Gospel Herald Obituaries - September, 1940

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Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXIII, No 23 - September 5, 1940 --- page 494, 495, 496

Bontrager. --- Andrew F. Bontrager, was born in Indiana, Dec. 14, 1874; died Aug. 2, 1940; aged 65 y. 7 m. 10 d. His death was caused by bleeding ulcers. On Sept. 20, 1894, he was married to Fannie Bontrager. To this union were born 14 children; of whom all are living but Clarence who passed away Aug. 9, 1934. Survivors are his companion, Mrs. Barbara Chupp of Maize, Okla.; Edward Bontrager, Mrs. Mary Miller, Mrs. Mattie Gingerich, of Hazelton, Iowa; William A., Andrew Jr., Mrs. Anna Yoder, Mrs. Fanny Troyer, Mrs. Edna Yoder, all of Hutchinson; Mrs. Ida Schrock of Haven; David, Amelia, and Enos at home; 41 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers and 1 sister (Edd Bontrager of Haven; Enos and Clarence of Middlebury, Ind.; Amos Bontrager and Mrs. B. T. Yoder of Thomas, Okla.), and many other relatives and a large host of friends. In 1894 he confessed Christ as his Saviour and united with the Amish Mennonite Church. When the Yoder Mennonite Church organized in 1919 he was one of the charter members and has lived faithful until his death. His life and words were a testimony against pride and luxurious living. Bro. Bontrager lived most of his life in the Yoder community, yet he was widely known and made friends wherever he went. In his passing, the family loses a faithful father, the Church a charter member, and the community an upright citizen. Funeral services were conducted in German at the home by D. K. Bontrager and at the Yoder Mennonite Church by Harry A. Diener and L. O. King. Text, Job 14: 14.

Brandt. --- Jacob M. Brandt, of Annville, Pa., died Aug. 11, 1940, of complications following an illness of one year; aged 74 y. 1 m. 10 d. He was the son o f the late Levi and Mary (Mumma) Brandt. He accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and united with Gingerich's Mennonite Church about a year ago. Although he was bedfast and not able to attend church services after his conversion, he was deeply interested in spiritual things and very grateful for the fellowship of believers. He bore his illness with patience and Christian fortitude. He is survived by his wife (Clarissa, nee Flowers), 4 daughters (Irene, Sallie, Christine, and Mrs. Herman Kreider), 7 sons (Jacob, Abraham, Aldus, Ammon, Herman, Ralph, and Lester), 20 grandchildren, 2 sisters and 1 brother. Funeral services were held Aug. 15 from the home and the United Christian Church of Campbelltown, Pa., with Brethren Noah Risser and Simon Bucher in charge. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

"All is over, hands are folded,
O'er a calm and peaceful breast;
All is over, pain is ended,
And dear Father is at rest."

Brubaker. --- Elias P. Brubaker, was born June 9, 1904; died Aug. 13, 1940; at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, Pa.; aged 36 y. 2 m. 4 d. Four days previous he underwent an appendectomy and complications set in, resulting in death, which was a shock to his family, community, and church. He was united in marriage to Sallie Royer, who with one son (Ray) mourns the loss of a kind husband and a loving father. In his young manhood he united with the Mennonite Church. On Jan. 11, 1934, he was ordained to the office of deacon to serve the Gingerich and Krall congregations. Bro. Elias was a quiet, unassuming disposition. He was very timid, but in his meek, humble way, he wrought more good than he himself knew. He was slow to speak, but his words were weighed with sound judgment. We cannot understand why one who was so much needed in the home and Church should be taken; but we know that God doeth all things well, so we humbly say, "Not mine, but Thy will be done." He also leaves his sorrowing aged parents (Bro. and Sister Jacob Brubaker), 2 brothers (Ammon and Simon), 4 sisters (Sara, Nancy, wife of Peter Smith; Lavina, wife of John Horst; and Frany, wife of LeRoy Groff). Funeral services were held Aug. 17 at the home by Bro. Martin Weaver and at Gingerich's Mennonite Church by Bros. Simon Bucher and Daniel Wert. Texts: Job 14: 2 and Rev. 22: 14. Interment in the Heidelberg Cemetery.

"The call was sudden, the shock severe;
We little thought the end so near;
And only those who have lost can tell
The sadness of parting without farewell."

Ebersole. --- Martha Kornhaus, widow of the late Daniel F. Ebersole, was born in Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 28, 1855; died Aug. 20, 1940, at the home of her son (Lester Ebersole) near Coleta, Ill.; aged 84 y. 7 m. 22 d. Her parents came to Illinois when she was eight years old, and the greater part of her life was lived in the vicinity of Sterling, except for three years that the family lived at Newkirk, Okla. She was married to Daniel F. Ebersole, and to this union 4 children were born: Lester of Coleta, Noah of Sterling, Edna (Mrs. Weldon Shank) of Sterling, and Emma (Mrs. William Cooper) of Pekin, Ill. In early life she confessed Christ as her Saviour, and united with the Science Ridge congregation, of which she was a member until the time of her passing. Her place was seldom vacant at the worship service of the Church, when health would permit. She possessed a cheerful disposition, and she had many friends. She is survived by the above named children, also 2 stepsons (Norman and Daniel Ebersole), and 1 stepdaughter (Mrs. Robert Cross), all of Sterling; 1 half sister (Fannie Granhart of Pearl City, Ill.), 2 brothers (Henry Kornhaus of Adrian, Mo.; and Adam Kornhaus, of Davenport, Iowa), and 3 half brothers (David, Noah, and Oliver Kornhaus), all of Peabody, Kans. Her husband and an infant daughter preceded her in death, as well as a stepdaughter (Mrs. S. H. Bowman). Funeral services were held Aug. 23 from the home and from the Science Ridge Mennonite Church, in charge of Bro. A. D. Good. A large number of friends gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one they had known and loved so long.

