Gospel Herald Obituaries - October, 1927

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No.27 - October 6, 1927, pages 607, 608

Troyer. --Rosa Troyer (nee Roth) was born Sept. 24, 1896, near Gerster, Mo.; died at her home Hubbard, Oreg., Sept. 8, 1927: aged 30 y. 11 m. 15 d. She was married to Ora J. Troyer Nov. 22, 1919, at Kansas City, Mo. She with her family moved to Donald, Oreg., In 1924, later settled at Hubbard. In her youth she united with the Baptist Church at Gerster and remained faithful until the end. She leaves her husband, four children (Helen, Ora Merle, Verda, and Richard Glen), her mother (Mrs. Peter Roth) four sisters, four brothers, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services at the congregational Church at Hubbard by ____Wonewick and D. B. Kauffman. Text, II Tim. 4:7. Remains laid to rest at the Zion Cemetery.

Kramer.--John J. Kramer was born near Berlin, Ohio, July 13, 1863; died near his birth place Aug. 30, 1927; aged 64 y., 1 m., 17 d. He had been on a visit to his brothers and sister in Ohio when the summons reached him. He was married to Amy Miller Dec. 20, 1885. His companion died July 7, 1887. To this union was born one daughter (Mrs. J. J. Hershberger). He leaves one daughter, three grandchildren, two brothers, and one sister. He moved to Hubbard, Oregon, in the spring of 1895 and held membership of the Zion Church in which he was faithful. His remains were returned from Ohio to Hubbard, where funeral services were conducted at the Zion Church by A. P. Troyer and E. Z. Yoder. Text, Job. 19:25. Remains laid to rest within the cemetery near by.

Smucker.--Christian C. Smucker was born near Orrville, Ohio Aug. 15, 1857; died in Aurora, Oreg., July 14, 1927; aged 69 y., 10 m., 29 d. Cause of death, paralysis. Nov. 28, 1881, he was married to Elizabeth Yoder of near West Liberty, Ohio; moved to Kansas, then to Cass Co., Mo., and lived there several years; came to Hubbard, Oregon, where his companion died Aug. 6, 1898. To this union were born three sons and three daughters (Orlie, deceased; Alice, wife of David O. Kenagy; Elmer; and Lizzie, wife of Albert Yoder; Anna, wife of John Bang; and Vernon), 6 grandchildren, one brother, and one sister. Funeral services conducted by D. B. Kauffman and Edward Z. Yoder at the Zion Church near Hubbard, Oreg. Remains laid to rest in cemetery near by. Text, Num. 23:10, latter clause.

Wise.--Samuel Edgar, son of Bro. and Sister Oliver Wise of Wakarusa, Ind., was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., May 13, 1906; died Aug. 31, 1927; aged 21 y., 3 m., 17 d. A brother (Cornelius Jay) died May 31, 1910, and a sister (Ophelia Mae) died Oct. 31, 1914. Sammy was the only child left in the family. The songs sang at the funeral, which was held at the home of his parents, were "Jesus Savior Pilot Me O Mighty One." D. A. Yoder conducted devotional and Bro. Silas Weldy spoke from Luke 7;12-15. Sammy was employed by the Wabash R. R. Co., as a track-worker when the messenger of death overtook him. His body was terribly mangled. May we all be ready when the "Iron Horse" runs over us.

"A precious one from us is gone,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home,
Which never can be filled."

Sally Weldy.

Litwiller.--John L., son of Peter Litwiller, was born near St. Agatha, Ont. Sept. 25, 1842; died at his home near St. Agatha, Aug. 27, 1927; aged 84 y. 11 m. 2 d. He was married to Catharine Jantzi and this union was blessed with 3 sons and 1 daughter, 2 sons preceded him in death. He leaves a sorrowing widow (aged 80), 1 son (Peter J.), and 1 daughter (Mrs. Isaac Wagler, with whom he was staying ever since he retired), 20 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member till the end. We need not weep as those who have no hope, as he waited so long for his Savior to take him home. Funeral services were conducted at the Amish Mennonite Church near St. Agatha, Aug. 31, by Daniel Jutzi, Jonas Litwiller and Daniel Steinman. Interment in the near by cemetery.

"Rest, dearest companion, father and grandfather
Thy work is done, Since its God's will
We must be parted for awhile.
In sweet submission all in one
We say our Father's will be done."

A grandchild.

Ranck.--Hettie (Herr) Ranck was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 11, 1844; quietly fell asleep in Jesus Sept. 18, 1927, after an illness of three years of a complication of diseases; aged 83 y. 3 m. 7 d. She was a daughter of the late Preacher Amos and Elizabeth Rohrer Herr. Oct. 31, 1865, she was united in marriage to Jacob L. Ranck. The following year 1866 they united with the Mennonite Church and were faithful workers till they were called home. Her husband passed away Aug. 14, 1917. There were 8 children (5 preceded their parents to their eternal home). The remaining children are Milton, Anna and Etta (wife of John C. Rohrer), also one sister (Mrs. Anna Snavely). She was a devoted Christian mother and a faithful member of the Church for 61 years. Though an invalid for over 3 years, she kept interested in the Master's work and was a patient sufferer. She was very happy to bid good-bye to this world and enter her heavenly home. Funeral services at the house Sept. 21, by Bro. Frank M. Herr and at Strasburg Mennonite Church by Bros. Christ M. Brubaker and C. M. Brackbill. Text, John 17:3.

