Archive | Obituaries


Laura Jean (Rempel) Barkman, ’57

Posted on 20 June 2017 by editor

barkman617Jean Barkman was born on July 1, 1938, to Paul and Hannah (Miller) Rempel in Inola, Oklahoma. She departed this life on June 15, 2017 in Chouteau, Oklahoma, at age 78.

Jean grew up in rural Inola and attended various country schools and then Inola Public School from the 5th grade thru the 10th grade. In 1954 at the Oklahoma Bible Academy in Meno, Oklahoma,  she met the love of her life, Ed Barkman. She studied at Grace Bible Institute in Omaha in 1956-57. On June 27, 1958, they were married, and to their union three children were born. She and Ed did missionary work for most of their lives, serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Brazil for 30 years. They served in various support roles including building jungle air strips. After retirement she was active in her church, teaching Sunday school, Bible school and serving in the prison ministry.?She loved sewing and making quilts for her grandchildren. More than anything she loved her family, and her devotion to God was one to be admired. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.?She is survived by her husband, Ed; one son, Keith Barkman and wife Heidi of Brazil; two daughters, Cheryl Skupa and husband Bryan of Haddam, Kansas and Linda Goossen and husband Elwyn of Brazil; six grandchildren, Timothy and Hanna Barkman, Laura Skupa and Andrew, Nathan and Susanna Goossen; two sisters, Shirley Schellhorn and husband Paul of Claremore, Eunice Weast and husband Frank of Inola and Charlie Rempel and wife Okie of Wiggins, Mississippi, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.?She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Hannah.

Comments (0)


Janice Jean Wohlgemuth, ’58

Posted on 13 June 2017 by editor

5934411230303Janice Jean (Diller) Wohlgemuth was born in Bluffton, Ohio, on May 6, 1936, to Albert and Telsa Diller. She passed away June 2, 2017, at the age of 81.

Janice loved helping on the family farm – whether it was milking the cows, driving the tractor for her father or helping her mother prepare food for the farm workers. Janice attended elementary and high school in Bluffton, graduating in 1954. While in high school, she participated in music and drama. She then attended Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, and received a four year degree in Christian Education in 1958. Today, this degree would include a teaching certificate.

Janice accepted the Lord at an early age and was baptized and became a member of the Ebenezer Church in Bluffton, Ohio. Janice met Eldon Gene Wohlgemuth at Grace University in 1957. They dated a year before getting engaged. They were married on Aug. 29, 1958. They had two sons: Craig Allen Wohlgemuth, born June 28, 1959, and Kevin Ray Wohlgemuth, born Feb. 15, 1962. Janice loved raising her two boys and later, when she became a grandmother, loved spending time with her grandkids, even including sleepovers.

Janice started her work at Remington Middle School in 1972, as a para in different classrooms, but also helped out in many other areas of the school as she was needed. Janice loved working with the kids at school. While Eldon worked second shift for a while, she would come home from her middle school job and get ready to work the evening shift at Wheat State Manor in her certified nurses aide capacity.

Janice retired from the Remington School District in 2016. Jan sold her home in Whitewater, then moved to Newton. Even after moving, she stayed involved with Remington students by being part of a mentorship program with Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Soon after moving to Newton, she became involved with the Community Assembly at Presbyterian Manor by serving as vice-chairwoman. She was in charge of lining up programs for the residents to enjoy.

Janice had a resiliency and strength in life that she recognized could only have come from God. She believed that, when bad things happen in life, one should use those instances as opportunities to help others in similar situations. Jan formed a group of six other widowed women who regularly ate out together, using that time to share about their lives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eldon; son, Craig; father, Albert Diller; and mother, Telsa Diller. Janice is survived by her son Craig’s wife, Tammy and daughter Maddijo Allen, as well as Maddijo’s husband, Tyler James Kennedy, and their children Reck and Range of Whitewater; son Kevin and wife Leann and their children Hollann Marie, Bryant Ralen, Camden Tyler and Shaylie Breann of Peoria, Arizona; and brother, Marvin and wife Gloria of Bluffton, Ohio.

Comments (0)


Alvina Schroeder

Posted on 13 June 2017 by editor

20170523-120527_AlvinaSchroederAlvina Schroeder, age 104, of Mt. Lake, Minn., died Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Good Samaritan Society-The Village in Mt. Lake. Alvina was born on Jan. 18, 1913, in Freeman, S.D., to Peter and Susie (Becker) Schroeder. She attended country school and graduated from the eighth grade. She became a seamstress at an early age and kept her brothers and sisters well clothed. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior as a youth and was a member of the Evangelical Mennonite Church in Mt. Lake for most of her life. Her work years included working as a cook at the Eventide in Mt. Lake and Grace Bible College in Omaha, Neb. She also spent a year in Juneau, Alaska, helping the P.J. Nickel family. Alvina spent much of her time caring for her younger siblings as well as many nieces and nephews. She never married. She enjoyed sewing, reading, cooking and baking. Everyone loved her zwiebach! She was a great influence and joy to her whole family and those she worked with. All who knew her loved her. Even though she never had children of her own, she was mother and grandmother to many. We are blessed to have had her in our life and eagerly look forward to a reunion in heaven. She is survived by her sister, Leona Nickel of Andover; and her brother, Dennis (Margaret) Schroeder of Mound; and many nephews and nieces. She is preceded in death by her father, Peter W.; her mother, Susie; her brothers: Jacob, William, Peter, David, infant brother Sylvester, Leander, Ervin and Harley; and her sisters, Linda, Elsa and Delphe.

