Mennonite Weekly Review - July, 2004


Mennonite Weekly Review - July 5, 200 - 82nd Year, No. 27, p. 9


Lloyd J. Hostetler, 88, of Glendive, Mont., and formerly of Bloomfield, died March 22, 2004, at Glendive Medical Center. He was born Dec. 20, 1915, to Alvin and Mary (Schloneger) Hostetler on a farm in Ohio.

In 1942, he was drafted when the United States entered World War II. He went to Virginia and served in a Civilian Public Service camp, working in soil conservation and fighting forest fires. In 1943, he volunteered to go to Terry to work in a CPS camp building the Buffalo Rapids Irrigation Project until the war was over. There he met Kathryn Nissley, and they were married on May 24, 1945.

They farmed near Bloomfield until 1991, moving to Glendive in 1993.

He was instrumental in introducing and financing the Calvary Hour program to local radio. He also served in Mennonite Disaster Service work and in the local church at Red Top Mennonite near Bloomfield and White Chapel Mennonite Church in Glendive.

Survivors included his wife, Kathryn; three daughters, Berdine Eby and her husband, Richard, of Overland Park, Kan., Jeanette Yoder and her husband, Ray, of Goshen, Ind., and Eileen Hostetler of St. Ignatius; a son, Larry and his wife, Cindi, of Bloomfield; three sisters, Ida Hostetler of Louisville, Ohio, Vesta Helmuth of Wingate, N.C., and Grace Hostetler of Louisville, Ohio; three brothers, Vernon and Garrison, both of Louisville, Ohio, and Robert of Condon; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Chauncey and Roy.

Funeral services were held at the Evangelical church in Glendive. Burial was in Red Top Mennonite Church Cemetery, rural Bloomfield.

There were no obituaries in the July 12 issue.

Mennonite Weekly Review - July 19, 2004 - 82nd Year, No. 29, p. 11


John V. Troyer, 92, of Delavan, Ill., died June 22, 2004, at Morton Villa Care Center. He was born Sept. 19, 1911, in Walnut Creek, Ohio, to Joseph and Cora Zuercher Troyer.

He married Ina Martin on June 7, 1938, in a lawn wedding near Hopedale.

He helped establish Dillon Mennonite Church in 1945 and served as pastor for more than 30 years. He was an avid sportsman, playing baseball and hockey as a youth. He was a hunter and a man of the outdoors. Nature’s wonders provided him with many stories for his sermons. He was a fisherman who loved to be on a quiet river with his own canoe. He loved his church and devoted himself to God’s missions.

Survivors include his wife, Ina; four sons, David and his wife, Janice, of Elkhart, Ind., Paul and his wife, Kris, of Goshen. Ind., Timothy and his wife, Nina, of Pittsfield, and Dan and his wife, Ana, of Delavan; three daughters, Faith Wyse and her husband, Denton, of Cleveland, Ohio, Karen Engelsen and her husband, Larry, of Sioux Falls, S.D., and Crystal Kay of Quakertown, Pa.; 17 grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren; and one brother, Clarence Troyer of Millersburg, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

A graveside service was held at Mennonite Cemetery in Hopedale. A memorial service was held at Dillon Mennonite Church.


Robert H. Yoder, 81, died June 21, 2004. He was born Dec. 29, 1922.

He was born and lived his early years in Tuleta, Texas, moving to Sheridan, Ore., as a teenager.

He joined Civilian Public Service during World War II. From 1945 to 1947 he served as a forest fire fighter in California, worked in Glazier National Park in Montana and served a year as an orderly in Delaware State Mental Hospital. After the war he volunteered to work under the Coast Guard and worked on a ship taking 1,500 horses to war-torn Poland from Newport News, Va.

When returning he decided to get a job in Newport News, resulting in his meeting and marrying Alice Hertzler in 1948.

After living in Virginia nine months they moved to Oregon. Always loving new places and particularly the southwest, they moved to Albuquerque, N.M., where they had a new home built and helped in a small church. He was mechanic for a fleet of trucks at Foremost Dairy.

