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Inez Senner, ’65

Posted on 17 July 2014 by vunruh

Inez C. Senner, age 68, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the Glendive Medical Center Extended Care after a battle with metastatic lung cancer.

She was born October 7, 1944 in Glendive, MT the youngest child of William and Edna (Miller) Senner. Inez graduated from Dawson County High School in 1962, and went on to attend Grace University graduating with a General Bible Diploma. She graduated with an AA degree from Dawson College in Glendive and received her Bachelors of Science degree from Dickinson State University in 1969.

Inez began her teaching career at Lincoln School in 1969 and ended it there 40 years later in 2009. She truly loved working with children. Among Inez’s interests were reading, volunteering at AWANA club at her church, teaching Sunday school and traveling, with the Hawaiian Islands being her favorite spot.

She also volunteered at the Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum and especially enjoyed taking children through the museum. She belonged to Delta Kappa Gamma and the Community Bible Church in Glendive.

Inez was preceded in death by her parents in 1968. She is survived by two brothers, Douglas Senner (Audrey) of Richey, MT and Rodney Senner (Jackie) of Bloomfield, MT; one sister, Eloise Koehn (Victor) of Foley, AL and many nieces and nephews. Her great-nieces and nephews were also important, as she tried to make contact with them at least once a year.

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Mark Anthony Bennett, ’96

Posted on 16 July 2014 by vunruh

Mark Anthony Bennett was born April 11, 1951 to Gene and Rosemary Bennett in Savanna, Illinois and graduated from Savanna High School in 1969. Mark moved to Des Moines, Iowa where he married Carol K. Moore on May 2, 1976.

Mark and Carol became the parents of two children, Robert (Rob) Andrew and Beth Anne. They attended First Federated Church where he volunteered for AWANA. In 1988 Mark and family moved to Omaha, Nebraska where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Grace University.

Mark enjoyed working in the automotive industry and managed several auto parts stores. He also drove a school bus in Millard, NE for many years and spent his free time reading, drawing and painting.

On February 19, 2014 Mark entered the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Rosemary Bennett and sister, Maureen Bennett. He is survived by his father, Gene Bennett; wife, Carol; son and daughter-in-law Rob & Wendy Bennett; daughter and son-in-law Beth Bennett & Chris Tiller; Brother & sister-in-law Steve and Linda Bennett; sister & brother-in-law Julie and Rick Maples.

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Christina Franz

Christina (Nina) Franz, ’10 & ’12

Posted on 10 July 2014 by vunruh

Christina, or Nina, as many people knew her, died instantly in a horrible car crash Sunday July 6, 2014. Her brother, Trevor, was with her. Her last act on this earth was to swerve the car, saving Trevor’s life. That was the kind of person she was.

Christina lived her 26 years, 1 month and 20 days to the fullest. She loved pulling pranks, playfully teasing people, doing anything to make people smile. She was a faithful friend to all who knew her. She loved traveling, playing sports, playing guitar, and she loved, loved, loved Christian music. She went to many concerts and personally knew many of her favorite musicians.

More than anything, though, Nina loved her family. She came home most weekends just to spend time with her parents, brother, aunts and uncles, and cousins. She wasn’t just a family member to all of us … she was our best friend. Words can not describe the loss we feel.

Christina proudly accepted Jesus as her personal savior on June 1st 1996. She lived her life as a true example of what a Christian should be. She once said that the biggest compliment that she ever received was when a co-worker, upon learning that Christina was a Christian, said that she already figured that out because of the way Christina acted and treated other people. Now my baby is in Heaven, rocking with the angels.

Christina graduated valedictorian from Bondurant High School. She went on to earn two B.S. degrees from Grace University graduating Summa Cum Laude with both degrees. Christina worked at Children’s Hospital in Omaha, NE. Her dream was to work full-time in Christian music management.

