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1959, Rollie Loewen

Posted on 24 April 2012 by Mel Friesen

Roland “Rollie” Dean Loewen, 74, of El

Paso, IL passed away at 8:20 am on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Memorial services will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Salem Church in rural Gridley, IL. Rev. Stuart Rex and Rev. Tim Smith will officiate. Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon from 2-5 pm at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso.  Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, Spare and Share Building Fund, or Youth For Christ in Findlay, OH.

Rollie was born on October 29, 1937 in Meade, KS a son of William W. and Margaret J. Isaac Loewen. He married Gladyce Bixel on August 14, 1959 in Bluffton, OH. She survives.  Also surviving are one daughter, Lori (Bill) Troyer of Normal, IL; two sons, Lyn (Lori) Loewen of Findlay, OH; Landis (Kelleen) Loewen of Hudson, MA; seven grandchildren, Kelsey, Claire, and Rachel Troyer; Lydia (Jake) McKinley; Zach (Mariel) Bingham; Jacob and Baylee Loewen; three great grandchildren, Kadin, Adelyn, and Morgan McKinley; and one brother, Merle (Betty) Loewen of Ellinwood, KS.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Rollie taught school for 33 ½ years with the last 30 years being in the El Paso School District. He enjoyed operating the scoreboard for many years at the El Paso-Gridley high school basketball games. He was a member of the Salem Church where he served on many boards and also taught Sunday School. He was the chaplain for the Livingston County Gideons and served on the board for the Spare and Share in Gridley where he was the chairman for the past few years.

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1959, Johnnie J. Walter

Posted on 21 April 2012 by Mel Friesen

Johnnie Joseph Walter went home to be with the Lord he loved and served on Friday, April 13, 2012 at noon. He was born July 20, 1923 at home in Prairie View Township of Beadle County, South Dakota, the third child of Joseph M. and Susie (Hofer) Walter.

He graduated from Yale High School in 1941 and married Rosie Dorothy Decker on March 28, 1945 at Bethel Mennonite Church. On May 5, 1945 he was drafted into the Marines and served his country faithfully until his discharge in August of 1946. Johnnie and Rosie farmed in the Carpenter, South Dakota area until they and their two oldest children moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1954 so he could attend Grace Bible Institute. Johnnie graduated from Grace in 1959 and the family, now including a third child, moved to Arena, North Dakota where he began serving as a pastor at the Zion Mennonite Church.

In the fall of 1961, Johnnie was ordained as a minister of the gospel. He served two Evangelical United Brethren churches in Herreid and Artas, South Dakota from 1963 to 1967 and the Stanton Evangelical Free Church from 1967 until 1978. After he retired from ministry, he filled supportive rolls in the Evangelical Free Church in Norfolk, Nebraska and Seward, Nebraska. Johnnie and Rosie moved to Milford, Nebraska in 1985 and he sold monuments for the Watertown Monument company until his second retirement, being top salesman in the state for several years.

Johnnie was a creative man with many mechanical skills. He bought a small country house, moved it to town on a haystack mover, placed a huge walkout basement under it, and doubled its size. He combed junk yards throughout the Midwest and found parts for Model T’s and put together three cars and a C-cab pickup, all from original parts. He loved driving them in parades and chauffeuring Homecoming Kings and Queens in his beautifully restored vehicles.

When his wife, Rosie, had a stroke in 2002, he tenderly cared for her until her death in January of 2011. He is survived by his three children who love him deeply, Mrs. Julia (David) Ewert of Roseburg, Oregon, Harvey Walter of Roseburg, and Jerroll (Karen) Walter of Wayne, Nebraska. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Mrs. Jennifer (Dirk) Gieser, Michelle Walter, Ian Walter, Justin (Amber) Walter and Kristen Walter and four great-grandchildren, Jashton, Tobiah and Corban Gieser and Malia Walter, two brothers: Eli (Addie) Walter and Joseph M. (Jannette) Walter, Jr., five sisters: Maurine Friesen, June Wiebe, Joann (Albert) Epp, Lavonne Walter, and Naomi Rempe, and a ton of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Rosie, his parents, oldest sister, Edna Stahl and a great-grandchild, Monday Kennedy Walter.

A viewing service is scheduled Friday, April 20 from 5-7 p.m. at Taylor’s Family Mortuary (Winston), and a memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. on April 21, at New Hope Church (5995 Old Highway 99S, Green District). A fellowship lunch will follow the service. Memorial gifts can be sent to Nehalem Renewal Ministries (245 Nehalem Loop, Roseburg, OR 97471) to help fund a mobile Bible school ministry project.

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

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Logan Jane Taulborg, April 10, 2012

Posted on 18 April 2012 by Mel Friesen

Logan Jane Taulborg was born on April 10, 2012.  She weighed 7 lb. 8 oz. and was 20″ long.
Logan and Mom are both feeling great. We are so thankful for an easy and safe delivery. We have sure enjoyed her this week. The boys have been so precious. Their love for her can not be contained. They are very protective already!
Parents: Mack ’97 and Angela ’98 Classen Taulborg.
Grandparents: Coach Jim and Dot Classen.  (First granddaughter!)

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Emma Faith Trim, March 31, 2012

Posted on 10 April 2012 by Mel Friesen

Emma Faith Trim was born on March 31, 2012 to Caleb ’10 and Beth Anne Trim. She weighed 9 lbs 2 oz and was 20 in long. Her grandparents are Murray ’80 and Kathy ’81 (Stucky) Trim. Her great grandparents are Leroy ’53 and Marilyn ’54 Stucky.

