Mennonite Weekly Review - May 2007
Born, Floyd E.; Buller, John B.;
Fadenrecht, George H.; Hershberger, Clyde; Schmidt,
Ormond (O.D.); Schultz, Bertha R.; Unruh, Clarence C.; Unternahrer,
Mennonite Weekly Review -
May 7, 2007 - 85th Year, No. 19 - p. 9
H. Fadenrecht, 92, of Ellensburg, Wash., died March 22, 2007. He
was born Feb. 27, 1915, to Rudolph E. and Lena Friesen Fadenrecht on a
farm in Joes, Colo.
At age 10 his family moved to Hepburn, Sask. His mother died when he
was 14. After eighth grade he began full-time work on the farm. After
six years of farming he began at Hepburn High School as a 21-year-old
freshman. After high school he attended Tabor College in Hillsboro,
Kan., and received a teaching certificate. He then taught at Rosehill
School, a one-room country school.
On Aug. 15, 1941, he was assigned to Civilian Public Service Camp #5
near Colorado Springs, where he worked in soil conservation. He was
then transferred to the Colorado Psychopathic Hospital in Denver, where
he helped care for the mentally ill. While working there he met
Florence Blocher, a student nurse from the Mennonite School of Nursing
in La Junta. They were married May 26, 1944, at Prairie Street
Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Ind.
They moved to Hillsboro, where he received a degree in child
psychology. He did graduate studies at the University of Kansas,
University of Colorado and University of Michigan. He taught two years
at Bluffton (Ohio) University, then worked at Kansas State University
in the library department. They moved to Ellensburg, Wash., in 1964,
where he was dean of libraries at Central Washington University. He
retired from CWU on Jan. 1, 1982.
When he was 19 he accepted Christ as his Savior, was baptized and
joined the Mennonite Brethren church in Hepburn. Throughout his
adulthood he taught Sunday school in two Baptist and two Presybterian
churches. He served as a deacon in two Baptist churches and as an elder
in the Presbyterian church.
Survivors include four children, Nancy Grant and her husband, Clyde, of
Everett, Janice Mirro and her husband, David, of Ellensburg, Beverly
Badger and her husband, William, of Honeoye, N.Y., and James Fadenrecht
and his wife, Dana, of Everett; a brother, Leander Fadenrecht of
Gresham, Ore.; 13 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 60 years, Florence;
three brothers, Jake, Edward and Herman Fadenrecht; and two sisters,
Sarah Fadenrecht Willems and Lottie Fadenrecht.
Memorial services were held at First Presbyterian Church of Ellensburg.
Burial was in the IOOF cemetery.
R. Schultz, 91, of Hillsboro, Kan., died April 29, 2007, at
Parkside Homes. She was born Jan. 11, 1916, to David J. Enns and
Elizabeth Reddig Enns in Chinook, Mont.
On Aug. 18, 1940, she married Harry L. Schultz at Lehigh. He preceded
her in death in 1985.
She sold Avon. She was a member of Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Marlene Froese and her husband,
Leonard, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Dee Goertzen and her husband, Dennis,
of Henderson, Neb.; a sister, Anna Enns of Hillsboro; five
grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church. Burial was in
Gnadenau Cemetery of rural Hillsboro.
were no obituaries in the May 14, 2007 issue of MWR.
Mennonite Weekly Review - May 21, 2007 - 85th Year, No. 21 - p. 11
Buller, 82, of Henderson, Neb., died May 8, 2007, in Life Care
Hospital, McAllen, Texas, after heart valve replacement and bypass
surgery. He was born Oct. 10, 1924, to Benjamin P. and Anna (Regier)
Buller in rural York County.
He was a lifelong resident of York County, growing up farming with his
father. He graduated from McCool Junction High School in 1943.
He married Susie R. Janzen on March 17, 1946, at Springfield Church in
They wintered in Donna, Texas, for the last 27 years. He fell in love
with the area after a Mennonite Disaster Service trip there. He
enjoying shuffleboard, pool and the activity in the Rio Grande Valley.
He loved to travel. When at home in Henderson, they often traveled to
visit friends and relatives, visiting 50 states. He drove to all 49
He was active in church in Henderson and Texas. He ushered,
participated in men’s choir, in Brotherhood and the canner. He also
enjoyed working with MDS, working in Texas; Mississippi; Mobile, Ala.;
Thompson Canyon, Colo., and Grand Island, to name just a few. He and
his wife did volunteer work in Wichita, Kan., Akron, Pa., and at an
orphanage in South Texas. He most recently volunteered serving lunches
at Heartland School in Henderson and serving meals on wheels.
Survivors include five children, Paul Buller and his wife, Linda, of
Wichita, Kan., John Larry Buller of Lincoln, Lois Roberts and her
husband, Larry, of Aurora, Rachel Crumly and her husband, John, of
Hartington, and Nancy Wren and her husband, Jay, of Grand Island; four
sisters, Elsie Block of York, Olga Kliewer of Henderson, Frieda Noel of
Boise, Idaho, and Irene Block of Henderson; a brother, Abe Buller of
Henderson; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death a brother, Benjamin (Benny) Buller; and three
brothers-in-law, Ben Kliewer, John Block and Duane Noel.
