Allgyer, -- Samuel Evans, was born in Mifflin Co., Pa., March 8, 1859, the youngest in the family of Joseph and Barbara Zook Allgyer; quietly departed this life Nov. 15, 1953, at his home near West Liberty, Ohio; aged 94 y. 8m. 7 d. He offered the prayer of consecration at the morning Sabbath service on the last day of his life, in the same church in which he had served as Sunday-school teacher, superintendent of the Sunday School, pastor, and bishop; and in which he had begun his membership at the age of 16. Through the years his guiding influence played a gentle but firm and important role in the growth of this his beloved church. These were years of change and progress; the language of the church was changed from German to English; the building was remodeled; several deacons, ministers, and bishops were ordained; a dynamic and continuing program of missionary activity was initiated. Early in the century, when he was ordained to the ministry, he began the true purpose and sacred goal of his life:the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His first sermon, preached at the Oak Grove Church, had Luke 4: 18 for the text;"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." In the first year of his ministry he began evangelistic work, and as he later wrote,"By the grace of God, and the aid of the Holy Spirit, I have preached nearly 4, 000 sermons and have baptized hundreds of converts into His kingdom." He shared the responsibility of organization and management of the Orphansí Home of West Liberty for almost 50 years. The organization of the financial support for the construction of the Old People's Home of Wayne County claimed his enthusiastic devotion for a number of years. These two interests well illustrate the practical application of a Christian faith that believed in doing; in a faith that prompted a lively interest, to his last day, in the work and problems of those about him. His years of service as Field Worker for the Mennonite Board of Missions and Charities took him into nearly every state of the Union and into many provinces of Canada. On Jan. 18, 1883, he married Pricilla Umble of Lancaster Co., Pa. Eight children came to bless this happy union (Eva Mae:Mrs. Noah E. Troyer; Barbara Ellen:Mrs. Earl M. Yoder; Maude Umble:Mrs. Dan C. Yoder; J. Roy; Anna Mary:Mrs. A. Ray Eschliman; Ruth Edna:Mrs. John G. Baumgartner; S. Maurice; and John M.). Father Allgyer made his home a home of prayer and consecrated devotion. The spirit and influence of Father and Mother have guided many decisions and judgments and have often served as a beacon light to guide toward the truth. Neighbors and many a friend scattered here and there, as well as his own children, cherish some counsel or advice which he gave. Twenty-three grandchildren were joined to this happy family circle, and 39 great-grandchildren. Three children have gone before (Maude in 1929, Barbara in 1933, and Eva in 1949). Mother, the companion of joy and sorrow, or happiness and disappointment, through 63 years of married life, left in 1946. There she has waited, as she always did in life, with the sweetest smile, and with the words which she had spoken many, many times,"I am so glad you are home again." Here lies the veritable patriarch of our family, the spring and source of our life, a venerable citizen of this community a respected leader of his church, and a faithful servant of his Lord and Master. He may well have said, with the Apostle Paul,"The time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." Funeral services were held at the Oak Grove Mennonite Church on Nov. 18, in charge of S. C. Yoder, I. W. Royer, and Nelson Kanagy, with burial in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Bender, -- Emanuel M., son of David and Lydia (Miller) Bender, was born near Goshen, Ind., July 1, 1867; passed away at Seward Memorial Hospital, Seward, Nebr., Oct. 31, 1953; aged 86 y. 4 m. As a child he moved with his parents to Trenton, Iowa. At the age of 21 the family moved near Milford, Nebr. He accepted Christ as his Saviour and at the time of his death was a member of the East Fairview Mennonite Church. On Oct. 15, 1892, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Roth, who preceded him in death. Also preceding him were an infant son (Elmer), one daughter (Lydia), one brother, 4 sisters, and one great-grandson. Surviving him are 2 daughters (Katie:Mrs. Ben B. Rediger, and Agnes:Mrs. Fred Stutzman), one brother (David Sterling, Colo.), 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. Grandpa lived the last years of his life without eyesight and had been in failing health the last four months. Funeral services were held at the East Fairview Mennonite Church by A. M. Miller, assisted by Oliver Roth and Sterling Stauffer. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Burkholder, -- John Yost, was born July 28, 1877, near Roanoke, Ill.; passed away Nov. 7, 1953; aged 76 y. 3 m. 10 d. He was the oldest son of Henry S. and Barbara (Bally) Burkholder. His parents and one brother (Frank) preceded him in death. He is survived by one brother (Henry, Goshen, Ind.), and 5 nieces and nephews (Lowell, White Cloud, Mich.; Ruth:Mrs. Paul E. Yoder, Elkhart, Ind.; Clayton, Bertha:Mrs. Virgil Goetz, and Mildred:Mrs. Earl L. Yoder, all of Goshen, Ind.). Until recently he always enjoyed good health. On Oct. 21, 1953, he suffered a stroke and was bedfast since that time at the Moore Convalescent Home, Goshen, Ind. He passed away Nov. 7 following another stroke. He was a member of no church. However, the day before his passing even though he could not speak, he expressed his desire to become a Christian. There was good evidence that he took the good step in the closing hours, thus finding peace with God. Services were held at the Culp Funeral Home, Goshen, Ind., on Nov. 9 and burial in the Olive Mennonite Cemetery, with Elno Steiner in charge.
Diener, --- Edward, son of the late Minister D. A. and Lydia (Landis) Diener, was born May 24, 1892, near Canton, Kans.; departed this life at his home near Wellman, Iowa, Oct. 25, 1953; aged 61 y. 5 m. 1 d. On Sept. 14, 1918, he was united in marriage to Mary Buckwalter. To this union 10 children were born (Menno B., Akron, Pa.; Roy E., Denver, Colo.; Esther:Mrs. Bernhard Kroeker, Upland, Calif.; Lydia:Mrs. Ben Jantz, Greensburg, Kans.; Eber, Newton, Kans.; Viola, La Junta, Colo.; Rose, Goshen, Ind.; and Alvin, at home). The above-named children, with their mother, mourn the passing of a loving and devoted husband and father. One son (David A.) preceded him in death. Surviving are also 10 grandchildren, 3 brothers (Harry, Hutchinson, Kans.; Charles L. and Arthur D., Canton, Kans.), and one sister (Ruth, Colorado Springs, Colo.). He accepted Christ early in youth. On May 12, 1918, he was ordained to the ministry to serve a small congregation near Larned, Kans. In 1927 the family moved to Wellman, Iowa, where he helped W. S. Guengerich with the early Daytonville Church, late the Wellman Mennonite Church, where he served the remainder of his life with the exception of three years which were spent as pastor of the congregation near Roseland, Nebr. At various intervals he served the church at large by soliciting for relief, hospitals, and education. He enjoyed good health all his life until the spring of 1953 when he realized he was unable to carry on his normal activities. On East Sunday he preached from the text, John 20: 26,"Peace be unto you," which proved to be his last sermon. The following Sunday, April 12, he became seriously ill during the morning service. He improved sufficiently to enjoy attending two preaching services. On June 3 he submitted to surgery that reveled a brain tumor which could not be removed. His life was spared four months during which time he enjoyed visits of each child and grandchild. Funeral services were held at the Wellman Mennonite Church on Oct. 28 with interment in the Lower Deer Creek Cemetery. The following ministers took part in the services: Perry Blosser, J. Y. Swartzendruber, D. J. Fisher, George S. Miller, and Max Yoder.
