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An expanded obituary project of MennObits.  Includes additional information of obituaries appearing in
The Mennonite and other newspapers.   Source of individual obituaries given with each record.  Project managed by Thelma Martin.

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Raber, Joni B. ; . . Raber, Martha Sommers ; . . Raber, Saloma ; . . Ramer, Lyndon Brice ; . . Ramer, Margaret Martin ; . . Ranck, Emma V. Hostetter ; . . Ranck, Mary R. Todd ; . . Reiff, Phares M. ; . . Ressler, Elvin J. ; . . Rhodes, Floyd Jacob ; . . Rhodes, Jay C. ; . . Riegsecker, Joe Devon "Joey" ; . . Riegsecker, Robert Dean ; . . Risser, Arlene H. ; . . Risser, Ellsworth Devon ; . . Risser, Evelyn D. Evers ; . . Rittenhouse, Linda D. Weese ; . . Rodes, David Samuel ; . . Rohrer, Esther Magdalena Rhodes ; . . Rohrer, Ivan Harold ; . . Rohrer, Shawn David ; . . Ropp, Emil Howard ; . . Rudy, John H. ; . . Rutt, Anna Mary Weaver ; . .


Raber, Joni B.
August 16, 1932 - May 24, 2020

Joni B. Raber, 87, of Middlebury, died unexpectedly at 5:05 am on Sunday, May 24 at his residence. He was born on August 16, 1932 in Topeka, to Benjamin A. and Anna (Lehman) Raber. On March 31, 1955 in Middlebury, he married Fannie Mae Troyer; she survives.

Survivors in addition to his wife are two sons, Daniel Raber of Angola, Paul (Brenda) Raber of Mishawaka; daughter, Debbie (Freeman) Yoder of Middlebury; daughter-in-law, Darlene Raber of Shipshewana; six grandchildren, three step grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, seven step great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, David Raber; daughter-in-law, Toni Raber; four sisters, Abigail Bontrager, Mary Raber, Mattie Raber, Saloma Raber; four brothers, Andrew Raber, Moses Raber, John Raber, Abe Raber.

Joni was a member of Townline Mennonite Church. He was a farmer, worked at several local RV factories, and hauled livestock. He served his 1-W service in Indianapolis during the Korean War.

Visitation will be from 3:00 - 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 27 at Townline Mennonite Church. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 28 also at the church. Due to the current COVID-19 virus, the family would like you to know that Joni had exhibited symptoms of the virus prior to his passing, so use your own judgment when deciding if you should attend services. Services will be conducted by Pastor Dean Yoder. Burial will be in Townline Cemetery, Shipshewana. Memorials may be given to World Missionary Press.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Raber, Martha Sommers
November 7, 1942 - June 4, 2020

Martha Raber, age 77, of Bremen, went to meet her maker on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 6:21 p.m. at Elkhart General Hospital. She was born November 7, 1942 in Canton, Ohio to Katherine Sommers. On November 6, 1965 she married Henry Raber in Hartville, Ohio. Martha has lived in the Nappanee area since 1978. She was a member of the Berea Christian Fellowship. Martha loved her children and grandchildren. She served alongside her husband in ministry for 46 years. She remained involved in the ministry of encouraging others until her passing.

She is survived by her husband, Henry Raber, Bremen; children, Micah Raber, Bremen, Virginia (Ken) Miller, Paynesville, MN, Rosanna (Jethro) Beiler, Grove City, MN, Christian (Gina) Raber, Elkhart; grandchildren, Collin Miller, Paynesville, MN, Kyle Miller, Military stationed abroad, Gerriana Miller, Jessica Miller, Jacquelyn Miller all of Paynesville, MN, Lucas Beiler, Kaitlynn Beiler, Noah Beiler, all of Grove City, MN; fur grandbaby, Maggie; sister, Sharon Rohrer, Canton, OH; brother, Richard Williams, Canton, OH. She was preceded in death by her mother, Katherine Sommers; and sister, Sadie Roshong.

Family and friends may call from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, June 6, 2020 and 2-6 p.m., Sunday, June 7th all at Berea Christian Fellowship, 504 N. Main St., Nappanee and one hour prior to the funeral service at 10 a.m., Monday, June 8th also at Berea Christian Fellowship. Pastors James Yoder and Keith Yoder will officiate. Burial will be in Berea Christian Fellowship Cemetery.

In accordance with the State of Indiana Back on Track plan, visitation is limited to 100 people in the building at a time. Family and friends are encouraged to follow social distancing protocols.

Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Homes
Nappanee/Wakarusa, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Raber, Saloma
May 11, 1930 - May 5, 2020

Saloma Raber, 89, of Topeka, died at 2:05 am on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Parkview Randallia Hospital, Fort Wayne. She was born on May 11, 1930 in LaGrange County to Benjamin and Anna (Lehman) Raber.

Survivors include her brother, Joni (Fannie Mae) Raber of Middlebury; nine nieces, 13 nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Abigail Bontrager, Mattie Raber, Mary Raber, four brothers, Andrew, Mose and John, and Abe Raber.

Saloma had worked cleaning houses and had done quilting for most of her life; she was a member of the Old Order Amish Church.

Due to current gathering restrictions, the family will be holding private services. Services will be conducted by Bishop Ernest E. Bontrager in the home ministers. Burial will be in Hawpatch Cemetery, Topeka.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin

Ramer, Lyndon Brice
July 6, 2019 - January 4, 2020

Lyndon Brice Ramer, age 5 month months and 29 days, of Milton, Iowa, passed away Saturday morning, January 4, 2020, at his parent's home.

The infant son of Daniel and Luann Ramer, he was born on July 6, 2019 at his home in Milton, Iowa. He was born with a heart defect and spent the first three weeks in the hospital. He was sent home, where he loved to be and spent his numbered days. We were blessed with his presence until he was called home.

Lyndon is survived by his parents, Daniel and Luann Ramer of Milton, Iowa; grandparents, Curvin and Arlene Brubaker of Thorp, Wisconsin and Lloyd and Edna Ramer of Rutledge, Missouri; great grandparents, Noah and Lena Oberholtzer of Leola, Pennsylvania, Harvey and Vera Brubaker of Thorp, Wisconsin, Menno, Kathrine Ramer of High Point, Missouri, and step grandmother, Mary Huber of Memphis, Missouri; aunts and uncles, Vera Jane (Brubaker) and Elvin Hoover of Loyal, Wisconsin, Lawrence and Amy (Sadler) Brubaker of Lublin, Wisconsin, Erla Brubaker, Marvin Brubaker both of Thorp, Wisconsin, Arlene (Ramer) and Harlan Brubaker of Gorin, Missouri, Lavern and Faith (Oberholtzer) Ramer of Arbela, Missouri, Merlin and Bethany (Good) Ramer of Memphis, Missouri, Louann (Ramer) and Steven Oberholtzer of Memphis, Missouri, Jonathan and Carol (Oberholtzer) Ramer of Gorin, Missouri, Edna Beth (Ramer) and Dwight Zimmerman of Brashear, Missouri, Lavina Ramer, Laura Kay Ramer, Judith Ramer and Anita Faye Ramer of Rutledge, Missouri; along with eleven cousins.

Lyndon was preceded in death by his great grandparents, John David and Edna Huber.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the Hillcrest Mennonite Community Center south of Memphis, Missouri.

Funeral Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at the Meadow View Mennonite Church north of Memphis, Missouri.

Burial will be in the Meadow View Mennonite Cemetery north of Memphis, Missouri.

Officiating will be Luke Fox, Vernon Oberholtzer, Wilson Martin, and Lee Allen Ramer. Casket Bearers will be Lavern Ramer, Johathon Ramer, Merlin Ramer and Marvin Brubaker.

Lyndon Ramer's family request your presence and prayers, no flowers please.
The Doss Funeral Home, of Edina, Missouri, is in charge of arrangements.

Doss Funeral Home, Edina, MO
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Ramer, Margaret Martin
March 17, 1932 - March 30, 2020

Margaret Ramer, 88, New Paris, died 2:20 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2020 at her home. She was born March 17, 1932 in Goshen, to Monroe & Annettie (Shaum) Martin Sr. On Sept. 6, 1953, she married James M. Ramer and he died June 3, 2017.

Surviving are 5 children, Beverly (William) Stauffer, New Paris, Velma (Irvin) Martin, Nappanee, Galen (Cheryl) Ramer, Goshen, Carol Jean (Dana) Shirk, Cass City, Michigan, Sheila (Richard) Zimmerman, Goshen, 28 grandchildren, 72 great-grandchildren, 3 sisters, Carrie Ramer, New Paris, Verna (Merle) Zimmerman, Elkhart, Carol (Ray) Eberly, Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, 3 sisters-in-law, Pauline Martin, Goshen, Lois Martin, Nappanee and Edith Martin, Goshen.

Preceding her in death are her parents, husband, son, Bernard Ramer, great-grandson, Blaine Stauffer, sister, Lizzie Hoover and 6 brothers, Maynard Martin, Monroe Jr. Martin, Gerald Martin, Harold Martin, Kenneth Martin and Charles Martin.

