Mennonite Weekly Review - April, 1987

Mennonite Weekly Review
64th Year ­ No. 14 ­ April 2, 1987 ­ page 8


A memorial service for Eva E. Cooprider, 79, was held on March 31 at Hesston Mennonite Church, with Paul Friesen and Carl Wiebe officiating. The service was preceded by graveside services and burial at Eastlawn Cemetery north of Zimmerdale, with Wesley Jantz in charge. A retired area teacher, she died on March 28 at Bethel Deaconess Hospital, Newton. A graduate of Hesston Academy, Emporia State teachers College and Greeley State teacher College, she taught in the McPherson and Harvey counties' rural schools for a number of years and also at Cooper and Northridge schools in Newton, 1948-1972. Survivors include a brother, Paul, of Wichita; and a sister, Orpha Hershberger of Goshen, Ind.

Helen Siemens, 90, of Hillsboro, died on March 23 at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. She was the mother of John Siemens Jr. of Newton. Funeral services were held on March 26 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, with Dennis Fast and John Ratzlaff officiating. She was a former administrator of Buhler Sunshine Home. A native of Russia, she was married to John Siemens, who preceded her in death. Also surviving are two additional sons, James of Aptos, Calif., and Nick of Fresno, Calif.; four daughters, Rose Sawatzky of Blue Lake, Calif., Lily Kroeker of Ada Okla., Helen Ediger and Marie Hendricks, both of Enid, Okla.; 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Anabel E. Sommerfeld, 72, of Hesston, will be held on April 3 at Hesston Mennonite Church, with Paul Friesen and Jacob K. Friesen officiating. Burial will be in Eastlawn Cemetery. A homemaker and Hesston College snackbar employee, she died on March 31 at Bethel Home for Aged, Newton. Survivors include her husband, Clarence; two sons, Gordon of rural Newton and Jay of rural Hillsboro; one daughter, Joyce Blosser of Hays; one brother, Howard Beck of rural Halstead; two sisters, Neva Miller and Hazel Yoder, both of Hesston; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services for Elizabeth G. Schowalter, 87, of Halstead, were held on March 30 at First Mennonite Church, Halstead, with John Gaeddert officiating. Burial was in Halstead Cemetery. A lifelong Halstead resident and former Hertzler Clinic receptionist, she died on March 25 at Halstead Hospital. There are no immediate survivors.

Eva Schmidt, 90, of Montezuma, died on March 26 at Bethel Home in Montezuma. She was the sister of Ben T. Koehn and Inez Koehn of Halstead. Funeral services were held on March 30 at Homeland Mennonite Church, Montezuma, with Daniel Koehn, Donald Koehn and Franklin Buller officiating. Burial was in North Mennonite Cemetery, Montezuma. Other survivors include one son, one daughter, one brother, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death was her husband, Daniel J.

64th Year ­ No. 15 ­ April 9, 1987 ­ page 8


Funeral services for Maria A. Wiebe, 90, of Whitewater, were held on April 3 at Emmaus Mennonite Church. Rodney Crowell and Andrew Shelly officiated. burial was in the church cemetery. A homemaker, she died on March 31 at Bethel Deaconess Hospital, Newton. Survivors include two sons, Marvin H. of Whitewater and Herbert R. of Elbing; one daughter, Frances R. Wiebe of Whitewater; one brother, John Epp of Whitewater; four sisters, Anna Wiebe of Elbing and Emilie Harder, Agatha Wiebe and Agnes Regier, all of Whitewater; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchiildren. She was preceded in death in 1981 by her husband, Henry Wiebe.

64th Year ­ No. 16 ­ April 16, 1987 ­ page 12


Madalyn Schmidt Ensz, 52, of Edmond, Okla., died April 12 at Presbyterian Hospital, Oklahoma City. She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. H.R. Schmidt and the sister of Susan Rhoades, all of Newton. Funeral services were held April 14 at First Presbyterian Church, Edmond. A language teacher, she was a native of Newton. Surviving are her husband, John D. Ensz; one son, David of West Covina, Calif.; three daughters, Lori Bennitt of Hobert, Okla., Lisabeth Poole of Edmond and Ellen Bennitt of Oklahoma City; and six grandchildren.