French, --stillborn son of Mark and Mary (Harshbarger) French, was born near Mattawana, Pa., Aug. 24, 1953. Surviving are his parents, one sister (Faith) and one brother (Sheldon), both at home. Also surviving are his grandparents (William and Ruth French and Mrs. Maude Harshbarger). Services were held at the grave Aug. 25 in charge of Ross Metzler, with burial in the Pleasant View Cemetery.
Hostetler, -- Joseph Ray, son of Perry and Marie (Troyer) Hostetler, was born Jan. 7, 1933, near Lagrange, Ind.; passed away unexpectedly Oct. 19, 1953, at home while asleep; aged 20 y. 9 m. 12 d. Death was due to an acute coronary occlusion. In early youth he accepted Christ and was baptized at the Shore Mennonite Church. Later he moved with his parents to St. Joseph Co., Mich., and transferred his membership to the Locust Grove Mennonite Church. Surviving besides his parents are 4 brothers (Samuel, Constantine, Mich.; Dorwin, Colon, Mich.; Wilbur, Breckinridge, Ky.; and Dwayne, at home), 2 sisters (Doris:Mrs. John Brubaker, Colon, Mich.; and Elsie, at home), 3 grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Urvan Troyer, Shipshewana, Ind.; and Almon Hostetler, Middlebury, Ind.), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Shore Mennonite Church in charge of Orvin J. Hooley, assisted by Clarence Troyer and Lee J. Miller, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Lutz, -- Ruth N., daughter of the late Abram L. and Annie R. Nissley, was born near Mount Joy, Pa., Feb. 9, 1894; died suddenly from a coronary occlusion Oct. 3, 1953; aged 59 y. 7 m. 24 d. At the age of 15, she accepted her Saviour and was baptized and received into fellowship with the Mount Joy Mennonite Church by the late Bishop Peter Nissley. On Nov. 24, 1915, she was united in marriage to Henry E. Lutz and when he was ordained to the ministry 30 years ago, she served faithfully with him. Her first-born son, Robert, died in infancy. Besides her husband, 2 daughters (Florence:Mrs. Glenn Miller, West Grove, Pa.; and Anna, at home), one son (John Henry, Mount Joy), and 6 grandchildren mourn her early passing. Funeral services at the church were conducted by Simon Bucher, Noah Risser, and Amos Horst. Interment was made in Kraybill's Cemetery.
Mast, -- Niles, son of Emery A. Mast, New Holland, Ohio, and the late Clara Gerber Mast, was born near Walnut Creek, Ohio, Dec. 19, 1919; died with his wife (Valna) and son (Steven) at the Pomerine Hospital, Millersburg, Ohio, following an accident south of Wooster, Ohio, on Nov. 5, 1953; aged 33 y. 10 m. 14 d. On Nov. 5, 1933, he was baptized and became affiliated with the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church. On March 6, 1950, he was married to Valna Imhoff. This union was blessed with 2 sons. Surviving him are one son (Craig, aged 2 years), his father (Emery A. Mast, New Holland, Ohio), 4 brothers (Celsus, Millersburg, Ohio; Ohlen, Millersburg, Ohio; Henry, Fresno, Ohio; and Glen, Orrville, Ohio), 5 sisters (Mrs. Ruth Schrock and Mrs. Josephine Gross, both of Sugarcreek, Ohio; Mrs. Margaret Schmucker, Louisville, Ohio; Mrs. Dorothy Hostetler, Newcomerstown, Ohio), and a host of other relatives and friends. Triple funeral services were held Nov. 8, at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, Walnut Creek, Ohio, with Robert Secrest, pastor of the Lutheran Church, New Pittsburg, Ohio, and Paul R. Miller, pastor of the Walnut Creek Church, in charge. Burial was in the New Pittsburg Cemetery.
Mast, -- Valna Darlene, daughter of Harvey and Helen Markel Imhoff, was born at Wooster, Ohio, March 6, 1929; died at the Pomerine Hospital, Millersburg, Ohio, Nov. 5, 1953, following an accident in which her husband (Niles) and son (Steven) also lost their lives. In her youth she was baptized and became a member of the Lutheran Church in New Pittsburg, Ohio, where she held membership at the time of her death. On March 6, 1950, she was united in marriage to Niles Mast. Two children were born to this home. Surviving are one son (Craig, aged 2 years), twin brothers (Gene Imhoff, Creston, Ohio; and Dean Imhoff, Polk, Ohio), and her grandparents (Mrs. and Mrs. Andrew Markel, Ashland, Ohio; and Rufus Imhoff, Wooster, Ohio). Triple funeral services were held Nov. 8, at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church, Walnut Creek, Ohio, with Robert Secrest, pastor of the Lutheran Church, New Pittsburg, Ohio, and Paul R. Miller, pastor of the Walnut Creek Church, in charge. Burial was in the New Pittsburg Cemetery.
Mast, -- Steven, Alan, son of Niles and Valna (Imhoff) Mast, was born Nov. 8, 1952; died shortly after the accident that claimed the lives of his parents on Nov. 5, 1953; aged 11 m. 27 d. His brother (Craig) survives. Triple funeral services were held Nov. 8, at the Walnut Creek Mennonite Church with Robert Secrest, pastor of the Lutheran Church, New Pittsburg, Ohio, and Paul R. Miller, pastor of the Walnut Creek Church, in charge. Burial was in the New Pittsburg Cemetery.
Royer, -- Walter Elias, son of the late Frank and Bertha (Koch) Royer, was born Oct. 7, 1903, in Columbiana Co., Ohio; passed to his eternal reward Nov. 6, 1953; aged 50 y. 1 m. He lived his entire life near the place of his birth. His parents preceded him in death. In 1931 he was married to Fannie Rhodes. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 4 daughters, 4 sons, and one brother. He became a Christian in early manhood and united with the Leetonia Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful attendant at all services when health permitted. For a number of years he was afflicted with multiple sclerosis and for nearly six years was confined to his bed. He bore his affliction with patience and fortitude as becometh a Christian. Funeral services were held at the Midway Mennonite Church, in charge of S. A. Yoder and Paul Yoder.
