Derstine.- Clayton F., son of Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Derstine, was born at Souderton, Pa., Aug. 17, 1891; died at his home in Kitchener, Ont., of a severe coronary attack, Aug. 31, 1967; aged 76 y. 14 d. He was an ordained minister for 54 years, serving at Altoona, Pa., and Eureka, Ill., before going to Kitchener. He was predeceased by his first wife (Gertrude B. Haney), May 23, 1926. On July 5, 1927, he was married to Mary E. Kolb, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (John R. and Clayton K.), 5 daughters (Mrs. Esther H. Smith, Ruth-Mrs. George Hostetter, Margaret-Mrs. Robert Becker, Grace-Mrs. Paul Brunner, and Eyvonne-Mrs. Lawrence Harries), 2 brothers (Clarence and Lloyd), and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Funeral services were held at the First Mennonite Church, Sept. 3, with J. B. Martin, A. J. Metzler, and Robert N.Johnson officiating. (see also - article below)
Detweiler.- Elmer Y., son of John A. and Eliza (Yoder) Detweiler, was born at Telford, Pa., Aug 8, 1882; died at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., Sept. 4, 1967; aged 85 y. 27 d. His first marriage was to Katie Stoll, who died in 1925. His second marriage was to Katie Young, who died Aug. 21, 1967. Surviving are 2 children (Weston S. and Laura-Mrs. Maurice Cope), 2 stepsons (Harold N. and Laverne N. Young), 4 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Rockhill Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 7, with Merrill Landis and Clinton Landis officiating.
Harnish.- Clayton C., son of Samuel G. and Clara (Harnish) Harnish, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., July 19, 1890; died at Lancaster General Hospital, Aug. 12, 1967; aged 77 y. 23 d. Surviving are his wife (Elizabeth H. Thomas), 5 sons (I. Paul, Elvin T., C. Lloyd, A. Thomas, and J. Nelson), and 15 grandchildren. He was a member of the New Danville Church, where funeral services were held Aug. 15, with David N. Thomas and Jay C. Garber officiating.
Martin.- Aaron, son of Jacob and Maria (Weaver) Martin, was born near Gap, Pa., On Nov. 30, 1902, he was married to Susie Weaver, who died Apr. 1, 1946. Surviving are 6 children (Weaver, Etta-Mrs. Joseph Weaver, Lena-Mrs. Paul Dombach, Anna Mary, Aaron, and Daniel J.), 26 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. Five children, 2 infant grandchildren, 4 sisters, and 2 brothers preceded him in death. He was a member of the Old Road Church, where funeral services were held June 1, with Clair Eby and Richard Buckwalter officiating.
Mellinger.- Jacob K., son of Amos K. and Anna R. (Kreider) Mellinger, was born near Willow Street, Pa., Mar. 26, 1915; died suddenly at his home in Soudersburg, Pa., July 31, 1967; aged 52 y. 4 m. 5 d. Surviving are his wife (Bertha D. Leaman), one son (J. Harold), 4 daughters (Erma J.-Mrs. Enos H. Shirk, M. Ellene-Mrs. Mervin H. Myer, Lois, and Martha), 6 grand-children, 3 brothers and 4 sisters (Mrs. Roy K. Weaver, Mrs. Abram H. Snavely, William G., Amos K., Alvin K., Mrs. A. Herman Buckwalter, and Mrs. Charles J. Lefever). He was a member of the Andrew's Bridge Church, where he was ordained a minister in 1946. Funeral services were held at Mellinger's Church, Aug. 2, with Paul G. Landis and Edwin H. Ranck officiating; interment in Andrew's Bridge Cemetery.
Vrolijk.- Louise K., daughter of Byron and Blanche Nice, was born May 24, 1926; died after a short illness at Riverside Hospital, Newport News, Va., May 5, 1967; aged 40 y. 11 m. 10 d. Surviving are her husband (Dick), 2 daughters (Judy and Joyce), one son (Linwood), her parents, and 2 brothers (Lloyd and Frank E.). She was a member of the Warwick River Church, where funeral services were held May 8, with Truman H. Brunk and John H. Shenk officiating.
Yoder.- Dan C., son of Ezra B. and Lydia (Zook) Yoder, was born in Champaign Co., Ohio, Apr. 26, 1886; died at the Springfield (Ohio) Community Hospital, Sept. 6, 1967; aged 81 y. 4 m. 11 d. His first wife (Maude Allgyer) preceded him in death in 1929. On Mar. 16, 1938, he was married to Belle Stoltzfus, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters (Geneva-Mrs. Lloyd Hartzler and Marie-Mrs. Winfred King), 4 sons (C. Richard, J. Warren, Everett, and Daniel C.), 26 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Mrs. Anna Yoder). Two brothers and 5 sisters preceded him in death. He was a member of the Oak Grove Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 9, with Eldon King and Ray Eshleman officiating.