Garber. --- Leonard Harvey, son of David and Elizabeth (Hoover) Garber, was born June 5, 1868, at Bronson, Mich. At the age of 12 years he with the rest of the family moved to Mancelona, Mich., where he grew to young manhood, being engaged at strenuous labor associated with pioneering in a heavily timbered country. At the age of 21 years he again moved to near Grand Rapids, Mich., and there served as apprentice at the carpenter trade, at which trade he was engaged for a number of years. About 1890 he went to Cullom, Ill., and for some time followed the same trade, later started farming and became acquainted with the maiden who later became his wife. On Dec. 5, 1893, the marriage vows were taken with Sarah Adeline Grove. In the spring of 1895 they with 1 son (Ernest), 1 brother (C. J.) and wife and mother0in0law, moved to Jackson, Minn., and purchased a farm, residing in this same community until 3 _ years ago, when they moved to the town of Alpha where he lived at the time of his death. In young manhood he became reconciled to God, and was baptized, uniting with the Mennonite Church; being afterward a consistent member, much concerned with the active progress of its purpose. He was one to help interest others in the building of a house of worship, every helping to carry on its program. Early in the spring of 1940 he was taken ill with influenza from which it seemed he could get no definite relief and finally on the morning of Aug. 13 he was released from the body of pain and suffering and peacefully fell asleep, aged 72 y. 2 m. 8 d. He leaves his bereaved companion, 6 sons (Ernest of Nampa, Idaho; Clyde of Manson, Iowa; Ed, John, Lloyd, and Marvin of Jackson, Minn.), 1 daughter (Irene Kauffman), at home, and 16 grandchildren; also 1 brother (C. J), the last remaining member of the David Garber family of nine children, and his wife who mourn his loss. His deceased brothers and sisters were Isaac, Esther, Charlotte, Rosa, Anna, Joseph, and an infant sister. Services at the home were conducted by Bro. Noah Landis and at the church by Bro. Nick Stoltzfus of Manson, Iowa. Bro. C. J. Garber, brother of the deceased, made a few fitting remarks. Funeral services were held Aug. 16 at the Alpha Mennonite Church. The overflowing crowd at this service showed the high esteem in which the deceased was held by the church and the community. Interment in Jackson cemetery.

Good. --- Joseph G., son of John S. and Sarah (Grimm) Good, was born in Ohio, March 4, 1847. After a brief illness of one day he quietly passed away on the morning of Aug. 5, 1940; aged 93 y. 5 m. 1 d. When 17 years of age he moved with his parents to southwestern Iowa. At the age of 23 he went to Jasper Co., Mo. There he was married to Anna Brenneman Oct. 25, 1874. One of their children died in infancy. The other seven children are still living: Jay, of Doniphan, Mo.; Oliver of Webb City, Mo.; Leroy and Mark of Oronogo, Mo.; Amos of Ogal, Calif.; Sarah, of Lake Charles, La.; and Esther at home. There are 11 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. Bro. Good was the last of his father's family of 11 children, and lived to a greater age than any of the others. In early married life he was converted and united with the Mennonite Church, to which he was faithful until death. He served as deacon at Oronogo, Mo., for many years, until moving to Hesston, Kans., in 1926. He was a devoted husband, a kind considerate father, highly esteemed by friends. He will be greatly missed by all. The funeral was held in the Hesston College Chapel at 2:30 P. M., Aug. 7. Maurice A. Yoder and Earl Buckwalter were in charge. Interment was made in the cemetery of the Pennsylvania Church.

Mumaw. --- Lucy, wife of Bro. Geo. Mumaw of Salem, Ohio, died of diabetes in the Salem Hospital, Aug. 17, 1940; aged 61 years. She was married to Geo. S. Mumaw Sept. 14, 1907, and lived at Orrville, O., and in the vicinity of Columbiana, O., until three years ago when they moved to Salem, O. She was a graduate nurse from the Lakeside Hospital, Cleveland, O., and a member of the Christian Church. She leaves her husband, a daughter, and 3 sons, 3 brothers, and 7 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Aug. 19 at the Arbaugh-Pearce Funeral Home with burial at the Midway Cemetery near Columbiana, O. Services were in charge of the Christian Church minister and Bishop A> J. Steiner.

Nice. --- William G., son of the late Henry T. and Barbara Nice, was born near Morrison, Ill., Nov. 1, 1874; died at his home near the place of his birth Aug. 14, 1940; aged 65 y. 9 m. 13 d. Complications following a diabetic condition was the cause of his death. He was married Jan. 19, 1898, to Anna Hensler of Morrison. To this union 3 children were born (Violetta, Mrs. Daniel Deter; Lyle; and Frances, Mrs. Wayne Corbin, of Rock Island, Ill.). He is survived by his wife and the above named children, 7 grandchildren, 1 sister (Mrs. J. J. Rutt), and 1 brother (Henry of Filer, Idaho). Those preceding him in death are his parents, 1 brother (Noah), and a sister (Levina). He confessed Christ as his personal Saviour in his early youth, and was received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church by water baptism. He was an active member of the local congregation until the time of his passing. His presence will be greatly missed in the congregation, for here his voice was often heard in leading the congregation in the worship service of song. Funeral services were held Aug. 18 at the home in charge of F. A. Sword and at the Brick Church in charge of A. D. Good. An unusually large number of relatives, neighbors, and friends gathered to pay a last tribute to one they held in such high esteem.