Smith, -- Wilbur J., son of Mr. and Mrs. George Smith, was born in the vicinity of Mattawana, Pa., Feb. 20, 1889; departed this life Aug. 28, 1953; aged 64 y. 6 m. 8 d. In January, 1915, he was united in marriage to Nettie Grassmeyer. God blessed this home with 4 children, one whom died in infancy. Surviving are his wife, 2 sons (Richard, Lewistown, Pa.; and Harry, Mifflintown, Pa.), 3 daughters (Iva:Mrs. Leslie Leonard, McVeytown, pa.; Mary:Mrs. Howard Lewis, Port Matilda, Pa.; and Jessie, at home), 13 grandchildren, 2 half brothers (Albert and Carl Miller), one half sister (Mrs. Mabel Shoemaker), and 2 sisters (Mrs. Bertha Shoemaker and Mrs. Grace Miller). Tow sisters preceded him in death. As a young man, he united with the Mennonite Church at Mattawana and remained faithful until the Lord called him home. Due to ill health he was unable to attend services for some time. Funeral services were held at the Mattawana Mennonite Church, Aug. 31, in charge of Ross Metzler, Milo Yoder, and Bruce Grove. Burial was made in the Mattawana Cemetery.
Troyer, -- Anna Mary, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Mueller, was born Aug. 25, 1874, at Berlin, Germany, and at the age of 6 years came with her father to Muscatine, Iowa. As she had lost her mother while quite young, she became the foster daughter of Bro. and Sister C. D. Yoder, Kalona, Iowa. She was the last of a family of five to depart this life, passing away at her home in Wellman, Iowa, Nov. 13, 1953; aged 79 y. 2m. 19 d. On Oct. 19, 1890, with a class of 15, of which 5 are yet living she was baptized and united with the Lower Deer Creek Church, Kalona, Iowa, later transferring her membership to the Wellman Mennonite Church where she was a faithful member at the time of her death. On Nov. 2, 1893, she was united in marriage to Abraham F. Troyer, who preceded her in death Oct. 19, 1920. To this union were born 9 children (Barbara ñMrs. Chris A. Yoder, Kalona, Iowa; Alma, at home; Chris, Kalona, Iowa; Charles, Kinross, Iowa; Ezra, Wellman, Iowa; Willis, Wayland, Iowa; Raymond, Kalona; Orval, Goshen, Ind.; and Dorothy:Mrs. WilliamMartin, Wellman). She also leaves 47 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 4 nieces and 4 nephews. Four grandchildren preceded her in death. With the loss of her companion and the responsibility of directing the lives of her 9 children her duties were greatly increased, but were assumed with Christian grace. She saw all her children brought into the church of her choice. She was stricken with cerebral hemorrhage Nov. 8, which was the cause of her death. Funeral services were held at the Lower Deer Creek Church, Nov. 15, by J. Y. Swartzendruber, assisted by J. L. Hershberger and Max Yoder.
Transcribed by Marcia Bickel, Kansas.
Graybill, -- Eli W., son of William and Elizabeth (Shelly) Graybill, was born Jan. 21, 1867; died Nov. 7, 1953, at the home of his son, Wm. D. Graybill, McAlisterville, Pa.; aged 80 y. 9 m. 16 d. On Jan. 8, 1895, he was united in marriage to Emma J. Musser, who preceded him in death May 4, 1937. One daughter (Elizabeth S.) also preceded him on May 8, 1948. Surviving are 5 sons (Ira M., Mifflintown, Pa.; Everett R. and Wm. D., McAlisterville, Pa.; John M., Elizabethtown, Pa.; and Eli S., Cocolamus, Pa.), 18 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 3 brothers (John H. and William W., Richfield, Pa.; and Clayton A., Martinsburg, Pa.). He was a lifelong member of the Delaware Mennonite Church, faithfully serving as Sunday-school superintendent and teacher and as a trustee for a number of years. This, the first funeral to be held in the new Delaware Church, was conducted by the home ministers, Banks Weaver and Donald E. Lauver, assisted by Jacob Brubaker, with burial in the church cemetery.
Kauffman, -- Sanford Joseph, youngest child of N. L. (Roy) and Anna (Snyder) Kauffman, was born near Creston, Mont., Sept. 21, 1935; passed away Oct. 15, 1953, by accidental drowning in Crescent Lake, Oreg.; aged 18 y. 25 d. At the age of 12 years he united with the Mountain View Mennonite Church near Creston, Mont., serving faithfully until the Lord called him home. At the time of his passing he was a senior student at Western Mennonite School, near Salem, Oreg. Surviving are his parents, 7 brothers and sisters (Reuben S., Condon, Mont.; Mabel:Mrs. Joe Miller, Huson, Mont.; Ruth:Mrs. Daniel Stutzman, Swan Lake, Mont.; Mary:Mrs. a. L. Slatter, Weiser, Idaho; Paul S., Creston, Mont.; Aldine C., Swan Lake, Mont; Bernice:Mrs. A. G. Reimer, Newton, Kans.; David V., Philadelphia, Pa.; Norman D., Goshen, Ind.; Lillie M., Creston, Mont.; James A., Swan Lake, Mont.; Joseph S., La Junta, Colo.; Rosella, Hesston College, Hesston, Kans.; and Gladys N., Creston, Mont.), 28 nieces and nephews, 9 aunts, 8 uncles, and a number of cousins. Funeral series were held Oct. 21 at the funeral home in Kalispell, Mont., by D. D. Brenneman and J. G. Hochstetler.
Koch, -- Delmar Keith, son of Oliver and Violet (Biehn) Koch, was born near Conestogo, Ont., Sept. 4, 1946; passed away at his home Nov. 10, 1953; aged 7 y. 2 m. 15 d. He took ill with leukemia about 5 weeks ago and gradually became worse. He is survived by his parents, one brother (Glen), one sister (Marlene), his grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Charles Koch, and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Biehn), many uncles, aunts and friends. One sister (Beverly Ann) preceded him in death in 1941. He was aware of his impending death and was not afraid. A few of his favorite songs were"Jesus Loves Me" and"The Children's Friend is Jesus." Funeral services were conducted Nov. 22 at the St. Jacobs Mennonite Church by Roy S. Koch, assisted by Leonard Haarer. Interment was made in the cemetery at Three Bridges.
Landis, -- John J., was born Jan. 10, 1886; died Oct. 7, 1953; aged 67 y. 8 m. 27 d. He was the son of the late Abraham B. and Ida Elizabeth Landis and a member of the East Petersburg Mennonite Church. He is survived by his wife, Nora Stauffer Landis, and 4 sons (Earl S., Manheim, Pa.; John S., Norman S., and Benjamin S., all of Lancaster, Pa.). A daughter (Ruth:wife of Amos H. Sauder) and a son (Abram S.) preceded him in death. Also surviving him are 20 grandchildren, a foster daughter (Eleanor:wife of Abner Nauman, Manheim, Pa.), a brother (Sanford, Lancaster, Pa.), and a sister (Bertha:wife of Harry N. Frank, East Petersburg, Pa.). Funeral services were held Oct. 10 at the East Petersburg Mennonite Church, with James Siegrist and Irvin Kreider in charge. Interment was in the adjoining cemetery.
