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Ivarado.- Donna, 61, Hudson Lake, Ind., died Jan. 27, of cancer. Survivors: husband, Guadalupe; children Tina Harter, Vicki Swartzentruber, Nicolas; parents, Richard and Mabel Baker; seven grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 31 at New Carlisle by Esther Lanting.

Balzer.- Earl M., 70, Gresham, Ore., died Jan. 18, of a heart attack. Survivors: wife, Lois; children Thayne, Ronna Unger, Jenelle Ediger; parents, Henry and Helen Balzer; six grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 22 by Teresa Moser.

Bartholow.- Virginia Astor, 43, Charleston, S.C, died Jan. 22. Survivors: husband, Ray; children Heather Rogulski, Ashley; foster parents, Jim and Isabel Mullett; two grandchildren. Cremated.

Burkholder.- Fern, 94, Walnut Creek, Ohio, died Dec. 18. Burial: Dec. 20 at Rittman by Paul G. Conrad.

Collins.- Richard A., 84, Bedford Heights, Ohio, died Jan. 17. Survivors: sons Richard Jr., Earl, Raymond; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 20 at Twinsburg by David Orr.

Fenton.- Evelyn Merillat, 67, Wauseon, Ohio, died Jan. 15, of cirrhosis of the liver. Survivors: husband, Raymond; children Robert, Max David, Thomas, William, Barbara Stewart, Lori Rice; mother, Sylvia Merillat; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Burial: Feb. 2 at Pettisville by Randy Nafziger.

Fisher.- Sylvester, 85, Honey Brook, Pa., died Jan. 22. Survivors: wife, Anna; children Allen, Janet Feister; one grandchild; two great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 26 at Gap by Herman Glick and Lester Graybill.

Frederick.- Ruth Ann Nyce, 51, Souderton, Pa., died Feb. 2, of complications from diabetes. Survivors: husband, T. Dale; daughter, Jennifer; parents, Harvey and Grace Nyce. Burial: Feb. 6 at Souderton, by Gerald Clemmer and David Greiser.

Landes.- Ellsworth, 83, Lakewood, Colo., died Jan. 22, of a stroke. Survivors: wife, Olive; daughter, Martha King; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 26 at Wheat Ridge by Mark Miller and Roger Hochstetler.

Oyer.- Ida Jane Yoder, 83, Fisher, Ill., died Jan. 29. Survivors: husband, Elmer; sons Darrel, Gary, Norman; seven grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 2 at Fisher by Michael Dean and Cal Kaufman.

Reist.- Samuel F., 37, Mount Joy, Pa., died Jan. 16. Survivors: wife, Katy; children Peter, James, Jesse, Elizabeth. Burial: Jan. 24 at Mount Joy.

Schmid.- Walter W., 79, Orrville, Ohio, died Jan. 27. Survivors: wife, Mary; children Barbara Fridley, Mary Kathryn Miller, Steve, John; 11 grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 27 at Smithville by John and Barbara Lehman and David Miller.

Schmidt.- Arnold B., 84, Buhler, Kan., died Jan. 7, of cancer. Survivors: wife, Anna; children Arlo, Larry, Judy Goering, Marilyn Fanning; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Burial: Jan. 10 at Inman by Dean Linsenmeyer.

Shetler.- Edna Fern Yoder Rhodes, 86, Kalona, Iowa, died Jan. 25. Survivors: children Warren, David, Ross, Jeanette Mellinger; stepsons Marland Shetler, Francis Shetler; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; 11 step-great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 28 at Kalona by Scott Swartzendruber and Mick Murray.