Ella Mae Sperling Bachman, 84, of Moundridge died on April 8 at Mercy Hospital in Moundridge. She was the mother of Norma Wiens and the sister of Menno Sperling, both of Newton. Family graveside services were held April 10 at West Zion Mennonite Church Cemetery, Moundridge, followed by a memorial service at the church, with Vernon Lohrentz officiating. A homemaker, she was a native of McPherson County. Other survivors include one son, Gene, of Moundridge; two other daughters, Kathy Schroeder of Bolivar, Mo., and Carolyn Voran of Marshalltown, Iowa; one brother, Merlin Sperling, of Moundridge; one sister, Clara Sperling of Moundridge; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Otto N. Bachman, preceded her in death in 1980.

Funeral services for Martha C. Schmidt Unruh, 76, of Goessel are scheduled for April 17 at Tabor Mennonite Church near Newton, with Ray Hurst and Roland Goering officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A retired teacher, she died on April 14 at Parkside Homes, Hillsboro. She had lived on a farm near Goessel until 1981, when she moved to town. Survivors include her husband, Otto Unruh; one son, Robert, of Newton; three daughters, Bonita Heinrichs of rural Hillsboro, Mae Nelson of McPherson and Elaine Ratzlaff of Moundridge, five brothers, Clarence Schmidt of Ferndale, Wash., Charles and Harold Schmidt, both of Hesston, Milton Schmidt of Walton and Earl Schmidt of Pawnee Rock; three sisters, Irma Schmidt of Ferndale, Elsie Zielke of Newton and Edna Schrag of Wichita; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by one daughter and infant twins.


64th Year ­ No. 16 ­ April 16, 1987 ­ Page 15


Goshen Man Dies After Falling 30 Feet

Goshen, Ind.-Elmer J. Eash died April 8 from injuries he received when he fell about 30 feet from a scaffold onto a cement floor at Commodore Homes where he was a maintenance man. His survivors include his wife, the former Alma Smucker, and two sons. Funeral services were held at North Goshen Mennonite Church, where he was a member.


64th Year ­ No. 17 ­ April 23, 1987 ­ page 5, 6

Deaths in 1987

AARON R. YODER - Beachy Amish Minister Dies in Pennsylvania

Guys Mills, Pa.-Aaron R. Yoder, 49, died March 28 at his home following a sudden illness. He was minister of the Plain View Gospel Fellowship, Townville. He owned and operated Yoder's Fooder Gong, Mt. Hope, for two years. He farmed most of his life. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, three daughters, four sons, and three grandchildren.

JOHANNES HARDER -- W. German Author, Professor Dies

Schluechtern, West Germany-Johannes Harder, 84, well known author, theologian, social scientist and elder of the Mennonite Church at Frankfurt, died on March 7. His death was unexpected, as it occurred while undergoing minor surgery. The survivors include his wife, Gudrun, a large family and friends. Although Harder left his native Volga area in Russia during World War I, his many novels, stories, poems and other writings continued to focus on the Russian prairie (steppe) and its people-Russians and Germans. In January Harder gave lectures on Mennonite history at the University of Frankfurt and on theology in Basel, Switzerland. Several years ago he spoke at Mennonite churches in Winnipeg. According to the Winnipeg-based Mennonite Mirror, Harder belonged to those Christians who seek to live their "following after Jesus" in a radical manner-combining confession with practice.

64th Year ­ No. 17 ­ April 23, 1987 ­ page 8


John H. Esau, 68, of Inman died on April 19 at his home. He was the father of Wes Esau of Hesston. Funeral services were held on April 22 at Inman Mennonite Church, with Jerry Moore officiating. Burial was in Zoar Church Cemetery, Inman. He was a retired custom cutter and lifetime area resident. Other survivors include his wife, the former Esther Peters; one other son, Phil of Topeka; three daughters, Naomi Kaufman of Nakuru, Kenya, Barbara Esau of Topeka and Carol Esau of Ottawa; and 11 grandchildren.

Former Newton resident and former employee of The Newton Kansan Austin R. Wiebe, 68, of Hutchinson died on April 16 at Golden Plains Care Center in Hutchinson, after a long illness. He was the father of Nancy J. Friesen, North Newton and the brother of Robert Wiebe, Alvera Schmidt and Lorna Wiebe, all of Newton. Memorial and praise services were held on April 21 at Union Valley Church, Hutchinson, with Delmas C. Jones officiating, preceded by graveside services at Fairlawn Burial Park, Hutchinson. Wiebe was a retired assistant press foreman for The Hutchinson News. Other survivors include his wife, the former Ruth Stucky; one son, one other daughter, one other brother and nine grandchildren.