Preston, -- John Calvin, was born to Shadrock and Ellen Preston, Aug. 15, 1867, in Licking County, Ohio; died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ray Brenneman, Kalona, Iowa, Oct. 31, 1953; aged 86 y. 2 m. 10 d. Death was due to complications of old age. On July 3, 1900, he was married to Ella Bontragaer, who died Nov. 8, 1919. To this union 4 daughters and one son were born (Lavanda:Mrs. Frank Rhodes; Henrietta, deceased; Edna:Mrs. Ray Brenneman; Mildred:Mrs. Stanley Vodicka; and J. Claude). There are also 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. In his youth he united with the Church of Christ, later transferring his membership to the East Union Mennonite Church of Kalona, where he remained until death. Cal, as he was known to his many friends, enjoyed living to the fullest and until the last few weeks of life was busy assisting his son Claude at his place of business. D. J. Fisher and A. Lloyd Swartzendruber were in charge of the funeral services. Burial was made in the family lot in the Sharon Hill Cemetery.
Schertz, -- David H., son of Christian and Magdalena Schertz, was born Dec. 25, 1867, near Roanoke, Ill.; died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Frank Harnish, near Eureka, Ill., Nov. 6, 1953; aged 85 y. 10 m. 12 d. When a young man he united with the Mennonite Church, being baptized in the Partridge Church west of Metamora. Later he transferred his membership to the Roanoke Mennonite Church, where he was a faithful attendant until ill health prevented. On Feb. 20, 1890, he was married to Bena Imhoff, who preceded him in death a year ago, Aug. 23, 1952. Surviving are 3 sons (Emanuel E., Eureka, Ill.; Raymond and Chris, both of Washington), 2 daughters (Mrs. Matilda Ulrich and Mrs. Esther Harnish, both of Eureka), 14 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. A son (Silas) preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Roanoke Mennonite Church in charge of Harry Yoder and Ezra B. Yordy, with burial in the church cemetery.
Schrock, -- Mary, daughter of Joel and Savilla (Beachy) Miller, was born near Grantsville, Md., Jan. 6, 1874; died at the Sarasota Municipal Hospital, Sarasota, Fla., Nov. 13, 1953; aged 79 y. 10 m. 7 d. On Oct. 28, 1905, she was united in marriage to Lewis Schrock with whom she lived in matrimony for 48 years. To this union were born 2 daughters and 2 sons (Beulah:wife of Elias Schlabach, Scottdale, Pa.; Savilla:wife of Perry Yoder, Millmont, Pa.; Ray and Mark of Greenwood, Del.). Besides her husband and children she leaves 20 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Alvin , Kent, Ohio; and Milton, Grantsville, Md.), one sisters (Mrs. Harvey Yoder, Grantsville, Md.). She lived near Grantsville, Md., until 1920, when she with her family moved to Greenwood, Del., and in 1945, she with her husband moved to Sarasota, Fla., for her husband's health. She was a faithful member of the Conservative Amish Mennonite Church and will be especially missed at the Pinecraft Mennonite Church at Sarasota where she so faithfully attended. Funeral services were held at the Pinecraft Church, Nov. 14, in charge of Menno Coblentz and Joseph Baer, assisted by Otho Shenk and Joseph Nisselye. Then the body was taken to Greenwood , Del., where funeral services were held Nov. 17, with Alvin Mast assisted Nevin Bender and Eli Swartzentruber in charge. Burial was made in the near-by cemetery.
Shetler, -- Mary, daughter of Andrew and Dorothy (Yoder) Troyer, was born in Johnson County, Iowa, May 8, 1876; died at her late home in Kalona, Iowa, Nov. 15, 1953; aged 77 y. 6 m. 7 d. On Nov. 3, 1901, she was united in marriage to Edward Shetler. To this union were born 3 daughters and 4 sons (Elsie:Mrs. Dennis Miller, Kalona, Iowa; Verda:Mrs. Ed Layman, Tipp City, Ohio; Grace:Mrs. Austin Miller, Cold Water, Mich.; Earnest, Earl and Milford, of Wellman, Iowa; and William, deceased). Also surviving are 21 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, 2 sisters (Fannie:Mrs. A. J. Stutzman, Crystal Springs, Kans.; and Katie:Mrs. D. J. Yoder, Hutchinson, Kans.), and 3 brothers (Manasse and Fred of Crystal Springs, Kans., and Abe, Harper, Kans.). Sister Shetler accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth, united with the Mennonite Church and was a faithful member of the East Union Church at the time of her death. Bro. and Sister Shetler lived together for more than 52 years. Sister Shetler had not enjoyed good health for a number of years, and on Sept. 10 she suffered a stroke from which she did not recover. Funeral services were held Nov. 17 at the East Union Mennonite Church, in charge of D. J. Fisher, Albert Miller, and A. Lloyd Swartzendruber, with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Slonecker, -- Lena Barbara, daughter of Amos M. and Sarah Yoder, was born July 29, 1895, at West Liberty, Ohio; passed away Nov. 12, 1953; aged 58 y. 3 m. 13 d. Early in life she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Walnut Grove Mennonite Church. On Dec. 7, 1915, she was married to Rollie King, who died Jan. 17, 1926, leaving her with 2 young sons, Wilbur and Donald. On Dec. 8, 1927, she was married to David E. Slonecker. To this union were born a son (Carl Forest). She is survived by her husband, 3 sons (Wilbur, Donald, and Forest), 3 grandchildren (Donald Edward King, Jr., and Crystal Barbara and Sarah Reota King), and 2 brothers (John Ray and Paul David). Another brother (Jacob) preceded her in death. She was confined to her home since the last week of August. She bore her suffering patiently, trusting God's grace to be sufficient for each day. She was a faithful Sunday-school teacher for many years and more recently spent many hours visiting elderly people and presenting them with New Testaments containing large print to enable those with failing eyesight to read God's Word. She was deeply interested in the summer Bible school at South Union and was the leader in the mothersí class each year. Funeral services were held at the South Union Mennonite Church, in charge of Stanley Shenk, with:Peters, pastor of the West Liberty Church of God, assisting. Interment was made in the Fairview Cemetery.
