July 6, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 14 - pages 286, 287 and 288
Erb.-Levi, son of Daniel and Caroline Erb, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Dec. 28, 1862; died near Hubbard, Oreg., June 10, 1939, after a lingering illness; aged 76 y. 5 m. 12 d. He was married to Mary Johnson of Hubbard, Oreg., Dec. 13, 1891. To this union were born 3 sons and 6 daughters: Anna Swartzentruber, Mertztown, Pa.; Alfred, Louise Kauffman, and Hettie Wachtman, Hubbard, Oreg.; Grant, Donald, Oreg.; Nettie Seely, Edna Dickenson, Wilma Becker, Yacolt, Wash., and Ted of Oregon City, Oreg.; also 2 brothers (Jacob and Albert); 2 sisters (Amanda and Susie, Hubbard, Oreg.), together with 31 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren survive. Funeral services were held on June 13, at the Zion Mennonite church with burial in the Zion Cemetery; Bro. E. Z. Yoder in charge of services, assisted by Bro. Paul N. Roth. Text, John 19:41.
Wenger.-Elsie, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hosea
Gilver, was born near Manheim, Pa., June 9, 1894; died April 30,
1939, in the Lancaster General Hospital after an illness of a
few months' complications; aged 45 y. 10 m. 21 d. She united with
the Mennonite Church in 1918, and was a faithful member until
death, always taking an active part whenever she could. She will
be missed at home and in the Church. She leaves her sorrowing
husband (Rufus Wenger), and these children: Dorothy (wife of Lester
Grabill), Grace (wife of Henry Eshleman), both of near Manheim;
Mildred, Margaret, Richard, and Victor at home. One little girl
preceded her in death. She also leaves 1 brother and 5 sisters.
Funeral services were held at Hernley's Church near Manheim, Bros.
Henry Lutz and Abram Risser in charge of the services. Interment
in the Hernley cemetery.
"Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
And in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tears are shed."
---By a Friend.
Short.-Mary Nofziger, was born Feb. 1, 1868 near Archbold,
O.; died at her home north of Wauseon, O., June 6, 1939; aged
71 y. 4 m. 5 d. On March 12, 1895 she was united in marriage to
Jacob B. Short. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters:
Ira, Stryker, O.; Lydia (wife of Will King), Wauseon, O.; Nora
(wife of Henry Stamm), West Unity, O.; and David (who died in
infancy). In her youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and
united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful to the end.
Death came very unexpectedly while eating the noon meal with her
husband, and without a word of warning she quietly passed away.
There remain to mourn her sudden departure her husband, 1 son,
2 daughters, 7 grandchildren, 4 stepgranchildren, 2 brothers,
4 sisters, and many other relatives and friends. One son and 1
brother preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the
Lockport Church near Stryker, O., in charge of the brethren E.
B. Frey and Walter Stuckey. Text, Psa. 17:15.
"The call was sudden, the shock severe,
We little thought her death so near;
And only those who have lost can tell,
The loss of a loved one without farewell."
Martin.-Rebecca S. Shank was born July 6, 1873; died
at her home in Maugansville, Md., June 10, 1939; aged 65 y. 11
m. 4 d. In Feb., 1893, she was united in marriage with Daniel
W. Martin who preceded her in death in 1931. To this union were
born 11 children. Surviving are Menno S., Rhoda S. Eshleman, Jacob
S., Leroy S., Daniel S., Ruth S. Miller, Lewis S., Edna S. Eby,
Esther S. Lehman, Nathan S., Irvin S.; also 43 grandchildren,
1 sister (Ida Eby of Norfolk, Va.). Mother had been failing in
health the last six months, and spent the last 11 weeks in bed
suffering much pain. Death was caused by complications following
several heart attacks. Her cheerful disposition was an inspiration
to all with whom she came in contact. She was greatly concerned
about her children and grandchildren. She was a faithful member
of Reiffs Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held June 12
at the home and Reiff's Mennonite Church by Bros. D. R. Lesher,
M. K. Horst, and D. T. Martin. Text, Psa. 132:14. Interment in
"'Tis lonesome here without her,
And sad the weary way,
For life is not the same to us,
Since Mother is called away."
Schrock.-Arthur Aquilla, son of Adam and Ida (Weaver)
Schrock, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., March 7, 1878; died at
the home of his daughter near Sheffield, Ill., June 21, 1939;
aged 61 y. 3 m. 14 d. He leaves 1 daughter, 5 grandchildren, 1
brother (William of Shelbyville, Ill.), and 3 sisters (Mrs. Wesley
Mishler of Roanoke, Ill., Mrs. Julius Unzicker of Morocco, Ind.,
and Mrs. Ora Hostetler of Prophetstown, Ill.). His wife, father,
mother, 1 brother, 2 sisters, and infant son preceded him in death.
In 1896 he joined the Shore Mennonite Church and remained a faithful
Christian until death. Jan. 22, 1899, he was united in marriage
to Mary Ann Miller. To this union 2 children were born, 1 son
dying in infancy, and 1 daughter (Mrs. Cora Hostetler of near
Sheffield). In 1907 he with his wife and daughter moved to Shelbyville,
Ill., and helped to build and organize the Church at that place.
Jan. 4, 1939, he came to make his home with his daughter at Sheffield.
He was greatly grieved after the death of his beloved companion
who passed away Dec. 14, 1936, and often expressed his desire
to pass on to the glory world, to be with his loved ones. He will
be greatly missed in our home and in his church.
"Father, thou hast left us lonely,
Here the loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God who has bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal."
---By his daughter.
Zimmerman.-Lydia, daughter of Benjamin and Lavina (Musser)
Bowman, was born in the Allegheny Valley June 29, 1845; died June
3, 1939, at the home of her daughter (Mrs. Mary B. High) near
Bareville, Pa., with whom she resided the last three and one half
years of her life. She was the third of a family of seven children.
In 1864 she was united in marriage to Israel Zimmerman of Martindale,
Pa. To this union were born 8 children, 4 of whom preceded her
in death; 2 (Samuel and Joseph) having died in infancy, also Mrs.
Mattie Rutt and Mrs. Lavina High. Surviving her are 4 children
(Noah B., Ephrata; Mrs. Mary High, Bareville; John B., Farmersville;
Isaac B., Terre Hill); also 24 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren,
and 15 great-great-grandchildren. Her husband passed away 23 years
ago, and she did her own housework until she was 90 years old.
