, his laugh, his honesty will all be sorely missed, but remembered with great warmth. Bill leaves behind his wife, Jane, a nephew, many nieces, countless friends, but few untold jokes.

A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, June 1st at 11 a.m., First Parish Congregational Church in Brunswick.

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