Stauffer, -- Roy M., son of Tillman H. and the late Alice Miller Stauffer, was born in Warwick Township, Oct. 15, 1906; passed away at his home Oct. 24, 1953, after an illness of 17 months; aged 47 y. 9 d. He was united in marriage to Florence Wenger, who survives. Also surviving are 11 children (Roy W., Lititz, pa.; Ruth:Mrs. Lloyd C. Denlinger, Newtown, Conn.; Rhoda:Mrs. Jay R. Oberholtzer, Lititz, Pa.; Mary, Martha, Dorothy, Earl, James, Paul, Jean, and Shirley, at home) and 3 grandchildren. One son (Robert) preceded him in death. He was a member of the Landis Valley Mennonite Church. He distributed many tracts and was very much interested in the salvation of souls and the work and growth of the church. His favorite question to folks he came in contact with was,"If the Lord your God would call you this minute, would you be prepared to meet Him?" We know the good he has done will still live on. We as a family will remember his sound advice. His widely known tract,"Donít Quit," and"Are You One of His" are still available. Funeral services were held Oct. 27, in the Landis Valley Mennonite Church by Ira D. Landis and Levi Weaver. Short talks were also given by three of his friends who helped him in his tract work.
Wenger, -- Emma C., daughter of Mathias and Sara (Geil) Fulk, was born in Harrisonburg, Va., Dec. 23, 1878; passed away Nov. 17, 1953; aged 74 y. 10 m. 25 d. On Oct. 18, 1898, she was united in marriage with Charles C. Wenger. To this union 5 children were born. Surviving are her husband, 2 sons (Paul B., Gulfport, Miss.; and Lester R., Dragoon Trail), 3 daughters (Virgie:Mrs. Fieldon Powers, Fairmont, Minn.; Rita:Mrs. Sherman Ross, Gulfport, Miss.; and Viola:Mrs. Ralph Sickafus, Wabash, Ind.), 12 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. She with her husband affiliated with the Mennonite Church at Harrisonburg, Va., during her early married life. On Nov. 16, 1952, she was received with her husband as a member of the Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart, Ind. Although not able to attend church she remained a faithful member until death. For some years she had been afflicted with a heart condition. On Nov. 17, she enjoyed a visit with one of her daughter's families and apparently felt well. During that night she became very ill and peacefully fell asleep en route to the hospital. Funeral Home services were held at Bubbs Funeral Home, Mishawaka, Ind., in charge of Elno Steiner. Interment was made in the Olive Cemetery, Elkhart, Ind.
Yoder, -- Hannah, daughter of Jacob and Katie Swartz, was born in Daviess Co., Ind., March 22, 1884; passed away at the West Branch Hospital Nov. 7, 1953, following an appendectomy; aged 69 y. 7 m. 15 d. As a young girl she with her parents moved to Authur, Ill., and later to Oscoda Co., Mich. In February, 1907, she was united in marriage to Levi S. Yoder, who died in August, 1907. Later she moved with her parents to West Branch. On March 22, 1910, she was united in marriage to Jacob B. Yoder. To this union were born 6 sons and one daughter (Jacob, Darien, N. Y.; Katie:Mrs. Calvin, Eash, Fairview, Mich.; Omer, Goshen, Ind.; Henry, Fairview, Mich.; Joe, Fairview, Mich.; and Edwin, Goshen, Ind.), 16 grandchildren, 2 brothers (Dan, Twining, Mich.; and Jacob, Loogootee, Ind.), nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends. While she was a girl she united with the Amish Church; then in 1918 she united with the Mennonite Church at Fairview Mich., to which she remained faithful to the end. She was always concerned about the spiritual welfare of her family and church, and spoke of it during her illness. During her life she was greatly touched by the needs of others and did what she could to help. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Mennonite Church, in charge of Harvey Handrich, Menno Esch, and Moses Steiner, with burial in the Fairview Cemetery.
Transcriber's note:"Authur, Ill," is misspelled in the obituary, it should be"Arthur, Ill."
Zehr, -- Arthur N., was born July 29, 1888, near Flanagan, Ill.; passed away at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Nov. 5, 1953, following a paralytic stroke; aged 65 y. 3 m. 6 d. He was the oldest son of Chris and Phoebe Zehr and lived in the Manson vicinity since 1898. In 1914 he was united in marriage to Eva Morgan. To this union 6 children were born. Two daughters, Leora Mae and Leila Evonne, died in infancy. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, in which faith he died. Besides his wife, 4 children survive (Virgie:Mrs. Willard Erb, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Illiah:Mrs. Leroy Gingerich, Tuleta, Texas; Margaret:Mrs. Dallas Shantz, Beemer, Nebr.; and Donald, Manson, Iowa.). He also leaves 4 brothers (Ben, John, Clarence, and Elmer) and 4 sisters (Mrs. Wm. Birkey, Mrs. Ray Sutter, Mrs. Aaron Sutter, and Cora Zehr, all of Manson). His father, one brother, and 2 grandchildren preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Manson Mennonite Church, Manson, Iowa, in charge of Nicholas Stoltzfus and Edward Birkey, with burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
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Burkholder, -- Earl D., son of Edgar and Hannah (Martin) Burkholder, was born Aug. 4, 1933, at Paramount, Md.; passed away Nov. 20, 1953, at Hagerstown, Md.; aged 20 y. 3 m. 16 d. Besides his parents he is survived by 6 brothers (Martin, Maugansville, Md.; Jacob, Milnor, Pa.; Edgar, Jr., Marion, Pa.; Irvin, Paul, and Chester at home), 4 sisters (Mary, Emma, Fannie, and Ruth, at home), and 2 grandmothers (Mary Burkholder and Emma Martin). He united with the Miller Church in his early teens and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services at Miller's Church by Moses Horst and Samuel Martin. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Detwiler, -- Clara M., daughter of Samuel and Mary Metzler Meyers, was born July 6, 1878; died at the home of her son, Nov. 24, 1953; aged 75y. 4 m. 18 d. Her entire life was spent in the vicinity of Columbiana. On Feb. 18, 1897, she was married to Harry Detwiler, who preceded her in death 22 years ago. To this union were born 4 sons and 2 daughters (Lester W., Columbiana, Ohio; Marcus E., Salem, Ohio; Maurice H., Columbiana with whom she had her home; Pearl:Mrs. Wm. Brunk, Columbiana; Lois:Mrs. Tom Yoder, Mantua, Ohio, and one son who died in infancy. Also remaining to mourn her departure are 28 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, and 3 sisters. She united with the Midway Mennonite Church in early married life and remained faithful until called by death. In earlier years she was active in Sunday school and sewing circle work. Funeral services were held at the Midway Church, with Paul Yoder in charge.
Hamilton, -- John H., son of Benjamin and Catherine Hamilton, was born in Cullom, Ill., March 7, 1872; passed away at his home in Sheridan, Oreg., Nov. 17, 1953, after a long, lingering illness; aged 81 y. 8 m. 10 d. He was united in marriage to Mary Berkey in 1895 at Eugene, Oreg. To this union were born 5 sons and 2 daughters. One daughter (Mrs. Anna Miller) and 4 grandchildren preceded her in death. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, 6 children (Charles, Leah Evers, and Titus, all of Sheridan, Oreg.; Tillman, Hammett, Idaho; Ivan, Sheridan, Oreg.; and Ray, Grand Ronde, Oreg.), 30 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Ira, Newton, Kans., and Edwin, Topeka, Kans.), besides many other relatives and friends. He united with the Mennonite Church in early manhood and was a member at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at the Sheridan Mennonite Church in charge of D. F. Shenk and H. A. Wolfer, with burial in the Mennonite Cemetery.
