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Isner, Eleanor Martin
October 14, 1941 - March 29, 2021
Mrs. Eleanor Martin Isner, 79, a resident of Harrisonburg, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 29, 2021. Mrs. Isner was born Oct. 14, 1941, in Rockingham County, Va.; she was the wife of the late Kenneth W. Isner for 56 years. Eleanor was the eldest daughter of the late Merle E. and Mildred (Lahman) Martin.
She is survived by her children, Kendra Isner of Phoenix, Ariz., Cheryl Hynes and husband, Brendan Sr. and two grandchildren, Brendan Jr. and Abigail of Parker, Colo.; siblings, Charlene (James) Duncan of Harrisonburg, Va., and Dorothy (Dennis) Swartzendruber of Bay Port, Mich.
Eleanor graduated from Eastern Mennonite High School (EMHS), Rockingham Memorial Hospital (RMH) and Arizona State University (ASU), Schools of Nursing. During her nurse’s training, Eleanor spent time in Norfolk, Va., planning to work in the Appalachia of Kentucky as a midwife. After meeting Ken, plans changed. They were wed at Weavers Mennonite Church of Harrisonburg, Va., on Aug. 14, 1964.
After marriage, Eleanor joined Ken to live on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. Eleanor worked as a nurse at a local school. When Ken and Eleanor moved to Phoenix, Ariz., Eleanor completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at ASU. They were founding members of Trinity Mennonite Church, Glendale, Ariz. Eleanor continued as a nurse at Beatitudes Care Center.
In 1973, the Isner family moved to Newport News, Va. Ken and Eleanor worked for Eleanor’s late father’s bus business. This launched the entire family into tourism. The Isners were members of Huntington Mennonite Church and supported Christian education at Warwick River Christian School. While in Newport News, they learned of Bible Broadcasting Network (BBN) and have been partners with them in taking The Gospel to the Nations via radio for over 40 years. With her family, Eleanor delighted in camping with her parents, her sisters and their families choosing a different state to visit each year. The Isner family enjoyed attending Virginia Mennonite Conference at Highland Retreat.
In 1984, the Isners returned to Harrisonburg for their daughters to attend EMHS. Eleanor returned to RMH where she had begun her nursing career. She continued to work there until she retired in 2017 completing 45 years of nursing. The Isners were charter members at Cornerstone Church of Broadway.
Eleanor’s late husband, Kenneth “China Man,” introduced the family to the world through visits of international students coming to their home. Eleanor enjoyed meeting many people and relished their cooking! She taught many of them how to sing English Christian hymns and took many of them to Christian Church. In 1991, Eleanor and Ken were invited to teach English in China. Upon returning back to the States, they continued to have connection with Internationals as God brought the world into their home. They also traveled to other countries together, including Haiti, Taiwan and Israel. The Isners are now “Forever Home”, touring together again, exploring and “Walking on the Streets of Gold.”
A joint ‘Celebration of Lives’ service will be held for Ken and Eleanor at Cornerstone Church of Broadway on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 11:00 am. Kenneth passed on Sept. 14, 2020.
The family requests no flowers; however, memorial contributions may be made to Cornerstone Christian School, https://www.ccsconnection.org/ or to the Bible Broadcasting Network, https://bbn1.bbnradio.org/english/.
McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Kauffman, Beulah Mae Hostetler
January 6, 1936 - January 23, 2021
Beulah Mae (Hostetler) Kauffman was born January 6, 1936 to Elmer and Vinnie (Baker) Hostetler at Harrisburg, Oregon. She peacefully passed away on January 23, 2021, at the home of her daughter Joanne and husband Ben Hostetler, at Buffalo, MO, at the age of 85 years and 17 days, with all of her children and some of the grandchildren at her bedside. She accepted Christ as her Saviour and was baptized in her youth. She was a faithful member of the Crest View Amish Mennonite Church, Creston Iowa, at the time of her death.