She enjoyed fairly good health until about six weeks prior to
her departure. Grandmother was a member of the Old Order Mennonite
Church and attended services faithfully until almost the close
of her life. She lived true to her convictions and was never heard
to complain. In her latter years she expressed a desire to be
at rest. The funeral services were conducted June 6, at the home,
by bro. Isaac Zimmerman, and at the Martindale Mennonite Church
by Bros. Joseph O. Wenger and Aaron Burkholder. Text, Phil. 1:21,
23. All services were held in the German language. Burial in the
Aschliman.-Mary, daughter of Christian and Catherine
(Stuckey) Graber, was born near Stryker, Ohio, March 27, 1864;
died March 11, 1939, in full assurance and faith in the Saviour's
love. June 13, 1889, she was united in marriage to Benedict Aschliman.
This union was blessed with 7 children: Sylvanus, Raymond, Ura,
Cletus, Freeman, (Freda) Mrs. Alphus Rufenacht and (Virgie) Mrs.
John L. Short. Death entered this home for the first time some
47 years ago, when Sylvanus, a child of 2 years, was called home;
and again about 25 years ago when the husband and father was called
to lay down his earthly toil and cares and go to meet his Lord
and Saviour. In early life Mother accepted Christ as her Saviour,
united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful unto the
end. When health permitted, her seat in the church was never vacant,
and just one short week ago was in her accustomed place. The family
keenly feels the loss of a devoted and loving mother, especially
Raymond and Ura who so tenderly cared for their loving mother.
She leaves, besides her children, 11 grandchildren, 2 brothers,
and 4 sisters who also will sadly miss her. Two grandchildren
preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the Lockport
A. M. church March 15, by Bro. Simon Stuckey at the home and Bros.
E. B. Frey and P. L. Frey at the church. Texts, II Cor. 5:1 and
Rev. 14:13. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"The children's hearts are lonely now,
Since mother's gone to rest.
But we our hearts do humbly bow,
And say, God tho't it best."
Ropp.-Magdelina (Steckley) Ropp was born in Waterloo
Co., Ont., on Dec. 27, 1860; died at her home in Berne, Mich.,
June 7, 1939 after a long illness; aged 79 y. 5 m. 11 d. She was
united in marriage with Joseph Ropp, Oct. 8, 1885. They came to
Huron Co., Mich., in 1890 and have resided here since. They, having
no children of their own, opened their hearts and home to Henry
Ropp, and Mrs. Russell Danks, who preceded her in death. Surviving
her are her sorrowing husband, 1 brother in Nebraska, and a sister
in Cheboygan, Mich., and relatives and friends. In her youth she
accepted Christ and united with the Ontario Amish Church. Later
when they moved to Michigan she became a member of the Mennonite
Church. She was a charter member of the Pigeon Mennonite Church
since 1894. Whenever health permitted she was at the services,
was a faithful member of the church, and a true witness of Christ.
She will be greatly missed by her sorrowing blind husband who
took care of him in the best possible manner as long as health
permitted. Her last parting concern was for the welfare of her
husband; they lived happily together for almost 54 years. Her
longing was to go home and be with her Saviour. She fell sweetly
asleep without any struggles. Funeral services were held at the
home in charge of Bros. J. J. Shetler and Sherman Maust, and at
the Pigeon Mennonite Church conducted by Brethren Sherman Maust,
Simon Martin, Strausburg, Ont., and S. J. Miller. Burial in Mennonite
"Servant of God, well done!
Thy glorious warfare's past;
The battle's fought, thy race is run,
And thou art crowned at last."
Frey.-Edgar E., youngest son of Elias and Anna Frey,
was born near Archbold, Ohio, March 27, 1901. In his early youth
he listened to the voice of Jesus and accepted Him as his Saviour
after which he united with the Mennonite Church near Archbold.
While receiving his education at Goshen College, he transferred
his membership to that congregation. Having spent those years
and most of those following his graduation in Goshen, he gained
many friends there. On June 7, 1925, he was married to Bessie
Wyse. Their fourteen years of marriage was that of continued devotion,
one to the other; and on July 7, 1926, little Bobby was born to
them which still added greatly to their happiness. But on June
19, 1939, at the age of 38 years, God somehow saw fit to suddenly
interrupt-to call "Jack" to come home with Him: leaving
his wife (Bessie), 1 son (Robert Edgar), two years of age. His
father (Bishop Elias Frey), 6 brothers and 3 sisters (his mother,
1 sister and 1 brother preceded him in death), and many other
relatives and friends who will keenly feel his departure. One
of his greatest desires was to fulfill Psa. 104:33-"I will
sing unto the Lord, as long as I live. I will sing praise to my
God, while I have my being." And the redeemed of the Lord
shall sing the song of Moses and the Lamb forever and ever. Funeral
services were held at the Central Church near Archbold, Ohio,
Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, in charge of S. C Yoder of Goshen,
Ind., assisted by C. L. Graber and Jesse Short. Burial in the
cemetery at Pettisville, Ohio.
"Leaves have their time to fall,
And flowers to wither at the North wind's call
And stars to set;
But death!-thou hast all seasons for thine own."
Wyse.-Samuel S., oldest son of Preacher Daniel J. Wyse (deceased), was born near Archbold, Ohio, Aug. 9, 1869; died at his home east of Archbold on June 12, 1939; aged 69 y. 10 m. 3 d. On Sept. 25, 1892, he was united in marriage to Mattie Nafziger. Together they shared life's joys and sorrows for nearly forty-seven years. To this union were born 4 sons: Henry, who has been called to the ministry, Charley, who met with accidental death about five years ago, Jesse and Otto, all of this community. Bro. Wyse confessed Christ as his Saviour as a young man, was received into the Mennonite Church, and was interested in her welfare and helpful in her activities. For many years he served as Sunday school superintendent and in other official capacities of the Church. On Dec. 13, 1925, he was called to the office of deacon and on Oct. 29, 1933, he was called as a minister of the Gospel in which offices he served faithfully as long as health permitted. In August, 1938, he was afflicted, after which he underwent a gallbladder operation and made a partial recovery so that he was able to be up and attend church services occasionally. Last February he had a second operation, which was helpful for a time but complications developed until he was finally relieved by death. He will be greatly missed in the home, Church, and community, but we bow to Him who doeth all things well. There remain to mourn his departure, his beloved companion, 3 sons, 18 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Daniel S. of Archbold and Albert of Midland, Mich.) and a host of relatives and friends. There preceded him in death 1 son, 2 grandchildren, and 1 sister. Funeral services were held in the home, conducted by Bro. P. L. Frey, and at the Central Mennonite Church by Bros. J. D. Frey, E. B. Frey, D. D. Troyer of Goshen, Ind., D. A. Yoder of Elkhart, Ind., and Ray F. Yoder of Wakarusa, Ind. Texts, Psa. 90:1-17; I Cor. 15:54-58.