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Yoder John Howard

A faithful teacher in the church

Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder, who died on Dec. 30, 1997 influenced many people's thinking, including the author's.

by Ted Grimsrud

John Howard Yoder influenced me tremendously. My membership in the Mennonite church; my vocation as a theologian, pastor and college professor; and my commitment to being Christian owe much to Yoder.
He was the first Mennonite writer I read-in fact, one of the first Mennonites I heard of.
In the spring of 1976, my last year of college, I made a personal decision to embrace pacifism. Hours spent soul-searching, talking with friends and reading the Bible culminated in an emotional, prayerful evening of clarity about my certainty that I could not participate in warfare-and a sense that this new commitment was going to be central to my entire understanding of my faith.
That summer, one of my friends took a class from Yoder-on Christian pacifism. My friend came back fired up and remarkably coherent in his theology of peacemaking. My friend also came back with three of Yoder's books: Nevertheless: Varieties of Christian Pacifism, The Original Revolution and The Politics of Jesus.
We spent hours talking, joined by a third friend equally interested in these issues-my wife-to-be, Kathleen Temple. I was a sponge ready to soak up all Yoder had to teach me about Jesus, peacemaking, the Christian tradition, the biblical message of love even for enemies and the Anabaptist alternative to pro-war Christendom.
The next several years were a time for me to consolidate my new awareness and gradually expand it. Kathleen and I learned to know Mennonites in our small Eugene, Ore., church. We read as much as we could.
The books and articles, the people, the ideas-we found ourselves increasingly drawn to Mennonitism. I also found myself wanting more formal education. We didn't know anything about theological schools, except that Yoder taught at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Ind.
In August 1980, we boarded a train from Portland, Ore., to Elkhart. It turned out to be a life-changing trip. We found a spiritual and intellectual home.
My two classes with Yoder, "Christian Attitudes Toward War, Peace and Revolution" and "Christology and Theological Method," were fascinating. In both classes, students receive a set of mimeographed lectures that had been taped and transcribed. What a gold mine! (AMBS later edited and published both sets.) In "Christian Attitudes," Yoder taught us several wonderful peace hymns, and we began each class singing one. He had a powerful voice. I liked to sit directly in front of him in chapel and pretend I was singing out strongly.
Frightened student: Unfortunately, I found it difficult to connect with John personally. He told us he welcomed office visits. It was true that when he was in his office the door was always open. He did want to be hospitable and available for students. However, when I screwed up my courage to talk with him, it turned out to be an ordeal. He never seemed comfortable, which made this frightened student more afraid. His answers were short, his questions few. After two tries, I gave up.
A friend of mine worked harder. However, he also never quite succeeded in developinp a close relationship. He gave up after he loaned John the joke book Real Men Don't Eat Quiche. John returned the book with a terse, "I fail to see the humor in this."
My respect for Yoder's work increased even more during the mid-1980s, when I completed a doctoral program in Christian ethics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Calif. My school was a consortium of several Protestant and Catholic seminaries. Just about all schools used The Politics of Jesus as a basic text in their ethics classes for men and women training for the ministry. These students read Yoder's book with great appreciation.
Numerous theologians, most notably James McClendon (who taught at my school) and Stanley Hauerwas, cited Yoder as one of their major influences. Another of my professors, Robert Bellah, a prominent sociologist of religion, expressed to me in conversation his great respect for Yoder's work.
Kathleen and I spent the spring semester of 1992 on sabbatical at AMBS. While we were there, accusations toward Yoder concerning sexual misconduct became public.
Like many others, I was shocked and struggled to make sense of it all. It was and remains difficult to hold together the profundity of Yoder's peace theology with the allegations of pain and trauma inflicted by his actions toward numerous women.
Ultimately, though, I believe that Yoder's positive contribution to my life, the life Mennonite church and the life of the broader Christian church remains. His witness was compromised by his transgressions. However, we are reminded by the Apostle Paul that "we have this treasure in earthen vessels" (2 Corinthians 4:7). Many of our great heroes have had feet of clay.
In January 1997, we saw John when he visited Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Va. This was his first Mennonite engagement after going through a church discipline process. He gave a typically thorough and insightful lecture. During discussion, he was asked from the floor about the accusations and process. I felt he gave a forthright response, speaking openly of the inappropriateness of his actions and his desire for healing for the people he hurt.
John Howard Yoder is a giant in the field of theological ethics. I have alluded to his impact in the wider church-his profound influence in both Catholic and Protestant pastoral training, which has and will for some time filter through the broader church.
He has had an immense impact on Mennonite theology-most directly through his teaching at AMBS and through the work of many Mennonite theologians directly influenced by him (including, among many others, Duane Friesen, Harry Huebner, J. Denny Weaver and Ray Gingerich).
Mennonite pastors throughout the United States and Canada have been shaped by this theology and have in turn shaped their parishioners with it. Beyond North America, Yoder has also directly and profoundly influenced many Mennonite pastors. My own acquaintances include such pastors in France, Japan, Colombia, Brazil, Netherlands, Somalia and even a Reformed pastor in Switzerland.
Heart and mind: I believe Yoder's central impact comes from his profound, coherent, thoroughgoing pacifist theology. Without compromise, without equivocation-but also without arrogance or self-satisfaction-Yoder presented the case for Christian pacifism, based ultimately on the gospel of Jesus Christ and the character of the biblical God. When I first encountered Yoder's thought, I was a pacifist of the heart. And I know he agreed that is where the core of pacifism lies. But he provided understanding for my faith, a way to integrate my heart with my mind.
At the core of this understanding, with much broader significance than simply as a basis for pacifism, Yoder presented a thoroughly persuasive case for the social relevance of Jesus' entire way of life. "The politics of Jesus" essentially means that Jesus is profoundly normative for Christian existence in all aspects of life--how we relate to God and to our community of faith, but also how we relate to our social world.
A general lesson I learned from Yoder has comforted me in coming to terms with this too-early loss. I feel sadness, but also I grieve that the many projects on which he was working at the time of his death will remain incomplete. The comfort I draw, though, comes from Yoder's own confession of the importance of trust in God as the sovereign over history. A great deal of human violence results from our vain efforts to "make history come out right." Our calling is not to make history come out right. That task is in God's hands. Our task is to trust God and to live in response to God's never-ending mercy. One of Yoder's lesser known books (regrettably) is called Karl Barth and the Problem of War. Yoder studied with the great Swiss theologian in the 1950s. This book is a sincere form of flattery: a serious engagement with the implications of Barth's theology concerning warfare-and ultimately a pretty sharp critique. However, Yoder expressed his respect for Barth in the book's dedication: "To the memory of one who faithfully fulfilled the office of teacher in the church." I believe these words also apply to John Howard Yoder, and I think he would have felt there could be no higher praise.