On January 10, 1954 she was united in marriage to Glendon Kauffman, son of Melvin and Mabel Kauffman, near Yoncalla, Oregon. He passed away on June 24, 2017, having shared 63 years of life together. To this union were born 6 children, 4 sons and 2 daughters. Ronald and wife Shirley, Creston, IA; Gary and wife Sharon, Lorimor, LA; Clifford and wife LaRita, Lorimor, LA; Randall and wife Iva, Monroe, WI; LaVonne (deceased); Joanne and husband Ben Hostetler, Buffalo, MO. Also surviving are 33 grandchildren, 98 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild, 4 brothers and 7 sisters, Betty (wife of the late Tim Hostetler) Buffalo, MO; Bert and husband Les Hostetler, Tampico, IL; Marvin, Buffalo, MO; Margaret and husband John Knox, Sedalia, MO; Virginia and husband Victor Shrock, Tampico, IL; Elmer Jr. and wife Martha, Buffalo, MO; Roy and wife Nora, Clarksville, AR; Sharon and husband Henry Hostetler, Russellville, KY; Bob and wife Regina, Mena, AR; Patty and husband David Hostetler, Buffalo, MO; and Mary and husband Orvie Knox, Sedalia, MO. Also brother-in-law Don Hostetler, Hotchkiss, CO; sisters-in-law Susie Hostetler, El Dorado Springs, MO; and Shirley Rropf, Sedalia, MO; and many nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death besides her parents, husband, and daughter LaVonne are 1 granddaughter, 3 great grandchildren; 4 sisters, Marie Troyer; twin infants Ruth and Ruby; Merlene Hostetler, and 3 brothers John, Levi and Donnie.
In 1962 Glendon and Beulah and their 4 children moved from Oregon to Muscoda, WI. After living in Wisconsin for 46 years, they moved to Lonmor, Iowa. There they made their home on a nice little place, enjoying family and church family around, coming for coffee breaks and visits. The pretzel jar always an attraction, and lots of special memories were made. Beulah was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease several years after moving to Iowa. After the death of her husband, the children and granddaughters began taking turns being there to help care for her and LaVonne. LaVonne, who was mentally handicapped, was blest to have a patient mother over the years. Beulah was an inspiration to other parents with children having special needs. As her health declined her children faithfully took care of her. In the last year taking turns having her in their homes. Grandma had a genuine desire and concern that she, her family and church, and others too, would live for the Lord and follow his commandments. With the help of the Lord, she was a faithful example to us all. The family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers and support and for the many deeds of kindness shown.
Kauffman, Grace A. Diem
June 10, 1942 - March 8, 2021
Grace A. Kauffman, 78, of Mount Pleasant Mills, passed away Monday, March 8, 2021, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.
Born June 10, 1942, in Stevens, Lancaster County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Esther (Horst) Diem.
On Aug. 10, 1963, she married her surviving husband, Wayne Kauffman, with whom she was blessed to share more than 57 years of marriage.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Dale Kauffman and wife Rochelle of Shellman, Ga.; two daughters, Joyce Kauffman and Janice Stoltzfus and her husband Daniel, all of Mount Pleasant Mills; eight grandchildren, Daren, Charity, Ethan, Nevin, Braden, and Andrew Kauffman, all of Shellman, Ga., Danita Stoltzfus of Mount Pleasant Mills, and Larelle Grace and her husband Mahlon Brubaker of Port Trevorton; two brothers, Merle Diem and his wife Thelma and John Diem and his wife Sharon; three sisters, Mary Fox, Anna Brubaker and her husband Lloyd, and Elizabeth Weaver and her husband Earl; and three sisters-in-law, June Heller, Shirley Helmuth and her husband Larry, and Doris Dressler.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Ivan Diem; and one sister-in-law, Elnora Diem.
Grace was a 1960 graduate of Myerstown High School.
Along with her husband, in 1967, she co-founded Kauffman Farm Supply in Mount Pleasant Mills and later established Kauffman Farm Supply in Belleville.
Her hobbies included gardening, tending to flowers, reading and writing; however, her greatest joy came from spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She was a dearly loved wife, mother, and grandmother who will be missed.
She was of the Mennonite faith.
The Kauffman family would like to thank the staff of Geisinger Hospice and the Geisinger Medical Center for their care and compassion extended to Grace and the family.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Delaware Mennonite Church, 16 Delaware Church Road, East Salem, with Pastor Kenneth Freed, Pastor Orval Graybill, Bishop Conrad Brubaker, and her son, Dale Kauffman officiating. A viewing will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 12, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Interment will follow in the Lost Creek Mennonite Cemetery, Oakland Mills.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Kauffman's memory can be made to Christian Aid Ministries, 2412 Division Hwy, Ephrata, PA 17522.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 111 Westfall St., McAlisterville.