Roggie.-Andrew, son of the late Bishop Jacob and Kathrine
(Zehr) Roggie, was born Aug. 26, 1867; died May 20, 1939; aged
71 y. 8 m. 24 d. He was united in marriage to Anna Widrick, Jan.
1, 1892. This union was blessed with 10 children, who survive.
In his early youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour
and united with the Amish Mennonite Church, in which faith he
continued until his very sudden end. He met with a very sad accident,
being attacked by an ugly bull which broke away from his stall
and ran into the field on his farm. Bro. Ruggie went to drive
him back into the stable when he attacked him. The accident was
witnessed by his wife and children. Elmer and Esther quickly rushed
to his assistance but reached him just a little too late. He was
picked up and rushed to the doctor's office, but passed away on
his way a short distance from his home. For the past 43 years
he resided on his farm where the accident happened, about 1 12
miles from Croghan, N. Y. He always manifested "a meek and
quiet spirit, which is in the sight of the Lord of great price."
His quiet and unassuming way won him many friends. His seat in
church was seldom vacant when able to attend. He will be greatly
missed in his home, also in the Church of which he was a loyal,
devoted member, and an earnest, faithful worker both in Church
and Sunday school. May the Lord give us all grace to say with
Job, "The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed
be the name of the Lord." His sudden and untimely passing
away is not only a great bereavement to his loved ones, but a
real loss to the community, and to his profession; yet we will
submit to Him who doeth all things well. Truly life is but a vapor.
He leaves his bereaved companion, 5 sons, and 5 daughters: Benjamin,
Reuben, Anna (Mrs. Jac Wagler), Clara (Mrs. Ezra Lehman), all
of Lowville; John, Carthage; Rosella (Mrs. Elmer Lehman), Croghan;
Molly, Esther, Elmer, Erwin, all at home; 2 brothers (Deacon Jac
Roggie, Croghan, and John Roggie, Hubbard, Oreg.); 3 sisters (Mrs.
Lena Moshier, Mrs. Philip Moshier, Kirchnerville, N. Y., and Mrs.
Lydia Zehr, Indian River, N. Y.), and 32 grandchildren. Two grandchildren,
2 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services
were conducted by Bro. J. J. Zehr at the home, and by Bros. Jac
Gingerich and Joe Lehman at the meetinghouse. Interment in adjoining
"Farewell, dear husband and father, your labors are o'er;
Your willing hands will toil no more;
Peace be thy slumber, thy rest be sweet,
Our circle is broken, our home incomplete."
Transcriber's note: In Mr. Roggie's obituary, three separate people have the uncommon given name of Jac (Mrs. Jac Wagler, Deacon Jac Roggie, and Bro. Jac Gingerich). None of these is a typo.
Transcribed by Nancy Regan, Washington
July 13, 1939 - Vol. XXXII, No 15 - pages 318, 319 and 320
Wilson.-Alice Wilson was born Oct. 12, 1858, in Worcester Co., Md.; died at the Levering Hospital in Hannibal, Mo., June 27, 1939. She had been a widow for twenty-one years. Her only child died in infancy, but she had four stepchildren. She transferred her membership from the Methodist Church to the Mennonite Gospel Mission in Hannibal on May 1, 1938. She was able to come to church only a few times during the past three years, but often expressed her faith in God when weekly visits were paid her by the workers of the Mission. Funeral services were held at the Mennonite Gospel Mission July 2 with Bro. Nelson E. Kauffman in charge, assisted by Bro. J. M. Kreider of Palmyra. She was laid to rest in the Barkley Cemetery at New London, Mo.
Umble.-Malinda (Glick) Umble was born in Union Co.,
Pa., July 4, 1860; died May 27, 1939, at her home near Atglen,
Pa.; aged 78 y. 10 m. 23 d. Death was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage.
Early in life she united with the Amish Mennonite Church, of which
she was a faithful member, her place seldom being vacant at church
services, when health permitted. She was always willing to lend
a helping hand in time of need. Her kind and sympathetic disposition
endeared her to her family and acquaintances, and she will be
missed in the home and community. Dec. 15, 1881, she was united
in marriage with Henry M. Umble who preceded her in death five
and a half years. One son, John G., also preceded her. Two children
survive: Samuel G. of Parkesburg, Pa., and Mary G., with whom
she resided. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren,
4 brothers (Eli, Levi, Gideon, Henry), 2 sisters (Barbara and
Emma), and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services
were held May 30, at the home and in Millwood Church, conducted
by Brethren John A. Kennel, John S. Mast, and Amos B. Stoltzfus.
Interment in adjoining cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with mother, dear,
No more to see, no more to hear;
But we're glad if God thought best,
To take her home and give her rest."
Shafer.-Lizzie, wife of E. A. Shafer, of Port Trevorton, Pa., was born in Columbia, Pa., Aug. 23, 1866, died in Packer Hospital, Sunbury, Pa., May 3, 1939; aged 72 y. 8 m. 10 d. She was the daughter of Conrad and Mary (Hoffner) Elslayer who preceded her in death many years ago. She is survived by her husband, 1 son of Philadelphia by a former marriage, 1 stepson, 4 grandchildren, 1 sister, and 4 brothers, all of Lancaster Co., Pa. She united with the Brethren Church in her girlhood. After marriage she joined with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member, always attending Sunday school and church services when health permitted, being a deaconess for 17 years. After the death of her first husband (Jacob Copeland) she was a worker at the Old People's Home at Oreville, Lancaster Co., Pa., for 8 years. On Jan. 10, 1917, she married E. A. Shafer, and came to Snyder Co., Pa., where she lived and labored with her husband for 22 years. Funeral services were held at the Susquehanna Church with burial in adjoining cemetery. Services at the home were conducted by Banks Weaver, and at the church by W. W. Graybill of Richfield, and John Reinard of Port Trevorton. Text, Psa. 90:10. Her funeral was attended by the largest concourse of people ever assembled at this place. There were people present from seven different counties of the state.