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from Gospel Herald - Volume LX, Number 40 - October 10, 1967 -- Article, page 913
Bishop Clayton F. Derstine
By J. B. Martin
God had a work to be done in the Mennonite Church and farther afield through C. F. Derstine. and he accepted the challenge. In 1964 he was presented with a bronze plaque, "In recognition of 50 years of dedicated service to the Mennonite church of North America, as evangelist, teacher, writer, and lecturer." The occasion was the fortieth anniversary of his assuming the pastorate of first Mennonite Church.
Two weeks after his conversion, in October 1911, he started his Christian service by teaching a Sunday school class of 25 boys. In December of the same year he was baptized by Bishop Jonas Mininger in the Skippack Creek.
He was in the first graduation class of Eastern Mennonite Academy, and was instrumental in starting young people's meetings in the Franconia conference in 1912. "Who's Who Among the Mennonites" lists four other schools he attended, as well as his occupation as clerk and printer in his hometown of Souderton and in Philadelphia.
In 1913 he moved to Altoona, Pa., where he accepted mission work. As a licensed minister, he became an associate of the late J. L Stauffer. In 1914 he was ordained to the ministry by Bishops J. N. Durr and Abram Metzler.
He became pastor in Eureka, Ill., in 1915 and remained until 1924. During this pastorate he was ordained bishop in the Illinois conference in 1921 and served as moderator of that conference. There too he started young people's meetings and continued the evangelistic work which had already begun in Altoona.
He, with his family, came to First Mennonite Church, Kitchener, in December 1924, at a time of difficulty and crisis. Here he demonstrated spiritual integrity and wisdom He was pastor for 40 years and bishop in the Ontario Conference since 1925.
For 25 years he was instructor in the Ontario Mennonite Bible school. He taught Gospels, Public Speaking, Missions, and Mennonite History " He helped to train a whole generation of men and women who are now fathers and mothers of a lot of people in the area." He taught Public Speaking at Waterloo College for one year. In 1951 Bob Jones University, Greenville, S. C. conferred on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity
He was editor of the Christian Monitor for eight years and continued as World News editor for the same paper for the next seventeen years. In 1925 he compiled Sheet Music of Heaven, a book of 300 hymns and meditations. He also wrote 15 booklets. "His writings bore testimony to the effectiveness in maintaining the biblical ideals of the Mennonite Church, besides helping his readers to a deeper spirituality."
Bishop Derstine started the first community summer Bible school in Canada in 1928. He was founder and director, except for two summers, from its inception until 1964.
He was one of the six men who launched the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship in Canada and assisted in drafting the present basis of faith. He was on the Council of Reference and on the Board of Directors, as well as a frequent speaker in high schools, universities, and at a number of their conferences. He spoke at Youth for Christ rallies, not only in Kitchener and Brantford, but in numerous cities in the United States.
Bishop Derstine helped to expand the ecumenical spirit through his community contacts, with the ministerium of the city. He served in the executive capacity and cooperated fully. "His contact led his people into a wider circle of Christian fellowship, and created in others a deeper respect and love for the Mennonites."
His evangelistic and Bible conference work was international. His files contain more than 1000 sermon outlines. And his five record hooks covering his ministry record the 618 revival series and 299 Bible conferences which took him in Canada from Alberta to New Brunswick, and to 45 states of the U.S.A. He conducted 50 evangelistic series in his home church, and for 14 years held children's meetings before the Sunday evening sermon. He had the privilege of preaching to three generations.
Bishop Derstine was chairman of the board of the House of Friendship for 25 years and in 1963 was presented with a bronze plaque and made honorary life chairman.
His own personal testimony was very brief. "I am a sinner saved by grace. Despite the tremendous energy consumed and the intense drain on the nervous system, I wouldn't want it changed. Under God, I would do it all over again."
His friendly disposition, his wise counsel, his patience with the erring, and his marvelous spirit of forgiveness will always be cherished. In the passing of Bishop C. F. Derstine, pastor-emeritus of First Mennonite Church, a lamp of truth and goodness has gone out, but not before it kindled other lamps.