Keim, Ruth Irene
April 3, 1920 - February 24, 2021
Ruth Irene Keim, 100, of Goshen, passed from this life to the next on February 24, 2021.
She was born April 3, 1920 in White Pigeon, Michigan, to Menno and Libbie Rhinesmith Keim.
Ruth lived a life of service for her neighbors, her community and her world. During her earlier years she worked as a seamstress at The Famous in Goshen. Ruth served two terms with Mennonite Central Committee, from 1958-1961 in South Korea and from 1962-1965 in Jordan. She worked in both countries on projects which taught women to sew, in order to become self-sufficient. Upon her return to Goshen she worked for 18 years as the postmaster at Goshen College.
In retirement she volunteered for several years at MCC in Akron, Pennsylvania and managed Ten Thousand Villages stores in Goshen and North Carolina with her sister Martha.
Ruth was a life-long learner and an avid reader. Up until her death she would continue to read through the Bible and also read several full novels every two weeks. She enjoyed spending time with family and staying abreast of current events in the world. As an 85 year member of Forks Mennonite Church and more recently Eighth Street Mennonite Church, she was a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ and lived to show his love to those around her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and five sisters.
She is survived by a brother, Dan Keim of Goshen, and numerous nieces and nephews, who will dearly miss her.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials in Ruth’s memory may be given to Mennonite Central Committee or Ten Thousand Villages, Goshen.
Keller, Lloyd B.
July 14, 1930 - February 3, 2021
Lloyd B. Keller, 90, formerly of Manheim, died peacefully on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Fairmount Homes, Ephrata. Born on July 14, 1930 in Lititz, he was the son of John R. and Anna B. Keller. On December 2, 1950, he married Eunice K. Martin, who preceded him in death on October 9, 2020. Lloyd was a faithful husband and father over their almost 70 years of marriage. Lloyd was a farmer most of his life and a long-time member of Erb Mennonite Church, Lititz, where he served as deacon for many years and served as treasurer of Sunday School Meditations for a number of years.
Surviving are six children: Barbara Sitkowski of Jonestown, Janet Blosser (Floyd) of Harrisonburg, VA, Gerald Keller (Diane) of Waynesboro, GA, David Keller (Arlene) of East Berlin, Donna Keener (Dennis) of Turbotville and Cheryl Beiler (Keith) of Paradise; daughter-in-law, Lois K. Keller of Lititz; 35 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Ruth Charles of Lititz. He was preceded in death by a son, J. Robert Keller, a grandson, Daryl Keller, a son-in-law, Gary Sitkowski, and 3 siblings: Mildred Nolt, John Keller, and Anna Mary Keller.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Lloyd's funeral service at Erb Mennonite Church, 567 West Lexington Road, Lititz on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:00 AM. There will be a public viewing at the Buch Funeral Home, 21 Market Square, Manheim on Tuesday evening from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM and again at Erb Mennonite Church on Wednesday morning from 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM. Interment in the adjoining church cemetery.
Kennell, Ralph L.
June 3, 1940 - January 10, 2021
Ralph L. Kennell, 80, Goshen, died 9:45 a.m. Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Goshen Hospital. He lived in Elkhart County for 52 years, coming from Woodford County, Illinois. Ralph was born June 3, 1940 in Peoria, Illinois, to Reuben & Elsie (Martin) Kennell. On January 14, 1967, he married Julia (Weaver) Kennell.
Surviving are his wife, Julia, Goshen, son, Rick (Vicki) Kennell, Lafayette, daughter, Carla (Lyle) Weaver, Goshen, 4 grandchildren, Thomas, Jared, Kylie and Bryce, sister, Luann Susan Gerber, Goshen, brothers, Leonard (Velda) Kennell, Benson, Illinois, Carl (Kathy) Washburn, Illinois, Ervin (Rose) Kennell, Delta, Colorado, sisters-in-law, Emily Kennell, Lydia Kennell, Shirley Kennell and Pam Kennell.
Preceding him in death are his parents, brothers, Kenneth, Marvin, Harold and John Kennell.
