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Luella Zuercher

Luella (Harder) Zuercher, ’58

Posted on 08 March 2013 by vunruh

Luella (Harder) Zuercher entered her eternal home on March 1, 2013.

Luella was born Oct. 26, 1936, to Gus and Kathrine Harder. Luella committed her life to Christ at a young age. She attended Berean Academy and Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Neb.

Luella married Floyd Zuercher on July 11, 1957. They were missionaries in Colombia, South America, from 1960 to 1972.

Luella taught at Berean Academy and influenced many lives during her 37 years of teaching. Luella earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from Wichita State University. She loved gardening and time with grandchildren. Luella’s life and witness inspire us to be more like Christ!

Luella was preceded in death by her father, Gus; mother, Kathrine; and brother, Kenneth.

Luella is survived by her husband, Floyd; son, Charles and Lili, Portland; son, Steve and Melanie, Wichita; daughter, Ann Servaes and Shannon, St. Louis; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Harder and Christine, Benton; sister, Doris Smith, Corvallis; sister-in-law, Marjorie Zuercher, Whitewater; brother-in-law, Dwight Zuercher and Wilma, Chicago; and aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Ben W Smith

Ben W. Smith, ’54

Posted on 07 March 2013 by vunruh

Ben W. Smith, 81, died Feb. 10, 2013 in Hesston, Kans.

He was born Dec. 4, 1931, near Ringwood, Okla., to Ben A. and Caroline (Thomas) Smith. On Aug. 13, 1954, he married Frances Maureen Frey at First Mennonite Church in Newton. Ben was a graduate of Newton High School in 1950, Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University, Omaha, Neb.) in 1954, and Grace Seminary (Winona Lake, Ind.) in 1956 with a Master of Divinity.

He served as a missionary with Sudan Interior Mission (now SIM USA) in Ethiopia from 1960 to 1975. From 1975 to retirement, he worked as an interim Christian Education Director, a real estate agent at Hesston Corporation and 15 years at Avcon Industries.

He was a member of Newton Bible Church, where he served on the Elder Board and taught adult Sunday School. Ben, having been baptized upon confession of faith in Christ on May 16, 1948, by Rev. D.J. Unruh, was devoted in faith and shared freely his love of Christ. He raised five children to love and serve the Lord. He greatly enjoyed spending time with his loving family and many friends.

Survivors include his wife, Frances, of Hesston; five children: Jeanine Giles (Jerry) of Branson, Mo.; Russell Smith of Wichita; Carolyn Dority (Daniel) of Bali, Indonesia; Maureen Eichelberger (Jerry) of Wichita; Myron Smith (Jami) of Wichita; nine grandchildren: Marshal Giles (Rachel) of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tyler Giles (Gillian) of Tacoma, Wash., Micah Dority (Amanda) of Omaha, Neb., Hannah (Dority) Hoobler (Joshua) of Toccoa, Ga., Nathan Dority of Toccoa, Ga., Abigail Dority, Callie Eichelberger, Jadon Smith and Macy Smith; three great-grandchildren: Daniel, Ryan and Casey Giles; two brothers: Aaron Smith (Elisabeth) of Burrton and LaVern Smith (Marlene) of Omaha, Neb.; one sister: Lois Flaming (Melvin) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; brothers and sisters-in-law: Emaline Smith (Melvin’s), Elda Smith (John’s), Evelyn Smith (LeRoy’s), Ted Veer (Malinda’s) and Anna Lee Smith (Will’s).

Ben was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings: Frank, Melvin, John, LeRoy, Malinda Veer, Allen D. and Will.

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