Comments (0)


Darrell W. Scott, ’64

Posted on 13 June 2017 by editor

ThumbnailDarrell was born on March 21, 1933, and died at age 84 on May 20, 2017, in Omaha. Darrell was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was named the 1955 Mr. Midwest Bodybuilding Champion. Darrell graduated from Grace Bible Institute and was a pastor and evangelist in the greater Omaha area and beyond for over 50 years.

Darrell is survived by his wife of 26 years, Barbara; Former wife of 24 years, Carol Bednar; Children: Randall Scott, Sherry Scott, Shelly Briskey, Jon Scott and wife Traci; Step-Children, Matt Bochnicek and wife Mary, Mitch Bochnicek; 10 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandson; Sister-in-law Rita Saab and husband Gene.

Comments (0)


Lillian (Siebert) Detweiler, ’53

Posted on 12 May 2017 by editor

image002Lillian S. Detweiler of Bradenton, Fla., died Dec. 4, 2011.  

Born in Hamilton County, Neb., on April 13, 1931, and she moved to Florida in 1953.  She  helped to found Detweiler’s Propane Gas Company.  She was a licensed practical nurse and a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was deeply devoted to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ  and her church.

She enjoyed reading, baking and traveling. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who will be deeply missed.  

Predeceased by parents, Henry and Maria Siebert; sisters, Esther Rogers, and Winifred Siebert; survived by sons, Kenneth (Michelle) of Bradenton, Lawrence (Sue) of Huntington, Vermont, Anthony (Lisa) of Maryville, Tenn; daughters, Rebecca (Neil) Nyberg of Battle Creek, Mich., Susan (Don) Blaker of Bradenton, Fla.; brothers, Johnny, Henry, Alan, and Dennis Siebert; sisters, Tiena Sellers, Mabel Eichhorn, Marion Jensen; eighteen grandchildren; and six great-granddaughters.

Comments (0)


Lila Mae Kitch, ’63

Posted on 05 April 2017 by editor

lmk63Lila Mae Kitch ’63, born March 11, 1941, passed away March 30, 2017, at age 76. 

Lila was born in Arnold, Neb., to Manfred and Ildie Blixt. She graduated from Arnold High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Grace Bible Institute in 1963. On August 8, 1963, Lila married Sherman Kitch in Arnold. It was love at first sight. Lila worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Russell Stationary. They moved to Amarillo from Borger, Texas, in 2004. Lila was strong to the core. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother, and was the heart of her family. She was very involved with her church, and was very giving with her time and talents. 

Survivors include her husband, Sherman Kitch of Amarillo; a daughter, Renee Whitaker and husband James of Amarillo; two sons, Randy Kitch and wife Samantha of Kansas City, Mo., and Robbie Kitch of Ft. Worth; one sister, Lydia Blixt of Little Rock, Ark.; five brothers, Larry Blixt and wife Judy, Leroy Blixt and wife Tina, Lennie Blixt and wife Carol all of Chapman, Kansas, Leon Blixt and wife Elaine of Belton, Maryland, and Lyle Blixt and wife Janie of Branson, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Comments (0)


Elmer Reimer, ’56

Posted on 28 March 2017 by editor

4169379Elmer Isaac Reimer, our much loved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, pastor, and friend, passed away peacefully in his son’s home March 19, 2017. He was born in Drake, Saskatchewan, Canada, on May 18, 1922, the third of seven sons and one daughter born to Frank and Gertrude (Boese) Reimer. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Catharina, and brothers Alfred, Harry, Arlie, and Leslie. He is survived by brothers Johnny and Albert, sister Betty, son David (Marilyn), grandchildren Kristen (Sean) Fender and son Nathan; Gregory (Amber) and children Adrianna, Bree, and Cate; and Jeffrey (Jessica) and children Charlie, Lillian, Anna, and Elanor.

He came to faith in Christ during a revival in their church in Dalmeny, Saskatchewan, and was baptized at the age of 14.

The extreme drought of the thirties forced the family to move to Steinbach, Manitoba, to find work when Elmer was a teenager. He worked in a body shop, lumber camp, and as a mechanic in a John Deere dealership.

He met Catharina (Tina) Peters at the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren church in Steinbach. They were married September 26, 1943. Their son, David, was born April 2, 1945.