Ted Grimsrud teaches at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Va.

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Bender.- Donna Lou Byler, 69, Hesston, Kan., died Feb. 6. Survivors: husband. Merle; children Dawn Jacob, Diane, David, Dirk, Dana; three grandchildren. Cremated.

Brenneman.- Mabel Smith, 85, Elida, Ohio, died Jan. 26 of a stroke. Survivors: children William, James, Sharon Miller; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 31 at Elida by Mel Hathaway.

Eigsti.- Dorothea Margarethe Abrahams, 97, Morton, Ill., died Jan. 5. Survivors: daughters Joyce Hofer, Carol Eigsti; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 7 at Pekin by Doane Brubaker.

Esch.- Gladden H., 87, Morton, Ill., died Jan. 27. Survivors: children Doris Borthwick, Nancy Tolnoff, Mary Wilkening; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 31 at Washington, Ill., by Verle Brubaker.

Fletcher.- Burton (Dick) Jr., 69, Lyndhurst, Va., died Feb. 7. Survivors: wife, Delano (Pat); children Kevin, Kristi Kanagy, Karen Weeks; mother, Mabel; three grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 10 at Waynesboro, Va., by Alvin Graber, Vance Brydge and Charles Ramsey.

Garber.- Esther M., 98, Eureka, Ill., died Feb. 7. Survivors: children Wilda Gingrich, Ferne Onken, Richard, Leslie; 16 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 10 at Metamora, Ill., by Robert Nolt and Michael Danner.