Anders.- Wilson Fretz. son of Jeremiah and Fannie (Fretz) Anders, was born in Montgomery Co., Pa., Oct. 16, 1903; died at North Penn Hospital, Sept. 13, 1967; aged 63 y. 10 m. 28 d. In January 1927, he was married to Mary Ellen Moyer, who died March 1951. On Nov. 4, 1951, he was married to Esther Moyer, who survives. Also surviving are 7 children (Arlene-Mrs. Norman Freed, Doris-Mrs. Harvey Kolb, Emma- Mrs. Earl Keeler, Wilson M., Esther-Mrs. Garrett Nice, Mary Ellen-Mrs. Arlin Kriebel, and Gloria Jean-Mrs. Laverne Detweiler), 4 stepchildren (Harold M. Moyer, Arlene-Mrs. Paul Halteman, Cleta-Mrs. Elwood C. Derstine, Jr., and Dennis M. Moyer), 34 grandchildren, and 8 brothers and sisters. He was a member of the Rockhill Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 18, with Merrill Landis and Clinton Landis officiating; interment in Franconia Mennonite Cemetery.
Fitzwater.- Ollie S., son of William and Mary (Dove) Fitzwater, was born at Bergton, Va., Dec. 15, 1886; died at his home at Timberville, Va.; Sept. 9, 1967; aged 80 y. 8 m. 25 d. In 1912 he was married to Ida Nesselrodt, who survives. Also surviving are one son (Coolidge), 2 daughters (Mrs. Daphna Caldwell and Mrs. Bessie Lantz), 7 grand-children, 14 great-grandchildren, and 2 brothers (Victor and Frank). He was a member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral services were held at the Mountain Grove Brethren Church, Fulks Run, with Marvin Metzler and A. T. Rollins officiating; interment in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Greaser.- Mary L., daughter of Levi and Sarah (Landis) Clemmer, was born in Franconia Twp., Pa., Sept. 30, 1892; died at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., Sept. 12, 1967; aged 74 y. 11 m. 13 d. She was married to Howard Z. Greaser, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Sara C.), 2 sons (Harry C. and Floyd C.), 8 grand-children, one great-grandchild, 2 sisters (Mrs. Alice Nyce and Mrs. Katie Ruth), and 2 brothers (Clayton and Levi). She was a member ot the Souderton Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 16, with Richard C. Detweiler and Russell B. Musselman officiating; interment in Franconia Mennonite Cemetery.
Heiser.- Silas, son of Peter and Ada (King) Heiser, was born at Foosland. Ill., Mar. 9, 1898; died at Gibson City, Ill., Sept. 5, 1967; aged 69 y. 5 m. 27 d. On Sept. 28, 1931, he was married to Elizabeth Zimmerman, who died in August 1958. Surviving are one son (Lowell Dean) and 2 grandchildren. He was a member of the East Bend Church. Funeral services were held at the Lamb Funeral Home, Sept. 7, with Alton Horst officiating.
Heishman.- Ephraim, son of Thomas J. and Sarah (Barb) Heishman, was born near Wardensville, W. Va., Oct. 19, 1880; died at his home Sept. 3, 1967; aged 86 y. 10 m. 15 d. He was married to Florence Ryan, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters (Mrs. Virginia Brill and Mary), 2 sons (Rodney and Thomas), 2 brothers (William and Henry), and one sister (Mrs. Lydia Kline). Funeral services were held at the Crest Hill Church. Sept. 6. with A. T. Rollins and Andy Hartzler officiating; interment in Wardensville Cemetery.
Leidig.- Reuben G., son of Joseph and Sarah (Gsell) Leidig, was born at Morrison, Ill.; July 13, 1887; died at Country Lawn Nursing Home, near Harmon, Ohio, Sept. 1, 1967; aged 80 y. 1m. 19 d. In 1917 he was married to Emily May Teuscher, who died in 1944. In 1950 he was married to Martha Weaver, who preceded him in death in March 1967. Surviving are 5 children (Wilbur, Gladys-Mrs. Herman Ropp, Melvin, Bernice, and Hazel-Mrs. Don Yoder), 18 grand- children, 2 brothers (Henry G. and Harvey G.), and 4 sisters (Hattie Newcomer, Tillie Simons, Elsie Newcomer, and Ella Smith). One son (Clarence Edward), one granddaughter, 3 brothers, and 2 sisters preceded him in death. He was a member ot the Martin's Creek Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 4, with Roman Stutzman and Warren Miller officiating.