A daughter

Good.--Susanna N., daughter of the late Jacob and Hattie Good, was born Oct. 19, 1886, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Aug. 23, 1927, at her home in Goodville, Pa., of a complication of diseases; aged 40 y. 10 m. 4 d. She was an obedient and faithful member of the Mennonite Church, having united with the Church in her teen age. She was confined to her home since June, previous to which she was a regular attendant in Sunday school and church services. In April she took part in the communion services for the last time, shortly after which she became afflicted with rheumatism. She retained a sitting posture most all the time enduring her painful sickness with patience and exemplary Christian fortitude. Her mind remained clear during her illness, the Bible being her constant companion. She had a cheerful smile and loving words to speak to her many friends. She leaves her aged widowed mother and sisters and brothers (Lizzie N., at home; Mrs. Mary N. Horst; David N.; George N.; Mrs. Hettie N. Musser), and many friends and neighbors. Funeral services were held at Lichty's Church Aug. 26, Bros. John M. Sauder and I. B. Good officiating. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

A friend.

Hernley.--Jacob Risser, son of Bro. and Sister J. B. Hernley was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 19, 1898, died Sept. 17, 1927, at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia at the early age of 29 y. 2 m. 29 d. He had been sick two months, when he succumbed to a complication of diseases. At the age of 18 years he was baptized into the Mennonite church at Lititz, Pa., at which place he also was a graduate of the high school class of 1915. After learning his trade of linotype operator at the Mennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, he traveled extensively. On Sept. 22, 1923, he married Georgia Mae Weaver at Sioux City, Iowa. Having a mutual desire to see the country the young couple spent several years traveling over the United States and Canada, working at their profession enroute; the wife also being a linotype operator. Possessing an unusual personality, the deceased leaves a legion of friends to mourn his early departure and also leaves an enviable record as a valuable employee in many cities throughout the country. The couple took up housekeeping about a year ago in Philadelphia, where they were operators on the Inquirer. A union of love and companionship is broken but the memory of four years of complete happiness will linger with the sorrowing widow through her remaining years. Besides the widow he is survived by his parents, a sister (Mrs. John Paul); 7 brothers, (Henry, Ivan, Albert, Christ, Elam, Melvin and Lloyd). A brother and sister preceded him to the spirit world. funeral services were held from the Lititz Mennonite Church, Sept. 22, the fourth anniversary of their wedding day, conducted by Bros. S. A. Hershey and Jacob Hershey. Text, Luke 8:52. Favorite hymns of the deceased were sung, "Saved by Grace" and "In the garden." Interment in Hammer Creek Cemetery.

A dear husband, son, and brother,
Always filled with joy and cheer,
But your work was finished early,
And you left this world so dear.

Darling uncle, how we miss you,
Now your place is vacant here,
But you'll never be forgotten
By the ones who hold you dear.

A Niece.

Kinsinger.--Eli Kinsinger was born in Somerset Co., Pa., Dec. 7, 1841; died in Johnson Co., Iowa, Sept. 23, 1927; aged 85 y. 9 m. 16 d. In his youth he united with the Amish Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until death. On Dec. 22, 1865, he was united in marriage with Susanna Yoder. To this union were born 10 children (Annanias, Catherine, Abner, Fanny, Kores, Menno, Elizabeth, Simon, Ella and John). In 1867 he with his wife came to Iowa, living for a number of years near Sharon Center and later moving to the family homestead, now occupied by his son-in-law (Joseph M. Gnagey), which has been his home for the last 45 years. Although he had been ailing for some time, he was seriously ill but 10 days with heart trouble and other complications caused by infirmities of old age. Being bereft of his companion 9 months ago, he patiently waited his time, never complaining, putting his trust in the Lord. Besides his 9 children he leaves 25 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Caroline Handwork), and many other relatives and friends to mourn his departure.

"Thou wast with us long, dear father,
Long we heard thy gentle voice;
But the Savior now called thee,
And he bids our hearts rejoice."

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, Sept. 25, 1927, at the West Union Church conducted by P. P. Swartzendruber and E. G. Swartzendruber in German. Text, (used in German) Rom. 8:37; (in English) II Cor. 5:1.

by Elmer G. Swartzendruber

Transcribed by Robert Stauffer, Missouri


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No. 28 - October 13, 1927, pages 622,663

Rutt.--Barbara L. Rutt was born March 12, 1839; died Sept. 16, 1927; aged 88 y. 6 m. 4 d. She is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters. She was a faithful member of the Strickler and Shope Mennonite Church. Funeral services were conducted Sept. 19, 1927 from her son's home (with whom she resided for the last year) and at Good's Church, by Brethren John Ebersole, Noah Risser, David Miller, and Harry Longenecker. Text, Rev. 14:13.

Oberholtzer.--Katie Lehman Oberholtzer was born May 7, 1858; died Sept. 16, 1927; aged 69 y. 6 m. 4 d. She was a member of the Stauffer Mennonite Church for 40 years and was the widow of Deacon Abraham Oberholtzer who preceded her in death March 12, 1915. Funeral services were conducted Sept. 19, 1927, from her sister's home, Bro. and Sister Samuel Gish (who cared for her in recent years) and at Elizabethtown Mennonite Church by brethren John Ebersole, Noah Risser and Samuel Frey. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Interment in Stauffer's Cemetery.