Zeigler. --- Martha, wife of Bro. Henry Zeigler, near Columbiana, O., died Aug. 13, 1940, of old age and other infirmities; aged 84 y. 3 m. 6 d. She was failing in health for some time, but it was not until the last several weeks that her sickness took on a more serious form, which proved fatal. She was the daughter of the late Jacob Gehman* and wife who lived at North Lima, O., where Sister Zeigler was born April 7, 1856. She lived in this vicinity her entire life. She was united in marriage with Bro. Henry Zeigler, Dec. 19, 1875, and was a faithful companion and mother in the home. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary 4 years ago. There were born to this union 3 daughters and 1 son namely: Mrs. Stelvin Day, and Mrs. Bert Rohrer, Columbiana, O.; Mrs. Seth (Gertrude) Basinger and only son Elmer, who preceded her in death some years ago. There are 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, together with a sister (Mrs. Daniel Huntsburger) who survive. She united with the Mennonite Church in 1880 and remained loyal to the Church until her going home to be with the Lord. Funeral services were held at the Midway Church Thursday afternoon, Aug. 15, in charge of Bros. A. J. Steiner, Paul Yoder, and David Steiner. Texts, II Cor. 5: 1; I Cor. 2: 9.
*Research note - The name should likely be Lehman -  Henry Zeigler - Feb. 9, 1954

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXIII, No 24 - September 12, 1940 --- page 526, 527.

Baker. --- Bro. Lewis V., son of William and Barbara Baker, was born near Hollidaysburg, Pa., Sept. 26, 1856; died Aug. 31, 1940; aged 83 y. 11 m. 5 d. Surviving are 3 sons (Jesse, John, and Charles), 4 daughters (Mrs. Margaret Wendle, Mrs. Edith Brown, Mrs. Ruth Woodcock, Altoona, Pa.; and Mrs. Florence Gehman of Elverson), 23 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Harry, Dean, Robert), 1 sister (Mrs. Clair Wyandt). Bro. Baker lived with his daughter (Margaret Wendle, Altoona), and was taken to the Altoona Hospital Aug. 24. He was received by water baptism into the Mennonite Church at Altoona Mar. 10, 1932. Funeral was held Sept 3 by Joseph M. Nissley. Text, Psa. 90: 10, 12. Interment at Hollidaysburg Cemetery.

Bare. --- Joel Bare was born in Columbus, O., Jan. 10, 1856; died at the County Hospital near Hutchinson, Kans., Aug. 28, 1940; aged 84 y. 7 m. 18 d. He leaves 1 sister (Mary, 94 years old, St. Joseph, Mo.), and other relatives and friends. He has 2 Mennonite cousins living in Wakarusa, Ind. (Sarah and Hannah Christophel). It was impossible for any of his relatives to be at the funeral. He never was married. He lived by himself until recently when a couple moved in with him to care for him. He was converted at Hutchinson Mission and baptized in November, 1939. He faithfully attended church services and prayer meetings as long as he was able. One thing he regretted was that he didn't give his heart to the Lord sooner. Funeral services were conducted by Harry A. Diener. Text, Job 5: 26. Burial in Yoder Cemetery.

Transcriber's Note: maybe should be spelled BAER.

Barkey. --- Levi W., son of John and Elizabeth (Weldy) Barkey, was born Sept. 29, 1869, in St. Joseph Co., Ind., in the same house where he died Aug. 18, 1940; aged 70 y. 10 m. 19 d. His father died Aug. 18, 1907, at about the same hour of the day. On Feb. 2, 1890, he was united in marriage to Lizzie M. Hunsberger. To this union 5 sons were born. Two (Arthur and Ralph) preceded him in death. He is survived by his companion, 3 sons (Elmer and Walter of Mishawaka and Willis of Plymouth, Ind.), 9 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and a host of friends. His last illness began Thursday, July 25, suffering severely from pneumonia, which he bore with patience and often expressed a desire to go home and rest. He was converted in young manhood and united with the Mennonite Church and the Olive congregation. He always took an active interest in the work of the Church service in many places. He served as Sup't of the S. S., chorister of Church, S. S. teacher, and a trustee of the Church for at least 33 years. When there was extra work he was usually one who was chosen to serve on committees. His counsel and advice was often sought by the ministers of the congregation as well as by others. Funeral services were conducted by C. A. Shank and D. A. Yoder at the Olive Church. Burial in adjoining cemetery.

Bontrager. --- Miles J., son of Joseph and Barbara (Moyer) Bontrager, was born in Lagrange Co., Ind., Nov. 27, 1882; died Sept. 1, 1940; aged 57 y. 8 m. 4 d. On March 12, 1907 , he was united in marriage to Sarah Schrock. To this union were born 9 children (Glen Joseph and Ervin of Cassopolis, Mich.; Menno of Nappanee, Ind.; Mrs. Dana Greenawalt of Topeka; Mrs. Tobias Eash of Ligonier; and Tobias, Orva, Samuel, and Mary at home). Early in life he confessed Christ and was a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church and was a faithful attendant as long as health permitted. He enjoyed good health until the spring of 1939. From this time on he endured much suffering in which he was very patient. He leaves his bereaved companion and children, 4 grandchildren, besides 4 brothers and 1 sister. Funeral services were held Sept. 3 from the Maple Grove Mennonite Church conducted by Brethren Early Bontrager and Edwin J. Yoder. Interment in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

"The night has passed, and lo, the morn!
How sweet to see such heavenly peace upon his brow.
'Mid all the suffering he has borne,
With faith and patience he could bow
And say, 'Thy will be done!'"

