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Joseph Constantino, ’76

Posted on 12 September 2016 by editor

Joseph Constantino ’76 died May 12, 2014. He retired from MUD and was preceded in death by brother, Alfred. He is survived by wife, Carolyn S., Bellevue; children, Joe Jr. and wife Carolyn K., Colorado Springs, Colo.; Antoinette and husband Gail Colan, Omaha; Christina and husband Sam Vasta, Omaha; twin sister, Lillian Garcia, Branson, Mo.; sister, Louise Henkins, Omaha; 7 grandchildren, Nikki, Aaron, Gina, Andrew, Gabe, Sarah, Ben; 4 great grandchildren, Adrynn, Rylee, Brisynn, Elena. 

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Orlando Eldon Klassen, ’46

Posted on 12 September 2016 by editor

Orlando Eldon Klassen ’46, 88, died in Jackson, Minn., on December 24, 2015. 

He lived in Mountain Lake, Minn. for most of his life. He was born on Feb. 16, 1927, to Jacob and Elizabeth Klassen in Mountain Lake. He married Joanne Unruh on June 17, 1949, in Newton, Kansas. They farmed together near Mountain Lake and raised four children. Orlando was a member of the Cornerstone Bible Church in Mountain Lake.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years. 

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Joanne Kathleen Klassen, ’48

Posted on 12 September 2016 by editor

Joanne Kathleen Klassen ’48 died November 16, 2015, in Mountain Lake, Minn., where she lived most of her married life. 

She was born February 24, 1927, to John and Elizabeth Penner in Roaring Springs, Pa. She was adopted in 1929 by Daniel and Hazel Unruh after the deather of her mother. She married Orlando Klassen on June 17, 1949, in Newton, Kansas. They farmed near Mountain Lake and raised four children. She was a member of Cornerstone Bible Church in Mountain Lake.

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Alberta Walter, ’51

Alberta Walter, ’51

Posted on 12 September 2016 by editor

image003Alberta Walter, age 81, formerly of Huron, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Stevens Point, Wisconsin.  Her funeral service was at 2 PM Saturday, March 9, 2013, at the Living Hope Alliance Church with Pastor Josh Jetto and Rick Schryber officiating.  Burial was in the Ideal Cemetery. 

Alberta Alice Decker was born on the family farm northeast of Hitchcock, SD on October 26, 1931.  Alberta attended Bluebell School.  She moved to Huron with her parents and attended Huron High School through her junior year.  She attended Wessington Springs Academy at Wessington Springs, SD for her senior year and then attended Grace Bible College in Omaha, Nebraska. 

She was baptized upon the confession of her faith on August 2, 1952, in the James River.  On January 10, 1953, she married Wayne W. Walter.  They lived in San Antonio, TX and returned to the Huron area after completion of Wayne’s military duty.  She worked for St. John’s Hospital, Ravens and Huron Alignment.

In 1999, Wayne and Alberta moved to Minnesota.  In 2009, Alberta returned to Huron and in 2012 she moved to Stevens Point, WI.  There she lived out the remainder of her days. 

She is survived by five children, Kay (Randy) Bauder of Huron, Wendy (Rick) Schryber of Herndon, VA, Reg (Jill) Walter of Stevens Point, WI, Arlys (Jeff) Moser of Kalispell, MT and Linda (Steve) Hagland of Buffalo, MN; 16 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Reuben (Betty) Decker of Seattle, WA and Albert (Marilyn) Decker of Huron; one sister, Gladys Wedel of Huron; and two sisters-in-law, Ruth Decker of Reedley, CA and Gwendolyn Wipf of Ventura, CA.

Alberta was preceded in death by both parents; husband, Wayne Walter; 6 brothers, John K., Jake T., Sam J., Dave T., Harry and Joe Decker; 6 sisters, Mary Kleinsasser, Kathryn Glanzer, Adena Hofer, Sally Hofer Waldner, Ann Wipf, and Martha Decker; and numerous other relatives.

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Martha M. Toews, ’56

Posted on 27 July 2016 by editor

Martha M. Toews ’56, age 96, of Dallas, Oregon, died June 18, 2014. She was born on March 4, 1918, in Frazer, Montana, the daughter of John H. and Agnes Pankratz Janzen. On April 19, 1944, she married Theodore A. Toews in Dallas, before Ted was shipped overseas during World War II. They moved from Dallas to Nebraska where she attended the Grace Bible Institute for three years in Omaha. She was the director of Child Evangelism, serving eight counties in and around the Fremont, Nebraska, area. They returned to live in Dallas in 2003. She was a member of the Priscella Circle with the Grace Mennonite Church in Dallas and the VFW Auxiliary in Fremont, Nebraska. She is a current member of the Grace Community Church in Dallas. She sewed most of her own clothes and enjoyed embroidery, reading and teaching children for Child Evangelism. She is survived by a brother Edward Janzen of Woodburn and sisters Lena Schmidt of Dallas and Zelma Ridderbush of Salem, along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Ted on June 14, 2005, siblings Rudolph “Rudy” Janzen, Anna Margaret Janzen, Henry Janzen, Marie Gossen and Ella McKee.