Long, -- William E., Manheim, Pa., son of the late Samuel and Elizabeth Long, was born Dec. 24, 1877; passed away Nov. 4, 1953, at the Lancaster General Hospital after an illness of 2 months; aged 75 y. 10 m. 10 d. He was a member of the Manheim Mennonite Church. He is surivived by his wife, 5 children (Norman S., Lititz, Pa.; Mrs. Mary E. Dutt, Raymond S., William G., and Earl, all of Manheim, Pa.), 5 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Nov. 8 from the Keech Funeral Home with Ira B. Huber in charge. Interment was made in Hernley's Mennonite Cemetery.
Mast, -- Elizabeth K., daughter of the late Jacob and Nancy Stoltzfus, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., June 19, 1869; passed away while visiting with her daughter, Mrs. Isaac King, Nov. 7, 1953; aged 84 y. 4 m. 19 d. In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and remained true to the vow she had made. On Jan. 14, 1890, she was united in marriage to David M. Mast, who preceded her in death. Surviving are 6 children (Rebecca:Mrs. Isaac King, Parkesburg, Pa.; John M., Oley, Pa.; Nancy M.:Mrs. Wayne S. Martin, Goodwill, Pa., with whom she resided; Jacob K., Elverson, Pa.; Sara:Mrs. Elam King, Parkesburg, Pa.; and Aquila D., Lancaster, Pa.), 20 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Conestoga Mennonite Church near Morgantown in charge of Ira A. Kurtz and Christian J. Kurtz, with interment in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Myers, -- Emma, daughter of the late Isaac and Mary (Shank) Myers, was born March 16, 1893, in Franklin Co., Pa.; died unexpectedly of a heart attack at her home on Nov. 6, 1953; aged 60 y.7 m. 21 d. Surviving are 5 sisters and one brother (Mrs. Amos Risser and Harry Myers, both of Greencastle, Pa.; Mrs. Daniel B. Horst and Mrs. Abraham H. Martin, both of Maugansville, Md.; Mrs. Adin Risser, Hagerstown, Md.; and Mrs. Irvin Risser, Harrisonburg, Va.), and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Nov. 10 at the Cedar Grove Mennonite Church with Harvey Shank and Norman Martin officiating. Burial was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Nissley, -- Susan S., daughter of the late Jacob G. and Katherine (Stauffer) Nissley, was born Feb. 21, 1864, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; passed away at her home in Landisville, Pa., Oct. 17, 1953, after a six-week illness; aged 89 y. 7 m. 26 d. Surviving are her sister (Mrs. Catherine S. Charles, Landisville, Pa., with whom she resided), and several nieces and nephews. She united with the Mennonite Church in her youth and was a faithful member until death. Funeral services were held Oct. 20 at Landisville Mennonite Church in charge of Henry E. Lutz, Christian Frank, and Barton Gehman. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery.
Rufenacht, -- Elias, son of Jonas and Mary (Aschliman) Rufenacht, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Feb. 24, 1882; departed this life at his home near Archbold, Oct. 7, 1953; aged 71 y. 7 m. 13 d. On Feb. 14, 1906, he was united in marriage with Louisa Aschliman. They shared life's joys and sorrows together over 47 years. This union was blessed with 3 sons (Reo, Archbold; Olen, Wauseon; and Maynard, Archbold). He leaves to mourn his departure, his sorrowing companion, 3 sons, 11 grandchildren, 2 brothers, (Simeon and Ephraim, both of Archbold), besides a host of other relatives and friends. One sister preceded him in death. In early life he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church, remaining faithful until death, which came very suddenly while asleep due to coronary thrombosis. Funeral services were held in the West Clinton Mennonite Church, with burial in the Pettisville Cemetery. Those in charge were Jesse Short, E. B. Frey, and Dan Sommers.
Sensenig, -- Michael W., son of the late Aaron and Magdalena (Weaver) Sensenig, was born Dec. 17, 1878, in Lancaster Co., Pa.; departed this life Nov. 1, 1953; aged 73 y. 10 m. 14 d. He was sick only one day and died after suffering a heart attack. He was a member of the Martindale Mennonite Church. One son (Paul) preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, 8 children (Landis, East Earl, Pa.; Harry, Ephrata, Pa.; Lena:Mrs. Paul A. Brubaker, East Earl, Pa.; Aaron, Ephrata, Pa.; Elam, Akron, Pa.; Anna Mary:Mrs. Raymond Mast, Fleetwood, Pa.; Willis and Titus, both of Denver, Pa.), 34 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, a half brother (Martin M.), and a brother (Daniel), both of New Holland, Pa. Funeral services were held Nov. 4 at the Martindale Church with Warren Good and David N. Weaver officiating. Burial was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Stutzman, -- John Ira, son of the late William and Elizabeth (Troyer) Stutzman, was born July 25, 1883; died Nov. 25, 1953, following a short illness; aged 70 y. 4 m. In his youth he was baptized and received into the East Fairview Mennonite Church near Milford, Nebr., and was a faithful member until death. Had he lived until January, they would have observed their fiftieth wedding anniversary to Mary Ann Burkey, Beemer, Nebr. To this union were born one son and 7 daughters, all of whom survive. He was kind and considerate and deeply concerned about the spiritual welfare of his children and grandchildren. He leaves to mourn his departure, his companion, 8 children (Elmer, Earnest, Lillie:Mrs. Vernon Stauffer, Wilma:Mrs. Orie Roth, and Pearl:Mrs. Joe Beachy, all of Wayland, Iowa; Millie:Mrs. Orvil Miller and Doris:Mrs. Clinton Salzman, both of Milford, Nebr., and Florence:Mrs. Glen Stauffer, Dorchester, Nebr.), 38 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers (Menno and Perry, both of Milford, Nebr.), 2 half sisters (Mrs. Emory Schweitzer and Mrs. Lee. Schweitzer), one stepbrother (Jake Zimmerman), 3 stepsisters (Mts. Amos Zantze, Mrs. Henry Stauffer, and Mrs. Lee Schlegel), and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at East Fairview Church with Wm. Eicher, Olive Roth and Sterling Stauffer in charge. Burial was made in the church cemetery.