Gimbel. --- Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Gingrich, was born in East Zorra, Ont., June 29, 1862; died at the home o f Abram Bauman, near Breslau, Ont., Aug. 21, 1940; aged 78 y. 1 m. 23 d. On Jan. 1, 1928, she was married to David Gimbel, who with 2 sisters (Elizabeth Gingrich of East Zorra and Esther Wilhelm of New Hamburg), remain to mourn her departure. In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and remained faithful to her journey's end. The funeral was held on Saturday, Aug. 24, from her late home to the Cressman Mennonite Church, for services and adjoining cemetery for burial. Text, Psa. 91: 14-16. Minister, Oscar Burkholder.

Gimbel. --- David Gimbel, was born in Waterloo Co., Ont., April 1, 1858; died at the home of his daughter (Mrs. Abram Bauman), Aug. 27, 1940; aged 82 y. 4 m. 26 d. In April, 1880, he was married to Leah Reist, who predeceased him June 12, 1923. To this union were born 12 children, 4 of whom---Allan, Elsie, Myra, Malinda, and Mary, have passed on to a better world. On Jan. 1, 1928, he was married to Mary Gingrich, who predeceased him six days ago. There remain to mourn a loving father and grandfather, 4 sons (Irvin of Breslau; David of Edmunds, N. Dak.; Herbert of Kitchener; Roy of Hespeler), 3 daughters (Mrs. Adam Meyer, Kitchener; Mrs. Aldred Shantz, Waterloo; and Mrs. Abram Bauman, Breslau), 21 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. In his boyhood, Bro. Gimbel was converted during a revival meeting in the United Brethren Church at Freeport. After his marriage he attended the revival meetings conducted by J. S. Coffman and united with the Mennonite Church at Breslau. For many years he has been a faithful member of this congregation. His counsel and help have been great factors in the life of this brotherhood. His testimony was always ready, the Lord's will was his will and his hope for his heavenly home was very bright. The funeral was held on Friday, Aug. 30, from his late home to the Cressman Mennonite Church for services and adjoining cemetery for burial. Text, Psa. 116: 15. Ministers, Oscar Burkholder and Jonas Snider.

High. --- David F., son of Mrs. Fannie High and the late David High of East Lampeter Twp., was born May 15, 1884; died at his home near Bard's Crossing, Aug. 21, 1940. He had been in failing health for two year. He was a faithful member of the Stumptown Mennonite Church. Surviving him are his mother, his wife (Anna Weaver High), 7 children (Elizabeth W., wife of John Eberly, of Lancaster, Pa.; Daniel W., of Ephrata, Pa.; Bertha, wife of John Oberholtzer, of Murrell, Pa.; Leroy W., David F., Titus W., and Ruth M., all at home), 4 grandchildren, 4 brothers (Amos and John, Ephrata, Pa.; Christian and Samuel, Bird-in-Hand, Pa.), 1 sister (Mrs. John Weaver, of New Holland, Pa.), also many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the late home in charge of Bro. Elmer Martin, and at the Groffdale Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. David Landis. Text, II Tim. 4: 6-8. Burial in Groffdale Mennonite Cemetery.

"Father, dear, has gone to rest,
No troubles disturb him, no fears annoy;
Where never a sin will stain his breast,
No cloud is o'ershadow his innocent joy.
His head is pillowed on Jesus' breast,
Our dearest father is sweetly at rest."
--The Family.

Juergens. --- Chris Juergens was born Dec. 30, 1872; died Aug. 15, 1940; aged 67 y. 8 m. 16 d. He leaves 1 brother and 2 sisters (Louis, Pauline, and Amelia Juergens). He became a member of the White Hall Mennonite Church near Oronogo, Mo., in 1936 and remained a faithful member until death. Father, mother and 4 brothers preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at Hulbert funeral home in Joplin, Mo., in charge of Bro. Wm. Tweedy assisted by Bro E. J. Berkey.

Martin. --- Carl Paul, son of Paul and Dorothy Newcomer Martin, died Aug. 18, 1940; aged 3 y. 10 m. 27 d. Although his stay on earth was short, yet it was long enough for him to endear himself to his parents and to win his way into their life. He was quite an active child. While his mother was reading stories to him and the rest of the children he (unnoticed) left the room. In a short time he was missed and a search was made, finding him in the barn where a motorcycle had fallen upon him pinning him fast at the throat. Life was already extinct when he was found. It is hard to understand why a bud should be plucked so soon, and yet we are assured that what God does is well done and that all His acts are acts of love. He leaves besides his parents, 4 sisters (Lois, Bertha, Verda, and Fay), 1 brother (Roy), 2 paternal grandparents, and 1 maternal grandmother, besides many other relatives and friends. On brother preceded him in death. Funeral services were held Aug. 20, in charge of R. F. Yoder, assisted at the Union Center Church of the Brethren by ------ Claybaugh. Burial in the adjoining cemetery.

"How happy are these little ones
Which Jesus Christ has blest;
Come, let us praise Him with our songs,
For taking them to rest."