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Theodore A. Toews, ’56

Posted on 27 July 2016 by editor

Theodore A. Toews ’56 died June 14, 2005, in Dallas, Oregon, at the age of 88. Ted was born August 14, 1916, in Butterfield, Minnesota, to Abraham and Agnes (Fast) Toews. The family moved to Salt Creek, Oregon, in 1924. He married Martha Janzen on April 19, 1944, and five days later was shipped overseas to serve under General Patton. Upon his discharge from the Army he and Martha moved to Dallas, Oregon, where Ted drove a dump truck and hauled logs. They were called to serve the Lord and headed to Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, where they worked in child evangelism. He became the district co-director of Child Evangelism in Fremont. He was an active member of the Evangelical Free Church in Fremont. Ted also worked construction, worked at a wholesale warehouse, as a knife sharpener for Campbell Soup, and as a Watkins salesman. He and Martha returned to Dallas, Oregon, in 2003.

Ted was a member of the Teamster’s Union, VFW in Fremont, and Grace Mennonite Church in Dallas. He was a great reader, he enjoyed playing the guitar, and auto mechanics.

Ted was survived by his wife of 61 years, Martha Toews, his sister Freida Fast and brother Abe Toews all of Dallas, Oregon, his sister Agnes Warkentin of Eugene, Oregon, and many nieces and nephews.

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Donald Louis Gregory

Donald Louis Gregory

Posted on 20 July 2016 by editor

dlg072016Don Gregory, cross-cultural mission and Bible faculty member from 1975-1983, passed away June 21 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.  He was born in Peoria, Ill., on May 30, 1932, to the late Harold Louis Gregory and Jewel Johnson Gregory. He married Joan Gregory in 1955 and their life was blessed with three children and 12 grandchildren.

Don put his faith in Christ at age 17 after hearing the Gospel on the corner of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles and then spent his life in service to Christ. He sought to win US Marines to Christ on the frontlines of Korea while serving in the Recon Co. of the 1st Marine Division. He then went on to missionary service among the remote Asmat people in West Papua, Indonesia.  Don proclaimed the Gospel to any person God placed in his path, and his roles included mission work with Pioneers and pastoring small Bible churches.

Don graduated from Columbia International University, received a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and an M.A. from the University of Nebraska. He is survived by his wife of 61 years and children Sharon Olsen, Stephen Gregory and Susan Stephens.

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Hilda Marie Schmidt, ’46

Hilda Marie Schmidt, ’46

Posted on 14 July 2016 by editor

hmschmidt46Hilda Marie Schmidt ’46 was born to Jacob and Maria (Rempel) Regier on February 17, 1924, the eldest of seven children. Ninety-two eventful years later, she passed into the presence of her wonderful Savior on July 3, 2016.

Hilda grew up on a farm near Mountain Lake, Minn., learning the meaning of hard work, close family life, and honest living from godly parents. After graduating from high school, she attended Mountain Lake Bible School, Grace Bible Institute in Omaha,  and Goshen College in Goshen, Ind. At Grace, she first met her future husband, Arthur Schmidt, from Meno, Okla. After graduation, she taught at Oklahoma Bible Academy, close to Arthur’s hometown. They were married in a double ceremony with Hilda’s sister, AnnaMae and her husband, Glen Epp, on June 16, 1950.

A year later, Hilda and Art were on a Norwegian banana boat bound for Ecuador, South America, as missionaries. They disembarked in the harbor at Guayaquil and braved the arduous trip over the Andes Mountains, finally arriving at the village of Shell Mera, known as the gateway to the jungle. There they studied the Spanish language and grew to love the Ecuadorian people. They became heavily involved in teaching at Berean Bible Institute, preparing the Ecuadorian young people for ministry in their local churches. Hilda was very busy teaching students to play the piano and accordion.

Hilda and Art’s focus also became the raising of a family of five children, who remember her well for strict and loving discipline, always ready with a song, never too busy to stop and listen to childhood woes and joys. She was a great letter writer, communicating with each child weekly as they attended boarding school, keeping them abreast of all the goings on at home. As each of them left home and eventually chose their life partners, she rejoiced. She also believed strongly in the power of prayer and would get up early each morning to pray for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

Hilda helped her beloved husband through seminary, typing papers and dissertation. When they returned to the field again, and Arthur began a new method of preparing people for ministry called Theological Education by Extension, Hilda typed the textbooks he wrote.

After 32 years of ministry in Ecuador, they retired from the field, but not from ministry. Continuing serving God and loving people have always been their priority, whether on a college campus, with the Mexicans across the border in Juarez, in a Spanish-speaking church or at Golden Oaks Retirement Village in Enid, Okla. Arthur went to be with the Lord in January 2011, and Hilda was moved to Sandpoint, Idaho, to be closer to family. She spent her last years happily in the memory care wing of Luther Park. Here she continued to touch people’s lives through her music, cheerful spirit, and genuine love.