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1957, Gary L. Sommers

Posted on 05 April 2012 by Mel Friesen

1957, Gary L. Sommers, 76, retired principal and teacher, passed away April 3, 2012. Survived by his children, Heidi (Mark) Thornburg of Potwin, Christian (Kristina) Sommers of Abilene; sister, Marilyn (Ray) Bishop of Arlington, Texas; four grandchildren. The funeral service was at Centre Point Church, Whitewater, KS. Memorials: Gideons International or Wheat State Manor c/o Lamb Funeral Home, 120 S. Main, Whitewater, KS 67154.

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1997, Dr. Frank E. Bowers (former faculty)

Posted on 03 April 2012 by Mel Friesen

Dr. Frank E. Bowers

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Bowers, Dr. Frank E.
Sep 29, 1958 – Apr 1, 2012

Survived by wife Julie Bowers, sons; Jeremy (Kathleen) Bowers, Nathaniel (Kathryn), Shaun Bowers, parents Ed and Lois Bowers. Grand children Margaret, Monica, Grace, Dominic, Elijah. Brothers; Rick (Elizabeth), Bruce (Brenda) Bowers, Sister, Stacy (Steve) Eckhart. Frank was a Clinical Physiologist at Boys Town. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed by his many, many friends, clients, co-workers, and family.
VISITATION will be Wednesday 6-8pm at Crosby Colonial Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE Thursday at 10am at Chambers Chapel at Boys Town. In lieu of flowers memorials to Boys Town or Orchestra Omaha. Interment Evergreen Cemetery. CROSBY BURKET
Colonial Chapel
11902 W. Center Rd. 402-333-7200

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1953, Evelyn (Epp) Huebert – March 26, 2012

Posted on 03 April 2012 by Mel Friesen

Evelyn was born July 7, 1923 near Henderson, NE. to Henry M. and Maria (Friesen) Epp. Her early years were spent on the farm. When she was young she helped with milking, shocking wheat or oats, and corn picking. After she was married, she was proud of the fact that she could milk a cow faster than her husband Frank!

Evelyn accepted the Lord as her Savior in March, 1942. In May, 1942 she was baptized and joined the Bethesda Mennonite Church, in Henderson, NE. She recognized her need of a savior while attending revival services at another church. Even while in high school she felt that someday she would be a pastor’s wife. Her favorite verse was Job 23:10 “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

After graduating from Henderson High School in 1941 she worked as a nanny, cooking, baby sitting and cleaning house for a young family. Later she worked at a Hatchery and Meat Locker. While being employed she met Frank through an arranged meeting orchestrated by her brother’s mother-in-law, Frank’s aunt. For Evelyn it was love at first sight. Frank was a little slower, however. When she asked him to warm her hands, in an attempt to hold his hand, he told her to sit on them! As their relationship blossomed, Evelyn quit her job in Henderson so she could move to Lincoln to be closer to where Frank was stationed at the CPS camp. After they were married, they moved to Madrid, NE so that Frank could farm and ranch. While in western Nebraska two sons were born to them, Allen Wayne and Frank DuWayne.

In 1953 the family moved to Omaha, NE so Frank could attend Grace Bible Institute (Grace University). Evelyn also completed two years of college course work by attending night classes. Evelyn worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a nurse’s aide. After Frank graduated they moved to Wolf Point, MT where Frank was the pastor the United Mennonite Church from 1957 to 1963. While there, twin girls were born to them, Sharon Kay and Karen Renee.

In 1963, the family to moved to Orienta OK, where Frank served as pastor of the Saron Mennonite Church.

In 1971 Frank, Evelyn, Sharon and Karen moved to Elbing, KS where Frank taught Bible at Berean Academy and Evelyn worked in the cafeteria baking bread. After completing grade school Sharon and Karen attended and graduated from Berean Academy.

In 1978 Frank and Evelyn moved to Adams, OK where Frank was pastor of the Adams Mennonite Church. At each of churches Evelyn loved to teach young children and develop friendships with church members. She loved the babies the best.

In 1984 Frank and Evelyn retired from full-time ministry. At this time they moved to Fairview and bought their first house and together she and Frank remodeled and decorated it. During the next five years they did interim work at Martin Box, AR, Tulsa, OK, Shawnee, KS, and Topeka, KS. For nine years (1989-1998), Frank and Evelyn served as custodians of the Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church.

In 1995, Frank and Evelyn had the privilege of touring Israel. They also made many other trips to Mexico and the Northeastern USA, with and to see family. She loved to sing. She and her younger sister would spend many hours singing through the hymn book and even did this as a mother, with her twins sitting and standing in the rocking chair with her. As an adult she sang in musical groups and loved teaching all her children to sing parts. Evelyn also enjoyed gardening, her flowers, and table games. Evelyn is well-known for her sharp and cunning skills at the game table making her a feared opponent. Ask Frank if he’s still carrying the score sheet in his wallet of time he won!

In February of 2011, Evelyn moved to the Fairview Fellowship Home. In April of 2011 Frank moved to the home so they could be together. She loved her time there being pampered. She loved the whole idea of having someone cook, clean and do laundry for her. And of course, having her hair and nails done!

Evelyn went home to be with the Lord and Savior on March 26, 2012, at the age of 88 years, 9 months, and 19 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Maria Epp, a sister, Malita Friesen, and a brother, Wendell Epp.

She is survived by her husband, Frank, two sons, Allen and wife Jackie Huebert of Peoria, AZ and Frank Jr and wife ReNita Huebert of Fairview, OK., two daughters, Sharon and husband John Oglesbee of San Augustine, TX and Karen and husband Ivan Penner of Peoria, AZ, one sister, Estalean Quiring, 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Grace University or the Friends of Israel with Fairview Funeral Home acting as custodian.

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