Margaret was a homemaker and faithfully supported her husband in his ministry. She was a member of the Yellow Creek Wisler Mennonite Church.

Private family services will be held and burial will be in Yellow Creek Frame Cemetery.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, is handling arrangements.

Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Homes
Wakarusa - Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Ranck, Emma V. Hostetter
October 6, 1932 - April 7, 2020

Emma V. Ranck, 87, of Paradise Township, died peacefully at home and went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Born in Salisbury Township, she was the daughter of the late Galen and Susie (Hershey) Hostetter.

She was the wife of the late Parke H. Ranck for 60 years at the time of his passing in 2018.

Emma was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and was dearly loved by many. She was very hospitable, enjoyed gardening, reading, sewing and crocheting. She was also an excellent cook. She especially enjoyed spending time with her swimming friends.

Emma was a faithful member of Strasburg Mennonite Church, where she taught Sunday school and cleaned the church for many years.

Emma is survived by her children: Patricia, married to Raleigh Rhodes; Peg, married to Michael Nolt; Parke, Jr., married to Sheila (Nolt); Pamela, married to Les Nolt and Petrina, married to Paul Westfall; 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and her siblings, Sara Buckwalter and Hershey Hostetter of New Holland.

She was preceded in death by her sisters: Eleanor Hershey, Virginia Neff, Verna Denlinger, Mary Hostetter, Lydia Denlinger, Elverta Horst, and granddaughters, Danae, Danita, and Brianna Rhodes.

The family would like to thank the nurses at Hospice and Community Care for the wonderful care they gave during Emma's illness.

Due to COVID-19, a private graveside service will be held for the immediate family at the Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Dewald Funeral and Cremation Services, Inc. Quarryville.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/9/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Ranck, Mary R. Todd
March 5, 1924 - June 18, 2020

Mary R. Ranck, age 96 of Quarryville, PA, passed away at the Mt. Joy Hospice Center, on Thursday, June 18, 2020. She was the wife of the late Lester H. Ranck for 64 years, who passed away on April 10, 2009. She was born in Lititz, daughter of the late William & Anna Laura Root Todd. She was a member of the Mechanic Grove Mennonite Church, where she was a member of the sewing circle and the Happy Hearts Sunday School Class. In the past she had worked at the Quarryville Presbyterian Retire-ment Community. She was a member of the Shi-Maids, a group of lifelong friends. She enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are 3 children: Judy L. wife of James Thomas of New Providence, Ronald L. husband of Bonita Nissley Ranck of Leola, Randall L. husband of Patricia Groff Ranck of Lancaster, 9 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son Jay L. Ranck, brother John R. Todd, and 11 half siblings: Sanford, Norman and Lincoln Todd, Laura Stauffer, Miriam Groff, Anna Bucher, Anna and Dorothy Shultz, Raymond Brubaker, Minerva Hess, Sara Martin.

A graveside service will take place at the Mechanic Grove Mennonite Cemetery, 735 Church Road, Quarryville, PA, on Tuesday, June 23rd at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Wayne Kreider officiating. There will be a viewing at the grave from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

Intelligencer Journal - 6/20/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

Reiff, Phares M.
August 8, 1942 - January 24, 2020

Phares M. Reiff, 77, of Lewisburg, entered into rest at 8:29 a.m. Jan. 24, 2020, at Evangelical Community Hospital.
He was born Aug. 8, 1942, in East Earl Township, Lancaster County, a son of the late Paul M. and Lydia M. (Martin) Reiff. On Nov. 12, 1963, in Millmont, he married the former Lena N. Zimmerman, who survives.

He was a member of the Vicksburg Old Order Mennonite Church.

Prior to his retirement, Phares was engaged in farming in Union County.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are seven sons and daughters and their spouses, Ruth and Aaron Weaver of Penn Yan, N.Y., Minnie Reiff of Lewisburg, Lester and Lucille Reiff of Constable, N.Y., Mabel and Warren Zimmerman of Lewisburg, Martha and Jacob Horst of Canandaigua, N.Y., Phares Z. Jr. and Susan Reiff of Lewisburg, Verna and Raymond Weaver of Lewisburg; 41 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, seven brothers and sisters-in-law, Titus and Ada Reiff of Lancaster, Paul and Anna Reiff of Shiloh, Ohio, James and Esther Reiff of Greenwood, Wis., John and Anna Mary Reiff of Latham, Mo., Luke and Ina Reiff of Greenwood, Wis., Edwin and Grace Reiff of Fortuna, Mo., Earl and Edith Reiff of Heron, Mont.; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Anna and Allen Martin, Lucy and Allen Oberholtzer, and Elizabeth and Amos Oberholtzer, all of Mifflinburg, and Lydia and Clayton Shirk of Delano, Tenn.; and one brother-in-law, Warren Martin of Shiloh, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Mabel Martin, Ruth Reiff, and Mary Reiff; and one son-in-law, Mervin H. Horning.

