SANTA RITA DO PASSA QUATRO, Brazil (BNc) — Missionary John Pennisi just reported that missionary Glenn Looper died today, May 12.

I just received a phone call from Nélio Ferreira that Glenn passed away this afternoon. The cause of death is unknown at the moment. He went with Cida to the grocery store and began feeling bad. She took him to the hospital, and he suddenly passed away there. There will be an autopsy. Let’s all pray for Cida  She was a wonderful wife fully dedicated to Glenn and the Lord.

Looper was one of the original members of the São Paulo mission team which arrived in Brazil in 1961. They celebrated their fiftieth anniversary at the National Christian Workers Encounter during Easter weekend.

Former teammate Howard Norton wrote about Looper:

Glenn Looper was a faithful servant of the Lord. This teammate of ours spent just short of 50 years on the Brazilian mission field. Glenn wasn’t flashy, but he was doggedly determined to serve the Lord to the very best of his abilities. It must have been difficult for a person like Looper who was about 40 years of age and also a military veteran to work with a bunch of houseapes still wet behind the ears like many of us were. He didn’t give up on us or the mission. I am saddened by his death and look forward one of these days to a São Paulo mission team reunion on the other side of the river.

Looper had been in Brazil since his arrival, making him one of the longest-term missionaries on the field.

Autopsies are generally required in Brazil when death occurs outside a hospital.