Miller. --- Sylvia Miller, was born near Thomas, Okla., March 5, 1914; died at her late residence near Linesville, Pa., Aug. 20, 1940; aged 26 y. 5 m. 15 d. Her father (Ervin Schrock) having died when she was ten months old, her mother (Minnie, nee Lantz) later married Elias Schlabaugh whom Sylvia always loved and respected as she would her own father. This was very much appreciated by him, and he loved and owned her as his own daughter. At the age of 12, under the preaching of Bro. C. Z. Yoder, she accepted the Lord as her personal Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church near Hydro, Okla. She was very conscientious, and served her Lord faithfully until He took her home. In the spring of 1935 she moved with her parents to near Greenwood, Del., where on Nov. 22, 1936, she was united in marriage to Bro. Jacob M. Miller, in which relation she lived happily. The last of March, 1940, they came to the Meadville vicinity and located at her late home near Linesville. She leaves a sorrowing husband, 2 daughters (Norma June and Dorothy Irene), her heartbroken parents, 2 sisters, 3 brothers, her grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Joni Schrock, near Goshen, Ind.), 9 uncles, and 7 aunts. One sister (Dorothy Ellen) preceded her in death only eighteen months ago. She was also preceded in death by an infant brother (Shem Cornelius). Many other relatives and friends, with us, will miss her, but we humbly submit to the Father's will who always doeth all things well. Funeral services were conducted at the Sunny Side Mennonite Church by Bro. Jacob Oswald, assisted by Bros. Eli Kramer and Robert Meyers. Text, Rev. 14: 13. The body was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery, which was the second one to be admitted in that cemetery.

How much we loved you, Sylvia dear,
You always had a smile for every one;
We miss you her, but know you're happy there,
So we humbly say, "Thy will be done."

Schrock. --- Samuel E., son of Ed S. and Sarah (Troyer) Schrock, was born near Shipshewana, Ind., Jan. 31, 1895; died near his home two miles from Yoder, Kans., on the morning of Aug. 22, 1940; aged 45 y. 6 m. 21 d. He moved with his parents to Kansas at the age of five. He was united in marriage to Katie C. Miller on May 3, 1916. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters; Leroy, Susie Ellen (deceased) Allen, Herman, Earl, Eugene, Doris Jane. He leaves his wife, 5 sons, 1 daughter, 4 brothers (Ervon E., Cochranton, Pa.; William H., Hutchinson, Kans.; Edward D., Haven, Kans.; Tobias E., Clarksville, Mich.), 3 sisters (Mrs. J. M. Yutzy, Mrs. S. J. Yoder, and Mrs. J. S. Troyer, all of Hutchinson), 5 uncles, and many relatives and friends. In his usual jovial way he left his family at home and with his little daughter he started for Hutchinson with the milk, but a mile and a half on his way, in crossing a highway he was stuck in the side of his pickup truck by a large truck loaded with baled straw. His truck was thrown to the side of the road, and fell in such a way that his skull was fractured. He was killed instantly. The daughter escaped with a few cuts in the face and bruises. She crawled through a hole in the windshield. The other truck driver was unhurt. As a young man he gave his heart to the Lord, and united with the Yoder Mennonite Church. He was a faithful and active member. He was deeply concerned about the spiritual welfare of his family, of the Church, and of the gathering in of the lost. He was always ready to lend a helping hand where needed. His sudden departure was a great shock to the family, and to the entire community. We rest in the assurance that our loss is his eternal gain. He will be greatly missed in the home, in the Church, and in the neighborhood. Funeral services were held Aug. 25, t the Yoder Mennonite Church, Brethren H. A. Diener, L. O. King, J . G. Hartzler, and Maurice A. Yoder, in charge. Interment in the near-by cemetery.

"Father, though hast left us lonely,
Much we miss thy pleasant voice;
But in heaven we'll come and meet thee---
In this hope we do rejoice."

Showalter. --- Emma N. (Bixler) Showalter, was born April11, 1866, at Columbiana, Ohio; died Aug. 3, 1940, from a stroke of paralysis at her home near Roscoe, Calif.; aged 74 y. 3 m. 23 d. On Nov. 15, 1887, she was united in bonds of holy matrimony to Frank B. Showalter. To this union were born 2 sons and 1 daughter (Earl E. Showalter, of La Junta, Colo.; Della V., and Elmo F. Showalter, of Roscoe, Calif.). She leaves her husband, 3 children, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. She was a faithful wife, a loving mother, and a true friend in all. She united with the Mennonite Church in her twentieth year and was faithful unto death. On April 10, 1914, she was ordained deaconess of the Weaver Church, Harrisonburg, Va. Her greatest joy was Ito serve her Saviour, which she did a number of years by telling the story as a Sunday-school teacher to the children in the Mountains of Virginia and her home church of the valley. In October, 1921, Bro. and Sister Showalter went to West Liberty, Ohio, and spent 17 months in the Lord's service at the Orphans' Home. The later years of her life were spent in the mild climate of the place of her death. Funeral services were conducted from the Los Angeles Mennonite Church, in charge of B. B. Books of the Brethren in Christ Church, assisted by Bro. Lauby of the Christian Alliance. Text, Rev. 21: 4. Interment in the Roselawn Cemetery in Glendale, Calif.

