Mennonite Weekly Review - October, 2010


   Buller, Violet Rose Richert;   Detrow, F. Lucille Yoder;   Horst, Lloyd S.;   Lehman, Verl O.;   Slagell, Walter Warren;   Waltner, Esther Wedel 

Mennonite Weekly Review - October 4, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 35 - p. 9


Lehman, Verl O.

Verl O. Lehman, 92, died Sept. 9, 2010, at  Greencroft Healthcare in Goshen, Ind. He was born Dec. 22, 1917, to Clarence and Bertha (Christophel) Lehman on their farm in Elkhart County. He graduated from Wakarusa High School and attended Goshen College.

On Sept. 1, 1940, he married Vesta Metzler. She preceded him in death in 2005.

The mission of the church became the focus of his life. In 1951 he moved with his family to La Porte County, where he was involved in ministry at the former Fish Lake Mennonite Church, a church plant of Yellow Creek Mennonite Church, for 30 years. Throughout these years he was employed as a machinist.

In 1980 he and his wife retired in the Goshen area, where they became charter members of Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship. He served there in a variety of roles and was remembered as the person who noticed and welcomed visitors and newcomers. Other volunteer activities included 16 years at the World Missionary Press and eight years with the volunteer chaplaincy program at Goshen General Hospital.

Survivors include three daughters, Jean Moyer and her husband, Samuel, and Ruth Ann Yoder and her husband, Jared B., all of Goshen, and Carol Lehman and her husband, John Kampen, of Cincinnati; two sons, Larry Lee Lehman of Salem and David E. Lehman and his wife, Dianne, of Goshen; two sisters, Eva Myers of Goshen and Wilma Lehman of Auburn; 12 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Vesta, and brother-in-law Warren Myers.

Memorial services were held at Berkey Avenue Mennonite Fellowship of Goshen. Burial was in Yellow Creek Cemetery in Goshen.

Mennonite Weekly Review - October 11, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 36 - p. 9


Waltner, Esther Wedel

Esther Waltner, 87, of Freeman, S.D., died Sept. 20, 2010, at Oakview Terrace of the effects of a stroke. She was born May 25, 1923, to Peter P. and Emma (Kaufman) Wedel in Moundridge, Kan.

She was baptized by Pastor Peter Wedel, her father, on May 26, 1940, and became a member of First Mennonite Church of Christian. She attended Moundridge High School, then one year at Bethel College in North Newton, Kan. She then had three years of nurses training at Bethel Deaconess Hospital in Newton, Kan., and graduated as a registered nurse.

As a nurse, she worked one year in Hutchinson, Kan. She entered voluntary service with her sister and worked in Gulfport, Miss. There she met Carroll Waltner, who was serving in Civilian Public Service.

She married Carroll Waltner on June 8, 1948, in Moundridge. They shared 52 years of life together.

They farmed northwest of Hurley, where they lived for 49 years. She especially enjoyed gardening, sewing and baking. She transferred her church membership to Salem Mennonite Church in Freeman. She enjoyed teaching Sunday school and participated in Women’s Mission Society. She and Carroll moved to Walnut Street Village in Freeman in 1997, where she enjoyed 11 years of retirement. The last two years of her life were spent at Oakview Terrace. During her retirement she continued to enjoy reading, cooking and old and new friendships.

Survivors include her daughter, Jorgiann Waltner and her husband, George Glubka, of Minneapolis, Minn.; two sisters, Laura Mae Voran and her husband, Willis, of New Holland, Pa., and DeLores Sawatzky and her husband, Gordon, of Greeley, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Waltner; two brothers, Richard and Silas Wedel; and three sisters, Erma Vogt, Wilma Stucky and MaryAnn Lawler.

Services were held at Salem Mennonite Church of Freeman. Burial was in Salem Mennonite Church Cemetery.


Slagell, Walter Warren

Walter Warren Slagell, 87, of Hydro, Okla., died Sept. 8, 2010. He was born April 1, 1923, to John and Alice (Schantz) Slagell of Hydro.

As a youth he accepted Christ, was baptized and joined Pleasant View Mennonite Church. At age 18 he worked for Joni Yoder farming with horse-drawn equipment, and at 85 years of age he operated a tractor with air conditioning that steered itself. During World War II he was drafted and spent his term of Civilian Public Service at Three Rivers, Calif., and Veterans TB Hospital in Livermore, Calif.

He married Ida Fern Hartzler on May 2, 1948, at West Liberty Mennonite Church near Windom, Kan.

He purchased wheat harvesting equipment, and six weeks later left with his new bride and five younger brothers and cousins to follow the harvest from Oklahoma to Montana. He always looked forward to wheat harvest, even driving combine this past harvest. He often got to the field earlier and worked later than his grandchildren.

