Ihsan Ardhuerumly

September 6, 1932 - January 30, 2019
U.S. Armed Forces Veteran
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The Reverend Dr. Ihsan Namiq Ardhuerumly was born, the 2nd of 9 children, on September 6, 1932 to Namiq and Fatima Ardhuerumly in Baghdad, Iraq. He departed this earth and entered his eternal rest, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, on January 30, 2019. He was 86 years old. Ihsan immigrated to the United States from Iraq at the age of 19 with little more than the American Dream and $300 in his pocket. He enrolled in the University of Indiana where he studied engineering. He later obtained a Bachelors degree from the University of Oklahoma, Masters degrees from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York and Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University in Dallas and a Doctorate of Ministry degree, also from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Along the way he met and married Ruth Annalee Hawk, a union that produced 3 beautiful boys. Later, he was to meet and marry the love of his life, Lillith Luella “Layla” Winkler. Ihsan and Lillith had two children together, a daughter and a son. A naturalized citizen of his beloved United States and a proud patriot of his adopted homeland, Ihsan served in the United States Army where he was a member of the Signal Corp and received an Honorable Discharge In 1963. After a nearly 20 year career as a successful corporate executive and engineer, Ihsan felt a call to ministry and entered the clergy ranks of the United Methodist Church, eventually receiving his Ordination as an Elder. He and Lillith, also a minister in the United Methodist Church, served several churches across west Texas before Ihsan was named to the Bishop’s Cabinet as a District Superintendent in the Northwest Texas Conference. After many years of ministry, Ihsan and Lillith retired and moved to their little piece of paradise in Lillith’s home state of Oklahoma.

Ihsan was preceded in death by his parents, by his beloved wife and partner in ministry, Lillith and by a treasured grandson, Michael Ardhuerumly.

He is survived by his five children, Steve Ardhuerumly and his wife Rita of LaOtto Indiana; Mike Ardhuerumly and his wife Beth of Churubusco, Indiana; Jeff Ardhuerumly of McKinney, Texas; Namiqa Ardhuerumly Shipman and her husband Walt, of Lawton, Oklahoma and Staton Ardhuerumly of Amarillo, Texas. Additionally he is survived by 8 grandchildren and over 20 great grandchildren. And now all of these, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren alike, strive daily to live up to Dr. Ardhuerumly’s twin legacies of Courage and Overcoming in the face of adversity.

Dr Ardhuerumly will be interred, following a family only graveside service, at the Mountain Park Cemetery in Mountain Park, Oklahoma February 2, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to either the Salvation Army or your local Food Bank, favorite missions of Dr Ardhuerumly’s.

Service Information

Date: February 2, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm

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Richard Hunter
Denison, TX
Sounds like he had a full and productive life.
Elizabeth Musgrove
Big spring, TX
Our prayers are with your family.  Your dad is a blessing to your family.
Chuck and Bonnie Miller
Wildwood, FL
So sorry for your loss.  I know how much he meant to all of you.  What a wonderful history he had and now he is home waiting ro great each of you in heaven.  My God give you peace during this difficult time.
Diane Murphy
Ruidoso, NM
Namiqa, know you will miss your good father. Peace and comfort to you all.
Carol Huguenard Smith
New Haven, IN
Steve, Mike and Jeff So sorry to hear that your dad lost his physical battle.  He sounds like an amazing man.  I will be praying for your comfort as you grieve the loss of your father.
Rick Kaizer
Reynoldsville, PA
Mightily used by God
Kim Tubbs
Pleasant Lake, IN
Steve and Rita,
Your dads life sounds so blessed as is he now in the Heavens.  My heart is sending all of your family love. 
Hugs.  Kim
Marsha Sherwood
Farmington, NY
Namiqa I am so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.  I know he will be greatly missed but like your mother he left a lasting impression on all that had the privilege of knowing him.
Jim&Debbie Butler
Albuquerque, NM
May God hold you and your family tight while you travel through this new chapter of life. Your grandpa knows how much you loved him. May he rest in peace and walk with you always. Hugs and prayers.???
Ken Bowen-Heiniger
Auburn, IN
Pastor Steve and Rita, and all the family I know.
Blessings during this time of loss to you.  It sounds like God is receiving a special man back to him.
Jack and Sharon Worsham
Borger, TX, TX
We loved Ihsan as outstanding minister, friend. As a teacher, he had so much to give to my class at school about coming from Iraq , adjustments in his life here as a student and encouragements to them in every way.  He was such a blessing in our lives and we hold such precious memories of him with thankfulness.
Kimberly Partridge
San Antonio, TX
Love, hugs and prayers
I am grateful for the prayers and love Uncle Ishan gave to me, especially for my son Benny.
Gwen Minton
Santa Rosa, NM
Prayers to you Mr. Shipman and your family.  May he rest in peace.
Enas Ardhuerumly
Canada-Mississauga, OK
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life". John 3:16
Dear Uncle Ihsan, I wish I had the chance to see you, sit and talk to you face to face but I was only able to call you. But through the phone, I could feel your warm heart and sincere fatherly care.. you are my father's brother.. in this short time that was lucky enough to know you, you were more than a father to me. May you rest in peace in God's heaven. My deepest condolences to you Namiqa, Steve and the whole family. Love, Enas Ardhuerumly
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