Brandt.--John Geppert Brandt was born June 4, 1869; died Sept. 2, 1927; aged 58 y. 2m. 28 d. Bro. Brandt had been in ill health for the last year, but his death came as a shock to his many friends. He is survived by his widow, 3 daughters, and 4 grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted Sept. 5, 1927, from his late home, Elizabethtown, Pa., by Brethren Samuel Frey and Benj. Keener and at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church (of which he was a faithful member), by Noah W. Risser and Harry Nye. Text, II Tim. 4:6-8. Burial in Mt. Funnel Cemetery.

Lehman.--Fanniel, widow of Peter Lehman was born March 5, 1841; died Sept. 26, 1927; aged 86 y. 6 m. 21 d. Sister Lehman was a member of the Stauffer Mennonite Church. As long as health and opportunity afforded she worshiped with the believers, but in her declining years could not be at services. But we know it was her desire to prove faithful to a blessed end. She is survived by 2 sons and 2 daughters, 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral was held Sept. 30, 1927, from her daughter's home by Noah Risser and at Stauffer's Mennonite Church near Bachmansville, Pa., by John G. Ebersole and Noah Risser. Text, Rev. 7:13, 14. Interment in cemetery adjoining church.

Glover.--John Trevas, son of Legran Glover, was born Jan. 14, 1858, in Rockingham Co., Va.; died Sept. 28, 1927; aged 69 y. 8 m. 14 d. Was married to Lucy Jane Kendrick, Oct. 16, 1881, who passed away May 22, 1922. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters (Robert, Rollin, Fanny, and Mary). He leaves also to mourn his departure 2 children and 2 step children. He was a patient sufferer for several years and was always thankful for what was done for him. He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Mission Church, Ohio, in charge of Bro. Maurice at Lima, Ohio. Burial was made at Salem O,Connell and H. A. Brandt of Lafayette, Ohio.

Risser.--At his home in Maugansville, Md., on Sept. 13, 1927, after a lingering illness of liver complications, Bro. Samuel E. Risser passed away; aged 61 y. 10 m. 8 d. He endured his affliction patiently, willing to go, and thus passed out quietly. He leaves his widow who can think of lonely days ahead, but she is resigned and willing to look to Him who knows what is best. Sixteen years ago these parents lost a bright 15-year-old boy from hydrophobia. Their life has since shown blasted prospects. There remains also to comfort our sister, 2 brothers and 2 sisters. The one is known as "Blind Mattie Risser," who continues in her struggle for faith. His many friends and neighbors will miss him; as well his place in Reiff's congregation can no one fill. Funeral was held Sept. 16 with a short service at the house by Bro. Denton Martin, at Reiff's Church by Bros. D. Lesher and C. R Strite. Text, Prov. 14;32.
C. R. S.

Miller.--Marjorie Marlyne, only daughter of David and Cora Parsons Miller, was born in McPherson Co., Kans., Jan 9, 1925; died at her home Aug. 4, 1927. When Marjorie was about 5 months old her parents noticed that her eyesight seemed to be affected. She was taken to a doctor at Wichita and about two months later to a specialist in Rochester, Minn. It was then discovered that she was blind and would probably never be able to see. She was sick for 9 days with cholera infantum, then passed peacefully away. If asked, where is Jesus? she would answer, "Way up high in Heaven. She was an obedient child, always happy and always looked for Sunday to come to go to Sunday school. She leaves her parents, 4 grandparents, 6 uncles, 7 aunts, and many other relatives and friends. Services were conducted by Bro. D. H. Bender, assisted by brethren Hartzler and Menno M. Troyer. Text, II Kings 4:26. Interment in West Liberty Cemetery.

Lehman.--Mary, daughter of Peter and Elizabeth Lehman, was born near Berne, Ind., Dec. 26, 1868, and moved with her parents to Wayne Co., O., in her youth; died Oct. 2, 1927; aged 58 y. 9 m. 6 d. She was baptized and received into the Swiss Mennonite Church in 1880 and remained faithful until the end. She was a true Christian, a kind and loving mother. For a number of years her afflictions were many, but her faith in God and the Bible comforted her. Nov. 6, 1890, she was united in marriage to William Lehman. To this union 11 children were born. Three sons died in infancy, one daughter (Emma) at the age of 20 and Aldine wife of Noah Zuercher, at the age of 24. She leaves her husband, 2 daughters, Mrs. Hulda Nussbaum, Mrs. Katie Nussbaum), 4 sons (Silas, Sylvester, Willis, and Levi), 2 brothers (John and David), 2 sisters (Anna wife of Chr. Zuercher and Sarah wife of Simon W. Sommer), also 15 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Oct. 5, by Lewis Amstutz and J. S. Gerig. Text, I Cor. 15:58, and Psa. 37:5.

Birky.--Joseph H. Birky was born in Livingston Co., Ill., Nov. 25, 1850; died at his home in Beemer, Nebr., Sept.25, 1927; aged 76 y, 19 m. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Savior and became a member of the Mennonite Church, and in this faith he labored on faithfully unto the end. He was ordained to the ministry in Decatur co., Kans., in 1886 and served the Church in that office to the time of his death. On March 7, 1875, he was united in marriage to Catherine Zimmer near Delwan, Ill. To this union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters, all of whom, with their sorrowing mother survive to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. He also leaves 36 grandchildren, 1 brother, 3 sisters and a large number of relatives and friends. He will be sadly missed from our family circle, but we mourn not as those who have no hope. Funeral services held at the house conducted by Bro. J. W. Oswald, (Teat, Rev. 7:9-17), and at the church by peter Oswald (Text, Psa. 90 German), and P. O. Oswald (Text, 11 Cor. 5:10 and Psa. 37:37). Interment was made in the Beemer Cemetery.