Henry B. Buller, 96, of Hutchinson, died on April 19 at Golden Plains Nursing Home, Hutchinson. He was the brother of Martha Buller of Newton. Funeral services were held on April 22 at Buhler Mennonite Church, with Bob Dalke officiating. Burial was in the Buhler Municipal Cemetery. A native of Buhler, he was a retired Buhler Mid-Kansas Co-op employee. Survivors include two sons, James of Brighton, Colo., and William of Crystal Lake, Ill.; two other sisters, Bertha Neufeld of Inman and Katherine Siemens of Buhler; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His wife, the former Anna Dora Balzer, preceded him in death in 1966.

Wanda Dirks, 65, of Pawnee Rock died on April 19 at Hutchinson Hospital. She was the sister of Irma Koehn of Goessel. Funeral services were held on April 22 at Bergthal Mennonite Church, Pawnee Rock, with Perry Beachy and Eleanor Beachy officiating. Burial was in Mennonite Memorial Cemetery. She was a Pawnee Rock resident since 1951, moving from Walton. Other survivors include two sons, Mark of Shawnee and Bill of Lawrence; two daughters, June Dirks of Burlington and Lori Dirks of Brookline, Mass.; two brothers, Arnold Voth of Peabody and Bill Voth of Walton; and one other sister, Elvera Voth of Anchorage, Alaska.

Ervin J. Becker, 83, of Moundridge, died on April 8 at Moundridge Manor. A retired farmer, he was the father of John Becker of Newton. Funeral services were held on April 12 at Lone Tree Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Galva, with Doyle Johnson and Kenneth Koehn officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Other survivors include his wife, the former Adeline Nightengale; one other son, LeRoy of Moundridge; seven daughters, Marcella Koehn of DeRidder, La., Wilma Nightengale of Galva, Doris Unruh of Halstead, Nadine Unruh of McPherson, LaVaun Wenger of Moundridge, Deola Wenger of Walnut Hill, Fla., and Judy Koehn of Montezuma; one brother, Alvin J. Becker of Moundridge; four sisters, Lena Unruh and Mary Giesel of Moundridge, Erma Shaffer of Galva and Esther Koehn of Canton; 35 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Reinhold F. Schmidt, 73, of rural Newton, were held on April 20 at Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Newton, with James Voth and Marlyn Kym officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. A native of Whitewater, he was a retired dairyman. Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy Unruh; two sons, Randall of Topeka and Ralph of Whitewater; two daughters, Betta Kym of Hutchinson and Deinna Entz of Whitewater; four sisters, Adel Goertz of Goessel, Olga Jantz of North Newton, Lea Good of Wichita and Verna Unrau of Newton; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.



64th Year ­ No. 18 ­ April 30, 1987 ­ page 8

Marie L. Ediger, 67, of Buhler, died April 26 at Halstead Hospital. She was the mother of Sheila Ediger of Newton. Funeral services were held April 29 at Buhler Mennonite Church, with Bob Dalke officiating. Burial was in Buhler Municipal Cemetery. Other survivors include her husband, Eldo S. Ediger; two sons, one daughter, one brother, six sisters and seven grandchildren.

Anna Peters, 85, of Lehigh, a homemaker, died on April 22 at Salem Home in Hillsboro. She was the mother of Buford Peters of Newton. Funeral services were held on April 25 at Lehigh Mennonite Church, with Galen Penner and P.W. Goering officiating. Burial was in Lehigh Cemetery. Other survivors include her husband, Herbert; two daughters, Randelyn Kessler of Moundridge and Merilyn Peters of Plainville; two brothers, Otto Neufeld of Hillsboro and Abe Neufeld of Hutchinson; one sister, Marie Schroeder of McPherson; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services for Dessie Headrick, 88, of Schowalter Villa, Hesston, were held at the villa chapel on April 25, with Wesley Jantz officiating. Additional services and burial were on April 27, at East Holbrook Mennonite Church, Cheraw, Colo. She died April 23 at the villa. Survivors include five sons, Melvin and Clifford of La Junta, Colo., Harold of Arvada, Colo., Lloyd of Hesston and Donald of Pueblo, Colo.; four daughters, Dorothy Harden of Evergreen, Colo., Marjorie Schmucker of Hesston, Rosetta Kauffman of Guymon, Okla., and Joyce Shetler of Buhl, Idaho; one sister, Rena Glassburn of Harper; 30 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren. Her husband, John Henry Headrick, preceded her in death in 1973.