Hilda was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur; parents Jacob and Maria Regier; an infant sister Edna and her brother Melvin. She is survived by her children: son Mervin (Cindy) Schmidt of Ramona, Okla., daughter Betsy (Norman) Olson of Glen Ellyn, Ill., son Fredrick (Desiree) Schmidt of Nampa, Idaho, son Jonathan (Karen) Schmidt of Spokane, Wash., son Ronald (Anne) Schmidt of Ponderay, Idaho; sisters AnnaMae (Glen deceased) Epp, Myrna (Verne) Zielke, Elisabeth (Walt) Heinrichs, brother Norman (Nancy) Regier, sister-in-law Lydia Regier, 16 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.

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Cecil Yoder, ’70

Cecil Yoder, ’70

Posted on 14 July 2016 by editor

image001Cecil Yoder ’70, age 66, of Le Mars, Iowa, passed away Sunday, November 1, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

Cecil Deon Yoder was born July 29, 1949, in Williamsburg, Iowa, to Maynard and Marvel (Kinsinger) Yoder. When he was 4 years old, the family moved to Warsaw, Missouri. Cecil graduated from Warsaw High School in 1967 and continued his education at Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska. While attending college, Cecil met Nancy Tindall and the couple were united in marriage on May 12, 1972, in Sioux City, Iowa. Cecil and Nancy returned to Le Mars and he began farming with his in-laws, Stanley and Lois Tindall in Washington Township.

Cecil loved many things; farming, reading, history, telling stories, and his church family. But two things would be at the top of his list of the things he loved. One would be his family; he thoroughly enjoyed precious times with them. The other would be his great love for God and His Word, the Bible. He loved to study and teach God’s word. His love for the Bible often led him to give financially so that people who do not have a Bible could get them, and that is how he wished memorials to be used.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Nancy Yoder of Le Mars; 4 children: a son Jeremy Yoder and his wife Sarah of Sioux Falls, S.D., and their children Raquel, David, and Luke; a daughter Christie Dougherty and her husband Andy of Le Mars and their children Elijah, Jude, and Titus; a daughter Cherie Martin and her husband Jon of Jacksonville, N.C.; and a daughter Kala Long and her husband Jeremy of North Platte, Neb. Survivors also include a sister Marcella (Kent) Keltner of Galena, Mo.; a brother Phillip (Sheila) Yoder of Warsaw, Mo.; his mother-in-law, Lois Tindall of Le Mars; in-laws: Barb and Bill Widman of Salix, Iowa, and Bev and Paul Lindsay of Wolverhampton, England; and grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Maynard and Marvel (Kinsinger) Yoder; and his father-in-law, Stanley Tindall. 

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Irwin J. Eleson, ’56

Posted on 11 July 2016 by editor

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Irwin James Eleson ’56 died on February 27 in Helena, Montana. He was 93 years old.

He was born on December 5, 1921, to Loyd and Maude Violet Eleson in Elk Point, South Dakota. He was the youngest of four brothers (Clarence, Ernest and Floyd) and grew up on the family ranch near Crawford, Nebraska.

In 1944, Irwin met Marie Soester and they married in 1946. Irwin and Marie had a marriage that was a testament to love. They were devoted to each other and to the Christian faith that became a significant part of their lives beginning in 1948 when they got involved with Bethel Bible Church. So important was their belief in God and practice of Christianity that in 1952, they decided to leave the family ranch so that Irwin could attend seminary at the Grace Bible Institute. He graduated in 1956 and was ordained as a minister the same year. His first and only church was the Oaks Community Church, a non-denominational church located between Henderson and Emerson, Iowa, where he and his family lived for 4 years. After that, he worked briefly as a field representative at the Ozark Bible Institute and was a traveling minister for a short time, preaching in churches around the country, with his family providing the musical program for each service. In 1964, Irwin took a job with what was then the Yellowstone Boys Ranch (Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch) in Billings, Montana, where he worked until his first “retirement” in 1993 and then until his final retirement in 2011. For most of his years at YBGR, he was a field representative and worked tirelessly with ranchers in the Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota region obtaining donations of calves, horses, land, mineral rights and cash contributions that helped YBGR expand and improve its services to children. He loved his job and traveled thousands of miles each year to work with hundreds of ranching families in the region. It was his knowledge of their work that made ranchers respect him, but it was his passion for the mission of the YGBR that made him so successful at his job. He believed that children were better off after being cared for by the YGBR.

Irwin and Marie had five children: Linda Marie (Fjelstad); Cindy Anne (Christensen); William James; Thomas Lee; and Charity Joy. They had nine grand-children: Kim, Michelle, Lisa, Melinda, Shelly, Scott, Katyana, Celia and Tevis. They had thirteen great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, three brothers, wife, Marie, and eldest daughter, Linda.

We will remember this man as a force of nature who had a thousand stories to tell. He was a committed and devoted husband and a man who was honest and generous with those he met. He taught us the value of work and honesty and a love of the earth. He loved his life and lived it with strength, joy and integrity.

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