Sommer.--Jacob Sommer was born at Spring Bay, Ill., March 11, 1847; died Sept. 28. 1927, at his home in Meadows, Ill.; aged 80 y. 6 m. 17 d. His early life was spent near Metamora and Spring Bay. Feb. 10, 1877, he was married to Sister Magdalena Lahn. They lived on a farm near Washington, Ill., until 1899, when they moved to Manson, Iowa, making their home there until 1921, when they moved to Meadows, Ill. While he had been ailing for several years, death came unexpectedly, as he retired in his usual health. About 11 P. M. Sister Sommer awoke and found that he had passed away. Brother Sommer is survived by his wife and 6 children (George, Mrs. Minnie Streid, Samuel, Joseph, Anna, and Lydia). One daughter (Louisa) died in infancy. He also leaves 3 grandchildren, a sister (Mrs. C. R. Zimmerman) and two brothers (Joseph and George). He became a member of the Mennonite Church in his youth and remained faithful until death. Funeral services were held at his home in Meadows Sept. 30, by Bro. Geo. I. Gundy and at the Waldo Mennonite Church by the brethren J. D. Hartzler and D. W. Slagel. Interment in the Waldo Cemetery, where further services were held by Bro. J. D. Hartzler.

Bender.--Harry Milton, son of Moses and Amanda (Keim) Bender, was born in Louisiana July 7, 1902; died in Michigan at the home of his brother David, Sept 14, 1927; aged 25 y. 2 m. 7 d. He accepted Christ as his Savior in his youth and became a member by water baptism of the Amish Mennonite Church. He leaves father, mother, 5 brothers and 1 sister (John, Ira, David, Samuel, Walter, and Mrs. Martha Helfrich) and many other relatives and friends. Harry left home December, 1925, for an extended visit with relatives and friends in eastern states. On his return trip he was overtaken with typhoid fever and a weak heart. After an illness of 5 weeks he seemed to be on a fair way of recovery. On Sept. 14 he ate breakfast as usual and at 9 A. M. he departed this life unexpectedly. His parents were with him at the time of death. His remains were brought back to his home near Kalona, Iowa. Funeral services were held at the home Sept. 17, conducted by Sam Kempf and Chris Yoder in German and Dan Fisher in English. He was laid to rest in the East Union Cemetery.

"Can it be that Harry has left us.
He who always had a smile?
Yes, he's gone; and soon we'll meet him;
T'will only be a little while."

Bender.--Jacob S. Bender was born in East Zona, Ont., Sept. 14, 1862; died on the same place that he was born Sept 21, 1927. He was united in marriage to Barbara Schwartzentruber Oct. 11, 1887. To this union were born 7 children (Noah, Elias, Manassah, Amanda, wife of Menno Zehr, Emma wife of Albert Oesch, Ida and Christina wife of Nohman Roi). His wife (Barbara) predeceased him 1 year 6 months ago. He is survived by his 7 children, 15 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Hry Brenneman and Mrs. David Sommer), 1 aunt (90 years old, who lost her eye sight about a year ago), and many relatives and friends. His sudden death was a great shock to the whole community, as he passed away so unexpectedly. The funeral was held from his late home Sept. 24, and was largely attended by sorrowing relatives and friends from far and near. Interment in the Mennonite Cemetery 16 line East Zona. Funeral services were conducted by Bro. Peter S. Zehr at the house, and at the church by Bro. Chr. Zehr of Wellesby. (Text, Jno. 14:6) and by Bro. Daniel Steinman of Wilmot, Text, Rev. 20:6.
"Peaceful be the rest, dear father,
It is sweet to breathe thy name;
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same."
Note: This obit says "born in East Zona ...". Other obits for people from this area of Ontario read "East Zorra". Check this with other sources. dk

Amstutz.--Daniel H. Amstutz was born in Canton Berne, Switzerland, April 1, 1851; emigrated and arrived in Wayne Co., O., May 28, 1871 where he ever since lived up to his old age. On March 11, 1875 he was married to Verena Schwartz. Two sons and 5 daughters were born to them. One daughter preceded him; also his companion died Dec. 6, 1911. On April 16, 1913, he again was married to Melinda M. Gerber. His health was impaired for several years past, but he was able to go about. On Sept. 1, he went out to the barn where they had just finished threshing for his son-in-law. He spoke to one of his neighbors and suddenly collapsed and expired. Aged 76 y. 5 m. He leaves his wife, 2 sons (Benjamin and Adam), 4 daughters (Mrs. Katie Hofstetter, Mrs. Dinah Hofstetter, Mrs. Fanny Gerber, and Mrs. Ida Stauffer). He also leaves 35 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (John and Jacob), and one sister (Mrs. C. A. Somner). Services were held at the home by J. S. Moser and Austin Kaiser and at the church by C. N. Amstutz and J. S. Gerig. He was a devoted member of the Swiss Mennonite Church near Dalton, O., and served as a congregational song leader for about 50 years. Aug. 21 was the last time he led. His sweet voice we no more hear, but with hopes to meet him on the other shore we commit ourselves to Him who doth all things well.