Moyer.- Jacob M., son of Enos and Mary (Moyer) Moyer, was born at Souderton, Pa., May 31, 1891; died at Eastern Mennonite Home, Souderton, Pa., Aug. 19, 1967; aged 76 y. 2 m. 19 d. He was married to Ida R. Detweiler, who died in June 1964. Surviving are 3 sons (Jacob D., Nelson D., and Paul D.), 3 daughters (Esther-Mrs. Curtis L. Bergey, Anna-Mrs. Claude G. Croff, and Clara-Mrs. Homer Kolb), one step-sister (Mrs. Maggie Godshall), 18 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. In 1914 he was ordained to the ministry, serving at the Souderton Church. In 1947 he was ordained as bishop of the middle district of the Franconia Conference. Funeral services were held at the Souderton Church, Aug. 23, with Arthur D. Ruth, John E. Lapp, and Richard C. Detweiler officiating.
Musselman.- Laura W., daughter of Jacob and Annie (Wenger) Good, was born Aug. 18, 1877; died at the Harrisburg (Pa.) State Hospital, after an illness of 10 years, Sept. 18, 1967; aged 90 y. 1 m. She was married to Amos Musselman, who preceded her in death. Surviving are one daughter (Mary-Mrs. Floyd S. Graybill), one son (David G.), 14 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Groffdale Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 20, with Curvin Buchen and Charles Wert officiating.
Peachey.- John Henry, son of Christian and Nancy (Yoder). Peachey, was born at Belleville, Pa., Nov. 19, 1893; died at his home, from a heart attack, Sept. 19, 1967; aged 73 y. 10 m. In 1912 he was married to Sadie Catherine Sharp, who died in October 1943. On Mar. 6, 1945, he was married to Esther Gertrude Horst, who survives. Also surviving are 6 children (Mrs. Glenn A. Martin, Christian C., Martin L., John W., Joseph S., and K. Blaine), one brother (Christ Y.) 2 sisters (Mrs. Arie Yoder and Mrs. Dorothy Glick), 21 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Two daughters (Beatrice and Martha Ann) preceded him in death. He was a member of the Cedar Grove Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 22, with Nelson L. Martin officiating; interment in Locust Grove Church Cemetery.
Reesor.- Kevin Daniel, son of David and Mary (Bontrager) Reesor, was born at Markham, Ont., Apr. 13, 1961; drowned after a fatal fall near his home, Aug. 21, 1967; aged 6 v. 4 m. 8 d. Surviving besides his parents are 2 brothers (Steven and Donald) and one sister (Anne). A graveside service was conducted by Amzie Brubacher and Emerson McDowell at the Wideman Church.
Rosenberger.- David, son of Isaiah and Priscida Rosenberger, was born in Wilmot Twp., Ont., Jan. 23, 1903; died in University Hospital, Saskatoon, Sask., Sept. 11, 1967; aged 64 y. 7 m. 19 d. On June 26, 1929, he was married to Irva Snider, who survives. Also surviving are 3 daughters (Inez, Blanche-Mrs. Donald Bowman, and Velma), 2 grandsons, one brother (Chester), and 5 sisters (Mrs. Ada Hawes, Mary-Mrs. Herb Kehl, Clista, Leana-Mrs. Leighton Schmitt, and Alda-Mrs. Milton Gascho).
Roshong.- Henry C., was born Nov. 25, 1887; died at Rockhill Mennonite Home, Sellersville, Pa., Sept. 9, 1967; aged 79 y. 9 m. 15 d. Survivors include 3 children (Elmer, Albert, and Mrs. Haines). He was a member of the Spring Mount Church. Funeral services were held at the Holcombe Funeral Home, Trapp, Pa., Sept. 13, with Paul L. Ruth officiating; interment in Schwenksville Cemetery.
Shoemaker.- Charles B., son of Joseph S. and Elizabeth (Brubaker) Shoemaker, was born near Freeport, Ill., Feb. 2, 1890; died at Frick Community Hospital, Mt. Pleasant, Pa., Sept. 23, 1967; aged 77 y. 7 m. 21 d. In 1921 he was married to Cora Miller, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters (Elizabeth and Evelyn-Mrs. C. Nevin Miller), 3 grandchildren, and 2 sisters (Stella-Mrs. A. E. Kreider and Mrs. Louella Sanders). He was an employee of the Mennonite Publishing House for 42 years. In 1926 he was ordained deacon of the Scottdale Church. He was preceded in death by 4 sisters (Cora-Mrs. A. L. Buzzard, Bertha-Mrs. Charles Sieber, Elta-Mrs. Frank Unsicker, and Fannie-Mrs. Levi Mumaw) and 2 brothers (Edwin B. and Arthur C.). He was a member of the Scottdale Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 26, with Gerald C. Studer and A. J. Metzler officiating.