Ralph was a farmer, delivered RV’s, produce, livestock and provided transportation to anyone who wanted a ride. He was a member of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church. Ralph liked to visit, fish, play Euchre and spending winters in Florida.
Visitation will be 9-11 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 2021, at the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Fellowship Hall, enter the West entrance or office entrance on the South Side. Funeral services will follow at 11:15 a.m. in the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church Sanctuary. COVID-19 guidelines will be followed. Pastor Wes Bontreger will officiate. Burial will follow at Yellow Creek Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the Yellow Creek Mennonite Church.
Rieth-Rohrer-Ehret Funeral Home, Goshen, is handling arrangements.
Kinsinger, Betty Lou Witmer
August 28, 1961 - March 19, 2021
In the early afternoon of March 19, 2021, Betty Lou Kinsinger, age 59, of Waynesboro, Va., accepted her invitation to the Wedding Supper of the Lamb. Betty Lou had been anticipating her homegoing for a few years, ever since she was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2017 and was told that she had nearly slipped into a coma due to high blood sugar. Betty Lou was looking forward to her heavenly wedding day and specifically requested that she be dressed in white for her funeral. Her children have carried out her wishes and dressed Betty Lou in her favorite white dress for this sad but joyous occasion.
Betty Lou (Witmer) Kinsinger was born on Aug. 28, 1961. She grew up in Mount Crawford, Va., and was the second of six children born to Amos Henry Witmer and Wilda Grace (Knicely) Witmer. When Betty Lou was young, she had two nicknames: “Sunshine” and “Freckles.” She had a small sprinkling of freckles that graced her cheeks throughout her life (Especially in the summertime, because she loved being outdoors working in her garden, mowing the lawn, and planting gorgeous flowers. Her green thumb was notorious.). But the nickname “Sunshine” better suited her personality than “Freckles.” She was a loving, happy, uncomplicated person who quietly enjoyed life and brought joy to others. Her chief ambition in life was to love those around her well, and her expressions of love often took the form of food. Betty Lou enjoyed cooking and was famous for the annual banquets that she created for her husband’s seed corn customers, the feasts that she lavished upon guests in her home, and the smaller meals served with devotion and great joy to her immediate and extended family.
Betty Lou attended public school for first grade before her parents enrolled her at Hickory Hollow Christian School in Bridgewater, Va. Betty Lou then attended Hickory Hollow Christian School until the 8th grade. In her youth, Betty Lou committed her life to the Lord and followed Him wholeheartedly as best as she knew how throughout her life.
After completing her schooling, she briefly worked as a kitchen assistant at Rockingham Memorial Hospital before marrying Simon Kinsinger, the love of her life on Nov. 20, 1981. To their union was born four children: two boys and two girls.
Betty Lou enjoyed her role as a full-time homemaker and often said that she could not imagine doing anything else in life that would be more fulfilling. She loved her family of four children and continued her nurturing ways and adoration of children by spending as much time with her grandchildren as possible in her later years. They were truly adored and doted upon by their “Mimi.” The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021 was particularly hard on Betty Lou because of social distancing, which lessened her opportunities to spend time with her beloved family.
Betty Lou is survived by her mother, Wilda Witmer of Mount Crawford, Va.; spouse, Simon Kinsinger of Stuarts Draft; three sisters: Emily Witmer of Mount Crawford, Va., Janice Orebaugh (spouse, Everette Orebaugh) of Weyers Cave, Va., and Kathy Rau (spouse, Brian Rau) of Weyers Cave, Va.; two brothers: Michael Witmer of Mount Crawford and Clyde Witmer (spouse, Lorraine [Witmer] Witmer) of Monterey, Va.; four children: Denise Kinsinger of Waynesboro, Va., Thomas Kinsinger (spouse, Chassie [Shelton] Kinsinger) of Stuarts Draft, Va., Debra Bradley (spouse, Billie Bradley) and Edgar Kinsinger (spouse, Stephanie [Brunk] Kinsinger); nine grandchildren, Tobias Kinsinger, Shad Kinsinger, Eleanora Kinsinger, Wilda Bradley, Maya Bradley, Isaac Bradley, Alexander Bradley, Karis Kinsinger, and Elijah Kinsinger.
She was preceded in death by her father, Amos Henry Witmer, on May 3, 2018.