Mennonite Weekly Review
64th year - No 18 - page 11
April 30, 1987


Joseph L. King was born Feb. 23, 1913, near Wellman, Iowa, to David and Hattie Yoder King. He attended the White Hall and Poplar Grove rural schools.
He received Christ as his Savior as a youth and was baptized on May 2, 1926, at West Union Mennonite Church, where he remained a member until his death. He served the church in various capacities, including Sunday school teacher and superintendent, church council member, trustee and janitor. He was also a member of the Washington Township Optimists and Iowa County Christian Farmers.
He was united in marriage to Pauline Iames at the Baptist Church, Muscatine, on July 6, 1937. They farmed in Iowa County until retiring in 1975. For the nine years before his death, they lived in Frytown, where he was employed as a handyman by Lester Yoder. Much of his time was given to restoring antiques, especially cars and trucks.
He also enjoyed fishing and traveling. In their nearly 50 years together, he and his wife traveled to 46 states. In recent years they went on fishing trips to Minnesota almost every year.
A quiet man, he had a ready smile, a quick sense of humor and a deep spiritual commitment. He enjoyed being active. While at work in Iowa City, he passed away on March 16, 1987.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline, a son, Kenneth of Sarasota, Fla.; a daughter, Edith (Mrs. Rufus) Kenagy of Garden City, Mo., two sisters, Sadie Yoder and Mary King, both of Kalona, a brother, John of Sarasota, Fla.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert, in 1955, a brother, Eli, and a sister, Ida King.

Lillian B. Janke Nickel was born to Ephraim and Eva Unruh Janke on March 6, 1907, at Lehigh, Kan. She was the third of eight children. She graduated from the Lehigh Public Schools in 1927.
On July 31, 1927, she was baptized upon her confession of faith by John Plenart and became a member of the Lehigh Mennonite Church. After her marriage she transferred her membership to the Brudertal Mennonite Church.
She was united in marriage to Rudolf H. Nickel on Nov. 10, 1929, by Gustav Frey. They lived in the Brudertal community, where she was active in church and mission society activities. For a short time, the family lived near Sterling. When the Marion Reservoir was built in the 1960s, the farm buildings were sold, but the house was moved to its present location southwest of Peabody as she went about her household tasks.
She enjoyed the outdoors. She was also an avid reader and liked to share what she read. Reading God's Word always renewed her strength. Her children and grandchildren remember her for the many things she made for them with her hands.
On Nov. 10, 1985, her family gathered at the home of Elizabeth and Ida Mae Nickel for a surprise 56th wedding anniversary celebration.
On Mother's Day, 1986, she became seriously ill, was hospitalized and released to Friendly Acres, Newton, Kan. She was able to go home on Dec. 23, 1986. Several months later her health began to fail again, and on March 9, 1987, at the age of 80, she went to be with the Lord.
Survivors include her husband, Rudolf; four daughters and their spouses, Mary June and Raymond Goossen of Dinuba, Calif., Betty Jane and Edward Andreas of Overland Park; Elsie Beth Macklin of Hutchinson; and Sharon and Kenneth Franzen of Bellaire, Texas; one son and his wife, Henry Jay and Marilyn Nickel of Newton; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irene Davis of Ottawa and Elfrieda Switzer, Vale, Ore.; and five sisters-in-law, Clara Janke of Salina, Bena M. Janke of Ontario, Ore., and Elizabeth Nickel, Wilma Nickel and Ida Mae Nickel, all of Hillsboro.
Funeral services were held March 13, 1987, at Hesston Inter-Mennonite Church, with R. Herbert Minnich and Waldo Miller officiating. Interment was at Haven of Rest Cemetery, Hillsboro, with Heinz Janzen officiating.