Schmitt.-Ida Friesen was born Sept. 8, 1908, at Igatpuri,
India; died after a brief illness, May 31, 1939; aged 30 y. 8
m. 23 d. She spent the early years of her life in India, attending
Wellesley Girls' School, at Naini Tal, India. In 1922 she came
with her father and brothers to the United States, continuing
her school work at Hesston College and Bible School. In 1934 she
completed her work in nurses' training at Bethany Hospital, Chicago.
Since then she was engaged in private nursing and active church
work. On Sept. 8, 1938, she was united in marriage to Bro. Lorne
Schmitt of Kitchener, Ont. She is survived by her husband, her
parents (Bro. P. A. Friesen and Dr. Florence Cooprider Friesen,
of Dhamtari, India), her 4 brothers living in the States (Peter,
William, John, and Edward), and a brother and sister (Paul and
Grace) who are with their parents in India. She was preceded in
death by her 2 sisters (Mary and Rosa), and later by her mother
(Helena Hiebert Friesen). Since her conversion at the age of 13,
her life has been one of consecration and service, and a continuous
source of inspiration to those with whom she has come in contact.
Funeral services were conducted June 3 at the home by Bro. Moses
H. Roth, and at the Latschar Mennonite Church by Bros. Jesse B.
Martin and Geo. J. Lapp. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.
"Although we do not understand,
The Lord knows what is best;
He led her by His loving hand.
To her eternal, happy rest."
Ebersole.-Henry R. Ebersole was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 5, 1850; died at the home of his daughter in Upland, Calif., June 23, 1939; aged 88 y. 11 m. 18 d. At the age of 15 he came with his mother to Sterling, Ill., where he grew to manhood. On Dec. 10, 1874, he was united in marriage to Emma Stauffer. To this union five children were born: Elmer of Sterling; Cora (Mrs. Joseph Bucher), now deceased; Hattie (Mrs. J. B. Groff) of Upland, Calif.; Amanda of Washington, D. C.; and Harry of Marquette, Mich. He is survived by his 4 children, 11 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Bro. Ebersole was held in high esteem in his neighborhood, and by his many friends, because of his quiet and unassuming life. For the last three years he made his home with his daughter Hattie and family at Upland, Calif. In his early life he confessed Christ as his personal Saviour and united with the Science Ridge Mennonite Church where he found an avenue of expression for his religious convictions. His life was an expression of true Christianity. Of him it could be said, as God said of Abraham, "I know him, and that he will command his household after him." He was the oldest member of the Science Ridge congregation. After a few weeks of illness he passed away to be with the Lord. Short services were held at Upland after which the body was brought to Sterling for burial. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2:30, at the Science Ridge Church near Sterling, with A. C. Good in charge of the services, after which the body was interred in the family lot adjoining the church. Text, Gen. 5:24.
Burkholder, Owen Joseph, second son of Joseph and Adeline
(Lauber) Burkholder, was born near Tofield, Alta., Aug. 3, 1921;
died suddenly June 18, 1939, aged 17 y. 10 m. 15 d. His sudden
death was a shock to the entire community. On Sunday morning he
attended Sunday School and Church in apparently good health. A
short time before the closing of the services, he left very quietly
stating to a friend, "It's time I'm going home." He
rode home on his bicycle through mud and a shower of rain, the
heavy exertion probably hastened his death caused by congestive
heart failure. He arrived home about a half hour before his parents
and evidently went straight to bed and immediately passed away
without a struggle. Unknown to his parents, he had confided for
the past month to a younger brother his conviction that he was
going to die. These confidences given and received in boy fashion
were not understood until after death. He accepted Christ in his
early youth and remained faithful until death. He leaves his loving
parents, 4 brothers (Elmer, Willard, Paul and Howard) and 3 sisters
(Ada, Annie, and Grace). One sister (Esther) preceded him in death.
He also leaves 1 grandmother, 10 uncles, 8 aunts, and many other
relatives and friends. He will be greatly missed by all members
of his family. Funeral services were held June 20 at the Salem
Mennonite Church by Bros. J. B. Stauffer and M. D. Stutzman. Interment
in the adjoining cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with Owen dear,
No more to see him here;
But yet we're willing, if God Sees best,
To end is troubles and give him rest;
In heaven to reign with angels fair,
May our names, too, be written there."
Gardner.-Mary, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Freed)
Nusbaum, was born Sept. 13, 1865, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died
June 13, 1939, at the home of her son Jesse, of Middlebury, Ind.,
where she made her home for the last 18 months while in failing
health; aged 73 y. 9 m. At the age of 16 she was converted and
united with the Clinton Brick Mennonite Church where she had been
a faithful member until death. Even to the last she longed to
attend church and Sunday school. On May 3, 1884, she was united
in marriage to Frank Gardner, who preceded her in death 13 years
ago. To this union were born 4 children. Two sons (Noble and John)
preceded her in death. She leaves a daughter (Mrs. Ollie Mishler)
and a son (Jesse) both of Middlebury, also 10 grandchildren and
7 great-grandchildren. She leaves 1 brother (Dr. D. H. Nusbaum
of Jackson, Minn.), 1 sister (Hannah, of Goshen). One sister (Martha
Hershberger) and 3 brothers (John, Joseph and Levi) preceded her
in death. She also leaves 1 half sister (Emma Beachy) and 2 half
brothers (Frank and Dan Nusbaum), all of Middlebury. Two half
brothers (Newton and Wiley) preceded her in death. She has 1 stepbrother
(Amos Nusbaum of Middlebury). Funeral services were held at the
Clinton Brick Mennonite Church, in charge of O. S. Hostetler assisted
by Silas Yoder.
"'Tis hard to part with Mother so dear,
No more to see her here;
But yet we're glad if God saw best,
To end her troubles and give her rest.
In heaven to reign with angels fair,
May our names, too, be written there."
Deiter.-Jacob M., son of the late Peter and Mary Ann
(Weaver) Deiter, died at his home near Hessdale, Pa., May 9, 1939;
aged 68 y. 5 m. 23 d. His wife (Barbara Siegle Deiter), 2 sons
(W. Clair of Strasburg and Clyde S. of York), and 1 daughter (Mary
Elizabeth) survive. There are also 2 grandsons (Stanley and Glenn
Herr Deiter), 1 brother (Harry of Strasburg) and 1 sister (Mary,
wife of Enos Book of Hessdale). He died from the effects of a
stroke and complications, being stricken in Dr. Atlee's office
while having x-ray pictures taken. He was helpless for ten weeks
and bore his suffering patiently. He had many sleepless nights
and expressed himself by saying that it seemed long until the
"death angel" would come. At the age of 33 years he
accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the New Providence
Mennonite Church. He remained a faithful member until the Lord
called him home. He served the Church as Sunday school superintendent
for ten years, and as trustee, which office he held until his
death. He enjoyed the visits of his friends and especially those
of his ministerial acquaintances. We are thankful to the Lord
that He did not weary father with long suffering, and we feel
that he would not wish to come back, so we hope and pray to meet
him over there some sweet day. Funeral services were held Friday
afternoon, May 12, at the New Providence Mennonite church, conducted
by Bros. Clayton Keener, Abram Metzler, and C. N. Hostetter, Jr.