Family and friends are invited to the viewing from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the home of Warren and Mabel Zimmerman, 2342 Pheasant Ridge Road, Lewisburg, where the funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Further services will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Vicksburg Old Order Mennonite Church, Beaver Run Road, Mifflinburg, with Bishop Eli Burkholder officiating.

Interment will be in Vicksburg Old Order Mennonite Churc

Funeral arrangements are by Dominick T. Adamo Funerals, Mifflinburg, PA.

Sunbury Daily Item - 1/26/2020
Sunbury, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Ressler, Elvin J.
December 2, 1944 - April 3, 2020

Elvin J. Ressler, age 75 of Atglen, PA, passed away at his home on Friday, April 3, 2020. He was the husband of Melanie Yoder Ressler with whom he would have celebrated 52 years of marriage with on April 6th. He was born in Myerstown, PA, son of the late Elmer & Anna Mary Lehman Ressler. Elvin pastored for over 40 years, and during that time he also served as bishop and overseer. He was a brick and block mason by trade. He graduated from Kennett High School class of 1962. Elvin enjoyed traveling, fishing, canoeing, NASCAR and being outdoors.

Surviving besides his wife are 2 children: Alan R. husband of Pamela Roemer Ressler of Honey Brook, Genevieve Ressler of Atglen, 3 grandchildren: Caleb & Josiah Ressler and Alexis Long, 5 siblings: Marlin husband of Cathy Neideigh Ressler of Lititz, Grace Gregg of Mineral, VA, Richard husband of Susan Smoker Ressler of Gap, Mark husband of Dana Green Ressler of Conowingo, MD, Ronald husband of Marlene Hoover Ressler of Millersville. He was preceded in death by 2 siblings: David and Mary Jane Ressler.

Due to the current health concerns a private viewing will take place with burial in the Millwood Mennonite Cemetery. A celebration of life service will be scheduled at a later date.

Intelligencer Journal - 4/4/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Rhodes, Floyd Jacob
July 18, 1924 - September t, 2020

Floyd Jacob Rhodes, 96, passed away Sept. 5, 2020, at VMRC’s Crestwood assisted-living community in Harrisonburg. He was born in Rockingham County to Ward and Mary Rhodes.

Floyd Rhodes was a longtime member of Weavers Mennonite Church. He built and operated Rhodes Hatchery on Rawley Pike west of Harrisonburg in the 1950s and early 1960s. He also built several homes in Sarasota, Fla., before returning to the Valley in 1978.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Kiser Rhodes. He visited her every day at Oak Lea Nursing Home until she passed away in August 2017. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on Valentine’s Day of that year.

Mr. Rhodes is survived by three children, Gene (Vicki) Rhodes of Tallahassee, Fla., Elvin (Helen) Rhodes of Lakemont, Ga., and Karl (Kim) Rhodes of Richmond, Va.; also three grandchildren, Emily (Stuart) Rhodes Hunter of Blacksburg, Va., Brianna Rhodes of Los Angeles, Calif., and Eric Rhodes of Sterling, Va.; also one great-granddaughter, Eliza Hunter of Blacksburg, Va.

A memorial service will be held in Harrisonburg after COVID-19 concerns subside. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Weavers Mennonite Church, 2501 Rawley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 9/7/2020
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Rhodes, Jay C.
March 27, 1935 - March 28, 2020

Jay C. Rhodes, 85, of Goshen and formerly of Sugarcreek, Ohio, died Saturday, March 28, 2020 at Walnut Hills Nursing Home following a period of declining health. He was born in Johnson County, Iowa, on March 27, 1935, to the late John and Grace (Swartzendruber) Rhodes. He married Emma Schlabach on Sept. 4, 1955. She died Dec. 26, 1986. He then married Bertha Bontrager on July 2, 1989, she survives.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Dave (Amy) Rhodes, Sugarcreek, Ohio, Mike (Twila) Rhodes, Easley, South Carolina, Deb (Max) Weaver, Berlin, Ohio, and Mona (Stewart) Hershberger, Sugarcreek, Ohio; stepchildren, Wilbur (Sarah) Bontrager, Middlebury, Julie (Terry) Diener, Goshen, Derald (Cindy) Bontrager, Bristol, Don Bontrager, Goshen, and Cindy (Dave) Hawkins, Middlebury; nine grandchildren; 17 step grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 22 step great-grandchildren; and his brother, Charles (Wilma) Rhodes, Rockford, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; sister, Charlotte Rhodes; stepson, Wendall Bontrager; and twin great-grandsons, Graham Edward and Brady Dean Elmore.