Funeral services were held at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson.
Burial was in the Southeast Mennonite Cemetery.
Lee Unternahrer, 62, of Wayland, Iowa, died March 3, 2007, at
the Henry County Health Center in Mount Pleasant. He was born June 21,
1944, to Noah and Barbara (Wenger) Unternahrer in Mount Pleasant.
He graduated from Iowa Mennonite School in 1962 and later attended Iowa
Wesleyan College for two years before graduating from Iowa State
University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology. In 1965 he began a
term with Mennonite Central Committee in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where he
met his wife, Irene Hortensia Mendez Cabo. They were married on June 7,
1969, in Montero, Bolivia.
He was a member of Sugar Creek Mennonite Church of Wayland, where he
served in various capacities, including those of Sunday school teacher
and elder. He was committed to serving others, and peace and justice
issues were very important to him. His involvements over the years
included the Iowa Peace Network, Crooked Creek Christian Camp, Just
Peace Outreach Group, Habitat for Humanity, Mennonite Disaster Service,
Sugar Creek Peace and Social Concerns Committee and in various
capacities with MCC. He was employed with LJ Roth Construction in Olds
for 26 years.
Survivors include his wife, Hortensia; his parents, Noah and Barbara
Unternahrer; three children, Eric Unternahrer of Washington, D.C.,
Susanna Zook and her husband, Andre, of Houston, Texas, and Jennifer
Moreno and her husband, Marco, of Northlake, Ill.; two brothers, David
Unternahrer of Wayland and Ronald Unternahrer of East Stroudsburg, Pa.;
and three sisters, Rosetta Koerner of Kalona, Kathryn Smith of
Nappanee, Ind., and Esther Amstutz of Orrville, Ohio.
Funeral services were held at Sugar Creek Mennonite Church. Burial was
in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.
Weekly Review - May 28, 2007 - 85th Year, No. 22 - p. 9
C. Unruh, 95, of Newton, Kan., died May 15, 2007, at Kansas
Christian Home in Newton. He was born Jan. 15, 1912, to Jacob P. and
Susie (Unruh) Unruh in rural Kiowa County.
On July 23, 1936, he married Grace Schmidt.
He and his wife were engaged in farming south of Greensburg for many
years. In 1957 they moved to Newton. He worked as a carpenter and later
a printer at Mennonite Press until his retirement. He was a
member of First Mennonite Church of Newton. He enjoyed and looked
forward to spending time with his many friends and loving family.
Survivors include a son, Charles Unruh and his wife, Irene, of Oswego,
Ill.; two daughters, Carol Kirk-Brockmeier and her husband, Roy
Brockmeier, of Herington, and Rachel Clark and her husband, Michael, of
Grapevine, Texas; two brothers, Lawrence Unruh of Hesston and Cecil
Unruh of Hutchinson; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren;
three great-great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace, on Jan. 1, 2006; three
brothers, Otis Unruh, Ed Unruh and Verney Unruh; and two sisters, Anne
Bontrager and Ethel Penner.
Funeral services were held at First Mennonite Church of Newton. Burial
was in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.
Dyck, 101, died May 16, 2007, at Sunshine Meadows Retirement
Community in Buhler, Kan. She was born Feb. 20, 1906, to John and Maria
Adrian Dyck in Corn, Okla. In 1914, she accompanied her family as they
settled on a farm near Buhler. She graduated from Buhler High School in
On July 13, 1924, she was baptized and joined Buhler Mennonite Brethren
Church. Her faith was expressed in active church involvement, teaching
Sunday school, singing in the choir and serving in women’s mission
She attended Tabor College, Fort Hays State University and Southwestern
State University. She spent seven years as an elementary school
teacher. Her first school was in Oklahoma, where she taught one year.
From there she went to Lakeside Rural School near Buhler and also
taught in the Pretty Prairie and Moundridge school districts.
Her desire to enter the business world led her to Salt City Business
College in Hutchinson, where she studied bookkeeping and secretarial
work. She then worked at Schneider Oil Company in Buhler for six years
and with McNaghten Loan and Investment Co. for 18 years. During World
War II she managed the Reno County Rationing Office.
After the war she moved to Anaheim, Calif., where she worked at real
estate escrow offices and the F.F. Olds Instrument Co. In 1968 she
moved to Cordell, Okla., and later to Hutchinson. Her last move was to
Sunshine Meadows Retirement Community, where she was active in the
She always affiliated with a church where she resided. In Hutchinson
she was a member of Trinity Methodist Church, in California she joined
Fullerton Baptist Church, in Oklahoma she belonged to Cordell Mennonite
Brethren Church, and in 1973 she transferred her membership back to
Buhler MB. Here she joined the Herrwana Chapter Mission Society, a
women’s sewing circle for supporting global missions.
Although she never married, she found great joy in developing close
bonds with nieces and nephews. She celebrated significant landmark
occasions in her life and theirs.