Texts, Psa. 37:37 and John 12:24. "Death is the Pathway to
Life" was the theme of the service. Interment in the adjoining
"Father, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
Hess.-Jonas H., son of the late Abraham B. and Mary (Hertzler) Hess, was born Sept. 19, 1858; died June 8, 1939; aged 80 y. 8 m. 19 d. On Sept. 10, 1885, he was married to Emma E. Good. To this union were born 5 sons and 6 daughters. One daughter, Emma, preceded him in death, in infancy. The eldest son (Abraham B.), 2 daughters (Mrs. Anna M. Forry and Mrs. Mary A. Herr) also preceded him. Those surviving are his widow and the following children: Christian G., Lancaster; Henry G., Landisville; Amos H., Lancaster; Clara L. (wife of Clayton H. Martin), New Danville; Benjamin G., Mountville; Bertha H., and Ida M., at home; 1 grandson (John C. Forry, Jr.), at home. Twenty-seven other grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, and 1 brother (George H. Hess, of River Corner, Pa.) also survive. Three grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild preceded him in death. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. He attended services regularly as long as health permitted. He was taken ill Feb. 13 and often expressed his desire to go home. He passed away very peacefully from this world. Funeral services were held June 11 at the home by Bro. Maris Hess; and at the New Danville Mennonite Church by Brethren James Hess and Stoner Krady. Scripture reading, I Cor. 15:35-58; text, Job 14:14a. Services at the grave by Bro. Henry Naumen. Burial in adjoining cemetery.
"He has gone through the gate to another land,
Gently led by the Master's hand;
Gone into the light that shines so fair,
Gone from the earth of sorrow and care
Where everything is kind and good,
Where everything is understood;
So we believe that God above
Has taken him home as an act of love."
Bixler.-Susie J., daughter of Joseph W. and Annie Bare Bailey, was born at Cullom, Ill., Jan. 21, 1876. She was of English-German extraction. Her father was born in Connecticut, but the rest of the family were born in England. One her mother's side, her grandfather, Henry Bare, emigrated from Germany and was the first Mennonite minister in the community of Cullom. She was united in marriage with Jacob K. Bixler on Dec. 22, 1904, since which time they resided in Elkhart, Ind., or suburbs. To this union was born a daughter (Esther May). At the age of sixteen, she united with the Mennonite Church and remained a loyal member until death. Her words in public were few, but for over 34 years she shared in the ministry of her husband, caring for the things at home while he was gone serving the Church. For a number of years she was not physically strong, suffering severe sickness while on a six months tour to Los Angeles, Calif., and after returning. She had been in bed most of the time since last Christmas, but seemed to be slowly regaining strength, until just a week before her demise. She peacefully passed away in the morning of June 27, 1939; aged 63 y. 5 m. 6 d. She is survived, besides the husband and daughter, by a sister (Mrs. Lizzie Thorndyke) and a brother (Henry J. Bailey), both of Cullom, Ill.; 7 nephews and nieces, 15 grandnephews and nieces, besides many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held June 29 with Bro. J. S. Hartzler in charge of services at the home and Bros. John Gingrich, D. A. Yoder, Niles Slabaugh, and C. A. Shank at the Prairie St. Church, where a large congregation of relatives and friends had met to show the last tribute of respect to one they had learned to love. Text, II Cor. 5:1. Interment in the Prairie St. Cemetery.
Eicher.-Katie, wife of Martin J. Eicher, was born Dec.
21, 1867, near Wayland, Ia.; died at her home near Milford, Neb.,
June 18, 1939; aged 71 y. 5 m. 27 d. She was married to Martin
J. Eicher Feb. 22, 1885, near Milford, Neb. On March 1, 1885,
she with her husband moved on the farm which was her home during
her entire married life. To this union were born 3 sons and 4
daughters. One son and 1 daughter preceded her in death. Her loving
husband, 2 sons (Wm. R., of Milford, Bishop of West Fairview Church
near Beaver Crossing, and Elmer, of Flint, Mich.), and 3 daughters
(Mrs. Mary Stauffer, of Milford; Mrs. Mable Klopfenstein, of South
Bend, Ind.; and Mrs. Elsie Troyer, of Milford); also 1 brother
(Ben S. Roth, of New Hamburg, Ont.), 1 sister (Mrs. Mary Troyer,
of Shickley), remain to mourn her timely departure. Two sisters
(Mrs. Lena Smelter, of Goehner; Mrs. Anne Leichty, of Baden, Ont.),
1 brother (Joseph Roth, of Wayland, Ia.), 1 half brother (Nicholas
Roth, of Tavistock), and 1 step-brother (Henry Brenneman, of Tavistock,
Ont.) preceded her beyond. Besides these there remain 32 grandchildren
(3 having died in infancy), also 12 great-grandchildren and a
host of other relatives and friends who have learned to know and
love her during her sojourn here. When she was 7 years old she
lost her mother; and at the age of 14 her father. From that time
until her marriage she lived and moved in other than her own home.
When she was 15 years old she gave her heart to Christ and united
with the Sugar Creek Amish Mennonite Church, and remained faithful
until her death. To the family she was a devoted and loving wife
and mother; nothing too much to do for them, always concerned
for their welfare; to the Church, a faithful member, her place
was seldom vacant when health permitted and in the community was
respected and will be missed. She was of a quiet and unassuming
disposition, and especially so in the last years of her life.
Death came as a result of cancer of the liver, after a lingering
illness of thirteen weeks, during which time she took very little
nourishment. She suffered very little pain, and bore her affliction
patiently until she fell quietly asleep on Sunday morning. When
she took to her bed she soon expressed her desire to depart this
world and be with Jesus. Funeral services were held June 21 at
the West Fairview Church, in charge of Ezra Roth, assisted by
L. O Schlegel, J. W. Oswald, and Peter Kennel. Text, Psa. 116:15.
Interment in West Fairview Cemetery near by.