Smith. --- Frank Smith, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Oct. 1, 1885; died at his home near Goehner, Neb., Aug. 8, 1940; aged 85 y. 10 m. 7 d. As a young man he moved to Milford, Neb., in 1884 and a year later he was united in marriage with Lena Roth, who preceded him in death five years ago. To this union were born 7 sons and 7 daughters, of whom 2 sons and 1 daughter preceded him in death. He leaves 5 sons (Alvin and Irvin, at home, Edward of Goehner, William and Joseph of Beaver Crossing), 6 daughters (Mayr, Emma, Elsie, and Ella at home, Mrs. Katie Hauder of Goehner, Mrs. Maggie Hauder of Valparaiso, Ind.), 23 grandchildren (5 having preceded him), 9 great-grandchildren, other relatives and neighbors, and many friends. His sickness was of only a few days' duration. Death came as a result of heart trouble, with complications. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. Funeral services were held in the West Fairview Church by Ezra Roth and P.R. Kennel. Text, Job 14 : 14.

"Rest on dear Father, thy labors are o'er;
Those loving hands will toil no more;
A faithful father, true and kind,
No friend on earth like you we'll find."

Yoder. --- Emma, daughter of David and Susannah Kurtz, was born Aug. 5, 1857, in Lagrange Co., Ind.; died in Kendallville Hospital July 27, 1940; aged 82 y. 11 m. 23 d. Sept. 14, 1882, she was united in marriage to Moses J. Yoder who died Jan. 12, 1925. To this union were born 2 children (Ellis A. and Elva B.) who remain to mourn her passing, besides 4 grandsons, and 4 great-grandchildren. She was the last survivor of a family of ten children. She spent her entire life in this community. In early life she became a member of the Maple Grove Mennonite Church of which she remained a faithful member until her death. For the last fifteen years she resided at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Ora Fought. She lived a quiet and unassuming life and was loved by all who knew her. Funeral services were held from the Maple Grove Mennonite Church in Topeka, Ind., conducted by W. H. LaMasters and Edwin J. Yoder. Burial in the Maple Grove Cemetery.

"Even death has a wonderful mission,
Though it robs us of those we love;
It draws our hearts from our surroundings,
To long for that meeting above."

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXIII, No 25 - September 19, 1940 ----- page 543

Kauffman. --- Charles L., son of the late Saul and Lizzie Kauffman, was born in Lawrence Co., Pa., Dec. 20, 1887; died at his home in Smithville, Ohio, Aug. 16, 1940; aged 52 y. 7 m. 26 d. At an early age he was received into the fellowship of the Mennonite Church in Lawrence County and was at the time of his death a member of the Oak Grove Mennonite Church at Smithville, Ohio. In early manhood he moved to Wayne Co., Ohio, and for many years he lived in the vicinity of Smithville. On Mar. 19, 1919, he was united in marriage to Sadie Yoder of West Liberty, Ohio. To this union there were born 3 children (Edna, Orie, and Irvin), all at home. He died rather suddenly having been ill for less than one day, death being caused by a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, the 3 children, a stepson (Kenneth Yoder of New Wilmington, Pa.), and by the following Brothers and sisters: Mary, Mike, Frank, Lillie (wife of Harvey Zook), and Roy, all of near New Castle, pa. One sister, Nannie, (Mrs. Harry Byler) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church in charge of Bro. Wm. G. Detweiler, assisted by Bro. E. J. Zook of New Wilmington, Pa.

Lehman. --- Lester and Chester, twin sons of Bro. and Sister Elmer Lehman, died at the family home north of Kidron, O., about an hour after birth Friday night Aug. 16, 1940. Those surviving are the parents, 1 brother (Daniel Jonathan) and the grandparents (Daniel J. Lehman of Kidron, and Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Troyer of Walnut Creek, O.). Brief services were held the afternoon of the following day at the graveside in the Kidron Mennonite Church Cemetery, in charge of Bro. Allen Bixler, assisted by Bros. Isaac Zuercher and Reuben Hostetter. Texts: II Sam. 12: 23; Job 1: 21b.

:"Not now, but in the coming years,
Sometime, sometime we'll understand."

Shenk. --- Clyde K., son of Amos M. and Anna (Keener) Shenk, died at St. Joseph's Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Sept. 1, 1940; aged 5 m. 23 d. Death was due to pneumonia. He is survived by his parents, a brother (Paul, at home), a grandmother (Mrs. Emma Keener), a grandfather (Amos G. Shenk), great-grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Kreider). He was preceded in death by an infant sister. He is greatly missed in the home because of his pleasant disposition. God's ways are best, so we humbly submit to His will . Funeral services at the home were conducted by Bro. Maris Hess, and at the River Corner Mennonite Church by Bros. Henry Nauman and James Hess. Interment in cemetery near-by.

"Sweet little bud, too pure to stay,
God in His wisdom took our darling away;
Not from our memory, not from our love,
But to dwell with Jesus in heaven above."

Shetler. --- Barbra Shetler (nee Hochstetler) was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, March 6, 1866; died near Pigeon, Mich., Sept. 2, 1940; aged 73 y. 6 m. 27 d. Dec. 1, 1887, she was united in marriage to Daniel J. Shetler of Johnson Co., Iowa, who preceded her in death Nov. 10, 1938. To this union were born 2 sons and 2 daughters (Mrs. Joe Swartzendruber of Bay Point, Mich.; Mrs. Edward Gunden of Pigeon, Mich.; Elmer, who preceded her in death; Joseph O., of Pigeon, Mich.). She leaves 1 son, 2 daughters, 12 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers (Eli and Christian of Kalona, Iowa; Henry of De Lake, Oreg.), 3 sisters (Mrs. Arminda Brenemen of Wellman, Iowa; Mrs. Eli Miller of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mrs. Annie Shetler of Pigeon, Mich.), and many relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her personal Saviour in her youth and became a member of the Amish Mennonite Church in which she remained faithful until her Lord called her home. Funeral services at the Pigeon River Church Sept. 5, Bro. Raymond Byler conducted the services at the home, and Bros. M. S. Zehr and Emanuel Swartzendruber at the church. Texts, II Tim. 4: 6-8; II Kings 4: 26. Interment in cemetery near-by.