Christina is survived by her parents, Larry and Melinda Franz, brother, Trevor; Grandparents David Krueger (Judy), Pat Krueger, Lloyd and Betty Franz; uncles Trent (Deb), Troy (Noelle) Krueger and Doug Franz, aunts Linda (Mike) Hedden and Cindy (Kenny) Mack. She had many cousins but was especially close with Kylie, Jade, A.J., Autumn and Cael Krueger and Matthew and Timothy Hedden. Please keep our family in prayer as we adjust to this incredible blow.

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Ken Flaming

Kenneth Flaming, ’55

Posted on 10 July 2014 by vunruh

Kenneth Ray Flaming, 77, of rural Vinita, OK passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Kenneth was born May 11, 1937 in Goessel, KS, to Jacob B. and Adina Sylvia (Unrau) Flaming.

Kenneth was a dairy farmer and a bus driver. He also owned a bicycle shop. He loved the Kansas Jayhawks and attending southern gospel singings.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Vinita.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Anne (Thiessen) Flaming, his mother and father and one brother, Kermit Flaming.

Survivors include: one son, Ray Flaming (Mesheila) of Vinita; three daughters, Jo Ann Davis (Jay) of Muskogee, OK, Norma Holly (Ellis) of Collinsville, OK, and Christine Weller (Scott) of Glenpool, OK; two sisters, Arlene Friesen of Ralston NE, and Janice Lang of Rockford, IL; two brothers, Jim Flaming of Kingwood, TX and Darrel Flaming of Spooner, WI; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Gerri Shope (wife of professor Ron Shope)

Posted on 08 July 2014 by vunruh

Beloved wife, mother, sister and friend.  Gerri passed away June 20, 2014. She was born January 5, 1950 in Paterson, NJ and married Ron Shope on April 16, 1977. They served 10 years on the mission field in Liberia and for the past 27 years have called Omaha home.

In addition to her husband, Gerri is survived by son and daughter-in-law Jeff and Stacy, Olathe, KS; daughter Karen, of Omaha and a dearly anticipated first grandchild due in November. She is also survived by her sister Joyce and her brother Keith.

Gerri’s commitment to her Savior, her family, and her friends is an inspiration to all. She was a prayer warrior, included everyone, and scattered joy wherever she went.

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David Fast

David Fast, ’54

Posted on 08 July 2014 by vunruh

David D. Fast, 92, died at Buhler Sunshine Meadows, Buhler, KS on June 23, 2014. He was born on August 12, 1921 at home, near Medora, KS to D.G. and Anna (Willems) Fast. He was a longtime Inman, KS resident also living in Hutchinson and Buhler.

He was a farmer and retired carpenter for Jost & Wiens Construction. He graduated in 1939 Zoar Academy and Bible School in Inman and attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, NE.

He and his wife Fran were loyal volunteers with RVICS – Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service. He was a member of First Church of the Nazarene, Hutchinson.

On November 2, 1945 he married Frances “Fran” Steward in Charlotte, MI. She died January 25, 2012. Survivors include: her children, Timothy (LeAnn) Fast, Inman; Karen (Steve) Sites, Hillsboro; Vernon Fast, Hutchinson; David (Karen) Fast, Topeka and Leland Fast, San Antonio, TX; four sisters, Anna Kliewer, Helen Hornbaker, Rose Ratzlaff and Frieda Goertzen; 11 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Steven; his parents; two brothers, Joseph and Roy; and two sisters, Marie and Linda.

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Marjorie (Busenitz) Wiens, ’55

Posted on 08 July 2014 by vunruh

Surrounded by her family, Marge Wiens went to be with her Lord on June 30th, 2014 after 77 years serving her Savior. She passed away from complications following a heart attack in the Dodge City Hospital.

Marjorie (Busenitz) Wiens was born May 3, 1937 to Herman and Martha (Voth) Busenitz, a farming family living near Whitewater, Kansas. In college, she met and married Rolland Wiens of Meade, KS in 1959. After she had taught for two years in Central Kansas, Rolly and Marge made their home on the farm in Meade, KS.

