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Raymond Becker

Raymond Becker, ’52

Posted on 11 September 2014 by vunruh

Raymond Jay Becker was born northwest of Dolton, SD on June 10, 1934 to parents Joseph J. Becker and Esther Unruh. He enjoyed a very happy childhood and youth on the farm as the third of six children before going to Grace College of the Bible for a semester after his Marion High School graduation.

Although making many life-long friends, he chose to work on the farm for a year while his brother Harold went to 1W service. During that time, he met Frances whom he married on April 24, 1954 and together they moved to Waukegan, IL to finish his two years obligation to our country in lieu of military service at the Downey Veteran’s Hospital. They returned to the farm near Freeman, SD in 1956 where he farmed through many seasons for 43 years, concluding with a farm auction sale in 2000.

Raymond carried on a legacy that his ancestors began of being a lifetime member at the EMB Country Church. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior during a tent revival on May 25, 1943 at the age of 10. Raymond became a member of Gideons International in 1976 and was very active in spreading the Gospel through Bible distributions and personal testimony

Ray and Frances were “parents” to many foster children beginning in 1967. Of the approximately 20 different children, his most favorite was Jody, a Native American baby who spent many nights cuddled by a secure “dad” as he sang “Trust and Obey” to get her through her alcohol withdrawal.

In December of 2012 he was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He was an inspiration to all and shared continually that the Bible had promised him heaven because of his relationship with Jesus Christ. Instead of “dying with cancer”, he chose to live life abundantly as promised in the Bible.

He valued his precious family, loving each and every one. He leaves behind his precious wife, Frances (having just celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in April, 2014); four daughters: Coleen (Bill) Black of Omaha, Neb. and their 3 children;  Brenda (Tim) Harder of Eldorado, Kan. and their 5 children; and Claudette (Trace) Frahm of Walnut, Iowa and their 2 sons, Ryan (Claris) and 2 children and Derek.

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Maria Mary Penner

Maria Mary Penner, ’54

Posted on 11 September 2014 by vunruh

Maria (Mary) Penner of Winnipeg , MB died peacefully on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at aged 88. She is survived by her half brother John Kroeker, half sisters-in-law Ruth and Hilda Kroeker, and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was predeceased by her parents Henry F. and Maria (Hildebrand) Penner Kroeker, her stepfather John G. Kroeker, her sister Anne Hoeppner, brother-in-law Henry Hoeppner, half brothers Abe and Peter Kroeker, and half sister-in-law Shirley Kroeker.

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Frank Huebert Sr

Frank D. Huebert, Sr., ’57

Posted on 18 August 2014 by vunruh

Frank D Huebert, Sr. of Fairview, OK reached Heaven’s gate and was welcomed into glory on 11 July, 2014 at the age of 97.  He was born to Jacob F. and Sara (Dick) Huebert at home near Lustre, Montana on 4 June, 1917. He was the 6th of 9 children.

After graduating from the 8th Grade at Lustre Bible School, Frank helped with farming and was finally able to go to Frazer High School at the age of 21. The school Superintendent convinced Frank’s dad that he needed further education.

Following graduation, Frank spent several months in the Seattle area working in the steel foundries before joining the Civilian Public Service (CPS), an alternative service of national importance, as a conscientious objector during WWII. He worked for the Forest Service in Oregon and California. Later he was stationed in Lincoln, NE and helped with raising rabbits for food to help with expenses. He met a number of men who became lifetime friends, from as far away as some place called Fairview, OK. They became reacquainted when he and the family moved to Orienta, OK in 1963.

It was during this time in Lincoln that he was introduced to Evelyn Edna Epp by his cousin Marie Huebert. A relationship began and during this time Evie moved to Lincoln to work so they could become better aquainted. On the day of his discharge from CPS, he and Evie were married in Henderson NE. The bond remained sure until his beloved passed away in March, 2012 after 66 years of marriage.

Frank and Evelyn farmed in Western Nebraska the first seven years of marriage. Although his first passion was farming and ranching he knew God had greater things for him. God’s will was for him to be a spiritual farmer, tilling the fertile soil of man’s heart and shepherding His flock. In preparation he attended Grace College of the Bible (Grace University) in Omaha, Nebraska.

Upon graduation in 1957 they began their first pastorate in Wolf Point, Montana. In 1963 the family made a move to Orienta, Oklahoma where he pastored the Saron Mennonite Church. In 1971 they moved to Elbing, Kansas where he taught Junior High and Senior High Bible at Berean Academy. In 1978 they returned to the pastorate and served the Adams, Oklahoma Mennonite Church until 1984.