Stauffer.- Jacob C., son of Jacob and Philippina (Guth) Stauffer, was born at Milford, Neb., Jan. 20. 1892; died at his home in Milford, Sept. 10, 1967; aged 75 y. 7 m. 21 d. On Feb. 5, 1913, he was married to Lavina Miller, who survives. Also surviving are 6 children (lone-Mrs. Perry Schweitzer, William, Lola-Mrs. Lester Kennel, Vern, Wallace, and Ruth-Mrs. Lyle Schweitzer), 12 grand- children, 2 great-grandchildren, and one brother (Chris). Preceding him in death were his parents, one granddaughter, one brother, and 7 sisters. He was a member of the East Fairview Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 13, with Oliver Roth and Sterling U. Stauffer officiating.
Weaver.- Verda A., daughter of David and Ellen (Plank) Garber, was born at Elkhart, Ind., Mar. 25, 1894; died suddenly of a heart attack at Good Samaritan Hospital, Lebanon, Pa., July 5, 1967; aged 73 y. 3 m. 9 d. On Oct. 31, 1917, she was married to Martin E. Weaver, who survives. Also surviving are 4 daughters (Helen-Mrs. Elmer Showalter, Lois-Mrs. Lester Ebersole, Ruth-Mrs. Paul S. Stoltzfus, and Alice-Mrs. Ezra Beachy), 3 sons (Marlin, John, and Richard), 30 grandchildren, one brother (John F.), and one sister (Ruth-Mrs. Amos Erb). She was a member of the Krall Church, where funeral services were held July 9, with Simon Bucher, Aaron Shank, and Robert Martin officiating.
Yoder.- Iva L., daughter of William and Louise (Patterson) Duncan, was born in Holmes Co., Ohio, Feb. 17, 1889; died at Pomerene Hospital, Millersburg, Ohio, Sept. 16, 1967; aged 78 y. 6 m. 30 d. On Feb. 19, 1910, she was married to Albert W. Yoder, who died Dec. 20, 1964. Surviving are 4 sons (Delmar, Ralph, Roy, and Paul), 4 daughters (Elsie-Mrs. Andrew Beachy, Irene-Mrs. Daniel Chupp, Gladys-Mrs. Jose Nunez, and Louella), one brother (Arthur), 34 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. One brother preceded her in death. She was a member of the Walnut Creek Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 19, with Paul R. Miller officiating.
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Gingerich.- Moses, son of Joseph and Magdalene (Lebold) Gingerich, was born in Wilmot Twp Ont., May 31, 1882; died Sept. 4, 1967; aged 85 y. 3 m. 3 d. On Feb. 27, 1909, he was married to Magdalene Gerber, who died June 7, 1955. Surviving are 2 sons (William and Joseph) and 3 daughters (Elmina-Mrs. Noah Brenneman, Helena-Mrs Austin Zehr, and Ruth-Mrs. William Mayer). He was a member of Steinman's Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 7, with Emanuel Steinman, Albert Zehr, and Elmer Schwartzentruber officiating.
Kramer.- Michael, son of David and Susan (Schwartz) Kramer, was born at Lansdale, Pa., Sept. 17, 1967; died Sept. 22, 1967; aged 5 d. Surviving besides his parents are maternal grand-parents (Mr. and Mrs. Harry Schwartz), paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer D. Kramer) and paternal great-grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer W. Kramer). Graveside services were held at Souderton Mennonite Cemetery, Sept. 25 with Russell B. Musselman officiating.
Kreider.- Elmer S., son of Benjamin and Ella Nora (Stoner) Kreider, was born in Manheim Twp., Pa., Apr. 15, 1897; died of a heart attack at St. Joseph Hospital, Lancaster, Pa., Aug. 18, 1967; aged 70 y. 4 m. 3 d. Surviving are his wife (Esther Minnich), 5 daughters (Esther-Mrs. Daniel Landis, Edna-Mrs. Jacob Ginder Dorothy-Mrs. William Ruppert, Betty-Mrs. Curtis Funk, and Arlene), 2 sons (Melvin and Lester), 18 grandchildren, 2 sisters (Mrs. Bertha Harnish and Mrs. Blair Otto), 2 brothers (Abram and Jacob), and his stepmother (Mrs. Lizzie Kreider). He was a member of the Mountville Church, where funeral services were held Aug. 21, with Elmer Kennel and Christ Charles officiating.
Leupp.- Christian, son of William and Cathernia (Yoder) Leupp, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Dec. 7, 1890, died at the home of his brother, Bill, near Waldron, Mich., Sept. 21, 1967; aged 76 y. 9 m. 14 d. In 1912 he was married to Lena Clair, who died Feb. 28, 1920. In 1923 he was married to Hazel Flint Vonier, who died Dec. 5, 1954. Surviving are 5 sons (Virgil, Harold, Lowell, Frank, and Donald), 3 daughters (Flossy Fling, Helen, and Edna), 12 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. One brother (Simon) and one sister (Dina) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Salem Church near Waldron, Sept. 23, with Earl Stuckey officiating.