Esch.--Peter S. Esch was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 3, 1861; died of cancer at his home near Aurora, Oregon Sept. 20, 1927; aged 66 y. 1 m. 17 d. At the age of 17 he was converted and became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church, to which faith he remained faithful until death. In 1889 he was united in marriage to Sarah Kanagy, in Lancaster Co., Pa., where they remained until 1895, then moved to West Liberty, Ohio. Later they moved to Oregon, this being their home at the time of his passing away. To this union were born 5 sons and 5 daughters. 3 sons and 1 daughter preceded him in death. He leaves a faithful companion, 2 sons (Aaron and Darius) 3 daughters (Mary wife of Jess Troyer, Anna wife of Enos D. Yoder, and Sadie wife of Roy Kropf, and Barbara), one brother, two sisters, 17 grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends. During the time of his affliction he was ever mindful of his Savior, and before the summons came expressed a desire to be with Him in that heavenly home where pain and sorrow never enter. He will be greatly missed in the home, Church, and community; but we say in due submission to the Lord, "Thy will be done." Funeral services were conducted by the home ministers (A. P. Troyer, D. B. Kauffman, E. Z. Yoder), at the Zion church near Hubbard, Oreg. his church home. Text II Tim. 4:6, 7. Remains laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Stauffer.--Bishop Norma B. Stauffer was born Dec. 30, 1871, in Waterloo, Ont. He was converted and united with the Mennonite Church in 1891; moved to Alberta with his family in 1900, called to the ministry in 1901, ordained bishop in 1911. Died Sept. 13, 1927 at Aldersyde, Alta.; aged 56 y. 8 m. 14 d. He was married to Elizabeth Otterbein to which union was born 12 children, 3 having died in infancy and his wife preceded him Aug. 22, 1924. He was married again to Melinda Snider of Waterloo, Ont., Aug. 1, 1927. He left to mourn his departure his wife and the following children: Mrs. Dr. Burke of Blackie, Alta., Howard of Duchess, Alta., Mrs. J. Shank of Markham, Ont., Mrs. Ion Snyder of Preston, Ont., Willis, Earl, Byron and David of Aldersyde, Alta., and Florence was adopted by Phares Burkholder of Markham, Ont. Funeral took place on Sunday Sept. 18, at the Mount View Church. Services at the house conducted by Bro. H. B. Ramer, Duchess, Alta., and Bro. H. J. Harder of Didsbury, Alta. At the church Bro. Isaac Miller conducted the opening services followed by bishop N. E. Roth of Tofield, Alta., and E. S. Hallman of Guernsey, Sask. Texts, I Peter 1:3, 4; Rev. 14:13. Pallbearers were all conf. members. Bro. Stauffer was privileged to spend several months with friends and relatives in Ont. also attended the General Conference. Came home Saturday evening complaining of pain in his eyes and head. On Monday night about 12 o'clock he took a stroke and lay unconscious till Tuesday evening 6:30 when he passed away without saying good-bye. His sudden death was a great shock to the home, church and community. He was highly respected by all and will be greatly missed. May God comfort the sorrowing ones.

We are lonely, very lonely,
Since thou art gone from us away
But we'll trust in God to meet thee
In that land of endless day.

A little while and we shall go
To yonder happy skies,
And when we meet no tongue can tell
How great our joys shall be.

Then farewell brother, again farewell,
Soon we shall rise to thee,
Where we with you may ever reign,
In that eternal home.

Transcriber's Note: Two dates appear to be wrong in this obituary. "...his wife preceded him Aug. 22, 1924. He was married again to Melinda Snider of Waterloo, Ont., Aug. 1, 1927. " -- From other sources we conclude that the correct dates are Aug. 22, 1914, and Aug. 1, 1917. Source: Norman Stauffer, Grandson

Transcribed by Robert Stauffer, Missouri


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No.29 - October 20, 1927, pages 639

Headrick.--Howard Eugene, son of Henry and Dessie Headrick, La Junta, Colo., was born Aug. 8, 1925; died Oct. 3, 1927; aged 2 y. 1 m. 24 d. Unobserved by any one but his three-year old sister he accidentally fell into an irrigation ditch and was drowned. He leaves his parents, one sister, one brother, four grandparents, and many other relatives.
"Earth has lost its look of gladness,
Heaven seems to us more bright,
Since the spirit of dear Howard,
Took its happy homeward flight."

Shrock.--John H. Schrock was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, March 20, 1839; died at the same place, Sept. 21, 1927; aged 88 y. 6 m. 1 d. His sickness, due to influenza, lasted only a few weeks. He was preceded in death by his wife over 5 years ago. He leaves 4 sons, 3 daughters, 36 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and many relatives and friends. He was a member of the Walnut Creek A. M. Church and a leader in singing. Services at the church were opened by Bro. D. M. Friedt of the Culp Church (II Cor. 5). Further services were conducted by Bro. Friedt (II Tim. 4:6) and Bro. Alvin W. Miller (Psa. 90:10). Burial in the cemetery near by.