Jay graduated from Iowa Mennonite High School, Kalona Iowa and was a former truck driver; after moving to Indiana he had worked in management for JET, a division of Jayco, Inc., Middlebury starting 1989 and working 16 years until his retirement in 2005 and was a member of Clinton Frame Church.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, at Clinton Frame Church, 63846 Co Rd 35, Goshen. A celebration of life service will follow visitation starting at 3:00 p.m., services will be conducted by his son-in-law, Pastor Terry Diener and Pastor Sebastiano Rosa of the church. A private family graveside service was held at Union Hill Cemetery in Sugarcreek, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be given to Wycliffe Associates, Inc and can be given during the services or mailed to Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, 1003 S. Main St., Middlebury, IN 46540.

Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Riegsecker, Joe Devon "Joey"
December 20, 1991 - July 21, 2020

Joe Devon "Joey" Riegsecker, age 28, of Nappanee, passed away at 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, 2020 as a result from an accident. He was born December 20, 1991 in Goshen, IN to Joe and Linda (Hochstetler) Riegsecker. He was a lifelong area resident.

Surviving are his parents, Joe and Linda Riegsecker, Nappanee; sister, Delaine (Matthew) Troyer, Nappanee; brother, Darrel (JoLena Miller) Riegsecker, Nappanee; nieces and nephews, Ella, Noah, Elias, Isaac, Milo, and Kate. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Ida Riegsecker, Leroy and Malinda Hochstetler.

Family and friends may call after 3 p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2020 and all day, Friday, July 24th at Steve and Waneta Borkholder Residence (72990 County Road 101, Nappanee). Funeral service will begin at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 25th also at the Steve Borkholder Residence. Bishop Marion Eash and the Home Ministry will officiate. Burial will be in Weldy Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Home, Nappanee.

Thompson-Lengacher & Yoder Funeral Homes
Nappanee/Wakarusa, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Riegsecker, Robert Dean
January 9, 1934 - January 1, 2020

Robert Dean Riegsecker, 85, of Ligonier, Indiana, went to live with his Lord, January 1, 2020, at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville. Bob was born in Elkhart County, Indiana, on January 9, 1934 to John and Neomah Riegsecker. He married Sandra Emmert on July 26, 1964.

He attended Millersburg School and received an associate degree in accounting from Indiana Business College Indianapolis. Bob was a member of Maple Grove church where he was chairman of the children's dept for many years, and later was an active member of the Topeka Mennonite church.

Surviving are his wife of fifty-five years, Sandra Riegsecker, two sons, Greg (Juliana) Riegsecker of Ligonier, Brent Riegsecker of Scottsdale AZ, and two daughters, Jennifer Finlinson of Syracuse, Lori (Pilot) Park of Henderson NV, seven grandchildren, Jay & Robbie Finlinson, Mikel, Tali, Alex, Annie Riegsecker, Danielle Park, two sisters, Lillian (Fred) Slabach, Doris (Roy) Keim, two brothers, Duane and Richard Riegsecker.

A visitation will be held at Topeka Christian Assembly, formerly Topeka Mennonite Church, 206 E Lake St, Topeka, IN 46571 on Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 2-5 pm.

A funeral service will be held at the church on Sunday, January 5, 2020 at 2pm. Pastor Harold Gingerich will officiate.

Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery in Topeka. Memorial contributions may be directed to LaGrange County Youth for Christ.

Yeager Funeral Home, Ligonier, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Risser, Arlene H.
June 14, 1926 - June 26, 2020

Arlene H. Risser, 94, of Lebanon, passed away on Friday, June 26, 2020, at her home.

Born in Lititz on June 14, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Christ S. and Anna W. Hernley Risser. She was a member of the Miners Village Mennonite Church.

She is survived by her brother Paul Risser of Lititz and her sister-in-law Rachel Risser of Washington Boro.

She was preceded in death by her twin brother Clarence husband of Marian Risser, and brother Samuel Risser; and sisters Edna Sauder, Luella Ebersole, Miriam Martin, and Esther Ebersole.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. at the Miners Village Mennonite Church, 108 Rexmont Rd., Lebanon, PA 17042. A viewing will be held on Wednesday evening from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will be held at the Hammer Creek Mennonite Church Cemetery, Lititz.

Kreamer & Lum Funeral Home & Crematory, Jonestown, is honored to serve the family.