Elmer felt called to the ministry and the family moved to Omaha, NE, where he enrolled at Grace Bible Institute. Within a few years, he had served as a summer pastor in Michigan and then left school to become the pastor of the EMB church in Jansen, NE. He served there for several years before returning to school in Omaha. In 1957 he moved to South Dakota to pastor the Kingsburg Community Church for several years before accepting the pastorate of the Carter Gospel Fellowship, a rural church near Winner, SD.

After 28 years at Carter, he and Tina moved to Newton in 1991, and Elmer pastored the First Mennonite Church of Burns, KS, for 12 ½ years.

Elmer was heavily involved in evangelistic meetings in churches throughout the Midwest and Canada, and in youth work primarily through Bible camps. Thousands of young people knew and loved him as ‘Uncle Elmer.’

In 2004, at the age of 82, he resigned the pastorate and took on the project of raising missionary support for the task of translating and recording into Low German the entire collection of J. Vernon McGee’s Thru the Bible radio teaching series, a five-year daily broadcast consisting of 1,297 individual half-hour programs of study from Genesis to Revelation. He became the world-wide Low German voice of the Thru the Bible series, one of more than a hundred languages into which the program has been translated and recorded. The Low German programs are currently being broadcast regularly to thousands of Low German-speaking Mennonites in Mexico, South America, Northern Germany, and Canada. He also translated the New Testament and portions of the Old Testament into Low German. His ministry impact will continue long into the future.

After completing the translation projects in 2010, he taught Sunday School at Grace Community Church until December of 2015, completing 75 years of continuous ministry. His godly spirit and faithful ministry will be greatly missed by his family and a host of people who have known and loved him.

Visitation for Elmer will be held on Friday, March 24th, 2017 in the Fireside Room at Grace Community Church, from 2:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. The family will greet guests from 6:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M.

Burial will be held on Saturday, March 25th at 9:00 A.M. at the Burns Countryside Cemetery in Burns, Kansas.

The Memorial Service honoring Elmer will follow at 11: 00 A.M. on Saturday, at Grace Community Church.

Memorials have been established with Grace Community Church.

Comments (1)


Loren D. Roth, ’76

Posted on 20 March 2017 by editor



Loren D. Roth ’76, age 62, of Pettisville, Ohio, passed away in his home on Monday, February 13, 2017, after enduring nearly two years of various forms of chemotherapy.

He was born in Brussels, Belgium, on September 24, 1954, the son of Earl and Ruth (Jantzen) Roth. On August 11, 1990, he married Nancy Graber.  Loren attended Oregon State, Grace Bible College, and Lewis and Clark College, eventually ending with an MA in teaching, with a concentration of math. From 1980–1983 he taught junior high math in Oregon, and then he took a job teaching in Yemen Arab Republic. From 1986–1989 he taught in Uxbridge, England. He then moved to Archbold and worked for Sauder Woodworking in Archbold.

Loren is survived by his wife, Nancy; two sons, Phillip and Alex; his father, Earl; brother, Marc Roth; and sister, Yvonne Smith.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Roth.

Comments (2)


Russell G. “Russ” Jones

Posted on 02 March 2017 by editor

58b5db3f83116.imageAnother Servant Leader Called Home

Russell G. “Russ” Jones, 91, of Omaha, died February 25, 2017. He was born September 26, 1925.

Russ served at Grace University for over 35 years as a professor, registrar and librarian. After retirement, he pastored Immanuel Church in Lincoln. Russ also served as an interim pastor at many other churches in Nebraska and Iowa.

Survivors: wife of 68 years, Ruth; children, Susan (Brad) Brown, Judith (Craig) Fuller; Russell (Ellen) Jones, Jr., and Rebecca (Steven) White; grandchildren, Sarah, Emily, Nathaniel, James, Rachel, Caleb, Kathryn, Samuel and Michael; great-grandchildren, Norah, Graham, Philippa, Fletcher, Henry, Martin and Oliver. Preceded in death by parents, Alva and Alma Jones; three brothers and one sister.

Comments (2)


Marilyn Joyce Schrag, ’54

Posted on 02 March 2017 by editor


Marilyn Joyce Schrag ’54, died Feb. 22, 2017, at the age of 79 in Hesston, Kansas, after a long struggle with Huntington’s Disease. She was born Oct. 18, 1937, in Dodge City, the daughter of Edward and Alma Harms Enns. She was a graduate of Gridley High School and attended Grace College of the Bible. She had been a legal secretary and musician, playing the piano, organ and marimba. She was a current member of Whitestone Mennonite Church and had served in churches in Kansas, Ohio, Missouri and Texas. 

She married Elwyn LaVerne Schrag on July 28, 1956, in Hooker, Oklahoma. He survives. Other survivors include two sons, Brian (Barbara) Schrag of Dallas, Texas, and Brad (Joy) Schrag of Minneapolis, Minnesota; two daughters, Lynelle (Bob) Morris of Tucson, Arizona, and Lori (Andrés) Tapia of Highland Park, Illinois; a sister, Marge Hamm, Hooker, Oklahoma; and eight grandchildren.

Comments (0)

Photos from our Flickr stream

See all photos

Tidings 2017