(Note: Two spellings Shrock/Schrock, in original obituary. dk)

Gingerich.--Mildred Fay Gingerich was born Nov. 16, 1906. She was taken into the home of her foster parents, Bro. Simon Gingerich and wife, when an infant, thirty-three days old. She developed into an obedient and trustworthy child, always hopeful and encouraging to those about her. She accepted Christ as her personal Savior, sealing her vow with baptism, Oct. 26, 1919, uniting with the Sugar Creek Mennonite congregation near Wayland, Ia., and remained a faithful member. During six years of illness she exercised much faith and a patient and hopeful spirit. Last spring she was taken to La Junta, Colo., in the hope of receiving some benefit from the climate, but for all that loving hands could do she passed away Sept. 27, 1927; aged 20 y. 10 m. 11 d. She leaves her foster parents, a foster brother, and a large number of acquaintances and friends. Services were held at La Junta, Colo., Sept. 28, conducted by Bros. J. A. Heatwole and A. H. Erb, after which the body was taken to Wayland, Ia., where the funeral was held on Sunday afternoon, conducted by Bro. Daniel Graber of the home congregation assisted by Bro. Joe C. Brenneman of Kalona, Ia. Text used at the two services were Mark 14:8; Ecel. 12:1.

Headings.--Frank, son of Ezra and Lydia Headings, born in Logan Co., Ohio, Jan. 3, 1885; died at Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, Ohio, Sept. 18, 1927; aged 42 y. 8 m. 15 d. He was operated on for appendicitis Sept. 12, but peritonitis followed, which was the cause of his death. Early in life his parents moved to Kansas, and a few years later to Missouri. At the age of 20 his parents returned to Logan Co., Ohio, where he spent the remainder of his life. On Oct. 26, 1911, he was united in marriage to Lydia Hilty. To this union were born one son, Tillman, and three daughters, Mary Helen, Alma Fern, and Elva May, who, with the wife and mother, mourn the loss of a loving father and a faithful companion. Remaining with these are his aged mother, 8 brothers and 2 sisters, as follows: Elmer, Andrew, Lee, Ezra, Milton, Oliver, Archie, Mrs. John Ray Yoder, and Mrs. Archie Plank. He accepted Christ as his Savior early in youth and affiliated with the Mennonite Church, continuing faithful the remainder of his life. He took an active part in Sunday school work, and was in attendance when health permitted. His loss will be keenly felt, not only in the home and the church, but also in the community, where he was highly esteemed among neighbors and friends. During his illness he expressed himself as ready to leave this life if such was God's will. His chief concern was not for himself but for his family and brothers and sisters.
"Rest on, dear father, your labor is o'er,
Your willing hands will toil no more;
A faithful father, true and kind,
No friends like you on earth we'll find."
Funeral services were held at South Union Church, in charge of Bros. A. I. Yoder and S. E. Allgyer. Burial was made in the cemetery near the church.

Longenecker.--Barbara Brubaker Longenecker was born Dec. 12, 1850, near Mt. Joy, Pa.; died at her home near Newton, Kans.; aged 77 y. 6 m. 22 d. She was united in marriage to John G Longenecker Dec. 21, 1871, and they located on a farm where they resided until 1880, when they moved to Birmingham, Kans. They lived there until the spring of 1906, when they moved to near Newton, Kans., where she lived until her death. Two children (Christian, and Laurs) died in infancy, and those left to mourn her loss are her husband, eleven children (Irvin, Annie Decker, Rily Beyer, Elizabeth, John, Levi, Emma Hamilton, Mary King, Alda Zook, Katie Larson, and Fannie Dayhoff). 42 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Harry Dutt), and one brother (E. S. Brubaker), as well as a host of other relatives and friends. At about the age of 22 she was converted and since then she lived a consistent Christian life, always being found at her place of worship when health permitted. She was an invalid the last year of her life, her health having failed a few years previous. During her illness her cheerfulness and patience were a marvel to those who came in contact with her. Her life will be a benediction to her family and to all who learned to know her. Funeral services were conducted at the Pennsylvania Church near Zimmerdale, by her Pastor, D. D. Zook, assisted by S. Winey and J. M. Zook of Tabor, Ia. Text, Rev. 14:13; 20:6. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"Dearest mother, thou hast left us,
Here thy loss we deeply feel;
But 'tis God that hath bereft us,
He can all our sorrows heal.
Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life has fled,
Then in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed."

Miller.--Leslie Emmet Miller was born in Johnson Co., Ia., July 21, 1905; died near Wolford, N. D., Oct. 6, 1927; aged 22 y. 2 m. 15 d. Leslie accepted Christ in his youth, was baptized by Bishop I. S. Mast and received into the Mennonite Church while the family lived at St. Elizabeth, Man., and later came with the family to Johnson Co., transferring his membership to the East Union congregation. About the middle of August of this year he went to Wolford, N. D., to work in the harvest field, and was working for S. H. Baker when the fatal accident which caused his death occurred. While in the act of hitching to the plow after dinner, the team (which was considered quiet) became frightened for some unknown reason, and ran over him with the plow. He was evidently struck by the point of the plow in the abdomen and disemboweled. Medical aid was at once summoned and rushed to the scene of the accident. It was evident from the first that the accident was of such a serious nature that nothing could be done. He was conscious up to the time when the doctors administered the anaesthetic, realized the seriousness of his condition, and asked that his parents be notified. While all possible help was given him, he passed away a few hours after the accident. He is preceded in death by one brother (Orie), leaves his grief-stricken parents (Bro. and Sister Seth Miller), one brother (Roy), two adopted sisters (Gladys and Margaret), his grandfather (M. D. Miller), his aged great-grandfather (Christian D. Shetler of Kalona), and a large number of relatives and friends. Leslie was of a quiet and kind disposition, honest, and energetic, and performed his duties faithfully, for which he was held in high esteem by all, and especially by those for whom he worked. Funeral services were held at the East Union Mennonite Church Oct. 10, conducted by Bros. Joe C. Brenneman and D. J. Fisher. Text, I Sam. 20:3. Burial in the East Union cemetery.