Throughout his life, Frank was a diligent student of the Word and was especially interested in prophecy. Another passion was the Old Testament tabernacle of which he made a scale model. He taught many week-long special meetings at a number of churches through the years, and following full retirement, he continued to teach Bible on Wednesday evenings.

Although he never was a man of physical wealth, he has stored up many heavenly treasures, as well as treasures in the hearts of his family and many friends. He will be missed as a brother, a father, grandpa, grospa, and a faithful friend.

Preceding him in death were his parents, 4 sisters and 3 brothers. He is survived by his sister, Anna Huebert of Glendive, Montana. Sons include Allen Huebert and wife Jackie of Bellevue, NE; Frank Jr. and wife ReNita of Fairview, OK. Twin daughters Sharon and husband John Oglesbee of San Augustine, TX; Karen and husband Ivan Penner of Peoria, AZ. There are 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, with two more on the way.

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Lyman Sprunger

Lyman Sprunger, ’49

Posted on 14 August 2014 by vunruh

Lyman Woodrow Sprunger was born March 2, 1916 to Selma Sprunger in Los Angeles, CA. He departed this life on Friday, June 13, 2014 at Okeene, OK. Lyman received a bachelors degree from Grace Bible Institute at Omaha, NE. He married Adeline Ensz on June 15, 1940 at Reedley, CA.

Lyman was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Sprunger Fisher; a grandson Gregory Scott; and a daughter-in-law, Charlotte Sprunger; Survivors include his wife, Adeline of the home; daughter Joanne Sinclair and husband DeWayne of Canton, OK, son-in-law Mike Fisher and wife Sherry of Wichita Falls, TX, daughter Melody Plemons and husband Ron of Granite Bay, CA, son John Sprunger and wife Connie of Canton, OK and daughter Rebecca Whiting and husband Randy of Enid, OK; sixteen grandchildren, Doug Sinclair, Doyle Sinclair, Donnita Minton, Brad Fisher, Kevin Fisher, Jason Plemons, Jared Plemons, Larissa Kelly, Melissa Conrady, Alan McKinley, Amy Bonura, Heather Murray, Suzanne McVicker, Zack Whiting, Casandra Whiting and Cristina Whiting; thirty great-grandchildren;

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Arthur Enns

Arthur Enns, ’51

Posted on 12 August 2014 by vunruh

Rev. Arthur Enns, 86, was born March 18, 1928 in Meade, KS to Abraham and Margaretha (Wiens) Enns.  Two days after his birth, his mother died and as an infant he was cared for by his uncle Dietrich and aunt Anna Enns. They had six daughters and were glad to have a baby boy in their home. Eventually he returned to his father who had married Susie Warkentin, a wonderful and caring mother with 7 children already in the home.

Arthur was baptized at age 14 in the Evangelical Mennonite Brethren Church, Meade, KS. After grade school and high school he attended Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, NE, where he received his training for pastoral work. While at Grace he met his wife Ruby Dalke. They were married June 2, 1950 and have enjoyed 64 years of marriage. After graduating from Grace, he attended Sterling College, Sterling, KS, where he received the Bachelor of Arts Degree.

In 1952 he was ordained to the ministry at the Evangelical Mennonite Church, Sterling, KS. After serving 5 years at the Sterling Church, he received a call to the Evangelical Mennonite Church in Wauseon, OH and served there 8 years. A call had come from Grace Bible Church in Omaha, which met on the campus of Grace Bible Institute. After six years of pastoring this church, and teaching courses in Bible Geography and Bible Introduction at Grace, a call came from Calvary Memorial Church, Palos Hills, IL (now New Beginnings Church). Here he had the privilege of serving 21 years, retiring in 1993, but continuing to serve the church as needed.

He is survived by his wife Ruby; three children, Nancy (Christopher) Lemons of Chicago, Phillip (Barbara) Enns of Frankfort, IL, Mark (Holly) Enns of Kankakee, IL; and five grandchildren, Dietrich, Daniel, Garrick, Jack, and Sophie. He also has two living sisters, Ruby Enns of Meade, KS, Jane (John) Thielenhaus of Norton, OH, a brother, Richard Enns of Wichita, KS; several brothers and sisters-in-law; and many nieces and nephews.

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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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