George T. Schierling, Sr., was born March 6, 1894, near Inman, Kan., to Abraham and Katharina Toews Schierling. He died March 15, 1987. Funeral services were held at First Mennonite Church, Newton. Burial was in Buhler Cemetery.
He received his education at Clark School Dist. 45.
At the age of 18, he was converted through the ministry of evangelist George Shultz. He was baptized upon confession of faith by Elder John Esau and received into the membership of Zoar Krimmer Mennonite Brethren Church near Inman. His verses were Proverbs 9:10 and Psalm 121.
On May 30, 1915, he married Marie Kroeker. In April 1957 they joined First Mennonite Church, Newton. On Oct. 14, 1958, she was fatally injured in a car accident. On April 8, 1960, he married Helen Classen Isaac.
He served as a Newton Township trustee for eight years and on the school board in Lakin Township near Halstead, where he lived for five years. He served as County Commissioner 1959-1962. He also enjoyed serving as Sunday school teacher in Halstead Mennonite Church and in Thomas County, where they lived 1930-35.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; four sons, Henry of Wellington, Edward of Pueblo, Colo., and Irvin and George Jr., both of Newton; one daughter, Dorothy Ensz of Hutchinson; three brothers, Dave, Ben and John, all of Inman; three sisters, Anna Esau, Katherine Thiessen and Elizabeth Thiessen, all of Inman; 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Alma Friesen Penner was born July 12, 1904, in Gretna, Man., to Jacob J. and Margaret Lemkey Friesen. In 1905 she moved with her parents to Hague, Sask., where her father operated a general store.
She grew up in a musical family who participated in many Mennonite church songfests and musicals. She learned to play the piano and developed a love for the classics in secular and religious music.
Upon her graduation from Rosthern Academy, she attended the Saskatchewan Normal School for Teacher Preparation. Here she met and married Cornelius D. Penner, principal of the academy.
During the 1930s they moved back to her husband's home area at Beatrice, Neb. Later they lived in Lincoln, Neb., Chicago. Ill., Gunnison, Colo., and Berea, Ohio. They also spent a year in West Germany, where her husband taught at the University of Bremershaven.
Her husband died in 1963. After his death, she was dorm mother at the University of New Hampshire for a year. She then moved to San Pedro, Calif., where a daughter and family resided. Later she moved to Covina, where she lived for the last 13 years of her life.
Her life was filled with love of people and good music. She was a member of the Friendship Sunday school class at First Baptist Church, Covina, where her faithful service as a pianist and accompanist will be remembered.
In her last year, she became a shut-in in her son's home in West Covina. She died on March 15, 1987.
Her survivors include a son, Kenneth of West Covina; a daughter, Marguerite Penner Couch of Connecticut; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Wilfred James, in infancy.
Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church Chapel, Covina, with Raymond Hunter officiating. Burial was in Woodvale Cemetery, Berea, Ohio.

Lillian L. Rich was born Jan. 14, 1906, in Morton Township, Tazewell County, Ill., to Joseph and Louisa Roth Rich. She died at the age of 81 at Maple Lawn Homes, Eureka, on March 29, 1987. She was a member of Calvary Mennonite Church, Washington.
She was a graduate of the University of Illinois and received her medical degree from Rush Medical School of the University of Chicago in 1934. She practiced medicine at Washington, Ill., for 22 years and at Black Mountain, N.C., for 18 years. She retired from active practice in 1980.
During her last years she pursued her hobby of making wooden toys and wood inlays for MCC sales and shops. She had a booth at the Illinois MCC relief sale on March 21 shortly before her death.
She loved to travel and took numerous trips abroad. She encouraged the development of native crafts in Black Mountain, N.C. and was interested in the young Mennonite congregation at nearby Asheville. She left a substantial portion of her estate to the General Conference Mennonite Church.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. Surviving are six nieces and nephews and 17 grandnieces and grandnephews. Gary Stenson officiated at the funeral services.

William S. Miller was born Feb. 15, 1915, in Hutchinson, Kan., and died March 29, 1987, at Hutchinson Hospital.
He was united in marriage to Clara Yoder on Nov. 29, 1934, in Nowata, Okla. He was a carpenter and a lifetime Hutchinson resident.
He was a member of Plainview Mennonite Church.
He is survived by his wife, Clara; three sons, Glenn, Ivan and Raymond, all of Hutchinson; one daughter, Orpha Yoder of Hutchinson; a brother, Jerry of Hartville, Ohio, a sister, Fannie Headings of Hutchinson; 19 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held April 1, 1987, at Plainview Mennonite Church, with Jonas Bontrager and Jonas Yoder officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Margaret Mae Mininger Bucher, 69, a resident of Harman, W.Va., died at her home March 24, 1987, following an extended illness.
She was born May 9, 1917, in Hatfield, Pa., to Henry and Sally Schlosser Mininger.
In 1946, she and her physician husband, Samuel, moved to West Virginia where they spent their lives in service to the Appalachian people. She has also served the broader church as a retreat speaker and WMSC leader.
She was a member of Lanesville Mennonite Church, the Harman Extension Club and Willing Workers Sewing Circle. She was a nurse, Sunday school teacher and crafts teacher. She helped found the Old Mill, Harman, and the Pioneer Memorial Library.
Survivors include her husband, Samuel J.; two sons, Samuel Jonathan Bucher of Harman; two daughters, Sarah Ellen (Mrs. Herbert) Myers of Jackson, Miss., and Mary Beth (Mrs. Lester) Lind of Harman; one sister, Gertrude Mininger Zeigler of Hatfield, Pa.; three grandsons and four granddaughters.