Transcribed by Robert Stauffer, Missouri


Gospel Herald - Vol. XX, No. 30 - October 27, 1927, pages 671, 672

Hostetler.--Elizabeth (Weaver) Hostetler was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, April 20, 1857; died at the State Hospital at Massilon, Ohio, Oct. 9, 1927; aged 76 y. 5 m. 19 d. She was at the hospital only a short time. She leaves 1 daughter, 11 grandchildren, 3 brothers, 1 sister, and many relatives and friends. She lived in widowhood 10 years. She was a member of the Walnut Creek A. M. church. Services were held at the Walnut Creek church Oct. 11, 1927, by Ed. Shepfer of the Brethren Church, from Deut. 34, and Alvin W. Miller of the home church, from Rom. 6:23. Burial in the cemetery nearby.

Laehr.--Maria, daughter of Henry and Mary Rickert, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., March 12, 1851; died Sept. 20, 1927; aged 76 y. 6 m. 8 d. On March 14, 1874, she was united in marriage with Jeremiah Laehr, who preceded her in death July 18, 1920. To this union were born two children (Freddie, who died at the age of 6, and Mrs. Elias Kreider, with whom she had her home since the death of her husband). Three grandchildren survive; Lester, Hilda, and Alma. She was baptized and received into the Lutheran Church when a young woman and shortly after her marriage she transferred her membership to the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful and active up to a few years prior to her death, when sickness deprived her of this pleasure. Sister Laehr was a woman loved by every one whose good fortune it was to come in contact with her. "Rock of Ages" and "Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me" were among her favorite hymns which she often sang. Funeral services were held at the home Sept 23 and at the Bethel Mennonite Church and burial at Woodlanwn cemetery, Wadsworth, Ohio. Services were in charge of Bro. A. J. Steiner, assisted by the home ministers, Bros. J. M. Kreider and S. D. Rohrer, and Bro. D. M. Friedt of Dover, Ohio. Text (selected by the deceased), Rev. 7:14-17.

Yoder.--Lydia B., daughter of Eli and Lydia Yoder, was born Jan. 17, 1872; died at her home near West Liberty, Ohio, Oct. 11, 1927; aged 55 y. 8 m. 24 d. Her death was due to acute articular rheumatism, from which she suffered intensely, her sickness being of only short duration. Though all was done that friends or physician could do to keep the spark of life burning, she passed peacefully away. She was united in marriage to J. Oliver, son of C. S. and Rebecca Yoder, April 14, 1901. To this union were born five children. One (Edna Pearl)preceded her in death. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church, and to her Savior, who to her was a real Helper. The cares and problems, which are bound to come in life, she did not allow to disturb her trust in her Master. She was a kind, patient, and loving wife and mother; and will be greatly missed by her host of friends; but in no place so much as in her home, where she left loved ones, the object of her love and tender care. She leaves her husband and 4 children (Seba, Belle, Clarence, and Roy), 5 brothers and 1 sister (Archie, Eli, Bradley, Vern, Harvey, and Emma Plank). Funeral services were held at Bethel Church, Thursday afternoon in charge of Bros. C. H. Byler and S. E. Allgyer. Burial in South Union Cemetery.

Miller.--Lovina J. Miller (nee Helmuth) was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, April 15, 1877; died at her home near Archbold, Ohio, Oct. 12, 1927; aged 50 y. 5 m. 27 d. At the age of four she with her parents moved on a farm near Arthur, Ill., where she grew to manhood. On Oct. 3, 1897, she was united in marriage to Simon D. Miller of Arthur, Ill. To this union were born seven children (Amra, Mrs. Mary Terrell, Mrs. Mattie Shellenberger, Dora, Fannie, Maurice, and Wilma), all of whom survive her. At the age of eighteen she united with the Amish Mennonite Church at Arthur, Ill., and in 1912 the family moved to Archbold, Ohio, where she remained a faithful member till death. She is survived by her husband, 7 children, mother, 5 brothers, 2 sisters, and 3 grandchildren. On Sept. 19 she suffered a light paralytic stroke, from which she nearly recovered when, on Oct. 2, she was stricken with a second serious stroke, and remained unconscious to the end.

"We are lonely, very lonely,
Since thou are gone from us away;
But we'll trust in God to meet thee
In that land of endless day."

Funeral services were held Oct. 16, at the Central A. M. Church, conducted by Bro. Eli Rupp in German, and Bro. E. L. Frey in English. Texts, Isa. 57:1,2; Jno. 5:24. Interment in Pettisville Cemetery.