Long.- Reuel Nathan, son of David and Anna (Horst) Long, was born at Chambersburg Pa. Sept. 20, 1898; died at his home in Sterling Ill., Sept. 23, 1967; aged 69 y. 3 d. Surviving are his wife (Ida), one son (Daryl), one daughter (Joyce-Mrs. Elwood Graber), one sister (Rhoda-Mrs. Lloyd Ebersole), one brother (Menno), and 10 grandchildren. He was a member of the Science Ridge Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 26, with Edwin J. Stalter officiating.
Swartzendruber.- Lawrence, son of George and Naomi Swartzendruber, was born in Johnson Co., Iowa, Nov. 27, 1913; died at the Scheurer Hospital, Pigeon, Mich., following hospitalization with a brain tumor, Sept. 2, 1967; aged 53 y. 9 m. 6 d. On June 4, 1936, he was married to Iva Gunden, who survives. Also surviving are 2 daughters and 4 sons (Roma Jean-Mrs. Alfred Bontrager, Dale, Karen, Dennis, Leland, and Arlin), 5 grandchildren, his stepmother (Mrs. Lena Swartzendruber), 2 brothers (Edwin and Glenn), and 3 sisters (Katie-Mrs. Herbert Albrecht, Velma-Mrs. Ira Esch, and Edna-Mrs. Gerald Gascho). His father preceded him in death by 26 days. He was a member of the Pigeon River Conservative Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 5 with Earl Maust, Jesse Yoder, and Willard Mayer officiating.
Yoder.- Eldora Fern, daughter of Frank and Lydia (King)
Kauffman, was born at Garden City Mo., Feb. 15, 1915; died (from
heart trouble at West Liberty, Ohio, Sept. 20, 1967; aged 52 y
7m. 5 d. On Aug. 11, 1942, she was married to Philip Yoder, who
survives. Also surviving are 3 children (Myron, Lowell, and Ramona)
and 2 sisters (Mrs. Ida Hershberger and Golda-Mrs. Elmer Hershberger).
A son (Richard) died in infancy. She was a member of the Bethel
Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 23, with Ralph
M. Smucker and Elmer Hershberger officiating; interment in Fairview
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Brubaker.- Haydn B., son of Reuben H. and Susan (Bollinger) Brubaker, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 22, 1887; died at the Lancaster General Hospital, Sept. 15, 1967; aged 80 y. 2 m. 23 d. He is survived by his wife (Lillie R. Buckwalter Brubaker), 2 daughters (Miriam-Mrs. John M. Groff and Mrs. Helen A. Thomas), 7 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters (Fannie-Mrs. John H. Landis, and Mrs. Anna B. Keller), and one brother (John B.). He was a member of the Lititz Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 19, with Raymond N. Bucher, Lester B. Wenger, and Melvin H. Lauver officiating; interment in East Petersburg Cemetery.
Drawbond.- Nannie Agnes, daughter of John and Susan (Hailey) Drawbond, was born Dec. 9, 1882; died in Staunton Hospital, Va., Sept. 20, 1967; aged 84 y. 9 m. 11 d. She was a member of the Stuarts Draft Church. A graveside service was held Sept. 23, at the Stuarts Draft Church Cemetery, with Jason Weaver, Paul Barnhart, and Ruel Driver officiating.
Greider.- Oscar Ward, son of Benjamin and Ella (Musser) Greider, was born in Clark Co., Ohio, Nov. 7, 1890; died Sept. 25, 1967, at Lima, Ohio; aged 76 y. 10 m. 18 d. On Feb. 22, 1917, he was married to Mary Wilkins, who died Nov. 24, 1933. On Feb. 19, 1938, he was married to Idamae Brown Severs, who survives. Also surviving are one son (Benjamin W.), 3 daughters (Beulah-Mrs. Ira Good, Ella-Mrs. Edgar Yap, Clara-Mrs. David Brenneman), one brother (Paul), one sister (Blanche Grestham), 10 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Two brothers, 2 sisters and one grandchild preceded him in death. He was a member of the Jefferson Street Church.