Grace Irene Wenger Zook, the daughter of Jonas and Anna Loucks Wenger, was born on March 13, 1921, in Canton, Kan. She died of cancer at Lutheran Hospital, Denver, Colo., on March 30, 1987, at the age of 66.
She was baptized on Dec. 27, 1936, at Spring Valley Mennonite Church, Canton, Kan.
On April 17, 1949, she was married to Merle K. Zook, who survives. In 1950 they moved to Scottdale, Pa., and in 1958 moved to Denver, Colo. She was a member of Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Lakewood, Colo.
She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother and for her strong faith in God, her concern for missions and the birthday cards she faithfully sent to friends and relatives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Barbara (Mrs. Stanley) Swartzendruber and Rose (Mrs. Mike) Barber, both of Denver; two sons, Kenneth of Manila, the Philippines, and Leslie Gustafson-Zook of Denver; two grandchildren; two brothers, John of Hesston, Kan., and Norman of Hillsboro, Kan.; and two sisters, Thelma (Mrs. Don) Egli of Denver and Bertha (Mrs. Eldo) Miller of Limon, Colo. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Russel and Marvin.
Memorial services were held at Glennon Heights Mennonite Church on April 3, 1987, with Ross Bender officiating. Interment was at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Donald W. Johnson was born to Jesse and Vada Shaffer Johnson on Feb. 8, 1931, in McPherson County, Kan. He died of cancer on April 3, 1987, at Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, at the age of 56.
In his teen years he was witnessed as having been converted and saved by the Lord Jesus Christ. He remained strong in his personal faith to the Lord to the end. He was a member of the Greensburg (Kan.) Mennonite Church.
He married Edna Nightingale on Jan. 28, 1951, at Scott City. He was a kind, compassionate and loving husband and father. He added teaching of love, obedience to and the forgiveness of God and love and respect for all his creation. His children remember how special they were to him.
His survivors include his wife, Edna; five children, Starla (Mrs. Jerry) Koehn of Galva, Peter and wife Marjorie of Haviland, Gaylene (Mrs. Daniel) Baumgartner of Wichita, Michelle of Haviland, Donald Jr. of Haviland; a son-in-law, Morris Jones of Morristown, Ind.; five grandchildren, three brothers and their wives, Harold and Thelma Johnson, Charles and Joyce Johnson and Doyle and Jane Johnson.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cheri Rae Jones, and two granddaughters.
Funeral services were held at Lone Tree Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, Galva, on April 6, 1987, with Daniel Koehn and Milton Unruh officiating. Interment was in the Lone Tree Church cemetery.

Sylva Mae King, daughter of the late John M. and Susan Hooley King, was born in 1902 and died on Jan. 26, 1987, at the age of 84.
At the age of 11 she accepted Christ as Savior and joined the Mennonite Church.
On March 2, 1924, she was united in marriage to Daniel D. King, who survives at the home in Harrisonville, Mo.
She was active in the WMSC and helped establish or catalog libraries at Argentine and Rainbow Boulevard Mennonite churches in Kansas City, Kan., and Harrisonville Mennonite Church. She also helped in the Kansas City (Kan.) Children's Home Church.
At the time of her death she was a member of Sycamore Grove Mennonite Church, Garden City, Mo., where funeral services were held on Jan. 28, 1987, with Darrell Zook officiating. Burial was in Clearfork Cemetery near Garden City.
Other survivors include six of her seven adopted children, Chester F. King of Kansas City, Kan., Harold L. King and Carol Sue Lindsey, both of Independence, Mo., Joyce King and Carolyn J. King, both of the home, and Juanita Porter of Sacramento, Calif.; five grandchildren and two great-grandsons.

Transcribed by Ralph Shetler, Oregon

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