A walk-through visitation for family and friends will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 22, 2021, at the Stuarts Draft Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, 1870 Stuarts Draft Highway, Stuarts Draft. All COVID-19 restrictions will apply regarding face masks and social distancing.
A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at Pike Mennonite Church of Harrisonburg. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the community surrounding them for their outpouring of love and support at this time. It is greatly appreciated, and they wish all the Lord’s blessing.
Kratz, Dorothy A. Schrock
February 9, 1930 - January 23, 2021
Dorothy A. Kratz, 90, of Goshen, died January 23, 2021, at Greencroft Healthcare.
She was born February 9, 1930 in Kansas City, Kansas to Freedley and Martha (Frey) Schrock. Her siblings are Marvin (Jody) Schrock, deceased and Ed (Irene) Schrock and Eunice (Don) Munn.
In 1950 she graduated from Hesston College with an A.A. degree. She went on to LaJunta School of Nursing in 1953 where she met and married her husband James D. Kratz (deceased) June 4, 1953.
In 1960, Dorothy and Jim took literary studies at Hartford Seminary, Hartford, Connecticut and linguistics in Norman, Oklahoma in preparation for going to the Chaco in Argentina and then moved to Costa Rica where she and Jim studied Spanish in preparation for mission work in Argentina from 1960-1961.
From 1961-1967 she and Jim were stationed in Saenz Pena, Argentina to work with the Toba Indians. She worked with health education and often would administer medications and provide health services to the Tobas.
After returning from Argentina she continued her education at Goshen College and in 1976 received a BA in psychology. One of her dreams was to become a pastor and in 1987 she received her MA from Associated Biblical Seminary. She was on staff at United Methodist Church, Bristol from 1987-1990 and pastored at North Suburban Mennonite Church, Mundelein, Illinois from 1992-1995.
Through the years she worked part time in nursing, retiring in 1995 and then going back to wok part-time at Sunnyside Church from 2002-2005.
Dorothy is survived by three children, Rachel Ann (Phillip) Slabaugh of Green Valley, Arizona, James (Karen) Kratz, Jr. of Elkhart and Rebecca (James) Bening of Phoenix, Arizona; five grandchildren, Mark, Ann, Tammie, Michelle and Jessica and three great-grandchildren, Bristol, Carter and Charlie.
There will be a small private graveside service.
Memorial contributions may be given to Sunnyside Mennonite Church.
Kraybill, Simon Peter
September 6, 1921 - February 6, 2021
Simon Peter Kraybill, of Lititz, and formerly of Elizabethtown; loving husband, family patriarch, farmer, businessman, and servant of the church died at Landis Homes on February 6, 2021 at 99 years of age. Born on September 6, 1921 to Martin and Suie Kraybill of Elizabethtown, Simon married his lifetime love, Mary Jean Sherer, on October 21, 1944. They raised seven children: Leona (Everett Myer), Elvin (Esther Graber), Eugene (Trisha Cawkwell), David (Mary Hershberger), Ronald (Odelya Gertel), Nelson (Ellen Graber), and Leon (Audrey Roth). They also opened their hearts to Barry Knipe and John Daniel Stahl, who joined the household during their teen years.
Simon modeled the satisfaction of productive work on the family potato farm and the importance of diplomacy and honesty. Ever ready to enhance conversation with humor and a twinkle in his eye, Simon cultivated many friendships. He was quick to show forbearance when wronged and to help others in need.
Once, after Simon had observed thieves pumping gas at his farm, he was able to identify the car, parked near a group of young men in town nearby. He approached the young men and invited them home for ice cream. When they finished eating, he said they could have more gas upon request, but he was concerned about their future if they stole. After the guests left, under a plate Mary Jean found enough money to cover the stolen gas. Years later one of the young men apologized.
For decades he and Mary Jean served as co-owners of Kraybill Advertising. Simon annually visited Lancaster County business owners who purchased promotional gifts such as calendars and pens in quantity to give to their clients; Mary Jean was office manager. Simon served as clerk at countless farm and home auctions, and was an insurance agent.
An ordained deacon with life-long membership at Bossler Mennonite Church, Simon regularly taught Sunday School. For eighteen years he was chairman of the Kraybill Mennonite School governing board. In addition to serving as a volunteer and board member at Mount Joy Gift and Thrift shop, he logged up to 6,000 miles per year as a volunteer driver for Love, Inc. He volunteered at Landis Homes.