Whisler, -- Elsie G., daughter of the late Amos and Selinda (Good) Greiner, was born Nov. 27, 1891; died at her home at Elizabethtown, Pa., Nov. 11, 1953, after an illness of several months; aged 61 y. 11 m. 14 d. She was a faithful member of the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church. Her consistent Christian life was appreciated by her neighbors and friends. She was married to Jonas Whisler, who died in February, 1937. To this union were born 5 children (Nora:Mrs. Carl Zenger, and Amos, both of Elizabethtown, Pa.; Mabel:Mrs. Ray N. Swanger, Middletown, Pa.; Suie and Ruth, at home). Also surviving are 6 grandchildren and 2 sisters (Mrs. Phares Ginder and Beulah Greiner, both of Mount Joy, Pa.). Funeral services were held Nov. 15 at the Elizabethtown Mennonite Church, with Noah W. Risser and Clarence E. Lutz officiating. Interment was made in the Kraybill Mennonite Cemetery.
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Albert, -- Carol Ann, daughter of Charles and Mary (Gockley) Albert, Bareville, Pa., was born Nov. 30, and died the same day in the Lancaster General Hospital, living only eight hours. Besides her parents she is survived by 10 brothers and sisters (Ruth, Rhoda, Miriam, Mary Jane, Lois, Melvin, Marvin, Lloyd, Robert, and Doris, all at home), also her grandparents (Mr. and Mar. John Gockley and Mrs. Katie Albert). Funeral services were held at Mellinger's Funeral Home, Denver, Pa., in charge of Joseph W. Boll, with burial in Erb's Cemetery.
Bontrager, -- Dan H., son of Harry D. and Susan Bontrager, was born in Reno Co., Kans., Nov. 10, 1905; died Nov. 25, 1953; aged 48 y. 15 d. In his youth he gave his heart to the Lord and was a faithful member of the Conservative A. M. Church at the time of his death. He was afflicted with a bad heart for a number of years and the immediate cause of his death was dropsy. He was married on March 29, 1938, to Mary Miller. Surviving are his wife, 4 children (Ammon---, Calif.; Melvin, Leo, and Ruth, at home), his mother, 3 brothers (Eli and Harry, Haven, Kans., and Ben, Burrton, Kans.), 2 sisters (Gertgrude:Mrs. Bert Troyer, Hutchinson, Kans.; and Lydia:Mrs. Felty Yoder, Middlebury, Ind.), uncles, aunts, and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, one son, 3 brothers and one sister. Funeral services were held at the church Nov. 27, in charge of Val Headings, assisted by Levi Headings.
Camp, -- Samuel D., son of the late Christian and Magdalena Smith Camp, was born near Metamora, Ill., Jan. 6, 1878; passed away Nov. 27, 1953, at the Washington Nursing Home, Washington, Ill., where he had been a patient for the past two years; aged 75 y. 10 m. 21 d. He accepted Christ in youth and united with the Metamora Mennonite Church, remaining a faithful member until called home. He is survived by a brother (Peter, Hesston, Kans.), 5 nephews and 7 nieces. His parents, 3 brothers, and 3 sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were held at the Metamora Mennonite Church in charge of H. R. Schertz, assisted by LeRoy Kennel.
Clugston, -- Leon Eugene, son of Ruth (Horst) and Joseph A. Clugston, was born Jan. 6, 1948; died at the Lancaster General Hospital, Sept. 29, 1953; aged 5 y. 8m. 23 d. Leon had been in hospitals eight different times. His death was due to cancer from which he suffered much. His father preceded him in death March 26, 1948. He is survived by his mother, 5 brothers and sisters (Miriam, Paul, Joyce, Merle, and Ruth, all at home). Funeral services were conducted Oct. 2, at the Hess mettinghouse by Richard and John S. Hess. Interment was made in the adjoining cemetery.
Good, -- Harry B., son of the late minister Henry and Leah (Bowman) Good, was born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Feb. 23, 1882; departed this life in Reading, Pa., Dec. 6, 1953; aged 71 y. 9 m. 13 d. He collapsed on the street and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. He is survived by one brother (Samuel, Lititz, Pa.), one sister (Lizzie:Mrs. Frank Gehman, Bowmansville, Pa.), and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted at Bowmansville Mennonite Church by Moses Gehman, with interment in the adjoining cemetery.
Good, -- Sarah E., daughter of Joseph and Mary Roth, was born in Hickory Co., Mo., Jan. 19, 1881; died Nov. 17, 1953; aged 72 y. 10 m. 28 d. On Oct. 22, 1907, she was married to Daniel W. Good, who preceded her in death Feb. 5, 1948. Nine children were born to this union, four dying in infancy. Surviving are 5 children (Edwin, Albany, Oreg.; Alvin, Tangent, Oreg.; Harry and Nellie Kief, Lebanon, Ohio), 2 step sons (Lawrence, Nampa, Idaho, and Paul E., Hawthorne, Nev.), 12 grandchildren, one brother (Amos Roth, Woodburn, Oreg.), and many other relatives and friends. She accepted Christ as her Saviour in her youth and remained faithful to her Lord until death. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Mennonite Church, Albany, Oreg., by N. M. Birky and Paul Yoder, with burial in the Zion Cemetery, Hubbard, Oreg.
Heiser, -- Susan L., daughter of the late Jacob and
Magdalene (Zehr) Wolber, was born at Deer Creek, Ill., Jan. 4,
1879; died at the Methodist Hospital, Peoria, Ill., Dec. 8, 1953;
aged 74 y. 11 m. 4 d. On Dec. 28, 1903, she was united in marriage
to Christian Heiser. Her husband preceded her in death Sept. 27,
1927. She is survived by 3 daughters (Fern:Mrs. Dwight McHenry,
Ada:Mrs. Willis Eigsti, and Mable:Mrs. Clayton Eigsti, all of
Morton, Ill.), 7 grandchildren, one sister (Mrs. Otto Guengerich,
Deer Creek, Ill.), and one half sister (Esther Wolfer*, Eureka,
Ill.). Two brothers and 2 sisters preceded her in death. In early
life she became a member of the Morton Mennonite Church in which
she faithfully served her Lord until death. Funeral services were
held at the Morton Mennonite Church on Dec. 11, in charge of Kenneth
G. Good. Burial was made in the Deer Creek Cemetery.
*Research note: Name is Wolber
Heistand, --- Warren Martin, twin son of Ira B. and Barbara Sue Heistand, was born Nov. 4, 1953; died at Lancaster General Hospital Dec. 3, 1953; aged 4 weeks. He is also survived by 2 brothers (Gerald and William) and his grandparents (Bro. and Sister M. K. Heistand, Elizabethtown, Pa., and Bro. and Sister William Martin, Menges Mills, Pa.). Funeral services were held at Miller's Funeral Home, Elizabethtown, Pa., Dec. 5, with Noah Risser in Elizabethtown, Pa., Dec. 5, with Noah Risser in charge. Burial was made in Risser's Cemetery.