Kauffman.- Carl Edward, son of Alpha and Ida (Bontrager) Kauffman, was born at Haven, Kan., Sept. 4, 1944; died Sept. 15, 1967, in Singapore, Singapore, following a traffic accident; aged 23 y. 11 d. He had just completed 3 years of Pax service with MCC. Surviving are his parents, 3 sisters (Norma-Mrs. Dale Martin, Joyce-Mrs. Bill Brenneman, Eva-Mrs. Delmar Strider), grandparents (Mrs. Fannie Bontrager and Mrs. Susie Headings). He was a member of the Yoder Church, where funeral services were held on Sept. 25 with Edward Yutzy and Peter Wiebe officiating.
Metzler.- Clara, daughter of Barton Z. and Emma (Kurtz) Martin, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Nov. 1, 1897; died in Ephrata Hospital, Sept. 6, 1967; aged 69 y. 10 m. 5 d. On Dec. 25, 1918, she was married fo Elmer W. Metzler, who survives. Also surviving are 8 children (Ruth-Mrs. Raymond S. Bowman, John M., Anna-Mrs. G. Sylvan Horning, Mary-Mrs. Marvin E. Hershey, Luke M., Emma-Mrs. Edwin G. Martin, Nora-Mrs. Ira L. Herr, Jr., and Jane-Mrs. Charles M. Zimmennan), 58 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and one sister (Rebecca-Mrs. John H. Martin). One son (Paul), and 4 grandsons preceded her in death. She was a member of Metzlers Church, where funeral services were held Sept. 11, with Amos H. Sauder, Roy B. Martin, and Ray M. Geigley officiating.
Oyer.- Manuel, son of Christian and Kathryn (Zehr) Oyer, was born in Woodford Co., Ill., Mar. 19, 1888; died of cancer, Oct. 2, 1967, in Champaign, Ill., aged 79 y. 6 m. 13 d. On Oct. 2, 1913, he was married to Elizabeth Bender, who survives. Also surviving are 3 daughters (Elsie K., Bessie E., and Mary A.), 2 brothers (Peter and Samuel) and one sister (Elsie L. Oyer). He was a member of the East Bend Church, where funeral services were held Oct. 4, with Alton Horst and Harold Zehr officiating.
Zeager.- Walter L., son of Samuel and Amanda (Lehman) Zeager, was born July 17, 1898, in East Donegal Twp., Pa., died at his home in West Donegal Twp., Pa., Aug. 8, 1967; aged 89 y. 21 d. On Dec. 4, 1919, he was married to Nora Ebersole, who survives. Also surviving are one daughter (Mildred), one foster daughter (Ruth-Mrs. Elvin Nolt), 3 foster grandchildren, one brother (Norman) and 2 sisters (Verna Zeager and Mrs. Elsie Stone). He was a member of the Mount Joy Church, where funeral services were held Aug. 12, with Henry Garber, Henry Frank, and Amos Hess officiating; interment in Good's Cemetery.
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Blake.- Robert Joseph, was born at Glasco, Kan., Sept. 15, 1911; died at Kiowa Co. Hospital, Greensburg, Kan., Sept. 27, 1967; aged 56 y. 12 d. Death was caused by a heart attack. On May 2, 1942, be was married to Helen Zerger, who survives. Also surviving are 6 children (Stephen, Stanley, William, Glenda, Thomas, and Dennis), 3 brothers (Fenton W., Leslie, and Bryce), and one sister (Mrs. Mildred Wentz). He was a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services were held Sept. 30 at the Greensburg Mennonite Church with Calvin R. King officiating; interment in Fairview Cemetery.
Friesen.- Justin, daughter of Aaron and Elizabeth Workentine, was born in Samaria, Russia, Sept. 22, 1896; died at her home in Duchess, Alta., on Sept. 23,1967, after a lengthy illness; aged 71 y. 1 d. On Nov. 30, 1919, she was married to Jacob John Friesen, who survives. They came to Canada in 1924. Surviving are 3 sons (Jacob, Edward, and David), 11 daughters (Elizabeth-Mrs. Jens Hanson, Neta-Mrs. Jack Broadfoot, Hedy, Tina, Helen-Mrs. Mervin Beihn, Melita-Mrs. John Grove, Anita-Mrs. Jake Dyck, Annie-Mrs. Lyle Roth, Susan, Martha-Mrs. Albert Grove, and Esther), 41 grandchildren, 3 great-grand-daughters, one sister in Russia, and one brother (John). She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, 3 brothers, and one granddaughter. C. J. Ramer officiated at funeral services; interment in Duchess Cemetery.