Gingerich.- Malinda Ellen, 91, Croghan, N.Y, died Feb. 4. Survivors: children Beryl, Joan Zehr, Lila; 20 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren. Spring burial at Croghan.

Gingerich.- Wilma Bender, 80, Wellman, Iowa, died Jan. 24 of complications after surgery. Survivors: husband, Aldine; children Lucy Hostetler, Linda Miller, Leland, Frances Nafziger, Twila Miller, Brenda Stauffer; 23 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 27 at Parnell, Iowa, by David Boshart.

Hess.- James H., 86, Willow Street, Pa., died Jan. 24, of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Survivors: wife, Anna; children Esther Becker, James, Ernest, Luke; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 28 at Willow Street by Joe Garber and David Thomas.

Hooley.- Orvin H., 87, New Paris, Ind., died Jan. 29. Survivors: wife, Mary; children Linda Hershberger, Mary Beth Engle, David, William, Joe, John; stepson Milton Gibson; 20 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 1 at Shipshewana, Ind., by Joseph Miller, Martha Kolb-Wyckoff and MarvinYoder.

Hostetler.- Dorothy E. Livengood, 73, Goshen, Ind., died Jan. 18. Survivors: husband, Samuel; children Deloris Zehr, Deborah Hochstetler, Donald, Wilbur, Glen, Marvin, Gerald; 17 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 30 at Goshen by Art Smoker and Jerry Wittrig.

Kauffman.- Martha Schlabach, 87, Phoenix, Ariz., died Jan. 28. Survivors: children Ellen Yoder, Dorthea Litwiller, Mildred Bellew, Mary Clarkson, Monroe, Joseph; 21 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 31 at Phoenix by Stanley Weaver, Dennis Stauffer and David Mann.

Keller.- Norman F., 81, Souderton, Pa., died Jan. 11. Survivors: children Esther Cassel, Robert, Stanley, Ray; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan.17at Franconia, by John Ehst, Steve Landis and Floyd Hackman.

Kenagy.- Lois Dorthea Harder, 76, Garden City, Mo., died Jan. 17 of heart failure. Survivors: husband, Orlie; children Verlin, Delbert, Twila Fieker; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 30 at Garden City by Kenneth Steckly and Wilmer Hartman.

King.- Willard W., 82, Wauseon, Ohio, died Jan. 17. Survivors: wife, Grace; children Charlene VanPelt, Judy Selzer, Dan; eight grandchildren; three great-children. Burial: Jan. 20 at Pettisville, Ohio, by Rick Jones and Dale Wyse.

Martin.- Helen Gimbel, 80, Cambridge, Ont., died Jan. 27. Survivors: children Sharon, Doug; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 30 at Breslau, Ont., by Laurence Martin.

Mutchler.- Oda Senger, 97, North Lawrence, Ohio, died Jan. 25, of heart failure. Survivors: children Ethel, Glenn Jr.; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 31 at North Lawrence by John Miller.

Wood.- Lillie Mae Hansbrough, 81, Elkton, Va., died Jan. 23. Survivors: husband, Gordon; children Thelma Crawford, Delbert, Vernon, Peggy, Carolyn Kile, Betty Owens, Lois Shifflett, Mary Shifflett, Bonnie Jones, Wanda Plum, Kay Lam; 30 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 28 at Elkton by Harold Lahman and Addona Nissley.

Yoder.- Elizabeth, 88, Fairview, Mich., died Jan. 9. Survivors: children Ray, Kenneth; eight grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 12 Fairview by Randy Detweiler.

Zook.- Priscilla Elizabeth, 68, Mill Creek, Pa., died Feb. 1 of cancer. Survivors: parents, Jot and Emma Zook. Burial: Feb. 4 by Philip Barr.

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Beachy.- Levi, 81, Arthur, Ill., died Feb. 18. Survivors: children David, Delilah England, Elsie Troyer, Anna Miller, Alma Fair, Theresa Binion; 24 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 21 at Arthur by Phil Schrock.

