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Sarah Loewen

Sarah Adeline Loewen, ’52

Posted on 09 July 2013 by vunruh

Sarah Adeline Loewen, daughter of Frank F. and Katharina (Wiebe) Loewen was born on January 14, 1925 on a farm four miles west of Mountain Lake, Minn. After attending country school and graduating from Mountain Lake High School in 1942, she attended Swedish Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis, Minn. She received her R.N. in 1947.

Having received Christ as her Savior early in life, she felt the Lord was calling her to serve Him as a missionary.  She went on for further training at Goshen College in Goshen, Ind. and then transferred to Grace University, Omaha, Neb. where she got her B.A. in 1952.

The Lord led her to spend the next winter caring for her Dad who was dying of cancer. In 1952 she left for Nigeria under SIM. The first 33 years Sarah served in the state of Sokoto. The first ten years she did dispensary work. The next ten years Sarah worked in the Sokoto Leprosarium where she was in charge of caring for around 500 patients with leprosy, besides their other ailments.

Medical work gives many opportunities to speak to patients about the Lord and many leprosy patients found Christ. One year, all seven graduates of a Hausa Bible School were converts from their leprosarium. The government took over all the medical work, but the Lord opened the door to teach Bible knowledge in secondary schools. During Sarah’s last five years in Nigeria she did bookkeeping at SIM headquarters in Jos. Her aim was to always bring people to a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ.

In 1989 Sarah retired in Mountain Lake with her sisters Luella and Louise. One by one the avenues of service continued through teaching a women’s Sunday School class, leading a weekly prayer group, being active in Mission Society, serving widows in visitation and serving “Meals on Wheels”.

Sarah is survived by: two sisters Clara Schultz of Mountain Lake and Elfrieda (Harold) Fast of Alexandria, Minn. and one brother Al (Carol) of Edmonds, Wash, besides nephews and nieces and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Abram, Albert, and Frank, and five sisters, Mathilda Loewen, Katie Dye, Luella Loewen, Edna Dick, and Louise Loewen.

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Larry Schmucker

Larry W. Schmucker, ’61

Posted on 09 July 2013 by vunruh

ABBYVILLE – Larry W. Schmucker, 69, loving husband, dedicated father, and influential coach, went to meet his Lord on Feb. 19, 2013, at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center. He was born May 8, 1943, to Jess P. and Blanche L. (Walker) Schmucker.

Larry was a life-long member of Sterling Evangelical Bible Church. He graduated from Sterling College in 1966 with a Bachelor of Education degree. He was a teacher and basketball coach, having worked at Little River and Central Christian Schools, and most recently at Trinity Catholic High School.

On July 31, 1971, he married Charlotte A. Stucky in Moundridge, Kan. She survives. Other survivors include: his son, Jonathan Schmucker and his wife Ericah of Alexandria, Va.; brother, Don Schmucker and his wife Grace of O’Fallon, Mo. Larry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harvey Schmucker and his wife Carrie; and sister, Beulah Kueck and her husband Lloyd.


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Alvin Thomas 1948

Alvin Thomas, ’48

Posted on 09 July 2013 by vunruh

Alvin H. Thomas, 83, a longtime Miami, Okla. resident, left this world to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 10, 2013. He was born on February 7, 1930 in Ringwood, Okla. to John and Eva (Buller) Thomas. Alvin graduated from Oklahoma Bible Academy in Meno, Okla. where he met Mildred Nightingale his first wife of 49 years.

He worked at B.F. Goodrich as a tire inspector for thirty-six years. When the tire factory closed he started his second career as a piano tuner and re-builder, working throughout the four state area. He also loved gardening and playing games with his friends and family.

Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents John and Eva, his first wife Mildred (Nightingale) Thomas, his sisters Marie Andres and Helen Unruh, and his brother Emil Thomas.

Survivors include his wife Frances (Heman) Thomas of Miami, Okla.; his children Roger (Jan) Thomas, Merrill (Joyce) Thomas, both of Derby, Kan., Clendon (Marlynda) Thomas of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Robert (Susan) Baker of Spearman, Texas, Carrie (Jeffery) Tucker of Prattville, Ala. and Susan Baker of Parsons, Kan.; a sister Louise Finke; seventeen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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