Weaver.--John M. Weaver was born Feb. 13, 1853, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; died Sept. 26, 1927, at his home in Goodville, Pa., after a lingering illness; aged 69 y. 7 m. 13 d. He united with the Mennonite Church in his youth and was faithful unto death. He was twice married-firts to Anna, daughter of Jacob Shirk. This first companion died in 1880. In 1881 he married Mary, daughter of David and Elizabeth Newswanger. He is survived by his wife, one brother (Isaac) and one sister (Anna Weaver). He is greatly missed in the home and by his many friends. His place at church was seldom vacant. He was especially interested in the welfare of the Church. He bore his illness with patience, earnestly longing to depart from this world to be at rest with the Savior. He requested the reading of the Scriptures and Christian singing in which he partook shortly before he peacefully fell asleep.

"Rest, dearest companion and brother,
Thy work is done. Since it is God's holy will,
We must be parted for a while,
In sweel submission all in one We say, 'Our Father's will be done.'"

The funeral was held on Sept 29, at the Goodvill Church, conducted by Bros John Sauder and Benj. Weaver. Text, Jno. 14:1,2.

Neff.--Ezra Neff was born near Sugarcreek, Ohio, Nov. 7, 1856; died Oct. 9, 1927; aged 70 y. 11 m. 2 d. He had always enjoyed good health until within a very short time of his death, when the doctor was called. He seemingly again recovered to the extent that he was able to be about, but while attending to some chores of his own choosing he became unconscious. He soon rallied, only to suffer much pain for a few hours caused by a basic hemorrhage, and then calmly passed away. On June 17, 1877, he was united in marriage with Emma Lenhart who preceded him to the spirit world, June 22, 1924. To this union were born ten children, two of whom, Elmer and Milo, have gone before. He and his companion united with the Mennonite Church in their youthful days and remained true and faithful till death. Thirty-three years ago the moved from Sugar Creek to Aurora, O., and when the church at Aurora was established they united there and both were interested in the Master's service. Since his companion's death he made his home with his son-in-law, Joseph Walls, and while tender hands and loving hearts were ever ready to minister to his needs he seemed to worry lest in his declining years he might possibly cause his love ones much care and anxiety. He leaves 8 children, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and a host of relatives, friends and neighbors. Services were conducted in the home by Bro. E. B. Stoltzfus who also had charge of the service at the church, assisted by Bro. Benj. Hartzler of Pryor, Okla. Text, I Sam. 20:3.

"Weep not that his toil is over,
Weep not that his race is run;
God grant that we may rest as calmly,
When our work, like his, is done."

Gilmer.--Jesse Luther Gilmer was born in Franklin Co., W. Va., April 17, 1893. He was one of five children born to Samuel and Maggie Gilmer. Samuel Gilmer was a Methodist minister and was called by death when Jesse was but two and one half years old. At the age of sixteen years he confessed Christ and united with the Methodist Church, having come to Filer in March, 1916. Jan. 5, 1918, he was united in marriage with Sister Mabel Shenk, to which union were born six children. A little more thatn a year ago his health began to fail but since March he suffered much and failed more rapidly. August 1 he went to Portland hoping to get relief, but his condition was found more serious than he had realized. While several lines of treatment were resorted to he gradually grew worse. He died Oct. 13, 1927; aged 34 y. 5 m. 26 d. Death was due to a cancerous condition of the stomach and intestines. Bro. Gilmer was much interested in the work of the church, and was willing to serve in any capacity called upon. During the last year he took special interest in, and yearned much for, the welfare of the cause of Christ. He was superintendent of the Sunday school at the time of his death. There remain to mourn his departure, his companion, 6 children, his mother, 2 brothers, and a host of friends. Funeral services were conducted at Portland, Oreg., Thursday evening, in charge of Bro. P. E. Roth, and many friends had gathered who has ministered to his needs, and comforted him during his stay in Portland. His end was peaceful and he passed to that rest of which he had so often expressed his hope of attaining, through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ who he had endeavored to serve. His body was taken to his home at Filer, Ida., where further services were held by Bros. N. A. Lind of Albany, Oreg., and S. Honderich, in the presence of many sympathizing friends and relatives.

Schertz.--Andrew P., son of Joseph and Elizabeth Schertz, was born near Eureka, Ill., Dec. 10, 1875; died suddenly, at the home of his daughter, Oct. 14, 1927; aged 51 y. 10 m. 4 d. In his early youth he accepted Christ as his Savior, and united with the Mennonite Church, of which he was a faithful member until death. Expecially in recent years he showed an increasing interest and concern in the work and welfare of the Church and the cause of Christ. Just recently he expressed to his family his readiness and desire to meet his Savior. Jan. 16, 1900, he was united in marriage to Barbara Ulrich, near Metamora, Ill. To this union were born two daughters, one dying in infancy. He lived on his farm near Eureka until eight years ago, when he moved to Eureka, where he resided at the time of his death. While he had suffered some from ill health in recent years, he apparently, on the day of his death, was enjoying good health, dying suddenly while at work at the farm home of his daughter. His sudden death was a great shock to the whole community. He leaves his wife, his daughter (Mrs. Oliver Yoder), a grandson (Robert), two brothers (Henry and Amos), two sisters (Mrs. John Imhoff and Mrs. Sam Steider), and many other relatives and friends. His parents preceded him in death about twelve years, and 1 sister (Mrs. Christ Ulrich) about two years.

"Rest, dearest companion, father and grand father;
Thy work is done.
Since 'tis God's will,
We must be parted for awhile,
In sweet submission, all in one
We say, 'Our Father's will be done.'"

Funeral services were held at the Roanoke Mennonite Church, conducted by Ezra B. Yordy and Andrew Schrock.

Transcribed by Barbara Fink, Florida

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