It was there that Rolly and Marge built a family and a home for their three children; Michelle and Lloyd Reimer of Protection, KS; Jerome and Anita Wiens of Meade, KS and Jennifer and Kyle Bond of Crete, NE.  Her sister is Irene Unruh, (Charles) of Muskogee, IL and her two brothers are Richard Busenitz (Carol) of Whitewater, KS and Cal Busenitz (Jodie) of Benton, KS.

Marge was very involved in her church, Countryside Bible Church. She was a VBS director, Sunday School teacher, Bible teacher for Awana, and served on Ladies Ministry. It was very important to her to serve her Lord and Savior. She was also involved in the community as a 4-H Leader, Blood Mobile Chairman and part of the Live ‘n Learn Unit. She spent one day a week volunteering at the Etcetera shop in Liberal, KS.

The hope of her family is knowing that she is in heaven, praising Jesus with the Saints who have gone before and they will get to see her again someday.

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Gladys Friesen

Gladys Friesen, ’44

Posted on 08 July 2014 by vunruh

Gladys Friesen was born May 18, 1924, to John and Marie Duerksen in Marion, SD and went home to be with her Lord on June 25, 2014. She lived to be 90 years old.

Gladys was baptized by D.P. Schultz at the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren church in 1936. In her early hears Gladys attended District 80 country School. She later attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha for two years.

Gladys enjoyed playing the marimba and violin at Bethesda Mennonite church and in the community. At Bethesda, Gladys taught Sunday school, participated in Mission Circle, and enjoyed singing in the women’s choir.

On October 6, 1946 Gladys married Clarence E. Friesen at Marion, SD. They were blessed with 64 years of marriage and six children: Vernelle, Glenyce, Sylvia, Janlee, Delton and Eileen.  She is survived by her six children and their families.

Gladys is also survived by one sister Vernelle (Irvin) Ewert; brother, Charles (Evelyn) Duerksen and sister-in-law Eunice Duerksen.

Preceding her in death were her husband; parents; sister, Augusta Schultz; brothers, Robert and Alvin Duerksen; sister-in-law, Ardella Duerksen; son-in-law, Roger Larsen and grandson Jeremy Larsen.

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Edna Dalke

Edna Dalke, Wife of Dan Dalke, ’53

Posted on 27 May 2014 by vunruh

Edna Franz Dalke, 93, responded to the summons of our Redeemer on May 20, 2014 and moved from her residence at Pleasant View Home of Inman, KS to The Father’s House in Heaven.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, one son and one great-grandson. She is survived by her husband, Chaplain Dan U. Dalke of Inman; daughters Cheryl Epp of Colorado Springs, CO, Arline Clark of Dayton, OH, Vonda McEachern of Colorado Springs, CO; 2 sons, Dale Dalke of Vancouver, WA, and Verle Dalke of Dallas, OR; 24 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m., Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the chapel at Pleasant View Home, Inman.

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Clarence Landis

Clarence H. Landis, ’52

Posted on 20 May 2014 by vunruh

Clarence Henry Landis was born in Quakertown, PA on March 19, 1921 to Harry Fretz and Beulah Francis (Allem) Landis. He graduated from Quakertown High School in 1939 and started farming. On February 1, 1942 he married Laura Lillian Landis at the East Swamp Mennonite Church near Quakertown. They continued to farm until 1948 when they moved to Omaha, NE where he Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University).

Thru the years he served church congregations and he attended Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL where he was ordained an Elder with the Methodist Church.

He and Lillian retired to Atlantic, IA in 1986 and for the next 15 years he was visitation pastor for the First United Methodist Church in Atlantic. He moved to Griswold, IA in October 2007.

Clarence loved people, hearing a good story, serving in the Lions Club, collecting coins, and especially loving his family and his Lord. He loved nature, was an amateur furrier, bird caller, and hunter. Just as he loved his family he loved his church family. Clarence and Lillian sang together on the radio early in their marriage. They also were part of the group that started Camp Aldersgate in 1958. Clarence enjoyed working with youth in their “camping” experiences.

Clarence died Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Griswold Care Center at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his wife L. Lillian on February 11, 2012, his children in infancy Martha, Karen and Randall, his great granddaughter Kayleen Amos and his brother Stanley.

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