"Gone to the light that shines so fair,
Gone from earth of sorrow and care;
Resting those hands that did their best,
Gone, dear Grandmother, gone to rest."
Byler.-John D., son of Emanuel and Leah Byler, was born
Jan. 18, 1866, near Allensville, Pa.; died June 23, 1939; aged
73 y. 5 m. 5 d., in his home near McVeytown, Pa., where he had
moved with his parents when but three years of age, and which
had been his home the rest of his life. On the morning of June
17, he seemed to be in his usual health and drove his car to town
and attended to some errands. On returning home, he insisted on,
and went to drive the team to help his sons and a neighbor boy
haul hay from the field to the barn. As they were about to go
into the barn with the first load (it is now thought) Bro. Byler
felt the attack of a stroke, pulled on the lines. The team began
to back, causing part of the load to be thrown off, with him along.
As he was quickly dragged from the hay, he was found to be unconscious.
A doctor being called, found that he was partly paralyzed, and
had suffered a stroke of apoplexy. All was done for him that loving
hearts and hands could do, but he lay without ever once regaining
consciousness until noon of June 23, when he passed away. He leaves
his wife (Nannie Harshbarger Byler) and the following children:
Mrs. Chauncey (Esther) Zook; Bennet; and Mrs. Bennie (Mary) Hartzler
all of near Allensville; Harvey of Meadeville; Wilber of near
Lewistown; Jesse and Emma at home; also a niece (Mary Yoder) who
has been in the home for several years. He also leaves 16 grandchildren
and 1 brother (Joseph Byler of Weilersville, Ohio). He will be
greatly missed as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather,
as a kind brother, a good neighbor, and by a large circle of friends.
When a young man he accepted his Saviour, and united with the
Mattawana Mennonite Church, to which he remained faithful. Fourteen
years ago he was ordained to the office of deacon, which he faithfully
filled ever since. The Church and Sunday school of which he was
one of its oldest members and teachers, has sustained a loss which
is keenly felt. May it be God's will, that other workers may be
raised up to fill the places, from which He calls those who have
been workers with us. The funeral was held June 26, largely attended.
Short services were held in the home by the home minister, Bro.
Milo Yoder. Further services were held in the Mennonite church
by Bro. John S. Mast of Elverson, Pa. Text, I Sam. 20:18. And
thou shalt be missed, because "thy seat will be empty."
A few words were spoken by Milo Yoder and by Joshua Zook of Allensville.
Interment in the Pleasant View Cemetery. Among those in attendance
at the funeral were 15 ministers. Just four weeks before, to the
day of the funeral, these parents with their children and grandchildren,
met in a happy reunion in the home, it being the first time that
they were all there at one time, for a long time.
"May there be a glad reunion,
The family circle there unbroken;
In that happy home above,
Where Jesus is, and all is love."
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Kuhns.-Samuel H. Kuhns was born April 8, 1886; died
at his home near Chambersburg, Pa., June 23, 1939; aged 53 y.
2 m. 15 d., after a few days illness of blood poison resulting
from a pimple on his nose. Nov. 19, 1908, he was married to Martha
E. Horst of near Maugansville, Md., who survives with the following
children: Mrs. Mary Hummer, Ira, Paul, S. Harvey, Adin, Naomi,
Harold and Cora; also 1 grandchild, all of near Chambersburg.
One son preceded him in death. The following brothers and sisters
also survive: Daniel E. (minister), Joseph E., Anna, Mrs. Samuel
Ebersole, and Mrs. Aaron Witmer. We feel our loss very keenly,
but bow to His will, knowing our loss is his gain. He united with
the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful till the
end; always interested in the work of the Church, being a S. S.
teacher for many years and served as superintendent for some years.
Short services at the home on June 25 by Bro. Harvey Shank and
at the Chambersburg church by Bro. Harold Hunsecker and Bro. Irvin
"Silent is the voice of father,
Vacant always is his chair;
And how sad the room without him,
For there is no father there."
---By the Family.
Brubacher.-Fannie H. Brubacher was born June 24, 1860;
died at the home of her brother (John H. Brubacher) at East Petersburg,
Pa., May 2, 1939, of cerebral hemorrhage, in her 79th year. She
is survived by 1 brother and 9 nieces and nephews. She was a member
of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church for over 50 years. Her
life consisted of varied experiences in serving and ministering
to others. It was her desire to depart this life in such a way
as not to be a burden to any one, and when this sudden illness
came upon her she was not privileged to speak, hear or see; so
her desires were fulfilled, passing away on the 5th day of her
illness. Funeral services were held at the home and at the East
Petersburg Mennonite church by Bros. Frank N. Kreider, John H.
Gochnauer, and D. Stoner Krady (her nephew), using the hymns and
text she had chosen and written on a paper some years ago. It
was found among her personal belongings after death. Text, "Prepare
to meet thy God" (Amos 4:12). Interment in adjoining cemetery.
---By a Niece.
Metzler.-John E., son of the late Deacon Daniel S. and
Lydia (Erb) Metzler, was born near Manheim, Pa., Aug. 15, 1886;
died June 20, 1939, at the Oncologic Hospital, Philadelphia; aged
52 y. 10 m. 5 d. He was united in marriage to Ada H. Risser in
1907. He is survived by his widow and the following children:
Paul R., Manheim; Ethel, wife of Daniel Leaman, Leacock; Helen,
wife of Lester Weaver of Lancaster. One son (Earl) preceded him
in death three years ago. He is also survived by 6 grandchildren,
1 brother (Harvey), and 1 sister (Minnie Kreider), both of near
Manheim. Funeral services were held June 24, from his late home
by Bishops Henry Lutz and D. Stoner Krady. Text, Job 17:11. Interment
in the adjoining cemetery.
"We do not know, we cannot see
The wisdom of His ways,
Yet we must trust God's loving hand
Is guiding us always
And that through darkest shadows
His kindly light will lead,
To give us faith for every thought
And strength for every need."