Kennel, -- Joseph R., son of the late Peter and Katie Kennel, was born near Milford, Nebr., Oct. 15, 1895; passed away at his home near Strang, Nebr.; aged 58 y. 1 m. 8 d. On Feb. 22, 1917, he was married to Frieda Reeb. He leaves to mourn his departure his loving companion, one son (Oran), one daughter (Edna Stutzman), 5 brothers (Peter, Benjamin, Louis, Edward, and Raymond, all of Wellman, Iowa), 10 grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. One son and 3 brothers preceded him in death. In his youth he accepted Christ and became a member of the Mennonite Church to which he remained faithful to death. He was a member of the local board of the Sun Set Home from its beginning until he was no longer able to serve. Funeral services were conducted at the Salem Mennonite Church, Shickley, Nebr., by Fred Reeb, assisted by Ammon Miller, and Lee Schlegel, with burial in the church cemetery.
Leatherman, -- David G., son of the late Samuel M. and Catherine (Gehman) Leatherman, was born Feb. 15, 1883; died May 21, 1953; aged 70 y. 3 m. 5 d. After a brief illness in his home he was taken to the Sellersville Hospital where he passed away a few days later. In his youth he accepted Christ as his Saviour and united with the Mennonite Church at Deep Run, Pa., where he remained a faithful member to the end. He was united in marriage to Martha Detwiler on Oct. 20, 1906. To this union were born 3 daughters and 4 sons. One son preceded him in death. Surviving are his wife, 6 children (Mrs. Paul S. Myers, Mrs. Paul D. Detwiler, Elmer, Samuel, Willard, and Grace Leatherman), 19 grandchildren, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. Funeral service was held May 25 in charge of Abram W. Yothers, Edwin Nace, and Joseph Gross. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.
Moyer, --Phares R., son of the late Nathan B. and Lizzie (Ruhl) Moyer, was born in Rapho Township, Nov. 4, 1884, passed away at his home near Manheim, Pa., Nov. 9, 1953; aged 69 y. 5 d. On Oct. 18, 1904, he was united in marriage to Cora M. Hottenstein, who survives. Also surviving are 7 children (Clarence, Raymond, Norman, Edna:Mrs. David Boll, Lloyd, Phares, Jr., and Arthur, all of Manheim, Pa.), 35 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and a sister (Mrs. Alice Greiner, Neffsville, Pa.). He was a member of the Hernley Church where he served as a trustee over 30 years. He was privileged to see all his children and 10 of the grandchildren received into church fellowship. Funeral services were held at Hernley's Mennonite Church in charge of Homer Bomberger and Abram Risser. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.
Overholt, -- Saloma, daughter of the late Aaron and Barbara Meyers, was born Nov. 14, 1865; died April 15, 1953; aged 87 y. 5 m. 1 d. She was married three times. Her first husband, Samuel G. Gross, died as a young man. Her second husband, Henry L. Meyers, died April 18, 1908. On Feb. 11, 1911, she was married to John Overholt. She was a member of the Mennonite Church at Deep Run, Pa. Two daughters also preceded her in death. Surviving are one son (Aaron Gross) and 6 stepsons (Samuel, Howard, Irwin, Levi, and William Meyers, and Wilson Overholt), besides nephews and nieces. Funeral services were held April 18 at the Deep Run Mennonite Church in charge of Abram W. Yothers and Erwin Nace. Interment was made in adjoining cemetery.
Phillips, -- Frank Edward, son of the late John W., and Lillie B. Phillips, was born Sept. 12, 1901; died at his home in Long Green, Md.; Nov. 9, 1953, after many days of illness; aged 52 y. 1 m. 28 d. He was married June 1, 1948, to Dagmar Bennanzar, who survives. Also surviving are his sister-in-law (Mary) and her family, and a host of friends. His parents and 3 brothers preceded him in death. Early in his youth he became a member of the Mennonite Church to which he remained loyal to the end. Bro. Phillips was the last of the once active Mennonite Congregation at Long Green, Md. John Hartzler, who was ordained to the ministry at Minot, N. Dak., in 1905, moved to Long Green in 1909 and served there until 1916. Amos K. Mast and David Kauffman were requested by C. Z. Yoder and John S. Mast to help the congregation at Long Green and they spent the winter of 1906 with them. John S. Mast had pastoral charge for many years and then the ministers from the Maple Grove and Morgantown congregations preached there once a month. Here in the early eighteenth century Mennonites from other sections pioneered a settlement which developed into a good-sized church. In the cemetery close to where the mettinghouse once stood are many of the common Mennonite names, such as Mast, Kennel, Nafsiger, Yoder, Miller, Smoker, and others. Funeral services for Bro. Phillips were held Nov. 11, conducted by Chris and Ira Kurtz. He was buried in the Phillips burial lot in the Methodist cemetery.
Reesor, -- Henry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Reesor, was born Feb. 25, 1879, at Markham, Ont.; passed away in the Toronto General Hospital, Nov. 21, 1953; aged 74 y. 8 m. 25 d. Following his marriage to Sarah Burkholder, he moved to Pickering. He is survived by his wife, 2 sons (Willis and Norman) and 2 daughters (Ada:Mrs. Fred Nighswander and Anna:Mrs. Fred Drudge). He was a faithful member of the Mennonite Church. Funeral was held Nov. 23 at the Reesor's Church. The services were conducted by Abraham Smith, Cecil Reesor, and William Ramer, with burial in adjoining cemetery.
Short, -- Ida, daughter of Henry and Anna Short, was born near Archbold, Ohio, Nov. 24, 1883; departed this life at her home, Nov. 8, 1953; age 69 y. 11 m. 14 d. She leaves to mourn her departure 9 brothers and sisters (Verna, Lillian, Barbara, Aaron, Rosa:Mrs. Simon Nofziger, Henry, Dan, Adam, and Raymond, all of Archbold, Ohio), 10 nieces, 11 nephews, besides a host of other relatives and friends. In youth she accepted Christ as her Saviour and united with the Central Mennonite Church where she was a faithful member unto the end. On March 8, 1952, while spending the winter in Sarasota, Fla., she was stricken with a cerebral hemorrhage and about five weeks later was brought back home, where she partially recovered, always bearing her suffering patiently. Funeral services were held at the Central Church, Elida, Ohio, in charge of Jesse J. Short and P. L Frey.
Zook, -- Simeon M., was born to John and Barbara Zook, Oct. 20, 1884, in Cass Co., Mo.; died at the Mennonite Old People's Home, Rittman, Ohio, Nov. 29, 1953; aged 69 y. 1 m. 9 d. He moved with his parents to Oscoda Co., Mich., where he united with the Fairview Mennonite Church and was a faithful member until death. Surviving are 2 sisters (Mrs. Rose Neff, Comins, Mich., and Mrs. Martha Culp, Nappanee, Ind.), 2 brothers (Joseph, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and Ed, Kalona, Iowa), a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services was held at the Fairview Church in charge of Menno Esch and Floyd Yoder, with burial in near-by cemetery.
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