Beidler.- Ethel Landis, 79, Quakertown, Pa., died Jan. 28 of heart disease. Survivors: children Edith Freed, Luke, Faith Benner, Hope Brubaker, Gloria Bontrager, Eva, Rose Yoder, Jewel Byler; 28 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 31 at Quakertown by Jonathan Schmidt.

Birky.- Chauncey, 86, Kouts, Ind., died Feb. 17. Survivors: wife, Lelah; children Joyce Oury, Marston; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 21 at Kouts by Art Good and John Murray.

Blosser.- Harvey, 101, Columbiana, Ohio, died Feb. 15. Survivors: wife, Wilma; children Virgil, Rosetta Martin; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 18 at Columbiana by Larry Rohrer.

Brubaker.- Miriam Erb, 80, Lititz, Pa., died Feb. 16. Survivors: husband, Joseph Brubaker; daughter, Martha. Burial: Feb. 20 at East Petersburg, Pa., by Karl Steffy, John Shenk and Donald Good.

Christophel.- Ada M., 92, Shady Grove, Pa., died Feb. 19. Burial: Feb. 23 at Chambersburg, Pa., by Gayle Ruble and Nelson Martin.

Conrad.- Esther, 79, Lansing, Mich., died Feb. 18. Burial: Feb. 21 at Ashley, Mich., by Joe Pendleton.

Crum.- Carol, 60, Jackson, Ohio, died Feb. 26 of pneumonia. Burial: Feb. 27 at Jackson by Isabel Mullett.

Denbrook.- Ida, 95, Adams County, Ind., died Jan. 18. Survivors: children Myron, Richard, Joan; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Burial: Glendale, Ariz.

Duinker.- John,73, Bentley, Alta., died Jan. 30. Survivors: wife, Gertie; children Katharine, Angela, Norman, Peter, Andrew, Bruce, David; 25 grandchildren.

Eichelberger.- Louella Bechler, 93, Glendale, Ariz., died Feb. 20. Survivors: children Ruby Walstra, Glen, Dale, Louie Jr., Marvin; 25 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Burial: Feb. 24 at Kouts, Ind., by John Murray and Chris Birky.

Erb.- Saloma Christner, 93, Orrville, Ohio, died Feb. 18. Survivors: children Violet Northern, Marie MacKnight, Clyde; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren. Burial: Kidron, Ohio, by Terry Shue and Herman Myers.

Frey.- Melinda Frey, 84, Hawkesville, Ont., died Feb. 16. Survivors: children George, Judith Schaafsma, Emerson, Susannah Howden, Harvey, Selina Johnson, Naomi Smith, Anna Brubacher; 23 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb.19 at Hawkesville by Don Penner.

Gimbel.- Verda, 83, Cambridge, Ont., died Feb. 4. Burial: Feb. 7 at Breslau, Ont., by Laurence Martin.

Heatwole.- Evelyn Shank, 78, Harrisonburg, Va., died Jan. 26. Survivors: husband, Roland; children David, Jerry, Marilyn McDaniel; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 30 at Harrisonburg by Joseph Shenk, Edith Shenk and Clarence Moyers.

Heiser.- Raymond W., 85, Fisher, Ill., died Feb. 4. Survivors: wife, Hilda; children Sharilyn Liestman, Suzette Dhaemers, Arlys Carmien, Lowell, Lennie; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 7 at Fisher by Michael Dean and Cal Kaufman.

Hennigh.- Edgar L., 73, Spartansburg, Pa., died Feb. 20. Survivors: wife, Bernetta; son Ronald; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 24 at Spartansburg by Carl Smeltzer.

Hirscher.- Ruth E., 88, Moundridge, Kan., died Feb. 14. Survivor: daughter Connie Graber. Burial: Feb. 17 at Moundridge by Tim Kliewer.

Hofer.- John E., 89, Freeman, S.D., died Feb. 13. Burial: Feb. 17 at Freeman by Ken Peterson.