Intelligencer Journal - 6/27/2020
Lancaster, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Risser, Ellsworth Devon "Tiny"
July 13, 1941 - January 9, 2020

Ellsworth “Tiny” Devon Risser, 78, Wakarusa, died 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at Miller’s Merry Manor. He was born July 13, 1941 in Elkhart County, to Devon & Florence (Shaum) Risser. On July 21, 1962, he married Evelyn (Evers) Risser.

Surviving are his wife, Evelyn, Wakarusa, children, Michele (Jody) Schalliol, Nappanee, Myron (Mary) Risser, Elkhart, 3 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, sister, Connie (Greg) Ferrier, Niles, Michigan and brother, Wayne (Etta) Risser, Elkhart.

Preceding him in death are his parents and a sister, Karen Kaminawaish.

Ellsworth was graduate of Bethany Christian High School and a member of Olive Mennonite Church. He worked as a meat cutter at Universal Co-op, Goshen.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 and one hour prior to the 11 a.m. funeral service on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, all at Olive Mennonite Church, 61081 CR 3, Elkhart. Pastor Philip Leichty & Pastor Kevin Yoder will officiate. Burial will be at Olive (West) Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be directed to Olive Mennonite Church.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, is handling arrangements.

Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Homes
Wakarusa - Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Risser, Evelyn D. Evers
April 6, 1941 - April 8, 2020

Evelyn D. Risser, 79, Wakarusa, died 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at Miller’s Merry Manor. She was born April 6, 1941 in La Junta, Colorado, to John & Velma (Kiser) Evers. On July 21, 1962, she married Ellsworth “Tiny” Risser and he died January 9, 2020.

Surviving are 2 children, Michele (Jody) Schalliol, Nappanee & Myron (Mary) Risser, Elkhart, 3 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, sisters, Imogene (Wallace) Plank & Beverly Evers, both of La Junta, Colorado.

Preceding her in death are her parents and husband.
Evelyn was a nurse and a member of Olive Mennonite Church.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret-Lienhart Funeral Home, Wakarusa, is handling arrangements.

Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Homes
Wakarusa - Goshen, IN
Submitted by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Risser, Evelyn D. Evers, 79, of Wakarusa, Elkhart Co., IN died April 8, 2020 at the same place. She was born April 6, 1941 at LaJunta, CO to John and Velma (Kiser) Evers. On July 21, 1962 she was married to Ellsworth "Tiny" Risser, who died January 9, 2020.

Surviving are children, Michele (Jody) Schalliol, Myron (Mary) Risser; three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Imogene (Wallace) Plank and Beverly Evers.

preceded him/her in death.

Memorial services will be held later at Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart, IN due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Submitted by: Dina Miller, Elkhart, IN
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Rittenhouse, Linda D. Weese, 74, of Souderton, PA died May 28, 2020. She was born December 27, 1945 at Cumberland, MD to Virgil and Gladys (Argent) Weese. On June 11, 1966 she was married to Philip Rittenhouse, who was born January 2, 1944 and survives.

Surviving are children, John Rittenhouse & wife, Janelle; Matthew Rittenhouse & wife, Emily; and six grandchildren.

A brother, Michael Weese preceded her in death.

A small memorial service with mostly family was held June 3, 2020 at Blooming Glen Mennonite Church Pavilion, Blooming Glen, PA, due to Covid-19.

Submitted by: Michelle ______, Blooming Glen, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Rodes, David Samuel
April 13, 1954 - February 11, 2020

David Samuel Rodes, 65, of Mount Crawford, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, at his home. He was born in Norristown, Pa., on April 13, 1954, and was a son of John Ervin Rodes of Mount Crawford and the late Sadie Lee (Burkholder) Rodes.

David was the owner and operator of Reflections of Yesteryear at the Dayton Farmers Market. He was a historian and co-researcher and compiler of the book "Unionist and the Civil War Experience: In The Shenandoah Valley."

He was united in marriage on March 23, 1974, to Darlene Faye (Myers) Rodes of Mount Crawford.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and father, are three sons, John Michael "Mike" Rodes and wife, Wendy, of Harrisonburg, Murray Travis Rodes and wife, Emily, of Waynesboro and Benjamin David Rodes of Harrisonburg; two sisters, Mary Yoder and husband, Merle, of Long Island, Va., and Lois Martin and husband, Art, of New Market; four brothers, Elden Rodes and wife, Sue, of Mount Crawford, Mark Rodes and wife, Janet, of Goshen, Ind., Fred Rodes and wife, Lois, of Mount Crawford and Ervin Rodes of Mount Crawford. He is also survived by five grandchildren, David "Travis" Rodes, Morgan Emily Rodes, Evelyn Virginia Rodes, Margaret Elizabeth Rodes and Esther Claire Rodes.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at Dayton Mennonite Church with Merle Yoder, Linda Waggy and Philip Wenger officiating. Burial will follow at Dayton Mennonite Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

Daily News Register - 2/12/2020
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish

Rohrer, Esther Magdalena Rhodes
July 6, 1928 - June 22, 2020

Esther Magdalena Rohrer, 91, of Hinton, passed away Monday, June 22, 2020, at her residence. Mrs. Rohrer was born July 6, 1928, in Rockingham County and was a daughter of the late Webster Clay and Sarah Mabel (Showalter) Rhodes.