In addition to encouraging his children in their numerous hobbies, Simon was a ham radio operator and carved a wooden cardinal for each of his children. He started taking piano lessons at age fifty and cut countless patches for comforters going to Mennonite Central Committee relief projects.
Simon was preceded in death by siblings Arlene (infant), Wilmer, and Maribel. He is survived by his wife Mary Jean, siblings Jean Shenk and Nevin, also by seven children, twenty-two grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren.
At various times as Simon transitioned to a new phase of life, he quoted Isaiah 43, "Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing" (KJV). He once said he wished he could peek out of the casket at his own funeral to "make sure it's a celebration of the fact that I've gone home to glory."
There will be a graveside committal service for immediate family at Bossler Mennonite Church, and a memorial service open to all via Zoom at 7pm on Sunday, February 14.
Kreider, Martha L. Miller
September 14, 1936 - February 13, 2021
Martha L. (Miller) Kreider, 84, of Elizabethtown, died peacefully at home on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Born in Elizabethtown, she was the daughter of the late Raymond K. and Ruth Z. Longenecker Miller. Martha was the wife of the late Harold H. Kreider who died in 1996 and the late Elmer H. Kreider who died in 2013. She was a member of Rheems Mennonite Church, Mount Joy.
Surviving are six sons: Jerry D. husband of Iva Lynn Kreider of Manheim, Arnold W. husband of Rachel Kreider of Metter, GA, Nelson S. husband of Dorothy Kreider, Harold R. husband of Carolyn Kreider both of Thompsontown, Daniel L. husband of Eunice Kreider of Dover, DE, Nevin P. husband of Mary Kreider of Elizabethtown, three daughters: Grace wife of Elton Gehman of Thompsontown, Gloria wife of Noah Boyle of Elizabethtown, Lois Kreider of Elizabethtown, 71 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren, seven stepsons, two stepdaughters, 71 step-grandchildren, 146 step-great-grandchildren, 2 step-great-great- grandchildren, four brothers: Glenn S. of Harrisburg, Samuel of Denver, CO, James and Ernest both of Elizabethtown, three sisters: Anna Ruth wife of Marlin Ressler of Lebanon, Naomi wife of LaMarr Sensenig, of Denver, Marian Nissley Wenger wife of Dale Wenger of Columbiana, OH, a brother-in-law, Amos Sweigart and a sister-in-law, Anna Lois Miller.
Preceding her in death in addition to her two husbands are: seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren, a brother, Elmer S. Miller, two sisters: Mary Sweigart, Orpha Miller, a brother-in-law, Milford Nissley and a sister-in-law, Sonja Miller.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the White Oak Mennonite Church, 2456 Newport Road, Manheim, on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM. There will be a viewing at the White Oak Mennonite Church on Friday from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Interment will be in the White Oak Mennonite Cemetery. Please omit flowers. Arrangements by Buch Funeral Home, Manheim.
Kropf, Jacob Elton
September 21, 1941 - January 9, 2021
My dear husband, our Pop and Grandpa, Jacob Elton Kropf, was born on September 21, 1941 at Atkinson, IL to Levi and Freida Kropf. He peacefully passed away at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas on Saturday evening January 9, 2021 around 6:30 pm from complications following a massive stroke at the age of 79 years, 3 months and 19 days. The family had been at Camp Shiloh in Pittsburg, TX for a 3 day family Reunion. On Friday eve before retiring to our beds he led in a devotional reading Psa. 73 and reminding us that we all need to be a part of the spiritual Israel and led in prayer.
That night he awakened with severe discomfort and shortness of breath. He was taken to Texarkana where he was diagnosed with having a massive stroke. A reversal drug was given to offset the effects of the stroke but still needed another procedure to remove the blood clot. He was then flown to Tyler for this purpose but it was unsuccessful. At 5:30 pm we were told his damage was progressing and he would be leaving us soon. The grandchildren were singing at the reunion and a phone was put up to grandpas ear to listen. At 6:30 pm with his wife and 2 of his children at his side a tired soldier was taken home. It was the end of one family reunion for Grandpa but only the beginning of a far more joyous reunion with his Lord and Saviour and his wife and son.