Kauffman.- Isaac Fred, 88, Lebanon, Ore., died Jan. 20 of cancer. Survivors: son John; stepson Tony Nofziger; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 22 at Albany, Ore., by Lynn Miller.

Keller.- Fannie F. Landis, 84, Souderton, Pa., died Jan. 31. Survivors: children Arden, Gloria Moyer, Mary; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 5 at Franconia, Pa., by John Ehst and Steven Landis.

Kulp.- Amos Timothy, 94, Cheraw, Colo., died Feb. 14. Burial: Feb. 18 at Cheraw by Michael Yeakey.

Lambright.- Irene Eash, 79, and Lambright, John J., 84, of Middlebury, Ind., died from injuries suffered in a house fire. He died Jan. 8 and was buried Jan. 11. She died Jan. 17 and was buried Jan. 20. Survivors: children Theora Graber, Loren, Dorcas Carter; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Both burials at Middlebury by Linford Martin and Russ Stauffer.

Leaman.- Ivan D., 91, Lancaster, Pa., died Feb. 19. Survivors: children Lois Garber, Marian Neff, Ivan, Alta Metzler, Esther Kniss, Ethel Sell, Mary Zuniga, James; 28 grandchildren; 57 great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 22 at Lancaster by Abram Charles, Paul Charles and Greg Hershberger.

Litwiller.- Estella M., 95, Hopedale, Ill., died Feb. 4. Burial: Feb. 9 at Hopedale by H. James Smith.

Martin.- Sylvia Yoder, 91, Mylo, N.D, died Jan. 23; Survivors: children Roy Bontrager, Larry, Dell, 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren. Burial: March 29 Surrey, N.D. by Galen I. and Ottis Yoder.

Miller.- Edna E., 74, Goshen, Ind., died Feb. 21. Survivors: children; Richard, Robert; five grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 25 at Goshen by Firman Gingerich and Nancy Kauffman.

Mockler.- Marlene Mishler, 62, Bristol, Ind., died of cancer. Survivors: husband Donald; children Stephen, Denise Schrock, Dennis, Victoria Troyer, Cynthia Snider, David; parents, Franklin and Florence. Burial: Feb. 13 at Middlebury, Ind., by Barry Schmell.

Pankratz.- Esther, 94, Moundridge, Kan., died Jan. 13. Burial: Jan. 16 at Moundridge by Tim Kliewer.

Plett.- Verdena Franz, 71, Buhler, Kan, died Feb. 13, of a stroke. Survivors: husband, Eldon; daughter Sharon Becker. Burial: Feb. 16 at Buhler by Bob Dalke.

Plummer.- Lambert R., 63, Stuarts Draft, Va., died Feb. 19. Survivors: wife, Mary; children Gloria Balser, Doris Barns, Nancy Hartsook, Dale, Mike; nine grandchildren; parents, Harry and Nellie Plummer. Burial: Feb. 22 at Stuarts Draft by Stanlee Kauffman and Jim Simmons.

Ritchie.- Elizabeth, 92, Talcum, Ky., died Feb. 16. Survivors: children Luther, Verdin, Vincin, Billy, Larry, Philas Vanschoyk, Olive Estep, Mildred, Ida Winslow, Fern Smith; 30 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 18 at Talcum by Donald Blair.

Rupp.- Omer H., 77, Moundridge, Kan., died Dec. 27 of a brain hemorrhage. Survivors: wife, Rachel; children Nancy Schwarzentraub, Beth Schey, James; six grandchildren. Burial: Dec. 31 at Moundridge by Tim Kliewer.

Sangrey.- David M., 90, Manheim, Pa., died Feb. 17. Survivors: children Ruth Miller, Marian Groff, Mervin; seven grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 20 at East Petersburg, Pa., by Karl Steffy and Donald Good.

Schmidt.- Carl G., 80, Beatrice, Neb., died Jan. 31, of cancer. Survivors: wife, Hilda; children Karen, Ruth Schmidt-Hewitt, Melvin; one grandchild. Burial: Feb. 4 at Beatrice by Ed Kauffman.

