Bill Tuxhorn Funeral Service


The Word of God

(Please stand)



 I am Resurrection and I am Life,

             says the Lord.

Whoever has faith in me shall have life,

even though he die.

And everyone who has life,

and has committed himself to me in faith,

shall not die for ever.


As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives

and that at the last he will stand

upon the earth.

After my awaking, he will raise me up;

and in my body I shall see God.

I myself shall see,

and my eyes behold him

who is my friend and not a stranger.


For none of us has life in himself,

and none becomes his own master when he dies.

For if we have life, we are alive in the Lord,

and if we die, we die in the Lord.

So, then, whether we live or die,

we are the Lord’s possession.

Happy from now on

are those who die in the Lord!

So it is, says the Spirit,

for they rest form their labors.



Hymn 618 in The Hymnal 1982


 Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones”

Verses 1 and 2

Lasst uns erfreuen



Celebrant         The Lord be with you.

People               And also with you

Celebrant          Let us pray.



O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that your servant William Ross, being raised with him, may know the strength of his presence, and rejoice in his eternal glory; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

(Please be seated)



A Reading from the Book of Job 19:21-27a


Have pity on me, have pity on me, O you my friends,

for the hand of God has touched me!

Why do you, like God, pursue me,

never satisfied with my flesh?


“O that my words were written down!

O that they were inscribed in a book!

O that with an iron pen and with lead

they were engraved on a rock      forever!

For I know that my Redeemer lives,

and that at the last he will stand upon the earth,

and after my skin has been thus destroyed,

then in my flesh I shall see God,

whom I shall see on my side,

and my eyes shall behold, and not another.

My heart faints within me!

The Word of the Lord.

All Thanks be to God.



Psalm 46

(The Lector and the Congregation

pray responsively)

1   God is our refuge and strength, *

    a very present help in trouble.

2  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, *

     and though the mountains be toppled  into the depths of the sea;

3   Though its waters rage and foam, *

     and though the mountains tremble at its tumult.

4  The Lord of hosts is with us; *

    the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

5  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, *

    the holy habitation of the Most High.

God is in the midst of her;

she shall not be overthrown; *

    God shall help her at the break of day.

7  The nations make much ado, and the kingdoms are shaken; *

    God has spoken, and the earth shall melt away.

8  The Lord of hosts is with us; *

    the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

9  Come now and look upon the works of the Lord, *

    what awesome things he has done on earth.

10 It is he who makes war to cease in all the world; *

    he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear,

and burns the shields with fire.

11 “Be still, then, and know that I am God; *

      I will be exalted among the nations;

I will be exalted in the earth.”

12 The Lord of hosts is with us; *

     the God of Jacob is our stronghold.








A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Romans  14-19, 34-35, 37-39


All who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.   For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba!  Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God,   and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.


I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God.


Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us.  Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?


No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.   For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,   nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.


The Word of the Lord.


All Thanks be to God.



Hymn 691 in The Hymnal 1982

 “My Faith Looks Up to Thee”




Celebrant      The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John



People        Glory to you,  Lord Christ.




[Jesus said,]  “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.  And you know the way to the place where I am going.”  Thomas said to him, “Lord we do not know where you are going.  How can we know the way?”  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”


The Gospel of the Lord.


People      Praise to you,   Lord Christ.


(Please be seated)


 The Homily


(Please stand)


 The Apostle’s Creed


Celebrant In the assurance of eternal life given at Baptism, let us proclaim our faith and say,

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

    creator of heaven and earth.


I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son,

         our Lord.

    He was conceived by the power of the

          Holy Spirit

          and born of the Virgin Mary.

    He suffered under Pontius Pilate,

         was crucified, died, and was buried.

    He descended to the dead.

    On the third day he rose again,

    He ascended into heaven,

         and is seated at the right hand

         of the Father.

    He will come again to judge the

    living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

    the holy catholic Church,

    the communion of saints,

    the forgiveness of sins,

    the resurrection of the body,

    and the life everlasting. Amen.



Prayers of the People


Leader      For our brother Bill, let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ who said, “I am Resurrection and I am Life.”


Lord, you consoled Martha and Mary in their distress; draw near to us who mourn for Bill and dry the tears of those who weep.

People Hear us, Lord.


Leader      You wept at the grave of Lazarus, your friend; comfort us in our sorrow.

People Hear us, Lord.


Leader      You raised the dead to life; give to our brother eternal life.

People Hear us, Lord.


Leader      You promised paradise to the thief who repented; bring our brother to the joys of heaven.

People Hear us, Lord.

Leader      Our brother was washed in Baptism and anointed with the Holy Spirit; give him fellowship will all your saints.

People Hear us, Lord.


Leader      He was nourished with your Body and Blood; grant him a place at the table in your heavenly kingdom.

People Hear us, Lord.


Leader    Comfort us in our sorrows at the death of our brother; let our faith be our consolation, and eternal life our hope.



 Silence may be kept.


Celebrant Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to you our brother Bill who was reborn by water and the Spirit in Holy Baptism.  Grant that his death may recall to us your victory over death and be an occasion for us to renew our trust in your Father’s love.  Give us, we pray, the faith to follow where you have led the way; and where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, to the ages of ages.  Amen.



Prayer for the Air Force

Almighty God, Lord of Hosts, we call out to you as the One who is sovereign over all. Watch over and protect our nation’s military, especially the United States Air Force. Sustain them with your everlasting arms.     As they serve around the world, we ask that you to provide them with peace and surround them with love as they mourn the absence of their loved one and long for their return. May they find hope and strength in you for the trials of each new day.  For each and every veteran who has served our country through the years, we thank you for their sacrifice. Comfort those who struggle in life after war. Help us to honor and care for those who have given so much for us.  Be with our nation’s leaders as well, and all those who make decisions for our military. Give them wisdom and discernment in everything they do.  Father, we long for the day when swords will be beaten into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks. We long for your peace.  In Christ’s name we pray,  Amen.



Hymn 719 in The Hymnal 1982


 O Beautiful For Spacious Skies”





The Peace


Celebrant          The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People               And also with you.

(The Ministers and People may greet

one   another in the name of the Lord.)



The Preparation of the Table

(Please be seated)




The Holy Communion



 Eucharistic Prayer A


(The Book of Common Prayer, page 361)

Celebrant         The Lord be with you.

People              And also with you.

Celebrant         Lift up your hearts.

People              We lift them to the Lord.

Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord  our God.

People It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Celebrant It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. Through Jesus Christ our Lord; who rose victorious from the dead, and comforts us with the blessed hope of everlasting life. For to your faithful people, O Lord, life is  changed, not ended; and when our mortal body lies in death, there is prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth

are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.


Blessed is he who comes

in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

Hosanna in the highest.




(Please stand or kneel)

Celebrant Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself; and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you:  This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Celebrant and People

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

Celebrant We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ. By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.

All Amen.



The Lord’s Prayer

(Please stand)


Celebrant As our Savior Christ has taught us, we now pray,

Our Father, who art in heaven,

     hallowed be thy Name,

     thy kingdom come,

     thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

     as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

     but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

     and the power, and the glory,

 for ever and ever. Amen.



The Breaking of the Bread

The Celebrant breaks

the consecrated Bread.

A period of silence is kept.


Alleluia. Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia.


Facing the people, the Celebrant says

 the following Invitation

The Gifts of God for the People of God.


(Please stand, sit or kneel  during Communion)


We welcome our visitors today, and we invite all baptized Christians to join us in receiving Communion.  You may do so in two ways:

¨ Consume the bread first, and then sip from the cup.

 ¨ Dip the bread into the cup.


Those not partaking of Communion are invited to come forward, cross your arms over your chest, and receive a blessing.



(Please stand for the Communion Hymn)


Hymn 810 in Wonder, Love and Praise


 “You Who Dwell in

 the Shelter of the Lord”

 Michael Joncas



Celebrant          Let us pray.


Almighty God, we thank you that in your great love you have fed us with the spiritual food and drink of the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ, and have given us a foretaste of your heavenly banquet.  Grant that this Sacrament may be to us a comfort in affliction, and a pledge of our inheritance in that kingdom where there is no death, neither sorrow nor crying, but the fullness of joy with all your saints; through Jesus Christ our Savior.  Amen.



The Commendation


Celebrant      Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints,


People      where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.


Celebrant   You only are immortal, the creator and maker of mankind; and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and to earth shall we return. For so did you ordain when you created me, saying, “You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” All of us go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.


People     Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.

Celebrant       Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Bill. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.


Celebrant Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

People Thanks be to God.



Celebrant  Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and giving life to those in the tomb.


The Sun of Righteousness is gloriously risen, giving light to those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death.


The Lord will guide our feet into the way of peace, having taken away the sin of the world.


Christ will open the kingdom of heaven to all who believe in his Name, saying, Come, O blessed of my Father; inherit the kingdom prepared for you.


Into paradise may the angels lead you. At your coming may the martyrs receive you, and bring you into the holy city




Hymn 618 in The Hymnal 1982


 Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones”

Verses 3 and 4

Lasst uns erfreuen




The liturgy for the dead is an Easter liturgy.  It finds all its meaning in the resurrection.  Because Jesus was raised for the dead, we, too, shall be raised.

     The liturgy, therefore, is characterized by joy, in the certainty that “neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation , will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

     This joy, however, does not make human grief unchristian.  The very love we have for each other in Christ brings deep sorrow when we are parted by death.  Jesus himself wept at the grave of his friend.  So, while we rejoice that one we love has entered into the nearer presence of our Lord, we sorrow in sympathy of those who mourn.

The Book of Common Prayer, pg. 507




Celebrant                               The Very Rev. R. James Larsen


Music Director                         Donna Larsen


Acolytes                                    Jasmyne Phillips

                                                    Elizabeth Wagner



Lectors                                      Kate Adelman

                                                    Erin Adelman

                                                    Sydney Royce


Eucharistic Ministers Don Nancarrow, Jim Rudd



Our deepest thanks to all the many people who offered prayers, sent cards,

and shared their love and support for our family.  God’s blessing to all.

   ~~Ginny, Guy, Lisa, Carrie


All are invited to a reception following the service. 

 It will be held in the Fellowship Room and Lounge

in the Community Building.



Memorial gifts may be made to

the Beavercreek Rotary, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church,

or the charity of one’s choice.