"God in His wisdom has recalled
The boon His love had given;
And though the body slumbers here,
The soul is safe in heaven."

Thomas. --- Annie, widow of Pre. Jacob H. Thomas, was born Feb. 9, 1852; died Sept. 6, 1940; aged 88 y. 6 m. 26 d. She was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. She was of a quiet disposition, which was a help to her companion in his ministry. She was afflicted a little over 9 years. The last 3 years she spent most of her time in bed. She always enjoyed visitors and especially singing. Her companion preceded her Dec. 14, 1939, also 1 daughter and 2 sons in younger years. She is survived by these children: Mary, wife of Martin K. Haverstick (who was very faithful-waiting upon mother), and Abram at home; Annie, wife of John B. Harnish, near Byerland; Elmer B., Jacob B., and Martin B., all of New Danville; also 18 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at home Sept. 8 by Brethren Henry Nauman and Maris Hess, and at Byerland Mennonite Church by Brethren James Hess and D. Stoner Krady.
Text, Heb. 11: 16. Interment in adjoining cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.


Gospel Herald - Vol. XXXIII, No 26 - September 26, 1940 ---- page 559

Blosser. --- John, son of the late Jonas Blosser, was born near East Lewistown, Ohio, Oct. 4, 1851; died Sept. 5, 1940, following a lingering illness of a number of months; aged 88 y. 11 m. 1 d. He suffered much pain at times but bore his afflictions patiently. He prayed much and longed to go to his eternal home, concerning which he expressed himself ready to go. He was married twice: first to Anna Yoder in 1874, who died May 2, 1904, to which union one son (Eno) was born. He later married Elizabeth Metzler and to this union a daughter was born, Mrs. John Leinbach of North Lima, O. Four grandchildren also remain. Funeral services at the Midway Mennonite Church Sept. 6, in charge of Brethren A. J. Steiner, I. B. Witmer, and David Steiner. Burial in Midway cemetery.

Horning. --- Jacob R., son of Jacob and Anna Horning, was born in Ohio, Sept. 18, 1858; died Aug. 20, 1940; aged 81 y. 11 m. 7 d. He with his parents traveled to Iowa in a covered wagon, and there he grew to manhood. Later he returned to Ohio and met Fatima Ream whom he married Jan. 14, 1882. To this union five children were born (Orlando, Orilla, and Charlotte Horning of Salem, Oreg.; Odessa Dabler of Great Falls, Mont.; and Olonzo Horning of Dayton, Wash.). Soon after his marriage he was ordained he was ordained to the ministry and was active in the ministry in New Stark and Bluffton, Ohio, until the family moved to South Dakota in 1906, and to Salem, Oreg., in 1913., where he spent the remainder of his life. He was active in the Lord's service until January 1937, when he suffered a break in health and has since been confined to his home, although he was able to be up and around until the last five days. He bore his sufferings in patience. His companion preceded him less than four months ago. Surviving, besides his children, are one brother (Isaac of College Springs, Ia.), a sister (Mrs. Charles Weaver of Jasper, Mo.), and two granddaughters. Funeral services were held in Salem, Oreg., where he was laid to rest in Belcrest Memorial Park.

"Everlasting arms of love
Are beneath around, above;
God it is Who bears us on
His the arms we lean upon."

Miller. --- Jerry Allen Miller was born near Millersburg, Ind.; died Sept. 8, 1940, of infantile paralysis; aged 3 y. 9 m. 3 d. He leaves his father and mother, 4 brothers (Harley, Perry, Calvin, and Herman), his twin sister (Mary Ellen), 2 grandmothers, and a host of relatives and friends. One brother preceded him in death. A private funeral was conducted at the home by Amos Nussbaum and Samuel S. Miller.

"How happy are these little ones
Which Jesus Christ has blest;
Come, let us praise Him, with songs
For taking them to rest."

Miller. ---- Noah C. Miller, was born Jan. 3, 1865 near Middlebury, Ind.; died Sept. 6, 1940, at his home near Au Gres, Mich.; aged 75 y. 8 m. 3 d. On June 26, 1890, he was united in marriage to Mary Weirich at Hubbard, Oreg., later moving to Au Gres where he spent the last 22 years of his life. In 1918 he was ordained to the ministry of the Gospel in the Conservative Amish Church, where he labored faithfully. Preceding him in death were his companion, who passed away Dec. 26, 1939; a daughter (Edna), and the twins (William and Willard). Left to mourn his departure are 2 sons (Ben and Rufus), 3 daughters (Mrs. Amos Gingerich, Mrs. Gus Pronex, and Mrs. Joe Bills), 4 grandchildren, 1 brother (Joseph, of Haven, Kans.), and a host of other relatives and friends. Three brothers and four sisters preceded him in death. The funeral was held Sept. 9 with Bro. Peter Swartz conducting services at the house and assisting at the church and Bro. M. S. Zehr of Pigeon, Mich., preaching the funeral sermon. Text, Dan. 12: 2, 3. Burial in the cemetery near Mio, by the side of his companion.

"Father, dear, your cares are over;
On the earth you did your best.
That you've gone we scarcely realize;
Rest, dear Father, rest, sweet rest."