Schmucker.- Ivan P., 78, Louisville, Ohio, died Feb. 2. Survivors: wife, Eunice; children Gene, June Brown; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Body given for medical research.

Schultz.- Fannie Gerber Steckly, 89, Milverton, Ont., died Nov. 28. Survivors: children Clarence, Roy, Lorne, Harvey; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Burial: Nov. 30 at Millbank, Ont., by Glenn Zehr.

Schultz.- Ronald S., 61, Mill bank, Ont., died Dec. 9, of cancer. Survivors: wife, Beatrice; daughters Yvonne, Wanda Poole; one grandchild. Burial: Dec. 11 by Glenn Zehr and Maurice Witzel.

Shank.- Helen Elizabeth Rhodes, 72, Harrisonburg, Va., died Jan. 22. Survivors: daughter Delores A. Lakes; one grandchild. Burial: Jan. 24 at Harrisonburg by Beryl Jantzi and Sam Janzen.

Shantz.- Florence Beatrice Burkhart, 95, Kitchener, Ont., died Feb. 6. Survivors: children Robert, Dorothy, Harold, Alice Hornburg; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Burial: Feb. 9 at Breslau, Ont., by Laurence Martin.

Shantz.- Mary Cressman, 82, Tavistock, Ont., died Jan. 25, of kidney failure. Survivors: husband, Mahlon; children Robert, Ruth Johnston, Murray, David, James, John, Ron; 21 grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 28 by Steve Drudge.

Showalter.- Martha Ann Baer, 53, Broadway, Va., died Feb. 25. Survivors: husband, O. Franklin Jr.; children Elyzabeth Moore, O. Franklin III; parents, Lehman and Hilda Reynolds Baer. Burial: Feb. 28 at Broadway by Philip Kanagy and Richard Early.

Smeltzer.- Laura, 93, Sarasota, Fla., died Feb. 17. Survivors: stepson Ray; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Burial: Elkhart, Ind., by Barry Loop.

Stauffer.- Verbalee Euarda Stutzman, 85, Tofield, Alta., died Feb. 11. Survivors: husband, Boyd; children Joyce Amstutz, Bryan, Milo; nine grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 14 at Tofield by Dan Graber and Paul Voegtlin.

Steiner.- Elmer B., 72, Orrville, Ohio, died Feb. 9. Survivors: children Robert, Judy Estrada, Phebe Westman, Laurel Martinez, Emily Riffle, Yvonne Butler, Angela Strock; foster son Francisco Mosquero; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 13 at Kidron, Ohio, by Mike McFarren and John Lehman.

Stull.- Minnie 0., 93, Scottdale, Pa., died Jan. 15. Burial: Jan. 19 at Johnstown, Pa., by Doug and Wanda Roth Amstutz.

Swegheimer.- David Gene, 52, Hartville, Ohio, died Feb. 5. Survivors: parents, David and Delilah Swegheimer. Burial: Feb. 7 at Louisville, Ohio, by Ronald Blough.

Tomlonson.- Judy Schroeder, 58, Warrensburg, Mo., died Dec. 3 of Lou Gehrig's disease. Survivors: children Jana Bond, Jill, Jeremy; mother, Bertha; four grandchildren. Body donated to science.

Voth.- Wilmer "Bud," 77, Buhler, Kan., died Jan. 16 of cancer. Survivors: wife, Florence; children Connie Simms, Gloria Hudnall, Tom, Michael; nine grandchildren. Burial: Jan. 19 at Buhler by Bob Dalke.

Wengerd.- Esther, 77, Hartville, Ohio, died Feb. 10. Survivors: children Edna Stutzman, Loyal, Ernie, Roy, Al, Robert; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 14 at Hartville, Ohio, by Dave Hall and Henry Shrock.