Metzler.-Miriam DeEtta, oldest daughter of Ralph and
viola Metzler, was born Jan. 18, 1918; died June 17, 1939; aged
21 y. 5 m. She gave her heart to the Lord when a child and united
with the Mennonite Church, having her member ship with the Yellow
Creek congregation where she remained faithful until death. While
in her junior year at high school she became afflicted with tuberculosis
and was confined to a Sanitarium for nearly three years, where
she was tenderly cared for but her weakened condition continued
without abatement. The Lord kept her in perfect peace and enabled
her to bear her suffering with fortitude. Because of her happy
disposition and affectionate ways she made many friends and scattered
sunshine wherever she went. Her presence made the world a happier
place in which to live. She took great pleasure in reading her
Bible and testified to the mercies of God. She leaves father,
mother, 3 sisters (Berdean, Mrs. Walter Wogomon; Rosealene and
Norma Jane at home), her aged grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. S. S.
Metzler and Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Hoover), 1 great-grandfather (Minister
C. K. Curtis), and many other relatives and friends. To all of
these, heaven is a little nearer because Miriam is there. She
is missed, yet we know that God's way is the best way and we shall
meet her again. One sister (Lois Berneta) preceded her in death
about 15 years ago. Funeral services were held June 18. The services
at the house were in charge of Bro. A. B. Yoder (of the M. B.
C. church) and at the Yellow Creek Church by Bro. R. F. Yoder.
"Dear Miriam, you are not forgotten,.
Though on earth you are no more;
Still in memory you are with us,
As you always were before."
---By the Family.
Steiner.-Peter R., eldest son of Daniel and Magdalena (Basinger) Steiner was born Jan. 9, 1856, near Orrville, Ohio, adjoining his late home; died June 3, 1939; aged 83 y. 4 m. 24 d. He attended a local German school and also the public school in the district, and spent some time in the Smithville Academy and later taught for eleven terms in the community, Sonnenberg, and Putnam County. He was united in marriage to Caroline, daughter of Fred and Catherine (Steiner) Welty of Putnam Co., Ohio, May 1, 1884. Six children were born to this union, namely: Clarence of Orrville; Earl of Marshalville, Dillia of Wichita, Kans.; Edna who died at the age of 16 years; Silvia, wife of Rudy Stauffer of Wooster; and a son who died in infancy. The mother died four days later, leaving the father with five small children. Seven years later, April 1, 1900, he was united in marriage to Anna Viola, daughter of Jonas and Nancy (Smucker) Burkholder. Four children were born to this union, namely: Velma, wife of Aldine Zimmerly; Icie, wife of Amos Basinger; Eva, wife of David Kornhaus; and Dayton, who is living on the home farm near Orrville. The wife died Feb. 23, 1925. He is survived by his 3 sons, 5 daughters, 27 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Besides his children he leaves 2 brothers (John S. of Orrville and Daniel W. of Denver, Colo.) and 1 sister (Mary, wife of Philip Hilty of Rittman). Three brothers preceded him in death (Eli, David, and Noah); also 3 sisters (Barbara, Sarah Zimmerly, and Fanny Amstutz). He also leaves many other relatives and friends. In early manhood he accepted Christ as his Saviour and became a member of the Mennonite Church and, as far as able, was a regular attendant. He was always much interested in the singing of Christian hymns and frequently requested this in his home. Some being used at his funeral were among his favorites. He was quite well known in the community, and was frequently saluted by his former pupils. A total of 49 terms was spent by him and his children teaching in the public schools. Services were con- at the Crown Hill Church by Bros. I. J. Buchwalter and E. F. Hartzler. Text, Eccl. 7:2; Deut. 32:46, 47.
Transcriber's note: this is not a typo: "Services were con- at the Crown Hill Church ... "
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Rife.-Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Henry O. and Catharine (Lehman) Rife of Chambersburg, Pa., died June 16, 1939 of the infirmities of old age, in her 85th year. She is survived by 2 sisters (Mrs. Sarah Martin and Mary wife of Bro. Henry L. Witmer with whom she had her home), 1 brother (Benj. L.), all of Chambersburg, Pa.; also by 6 nieces and 10 nephews. Funeral services were held June 19 at the Row Church of which she was a member, in charge of Bro. Christian V. Martin and Bro. Amos E. Martin. Burial in Salem, Pa., Cemetery.
Bond.-Yvonne Mae, daughter of James and Mary (Gingerich) Bond, of Albany, Oreg., died at the Eugene Hospital, June 26, 1939, of diabetes; aged 1 y. 4 m. 19 d. She was a sweet, lovable child. Why God saw fit to remove her we do not know; but we submit to His will, knowing she is where there is no more pain or sickness. She leaves her father, mother, 3 brothers (Jimmie Dale, Harold, and Kenneth) and 1 sister (Elsie); also grandparents, great-grandfather, uncles, aunts, cousins, and many friends and neighbors. Funeral service at Albany Mennonite Church in charge of Geo. Kauffman and N. A. Lind. Burial in Central cemetery.
Chupp.-Gerald Franklin, son of Orestus and Reva (Hooley) Chupp, died June 20, 1939; aged 7 m. 2 d. He died after a short illness of one week, of pneumonia and whooping cough. He leaves his father, mother, 1 sister (Darlene Joan), 4 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Menno Chupp of Rensselaer, Ind., Mr. and Mrs. Levi F. Hooley of Shipshewana, Ind.), 2 great-grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. J. Y. Hooley of Middlebury, Ind.), besides a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services June 22 at the home, in charge of J. Y. Hooley, great-grandfather of Gerald, and at the Burr Oak Mennonite Church in charge of F. W. Weaver and Dean Birky. Burial in Burr Oak Cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with Gerald dear,
No more to see him here;
But yet we're glad, if God saw best
To end his troubles and give him rest,
In heaven to reign with angels fair,
May our name, too, be written there."
Miller.-David E. Miller was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 9, 1872. He grew to manhood in his native community. Nov. 4, 1894, he was married to Emma Mast. Their home was blest with 5 children. Nov. 29, 1915, his wife passed away. One son preceded her in death and 1 daughter (Mrs. John Kandle) died since her death. Dec. 30, 1919 he was married to Mrs. Ida (Wyse) Roth of Wayland, Iowa, and lived on a farm in this community until about a year ago when they moved to town. Bro. Miller was converted in his youth in Ohio and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. Later, when he came to Iowa, he transferred his membership to the Sugar Creek congregation, of which he was a member at the time of his death. He was of a quiet and unassuming disposition, which won him many friends. About a year or so ago his health was impaired due to the condition of his heart. He was up and about but could not stand any exertion. He died very suddenly while out on his farm on Saturday afternoon, June 17, 1939; aged 66 y. 8 m. 8 d. He leaves his wife, 2 sons (Oscar and Dallas, both near Wayland), 1 daughter (Mrs. William Miller, Fredericksburg, Ohio), 1 brother (Levi, Millersburg, Ohio), 2 sisters (Mrs. Katie Clark, Millersburg, Ohio; and Mrs. Henry Baker, Protection, Kans.), 7 grandchildren and 4 stepdaughters; also a large number of other relatives and friends.