Neff. --- Lizzie W., (Stehman), wife of John B. Neff, was born near Millersville, Pa., Sept. 16, 1862; died at her home in Millersville, July 24, 1940; aged 77 y. 10 m. 8 d. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and she with her husband united with the Mennonite Church at Millersville, at which place she worshiped until death. Mother will be greatly missed by her family, as she was ever ready to lend a helping hand to each one, and also to others about her, which was her privilege until a short time before her death. Her example of patience, strong faith, and hope in her Saviour has been an inspiration to all and we may well say, our loss is her gain. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Annie, wife of Jacob N. Brubaker, Central Manor; May, wife of Jacob B. Thomas, New Danville; Fannie, wife of John S. Landis, Leacock; Ada, wife of Daniel W. Lehman, Harrisonburg, Va.; Henry, Millersville; John, Salunga; Elizabeth, wife of Rudy Hess, Millersville; Ella, wife of Frank H. Herrr, Quarryville; Bertha, wife of Phares Kemrer, Millersville; Alice, at home. One daughter (Emma), one son (Elmer), an infant daughter, three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild preceded her in death. She is also survived by 26 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Annie Warfel and Mrs. Hettie Kendig, Millersville), 2 brothers (Christ and Isaiah Stehman, Lancaster). Funeral services were held July 27, at the home, conducted by Bro. Landis Shertzer and at the Millersville Mennonite Church by Bros. Jacob Hess, Christian Lehman, and D. N. Gish. Text, II Tim. 4: 7, 8. Interment in the adjoining cemetery.

"Mother, thou art sweetly resting,
Here thy toils and cares are o'er;
Pain and sickness, death, and sorrow,
Never can distress thee more."
---By the Family.

Rufenacht. --- Jonas, son of John and Barbara Rufenacht, was born April 13, 1865, near Archbold, Ohio; died at his home in Stryker, Ohio, Sept. 5, 1940; aged 75 y. 4 m. 22 d. On Dec. 1, 1892, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Short. This union was blessed with one son (Elton of Stryker), and one daughter (Mrs. Seth Short of West Unity, Ohio). In his younger years he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour, united with the Mennonite Church and remained a faithful member until death. He leaves his companion, 1 son, 1 daughter, 4 grandchildren, 1 brother, besides a host of relatives and friends. His parents and three brothers preceded him in death. On Dec. 28, 1938, he suffered a stroke, but bore his suffering with patience until the Lord called him higher. He was a kind and loving father and will be missed in the home, community, and Church, where his seat seldom was vacant as long as health permitted. Funeral services were held Sept. 7, at the home, conducted by Walter Stuckey, and at the Lockport Mennonite Church conducted by Jesse Short. Burial in the Lockport Cemetery.

"Peacefully sleeping,
Sweetly at rest;
Now all his trials
And sorrows are past."

Stahl. --- Amanda, daughter of Joseph and Lavina Yoder, was born near Logan, Mich., March 28, 1857; died Aug. 17, 1940; aged 83 y. 4 m. 21 d. She was united in marriage to Moses J. Stahl Sept. 17, 1891, who preceded her in death two years ago. To this union were born three sons (Earl, who died 35 years ago, Glen and Ervin, at home). Forty-five years ago she united with the Bowne Mennonite Church and lived a faithful Christian life until the time of her death. Five years ago she suffered stroke. Since December, 1938, she has been confined to her bed where she remained a patient sufferer until death. She was a good neighbor and friend to everyone. Too much cannot be said of a life lived as this one, filled with kindness and charity toward all. She leaves two sons, one sister, (Mrs. Sarah Domyer of Butler, Mo.), one brother (Emanuel Yoder, of Clarksville), 4 nephews, 3 nieces, and a host of relatives and friends. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 19, at the home by T. E. Schrock and at Bowne Mennonite Church by D. A. Yoder of Elkhart, Ind. A large concourse of friends gathered to pay their last respects to our beloved mother.

"Her room is quiet, all is still;
Her place is vacant, it is God's will;
So long she waited for her rest,
Our blessed Lord knows what is best."

Zeigler. --- Benjamin, son of the late Abraham Zeigler, was born near North Lima, Ohio, June11, 1861; died at his home near Washingtonville, O., Sept. 11, 1940; aged 79 y. 3 m. He was united in marriage with Nancy Shoup at Mt. Eaton, O., Jan. 1, 1865, who preceded him in death eight years ago. Soon after their marriage they united with the Mennonite Church, to which faith he remained loyal until death. He was the last surviving charter member of the Pleasant View Mennonite Church near Bowdil, Ohio. He was of a quiet, peaceful nature and disposition, a regular attendant in Sunday school and church services, loyal to the home and highly respected as a neighbor. His going home to be with the Lord cam as a shock to the entire community, despite his age. He was in good health apparently all his life, and the day previous to his death he had loaded his machine and was planning to go to the market in Youngstown, as he had done for many years. Evidently while dressing in the morning he suddenly passed away. Bro. Zeigler leaves 2 daughters (Mrs. John Martin and Mrs. Lester Detwiler, both of Columbiana, O.), 3 sons (Curtis of Aberdeen, S.D.; William, of Salem, O.; and Jacob at home), 20 grandchildren, and 6 brothers (Isaac, Los Angeles, Calif.; David, Gates Mills, Cleveland, O.; Enos, Salem, O.; Henry and Daniel, Columbiana, O.), and one sister (Mrs. Anna Stauffer, Columbiana, O.). Funeral services Sept. 14, 1940, at the Midway Church, in charge of Brethren A. J. Steiner, S. A. Yoder, and I. B. Witmer. Interment in Midway cemetery.

Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.

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