Wyse.- Velma Raber, 87, Wayland, Iowa, died Feb. 5, of pneumonia. Survivors: children Charles, Sam; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 8 at Wayland by Ruben Chupp and Roger Farmer.

Yoder.- Leona Byler, 84, Wellman, Iowa, died Feb. 28. Survivors: husband, George; children John, Carroll, Alan, Judy Moskalik; 11 grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 27 at Wellman by David Boshart.

Yoder.- Raphael Purl, 96, Topeka, Ind., died Jan. 23, of pneumonia. Survivors: chlldren Maurice, Gordon, Fred, Cheryl Miller, two grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Burial: Jan. 26 at Shipshewana, Ind., by John Murray.

Yost.- Harlan L., 74, Leola, Pa., died Jan. 20, of a heart attack. Survivors: children Judy Derstine, Eva Kopacz, Kathy Hartje, Dale Yoder; seven grandchildren. Body donated to science.

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Bishop.- J. Vernon, 76, Doylestown, Pa., died Feb. 26 of organ failure. Survivors: wife, Anna; children James, Robert, J. Eric, Rebecca Swartzendruber; 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Burial: March 2 at Blooming Glen, Pa., by Truman Brunk and David Stevens.

Detweiler.- Martha, 74, Souderton, Pa., died March 1 of lymphoma. Burial: March 3 at Lansdale, Pa., by Elmer Frederick.

Doell.- John R., 89, Henderson, Neb., died March 5. Survivors: wife, Malinda; children Leona Yoder, J. Homer, Jean Cox; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Burial: March 9 at Henderson by Weldon Martens.

Epp.- Marvin J., 90, Lynden, Wash., died Feb. 16. Survivors: wife, Annie; children Merlin, Marvin; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 19 by Steve Schroeder.

Fries.- John S., 62, Sarasota, Fla., died Feb. 27 of heart problems. Survivors: wife, Margaret; children Ann Miller, Johnathan, Ted; four grandchildren; parents, Clarence and Arie Fries. Burial: March 2 at Sarasota by Barry Loop.

Gingerich.- Clifton Wayne, 85, Iowa City, Iowa, died Feb. 24. Survivor: wife, Muriel. Burial: Feb. 27 at Iowa City by Jay Miiller and Noah Helmuth.

Halteman.- Stella N. Alderfer, 100, Souderton, Pa., died Feb. 23. Burial: Feb. 27 at Franconia, Pa., by Steven Landis, John Ehst and Floyd Hackman.

Keller.- Harry F., 87, Bridgewater, Va., died Feb. 15. Survivors: wife, Margaret; children Louise Heatwole, Roy, Stanley; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 18 at Dayton, Va., by Joseph Shenk, Larry Nesselrodt and James Beckwith.

Roth.- Ethel I. Oswald, 87, Morton, Ill., died Feb. 25. Survivors: children Derald, Kenneth, Leonard, Wayne, Richard, Mary Rechkemmer, Janet Jourdan; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 28 at Tremont, Ill., by Doane Brubaker.

Searles.- Dan, 81, Elkhart, Ind,, died Feb. 18 of cancer. Survivor: son, Daniel.

Stuckey.- Bertha Frey, 86, Archbold, Ohio, died Feb. 11. Survivors: Allen, Annabelle Lerch, Orlene Mason, Louise Rudo; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. Burial: Feb. 14 at Stryker, Ohio, by Allen Rutter and Wendy Miller.

Whirledge.- Beulah Shrock, 83, Millersburg, Ind., died Feb. 11. Survivors: husband, William; children Marilyn Tylor, Arlis Krenicky, Almeda Zumbrum, Alden; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Burial: Feb. 14 at Goshen, Ind., by Robert Shreinerand Vernon Bontreger.

Yoder.- Rose, 43, Elverson, Pa., died Feb. 2 of a brain tumor. Survivors: parents, Thomas and Fannie Yoder. Burial: Feb. 5 at Morgantown, Pa., by Nilson Assis.

Transcribed by: John Ingold, Indiana

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