"Father, dear, your wish is granted,
Sorrow, pain, and grief are o'er;
By the grace of God we'll meet you,
Over on the peaceful shore."
Burkholder.-Salina, daughter of Sever and Sarah Byler, was born in Noble Co., Ind., Sept. 6, 1868; died at her home near Smithville, Ohio, July 14, 1939; aged 70 y. 10 m. 8 d. She was united in marriage to S. D. Burkholder Dec. 7, 1905. To this union 1 daughter and 2 sons were born. She is survived by her husband, 1 daughter (Zorra), 2 sons (Guy and Ray), 5 stepchildren (Mrs. Adam Horner, Mrs. Raymond Hartzler, Mrs. Grace Lehman, Allen and Roy Burkholder), 21 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Mrs. Rufus Hartzler and Mrs. Vernon Kauffman of Topeka, Ind.). She was preceded in death by her parents, 1 sister, 1 foster brother and 1 foster sister. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and Lord in her youth, united with the Maple Grove Mennonite Church of Topeka, Ind., and when she came to Wayne Co., Ohio, she worshipped with the Oak Grove congregation, where she was a faithful and devoted sister, supporting the work of the church loyally. She lived out the scriptural teaching of modesty and simplicity and lived an exemplary Christian life. She will not only be missed in the home, but also in the church and community. "She has gone to her rest." Services were conducted by the home ministers, Wm. Detweiler and J. S. Gerig. Text, Psa. 116:7, 15. Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
"'Tis hard to part with mother, dear,
No more to have her with us here;
But yet we're glad, if God saw best
To take her home and give her rest,
In heaven to reign with angels fair,
May our name, too, be written there."
Staker.-Mabel, daughter of Peter and Amelia (Orendorff) Conrad, was born at Woodriver, Neb., July 24, 1908; died July 8, 1939; aged 30 y. 11 m. 15 d. Her death was due to peritonitis poisoning, following an appendix operation. In her early youth she accepted Christ as her personal Saviour, uniting with the Sugar Creek Mennonite Church near Wayland, Iowa. At the time of her death she was a faithful member of the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church near Tremont, Ill. Dec. 25, 1931, she was united in marriage with Howard Staker of Tremont, Ill. To this union were born 4 children (Wallace, Merle, Margaret Amelia and Billie), all surviving her. Besides her sorrowing husband and her 4 small children she leaves her father and mother, 3 brothers and 4 sisters (Harvey, Sterling; Mrs. Verna Litwiller, Morton; Mrs. Luella Good, Rantoul; Melvin, Peoria; Mrs. Elma Tarvin, Rantoul; Maynard, Morton; and Mrs. Wilda McGinnis, Mackinaw); also her maternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Christian Orendorff, Wayland, Iowa); 1 brother (Arthur) preceded her in death. She was a kind, loving Christian mother, always willing to do her part in her home and in the Church. In her suffering she was patient and expressed her readiness to answer the call of her Saviour. Services were held from the Andrew Staker home in charge of Bro. Jonas Litwiller and from the Pleasant Grove Mennonite church in charge of Bro. Simon Litwiller, assisted by Bro. C. L. Graber of Goshen, Ind., and Bro. Leland A. Bachman. Interment in the church cemetery.
"Mother, dear, was called to go,
Left us waiting here below;
She was loaned to us for awhile,
To lighten our burdens with her sunny smile."
Raber, - Daniel B., son of Daniel and Susanna (Nofziger) Raber, was born in Lee Co., Iowa, May 23, 1858; died June 16, 1939; aged 81 y. 24 d. In the same year of his birth his parents moved to Hickory Co., Mo. Here, while yet a boy and a young man, he was a shepherd of his father's sheep. This experience and training proved to be of value and God-directed for service in the Church. On Nov. 1, 1883 he was married to Mary Nafziger of Fulton Co., Ohio. to this union were born 6 children; Emery J., Ernest D., Charles C., Elizabeth Ann, Frank B., and Roy D. His wife, Mary and the two oldest sons (Emery and Ernest) preceded him in death. Charles resides near Aurora, Ohio; Elizabeth (Mrs. Noah E. Hilty) near Orrville, Ohio; Frank near Detroit, Mich.; and Roy in Conneaut, Ohio. When a young man he gave his heart to Christ and became a member of the Mennonite Church. In 1898 he was ordained to the ministry and was interested in and faithful to hs calling until death. After his ordination he served as resident minister and pastor of the Mennonite Church in Johnson Co., Mo. until 1911, when he moved to Portage Co., Ohio. Here for several years he assisted in the work of the Lord.
After the death of his wife, in 1922 he spent much of his time as a traveling missionary or evangelist. He did much work in going from city to city talking with whom he met and in passing out Gospel tracts and literature. Also he was much given to gospel work in the mountains of Virginia, West Va., and other states. In these districts he held many series of meetings in many different schoolhouses. He was much interested in having the blessed Gospel reach the unfortunate people in the secluded districts. His heart and message were more interested in being practical and usable than in being theoretical. Thus he was able to reach the innermost being of many of the hungry souls in the poorer and rougher sections. May God bless many souls to follow the convictions brought to them through his untiring efforts. Besides his living children (Charles, Elizabeth, Frank, and Roy) he leaves 14 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 sisters (Mrs. Henry Rychener of Pettisville, Ohio; and Mrs. Lee Nafziger of Goshen, Ind.), 2 brother (Joe and Sam of Holden, Mo.), and many other relatives and friends. His death came at the end of eight and one half weeks of illness caused by heart trouble. He longed to go home to the Lord Jesus and to the place the Lord had prepared for him. June 16 he passed from this life at the home of his son Charles, near Aurora, Ohio.
The funeral service was preached by Bro. Enos Hartzler of the
Crown Hill congregation whom Bro. Raber had requested. In the
home the service was in charge of Bro. E. B. Stoltzfus of the
Plainview congregation. At the church house, near Aurora, Ohio,
the brethern H. N. Troyer of the Plain view congregation, and
____ Livengood had a part in the service. Text, Josh. 1:2, "Moses
my servant is dead." Burial in the adjoining cemetery.
"If I have earnestly striven,
And have tried all His will to obey,
I know there are joys that await me-
When I've gone the last mile of the way."
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