Fry.- Samuel Trout, son of George and Elizabeth (Trout) Fry, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Sept. 18, 1875; died at the Oreville Mennonite Home, Sept. 19, 1967; aged 92 y. 1 d. He was married to Barbara Shank, who died Feb. 26, 1937. Surviving are 4 children (Elizabeth-Mrs. Joseph Gingrich, Simon S., Mrs. Esther Alleman, and Robert S.), 6 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Herman T. and D. T), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Agnes Miskey and Mrs. Barbara Launch). He was ordained deacon on Dec. 3, 1918 and as minister, July 13, 1921, serving the Elizabethtown Church. At the time of his death he was a member of the Oreville Mennonite Home congregation. Funeral services were held at the Miller Funeral Home, Elizabethtown, Sept. 22. with Elmer Hertzler officiating.
Fulmer.- Ruth Ann, daughter of Marvin D. and Kathryn (Hunsberger) Fulmer, was born at Sellersville, Pa., May 14, 1951; died at her home at Perkasie, Pa.. Sept. 29, 1967, from central respiratory failure due to retrotharygneal fibrosarcoma; aged 16 y. 4 m. 15 d. Surviving besides her parents are one sister (Rose) and one brother (Richard). She was a member of the Blooming Glen Church, where funeral services were held Oct. 2, with Richard C. Detweiler and David F. Derstine, Jr, officiating.
Herr.- Barbara H., daughter of Abram and Elizabeth (Reinhart) Huber, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Aug. 8, 1878; died at her home near Lancaster, Oct. 1, 1967; aged 89 y. 1 m. 23 d. On Jan. 25, 1900, she was married to Jacob H. Herr, who died Dec. 1, 1932. Surviving are 5 children (George K., Elizabeth H.-Mrs. Walter A. Herry, John H., Aaron H., and Edith H.), 11 grand-children and 3 foster grandchildren. Three sons preceded her in death. She was a member of the Bylerland Church, where funeral services were held Oct. 4, with David N. Thomas, James H. Hess, and Wilbur Lentz officiating.
Riggleman.- Sheridan A., son of Isaac and Diadema (Kenser) Riggleman, was born at Mozer, W. Va., June 22, 1886; died suddenly at his home near Mozer, Oct. 4, 1967; aged 81 y. 3 m. 12 d. On Sept. 1, 1912, he was married to Etta Bergdoll, who survives. Also surviving are 2 sons (Berlin and Fred), one brother (Seymour) and 3 grandchildren. Funeral services were held Oct. 8 at Brown Funeral Home, Franklin. W. Va., with J. E. Martin and Earl Delp officiating; interment in Mallow Cemetery.
Swartzentruber.- Terrance, son of Harold and Isable (Ruby) Swartzentruber, was born at Stratford, Ont., May 19, 1948; died at Shakespeare, Oct. 4, 1967, from a train-car accident; aged 19 y. 4 m. 15 d. Surviving besides his parents are 2 brothers (Dale and Paul), paternal grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. David Swartzentruber), maternal grandmother (Mrs. Christiana Ruby), and maternal great-grand-mother (Mrs. Sarah Ruby). He was a member of the Tavistock Church. Funeral services were held Oct. 7, at East Zorra Church, with Peter Erb and Newton L. Gingerich officiating.
Yothers.- Abram Kulp, son of Isaac 0. and Annie L. (Kulp) Yothers, was born in Bucks Co., Pa., Oct. 18, 1881; died at Grand View Hospital, Sellersville, Pa., Oct. 8, 1967: aged 85 y. 11 m. 20 d. On Nov. 13, 1902, he was married to Annie Rice, who died May 2, 1967. Surviving are 11 children (Mamie-Mrs. Joseph Allebach, Bessie-Mrs. Arthur Landis, Henry, Anna Mae-Mrs. Norman Yoder, Isaac, Elsie-Mrs. Henry Moyer, Warren, Florence-Mrs. Clarence Hunsberger, Marian -Mrs. Oscar Wampbold, Ruth-Mrs. Melvin Moyer, Naomi-Mrs. Wm. Morton), 2 brothers (H. Harrison and John), 65 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren. One daughter (Irma) preceded him in death in 1950. He was a member of the Blooming Glen Church, where funeral services were held Oct. 12, by David F. Derstine, Jr.
Zehr.- Ronald David, son of Ivan and Millie (Kuepfer) Zehr, was born at Stratford, Ont., Nov. 3, 1952; died Oct. 4, 1967 at Shakespeare, from a car-train accident; aged 14 y. 11 m. 1 d. Surviving besides his parents are one brother (Ray), 4 sisters (Joan, Debbie. Donna, and Faye), paternal grand-mother (Mrs. Clare Zehr) and maternal grandmother (Mrs. Elizabeth Kuepfer). He was a member of the East Zorra Church, where funeral services were held Oct. 7, with Newton L. Gingrich officiating.
Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana