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Mennonite World Review - January 2016
Schroeder, Milo "Mickey"
Milo "Mickey" Schroeder, 95, of Buhler, Kan., died Dec. 21, 2015, at Buhler Sunshine Home. He was born Oct. 1, 1920, to David and Mary Neufeldt Schroeder in McPherson.
He was an irrigation farmer and co-owner of Schroeder Bros. Excavating, building various churches and houses. He was a president of the Turkey Creek School Board and a charter member of the Kansas Soybean Association, where he had worked with Kansas State University.
He married Leatrice Peters on May 28, 1946, in Buhler.
Survivors include his wife, Leatrice; a son, Don Schroeder and his wife, Jan, of Hesston; two daughters, Maxelin Wiebe of Buhler and Nancy Kopper and her husband, Dale, of Tulsa, Okla.; a son-in-law, Royce Regehr of Inman; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Gail Regehr; two brothers, David and Ernest Schroeder; three sisters, Tina Toews, Gladys Ashworth and Irma Siemens; and a son-in-law, Gary Wiebe.
Memorial services were held at Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church. Graveside services were held at Buhler Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mennonite Brethren Church or Buhler Sunshine Meadows.
Harms, Gerhard "Lester"
Gerhard Lester (Les) Harms, 84, of Redmond, Wash., and longtime resident of Bellevue, Wash., died Dec. 24, 2015, at University of Washington Hospital. He was born June 30, 1931, to Gerhard F. and Susie Harms in Newton, Kan.
He was raised in the Whitewater, Kan., area on the family farm and attended Star Country School. After his graduation from Whitewater High School, he attended Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., completing his biology degree in 1952. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1956. His further medical training included time spent in Seattle and New York. He served two years in the U.S. Public Health Service. In 1964 he began his radiology practice in Bellevue, retiring in 1993.
On June 8, 1952, he married Lucille Franz at Menno Mennonite Church in rural Ritzville. They made their home in Bellevue from 1965 until 2015.
He was a lifelong member of the Mennonite church. In 2004 he joined Newport Presbyterian Church, serving as a deacon and singing in the choir. He was an avid mountain climber and a longtime member of the Seattle Mountaineers. Other interests included music, reading, computers, photography, piano, and holidays in Barbados.
Survivors include his wife, Lucy H. Harms of Redmond; two sons, Geoffrey L. Harms and his wife, Diane, of Wenatchee, and Gordon F. Harms and his wife, Paula, of Rochester, Minn.; a brother, Paul Harms and his wife, Shirley, of North Newton; a sister, Dorothy Harms Loepp of Normal, Ill.; and two grandsons.
He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Franzie Loepp.
Services were held at Newport Presbyterian Church in Bellevue. Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association or the Newport Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.
Lucy Freese, 76, of Fort Wayne, Ind., and formerly of Spencerville, died Jan. 4, 2016, at Parkview Randalia. She was born March 13, 1939, to Samuel and Rosa (Miller) Schmucker in New Haven.
She married Richard George Steven Freese on March 7, 1965, in Fort Wayne. He preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1993.
She worked at Magnavox-Raytheon in Fort Wayne and was a member of North Leo Mennonite Church, Leo.
Survivors include a son, Vincent Freese and his wife, YuYu, of Fort Wayne; a daughter, Michelle Seiler and her husband, Ronald, of Spencerville; a brother, Ben Schmucker and his wife, Rosie, of New Haven; a sister, Rosena Caldwell and her husband, Eaph, of Plain City, Ohio; a sister-in-law, Norma Jean Schmucker of Spencerville; two grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a nephew, Ronald Schmucker; and two brothers, John and David Schmucker.
Services were held at North Leo Mennonite Church. Burial was in Leo Memorial Park Cemetery.