Selling their home they moved to Hesston, Kan., and as he liked to say, “At age 40, I wiped the grease off my hands and went to Hesston College’s Ministers Course.” He was ordained as a minister in 1967 and served pastorates in Mississippi, Oregon and Kansas before returning to settle in Oregon. He loved serving in small struggling churches and often worked at carpentry or mechanics along with pastoring.

Some of his joys included collecting antique model cars, tinkering with old motors, building trailers, attending auctions to buy and sell, playing word games and washer board with his grandchildren and listening to and singing the great Christian hymns. He often sang as he worked in his shop. He was known for his sense of humor and quick retorts.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Alice; three sons, Les of Lebanon and Michael and Mattew of Corvallis; two daughters, Rainy Ostrom of Portland and Rebecca Gann of Hillsboro, Kan.; two sisters, Margaret Davis of Omaha, Neb., and Jessie Hamilton of Harrisonburg, Va., and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by brothers Wayne and Max, and a sister, Louise Wideman.


Alma Irene (Bergen) Siemens, 85, of Hesston, Kan., died March 8, 2004. She was born June 9, 1918, to John and Kathrina Bergen on the family farm six miles north of Henderson, Neb.

She attended District 60 South Violet and graduated from the eighth grade. She also attended Henderson Bible School for two years. She was unable to attend high school due to the Depression.

She helped her parents on the farm with daily chores. She worked at the beanery in Henderson and at a store in Grand Island.

She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior on March 10, 1938. She was baptized June 5, 1938, and received into membership at Bethesda Mennonite Church.

Studying the Bible and learning more about Christ were important to her. She attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha for two years.

In 1947, she began working at Berean Children’s Home in North Platte, helping care for children from broken homes, where she worked until her marriage.

On Aug. 30, 1951, she married Edward Siemens of Burrton, Kan., at Bethesda Mennonite Church.

They settled near Alta Mills, Kan. They lived in Henderson in the winter months of 1956-57 and 1957-58 to help care for her mother after her father died.

She transferred her membership to Hebron Mennonite Church of Buhler. She was active in WMSO, taught Sunday school and served on the social committee.

In the late 1950s they moved to a place east of Hesston, then to their present home three miles northeast of Hesston in 1968.

She was a people person who could meet a total stranger and have a nice conversation. Her hobbies were embroidery and playing harmonica for special music in church and for family gatherings.

She had a stroke in September 1994, which affected her right side and made her spend many hours in a wheel chair. She entered Schowalter Villa in January 2003. Her health declined rapidly in her last two weeks of life.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Edward; four sons, Kenneth and his wife, Teresa, of Buhler, Karl and his wife, Jacquie, of Newton, Kelvin of Hesston and Klifford and his wife, Fran, of Hesston; and eight grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at Hebron Mennonite Church. Burial was in Hebron Cemetery of rural Buhler. 

Mennonite Weekly Review - July 26, 2004 - 82nd Year, No. 30, p. 8


C. Richard “Dick” Krall, 71, of West Lafayette, Ohio, died June 3, 2004, at Coshocton County Memorial Hospital. He was born July 20, 1932, to Carl S. and E. Ruth Krall.

He retired after 42 years as an editor at Herald Press and as a book seller and representative for publishers Word, Abingdon, Westminster-John Knox and Baker Book House. He was well-traveled, covering territory in many states. He was an avid bicyclist, actively involved in the building of the Tuscarawas C and M Rail Trail. He was a great train enthusiast, creating model railroad layouts and traveling by train whenever possible. He was a positive influence in the lives of everyone he met.

 Survivors include his wife, Irene, whom he married June 5, 1994; sons Carl and Michael of Scottdale, Pa., and Steven and his wife, Rachel, of Carmel, Ind.; stepchildren Carol Everhart of Coshocton, Cheryl Whitt and her husband, Barry, of Ashland, Scott Carpenter and his wife, Donna, of Cincinnati, and Cathy Saylor and her husband, Don, of Coshocton; a brother, John H. Krall of Harrisonburg, Va.; a sister, Ruth E. Krall of Goshen, Ind.; and nine grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Jean Krall.

Funeral services were held at First Mennonite Church of Sugarcreek. Burial was in Scottdale, Pa.

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