She was a member of the Old Order Mennonite Church.

On Aug. 2, 1949, she married Willis David Rohrer, who preceded her in death Oct. 10, 2008.

Mrs. Rohrer is survived by her three sons, Byard Rohrer and wife, Rebecca, of Rockingham, Henry Rohrer and wife, Bonnie, of Dayton and Willis Rohrer Jr. and wife, Karen, of Dayton; four daughters, Erma Zimmerman and husband, Allen, of Mount Solon, Nancy Martin and husband, Aaron, of Fortuna, Mo., Sarah Horst and husband, Paul, of Dayton and Evelyn Knicely and husband, Dan, of Rockingham; a brother, John Rhodes and wife, Louise; a sister, Norma Koogler of Dayton; sisters-in-law, Mary Grace Rhodes, Margaret Rhodes and Ellen Rhodes; 39 grandchildren; 123 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Rohrer was preceded in death by her siblings, Mark Rhodes, Harry Rhodes, Frank Rhodes, Eber Rhodes, Daniel Rhodes, Reuben Rhodes, Luke Rhodes, Neil Rhodes, Ida Rohrer and Edith Showalter; three grandsons and three great-granddaughters.

The ministers of the church will conduct the funeral service Friday, June 26, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. at the Pleasant View Old Order Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, seating in the church will be limited and those attending will be asked to maintain safe social distancing. There will be additional seating outside of the church when the capacity is reached inside.

The family will receive friends at the home of Mrs. Rohrer on Thursday, June 25, 2020, from 10 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Arrangements entrusted to McMullen Funeral Home.

Daily News Record - 6/24/2020
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Rohrer, Ivan Harold
July 12, 1942 - April 15, 2020

Ivan Harold Rohrer, 77, a resident of Dayton, passed away April 15, 2020, at his home. Mr. Rohrer was born July 12, 1942, in Rockingham County and was a son of the late Frank Israel and Annie Marie (Knicely) Rohrer.

He was a dairy farmer and a member of the Old Order Mennonite Church.

On May 22, 1963, he married Elizabeth Frances Rhodes Rohrer, who survives.

Also surviving are two children, Leon Rohrer and wife, Elaine, Esther Wenger and husband, Clifford, all of Dayton; three brothers, Paul Rohrer and wife, Esther, Raymond Rohrer and wife, Mary, all of Dayton, and Stanley Rohrer of Rockingham; sister-in-law, Martha Rohrer; nine grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Rohrer was preceded in death by three sisters, Esther Wenger, Ina Wenger and Mattie Wenger; a brother, David Rohrer; and brothers-in-law, Aaron Wenger, Dwight Wenger and John Wenger.

Due to the current coronavirus pandemic, all services and visitation at the home will be private.

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 4/17/2020
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Rohrer, Shawn David
November 17, 2019 - July 8, 2020

Shawn David Rohrer, 7 months, of Rockingham, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at his home.

Shawn was born on November 17, 2019, in Rockingham County, and was the son of Glendon James and Waneta Mae Rhodes Rohrer. His parents are members of Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his twin sisters, Charlotte and Shaina Rohrer of home, and grandparents, Nolan and Ruth Rhodes of Rockingham and Arlin and Betty Rohrer of Dayton.

The ministers of the church will conduct a funeral service on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Pleasant View Old Order Mennonite Church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, seating in the church will be limited, and those attending will be asked to maintain safe social distancing.

McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Daily News Record - 7/10/2020
Harrisonburg, VA.
Submitted by: Robert Fish


Ropp, Emil Howard, 94, of Kalona, Washington Co., IA died January 2, 2020 at Iowa City, Johnson Co., IA. He was born September 18, 1925 to Solomon C. and Vesta (Yoder) Ropp. On November 25, 1948 he was married to Erma Kauffman, who survives.

Surviving are children, James Ropp, Evans, CO; Juanita (Gordon) Troyer, Kalona; Vivian (Fred) Martin, Washington, IA; Kim (Kent) Lehman, Kalona; 17 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and siblings, Cora (Levi) Miller, Springfield, OH; Morris (Norma) Ropp, Bemidji, MN; Paul (Marlene) Ropp, Sarasota, FL.