Pop spent his boyhood years with his parents and siblings on a family farm near Thomas,IL. In his youth he accepted Christ as his personal Saviour and was baptized on the confession of his faith. He was a faithful member of the Olive Hill Amish Mennonite Church near Sedalia,MO at the time of his death. On July 16, 1961 he was united in marriage to Darlene Baker at Tampico IL. They shared the joys and sorrows of marriage for over 40 years. To this union were born 6 sons and 4 daughters of whom 9 survive.
In January of 1975 they moved to the family farm near Ozan, AR where many memories were made gathering eggs, raising hogs, putting up hay, swimming, and just being together as a family. In 1984 and the years following, grandpas were blessed with many grandchildren who also had many, many precious memories of spending time at grandpas. One favorite time for Pop was the family singing around the big kitchen table in the evening. Many times as we finished he asked for one more song called, "Good Night". Although we didn't always have all this world offers, Pop left us with a far greater inheritance of true riches.
On February 16, 1975 at the age of 34 he was ordained to the ministry and in October 1992 as bishop serving faithfully for many years. He preached many sermons and often expressed his concern of keeping the faith of our fathers. His prayers were a witness of his genuine connection to God.
In 1999 their youngest Marvin was tragically killed in an auto accident. In 2001 Darlene passed away from Ovarian cancer. These deaths were both very traumatic for Pop and gave him a longing to go home and join them.
In 2003 God again provided a help meet to share life with him and once again the sun shone in his life. He moved to the Sedalia, MO area and on March 14, 2003 he was united in marriage to Shirley Jean Hostetler of Sedalia, MO where he resided at the time of his death. He accepted Shirleys children and grandchildren as his own. This acceptance was mutual from his new family and they whole heartedly accepted him as their Pop and Grandpa. Many precious memories were made with Grandpa, grandchildren riding his barrel train, listening to his stories, and eating his barbeque chicken he loved to grill. Grandma was an inspiration to Pops life and made a huge impact on the whole family. The family will be forever grateful for the countless hours she spent caring for Pops needs in the last few years.
Left to cherish fond memories are his wife, five sons, and 4 daughters. Lorena and husband Sid Hostetler of Hartman, AR, Lois and husband Vernon Hostetler of Clarksville, AR, Merle and wife Elida of Nashville, AR, Nora and husband Roy Hostetler of Clarksville, AR, Jake and wife Doreen of Spragueville, IA, Elmer and wife Renee of Hereford, AZ, Amos and wife Renita of DeKalb, TX, Paul and wife Alicia of DeKalb,TX , Katie and husband Brent Hostetler of Nashville, AR. Also 2 step-sons and 4 step-daughters, Rudy Hostetler and wife Jennifer of Sedalia, MO, Gary and wife Dawn of Hotchkiss, CO, Colleen and husband Robert Kropf of Sedalia, MO, Jewel and husband Jake Eigsti of Ravenden Springs, AR, Sharlene and husband Josh Hostetler of Pocohantas, AR, Renae and husband Nathaniel Christner of Pocahontas, AR, and Karla and husband Gene Kropf of Sedalia, MO.
Besides his first wife Darlene and son Marvin, he was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Ada, son-in-law Kevin Kropf, grandchildren Tracey, Troyce, Tyler, Jewell, Deric, and Sara, and also two great grandchildren.
We were so blessed to have had our Pop for these many years. We treasure the many memories of times spent with him. We are grateful to God for Pop's testimony during his life and his ministry and pray the many ways other lives have been touched will bring glory to Him. Grandpa had a living faith and endeavored to keep the faith, and honoring his parents as he had been taught. He also had a deep concern for the spiritual welfare of his family and church.
The family wishes to thank each one for coming and sharing your kind words, love, prayers, and food during the time of his passing.
Services are scheduled as follows:
In Missouri - Visitation will be at Olive Hill Amish Mennonite School Sedalia, MO on Tuesday Jan. 12 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm.
Funeral Services at Olive Hill Amish Mennonite Church on Wednesday Jan 13 10:00AM
In Arkansas - Visitation will be at Mineral Springs Amish Mennonite School Nashville,AR on Thursday Jan. 14 from 2-4PM and 6-8PM
Funeral Services at Mineral Springs Amish Mennonite Church on Friday Jan. 15 at 10:00AM