He worked full time with his brothers farming, custom hay baling, custom silage chopping and operating earth-moving equipment.  He served many years on the Hydro Coop board of directors and numerous committees at church and had a special love for the Bible Memory Program.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Ida Fern Slagell; two sons, Virgil Slagell and his wife, Meribeth, of Hydro and Dennis Slagell and his wife, Candace, of Weatherford; two daughters, Carolene Jackson and her husband, Bill, of Weatherford and Loretta Propps and her husband, Mike, of Hydro; a sister, Mildred Slagell of Hydro; two brothers, Harold Slagell and his wife, Ella, and Chester Slagell and his wife, Ruth, all of Weatherford; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Maurice; and a sister, Doris.

Funeral services were held at Pleasant View Mennonite Church of Hydro. Burial was in Pleasant View Mennonite Cemetery.

Mennonite Weekly Review - October 18, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 37 - p. 21


Buller, Violet Rose Richert

Violet Rose Buller, 86, of Glendive, Mont., died Oct. 9, 2010, at Glendive Medical Center Extended Care. She was born May 19, 1924, to Benjamin and Susie (Boese) Richert at their home near rural Richey.

She was educated at the Fairview School in rural Dawson County. On Dec. 28, 1941, she married Vern Buller at Bethlehem Mennonite Church.

She and her husband farmed nine miles east of Richey from 1942 until they moved to Paraguay in 1954, where Vern helped clear land and worked construction. In 1956 they returned to Richey to continue farming until 1960, when they moved back to Paraguay. They stayed there until 1965 when the call to return to the Richey area brought them back. In the late 1980s they moved to Lame Deer, and in 2006 they moved to Glendive.

She was an independent and self-sufficient woman whose life was devoted to her husband and children. She raised large gardens and canned all of the produce that she could. She contributed her cooking skills to feeding the children attending the Northern Cheyenne Mennonite Church Bible Camp for more than 20 years. She was also an accomplished seamstress and quilter. Her denim quilts were often in demand. She played the piano and organ for many church services and functions.
Survivors include a son, Tom Buller and his wife, Linda, of Glendive; three daughters, Kathy Gadomski and her husband, Doug, of Albuquerque, N.M., Nina Gibbs and her husband, Dave, of Republic, Ohio, and Cecilia Jenkins of Albuquerque; a twin sister, Viola Unruh of Wolf Point; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vern, in 2008; three sisters; two brothers; an infant granddaughter and an infant grandson.
Funeral services were held in the Chapel of the Silvernale-Silha Funeral Home in Glendive. Burial was in the Bethlehem Mennonite Cemetery in Bloomfield.

Mennonite Weekly Review - October 25, 2010 - 88th Year, No. 38 - p. 9


Detrow, F. Lucille Yoder

F. Lucille Yoder Detrow, 91, of Leetonia, Ohio, died on Sept. 30, 2010, at Parkside Health Care Center after a long illness. She was born Feb. 24, 1919, to Stephen A. and Esther Mae (Lehman) Yoder in McPherson County, Kan.

She served 29 years with the Ten Thousand Villages Store, formerly known as Self-Help. She married Arthur Detrow on Nov. 29, 1941.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Arthur Detrow; a daughter, Darlene Martin and her husband, Gary, of Leetonia; four sons, Ralph Detrow and his wife, Kathy, of Dalton, Ron Detrow and his wife, Jan, of Boardman, David Detrow and his wife, Charmaine, of Harrisonburg, Va., and Paul Detrow and his wife, Donna, of Huntsburg; a brother, Harold Yoder of Goshen, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.


Horst, Lloyd S.

Lloyd S. Horst, 97, of Dayton, Va., died Oct. 7, 2010, at Bridgewater Home, where he was a resident. He was born Aug. 16, 1913, to Reuben and Frances Sweigart Horst in Pennsylvania.

On Feb. 29, 1936, he married Alice Virginia Heatwole. She preceded him in death on Jan. 5, 1997.

He was ordained as a Mennonite minister in 1948 and as bishop in 1957.

Survivors include six children, James D. Horst and his wife, Loretta, of Weyers Cave, Amos D. Horst and his wife, Leta, of Harrisonburg, Enos H. Horst and his wife, Deborah, of Brandywine, W.Va., Rachel Schrock and her husband, David, of Dayton, Reuben Horst and his wife, Ruth Ann, of Dayton, and Anna Miller and her husband, Gary, of Middlebury, Ind.; a daughter-in-law, Martha Horst of Century, Fla.; 22 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; a son, Joseph F. Horst; and a grandson, Sheldon Horst.

Services were held at Bank Mennonite Church, where he was a member.

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