Those mourning her death are nine nieces and nephews living in Texas,
Oklahoma, California, Virginia and the state of Washington.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Susie Warkentin and Selma
Atkinson; and three brothers, Henry, Dave and Pete Dyck.
Services were held at Buhler MB Church. Burial was in Buhler Cemetery.
Born, 73, of Newton, Kan., died May 12, 2007. He was born Nov.
24, 1933, to Jacob and Tabea (Goossen) Born in Frazer Valley County,
Mont. He was baptized at age of 12 in Lustre Mennonite Brethren Church.
In high school he dedicated his life to serving God directly in gospel
He married Bertha Toews on June 15, 1954, in Lustre, and graduated from
Tabor College in 1955. He attended Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary
in Fresno, Calif., where he earned a master’s degree in missions in
1957 and a bachelor of divinity degree in 1965.
For 50 years he served the church: as pastor of Mennonite congregations
in Marshall, Ark., Dallas, Texas, and Garden City, Ulysses and Elbing,
Kan. In 1965 he took his family to Brazil, where he was professor of
New Testament and missions at the Mennonite Brethren Seminary in
Curitiba and also field administrator from 1968 to 1974. He served as
chaplain at Garden Valley Retirement Village and as administrator at
Emporia Presbyterian Manor. He held interim pastoral positions at
Mennonite congregations in Goessel, Moundridge and Newton, Kan.
He was a faithful husband and excellent father, a skillful builder and
craftsman, a wise listener and planner, a counselor to those in
suffering and distress, and a thoughtful preacher who stressed service
over self. He was gifted in ancient and modern languages, Hebrew,
Greek, German and Portuguese. A believer in the importance of learning,
he was a voracious reader. He sang in small groups and the Mennonite
Survivors include his wife, Bertha; four sons, Daniel and his wife,
Mary Classen, of Chicago, Michael and his wife, Jo Ellen Wahl Born, of
South Bend, Ind., Bradley and his wife, Diane Kinser Born, of Newton,
and William and his wife, Shawna Wedel Born, of Goshen, Ind.; a
brother, William Born of Bakersfield, Calif.; a sister, Norma Goentzel
of Denver; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Myrtice Schulz.
Services were held at Faith Mennonite Church of Newton.
(O.D.) Schmidt, 84, of McPherson, Kan., died May 6, 2007. He was
born May 20, 1922, to Karl and Helen (Schroeder) Schmidt at Goessel.
He grew up on a farm. He graduated with the class of 1940 from Goessel
Rural High School. He was baptized and joined Goessel Mennonite Church
on June 5, 1938, where he was a member until his death.
After high school, he began farming with his father. He also did road
grading for Spring Valley Township. In the winter of 1946 he worked for
Bethel College in North Newton in farm maintenance. He later worked at
Unruh Service Station.
He married Emma Ruth Huxman on Sept. 5, 1947, at Calvary Tabernacle
Church in Moundridge.
They moved to a small farm without any modern conveniences southeast of
Goessel. Later they were offered a larger farm northeast of Canton.
Here he shared labor and equipment with his father and brother Roy.
When his parents retired from farming, he and his family moved to the
home place northwest of Goessel. In 1958, he began working at Hesston
Corp. and was employed there for about 30 years.
In 1963, he took flying lessons and got his private pilot’s license. He
and his wife joined the International Flying Farmers organization in
1964, which was an inspiration and very dear to their hearts. They
retired from farming in 1994 and moved to McPherson.
Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Emma Ruth; two sons,
Myron Schmidt of Newton and Neil Schmidt and his wife, Virginia, of
McPherson; a daughter, Ellen Gilbert and her husband, Larry, of
McPherson; a sister, Velora Krehbiel of Lakin; six grandchildren and
He was preceded in death by a brother, Roy.
Hershberger, 94, of Kalona, Iowa, died April 26, 2007. He was
born Nov. 1, 1912, to Ammon and Lydia (Gascho) Hershberger in
Dorchester, Neb. He grew up in Nebraska and later moved to Iowa. He
married Ollie Brenneman on Sept. 18, 1938, in West Union Mennonite
Church of rural Parnell.
He was a farmer most of his life and was also employed at the
University of Iowa and the Veteran’s Administration Center in
Iowa City for 30 years. He enjoyed his family, carpenter
work, reading, raising turkeys, shuffle boarding and listening to
music. He was a member of Kalona Mennonite Church.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Ollie; six children,
Cecil Hershberger of Muscatine, Elaine Cole and Bea Knepp, both
of Kalona, Herb Hershberger and his wife, Deny, of Wooster, Ohio, Linda
Cole and her husband, Sonny, of Cartridge, Ill., and Larry Hershberger
and his wife, Marilyn, of Wayland; a brother, Willard Hershberger of
Corry, Pa.; a sister, Ruth Troyer of Union City, Pa.; 21 grandchildren;
40 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Arlene Reynolds and Esther
Roth; three sons-in-law, Robert Haley, Robert Cole and Ed Knepp; and
Services were held at Kalona Mennonite Church. Burial was in Sharon
Hill Cemetery of Kalona.
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