Brothers, Herman (Gladys) Ropp, John (Violet) Ropp, Leroy (Edith) Ropp, and Wesley Ropp, and sisters, Cleora (Sherman) Yoder, Anna Mae Miller; and Norma Nisly preceded him in death.

Memorial services were held January 7, 2020 at Kalona Mennonite Church, Kalona, IA with burial in Sharon Hill Cemetery, Kalona, IA.

Submitted by: Janice Hostetler, Kalona, IA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Rudy, John H., 96, died August 26, 2020 at Ephrata, Lancaster Co., PA. He was born March 6, 1924 at York, PA to James and Alma (Groff) Rudy. On January 18, 1947 he was married to Lucy Gehman, who was born November 19, 1924 and survives.

Surviving are a son, Thomas, husband of Sherrill, Allison Park, Pennsylvania; a daughter, Susan, Falls Church, Virginia; a daughter-in-law, Kazuko, Tokyo, Japan; one grandchild, two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Sarah Sauder.

An infant daughter, Marjorie, and an adult son, James, two sisters, Mary Jane Detweiler and Nancy Martin, and two brothers, Clarence and Paul Rudy preceded him in death.

John attended Pennsylvania State University, studying chemical engineering. During World War II, he fulfilled his Selective Service obligation by serving in the Civilian Public Service. After the war, he was employed for 14 years by RCA Corporation in Lancaster in various engineering, financial and administrative capacities. During that time, he was also one of the founders of Neffsville Mennonite Church in Lancaster.

In 1960, John accepted a call to serve as pastor of Bethel Mennonite Church, Gettysburg, for 5 years. Moving to Goshen, Indiana, in 1965, he provided key leadership in founding, developing and administering Mennonite Foundation. During that time, he was also a vice president of financial services with Mennonite Mutual Aid, now Everence. He continued to work at the MMA office in Lancaster for 6 years after his return to Lancaster County in 1984.

John wrote, preached, and counseled extensively throughout the country about Christian stewardship issues during his ministry with the Mennonite Church. He also served on various church boards throughout his life. He was a board member and vice president of Mennonite Economic Development Associates, traveling to various countries, including India, Bangladesh, and the former Soviet Union. He served as an Executive Committee member and treasurer of the Mennonite General Conference and of the Ohio and Eastern Mennonite Conference. He was also moderator of the Atlantic Coast Mennonite Conference. He served as a delegate to the Mennonite World Conference in Amsterdam in 1967.

He and his wife have been long-time members of Forest Hills Mennonite Church, Leola, where over the years, he served as congregational moderator and Sunday school teacher. They enjoyed travel together throughout their lives, visiting all 50 states and making numerous foreign trips, including many trips to Japan to see their son.

Burial was in Stony Brook Mennonite Cemetary, York, PA.

Submitted by: Lauren Krady, Leola, PA
Edited by: Thelma Hoover Martin


Rutt, Anna Mary Weaver
November 23, 1938 - August 11, 2020

Anna Mary Rutt, 81, of Mt. Joy, died Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata. She was the wife of Mervin G. Rutt, who survives.

Born in Terre Hill, she was the daughter of the late John and Edna (Martin) Weaver.

She was a homemaker and a member of Clearview Mennonite Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by nine children: Glenn married to Erla (Horst) Rutt, Lititz, Leon married to Jane (Zimmerman) Rutt, Mt. Joy, Darlene married to Ivan Newswanger, Schuylkill Haven, Merv married to Sharon (Zimmerman) Rutt, Newmamstown, Richard married to Jeanette (Burkholder) Rutt, Mt. Joy, Ruth Ann Rutt, Schuylkill Haven, Diane married to Gerald Lehman, Myerstown, Robert married to Janelle (Sensenig) Rutt, Mifflintown, Jeanette married to Clair Hoover, Stevens, 30 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and four siblings: John married to Martha Weaver, Denver, Edwin Weaver, Denver, Edith married to Earl Musser, Newmanstown, Arlene married to Clarence Martin, Ephrata.

She was preceded in death by two siblings: Erma M. Weaver and Lloyd M. Weaver, three grandsons: Andrew Mervin Rutt, Kaden Robert Rutt, Landon Clay Rutt and a great-grandson Mervin Ray Martin.

Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. at Clearview Mennonite Church with Bishop Quinton Wenger, Bishop Melvin Martin, Raymond Hoover and Amos Martin officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery. A viewing will be held on Monday from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Midway Reception Center. Kindly omit flowers. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements.

Lebanon Daily News - 8/14/2020
Lebanon, PA
Submitted by: Robert Fish

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