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William P. Schroeder, ’45

William P. Schroeder, ’45

Posted on 12 December 2014 by editor

William P. Schroeder was born to Peter W. and Susie (Becker)

Schroeder on January 16, 1914 near Chinook, Montana. The family moved

from Montana to Dolton, South Dakota when Will was eight years old.


Will gave his life to the Lord at an early age.  He attended country

schools in rural South Dakota until he completed the eighth grade. Then

he worked with his family on the farm and as a hired hand for area

farmers until he moved, with his brothers, Jake and Pete, to Mountain

Lake, Minnesota, in 1935.


William and Hulda Nickel were married on May 26, 1938, at the EMB country

church near Mountain Lake. They resided near Mountain Lake for several

years where three precious children, Jule Willis, in 1939, Mavis Ann, in

1942 and Ethel Fay, in 1944, were stillborn to them.


They moved on to Omaha, Neb., where they attended Grace Bible Institute.

Two years later, they moved to Liberty, Missouri, where Will worked with

his brother, Pete, as an electrician. During that time, Judy Ann became

their daughter.


A short time was spent in Freeman, S.D.,when Will worked with his brother,

Jake, doing electrical work also. From there, they moved back to

Mountain Lake, where Will began his 25 years of employment with the Toro

Company and in 1952, Janice Wanett joined the family.


Hulda passed away on March 24, 1988, just two months prior to their 50th

wedding anniversary. Will and Margaret (Classen) Klassen were married

on January 7, 1989 at the EMB Church in Mountain Lake. They enjoyed 25

years of marriage that included spending 13 winters in Edinburg, Texas.


William will be remembered for his love of music. Coming from a musical

family, he spent many hours singing with his family and in many

quartets, men¹s choruses, choirs and the Mt. Lake Choral Society. He

also enjoyed playing the guitar and listening to Southern Gospel Quartet



Cherishing his memory are: his wife, Margaret, currently in Butterfield,

daughters Judy Fawbush (Tracy), Polson, Montana and Janice Klassen

(David), Mountain Lake; grandchildren, Jeffre Klassen, Jaime Banks

(Matthew) and  Justin (Jennifer), all of Mountain Lake; four

great-grandchildren, Abigal Dahl, Galena, Ill., Ryan Klassen, Mountain

Lake, Peyton and Jackson Banks, Mountain Lake; two sisters, Alvina

Schroeder, Butterfield and Leona Nickel, Anoka, MN; one brother, Dennis

(Margaret) Mound, Minn.; two sisters-in-law Bernice Schroeder, Goshen, In.,

and Marilyn Schroeder, Maple Grove, Minn., and many nieces and nephews.


Welcoming him to heaven are: his wife, Hulda and their three children,

Jule, Mavis and Ethel; his parents; brothers: Jacob, Peter, David,

Leander, Sylvester, Cifford and Harley; sisters:  Linda Nickel, Delphe

Derksen and Elsa Peters; brothers-in-law, Peter Nickel, Edwin Derksen,

Elvin Peters and Gerhard Nickel; sisters-in-law, Luella Schroeder,

Claudette Schroeder, Fern Schroeder Unruh and Shirley Schroeder.


Blessed be the memory of William P. Schroeder.

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Vernon H. Buller

Posted on 25 October 2012 by vunruh

Vernon H. Buller ‘45, 88, died August 26, 2012, in Tahlequah, Okla.

Vern was born June 6, 1924, to life on a farm in Orienta, Okla., and graduated from Oklahoma Bible Academy in 1942. The next year he taught first through eighth grades in a small rural school. His love for teaching then took him to Grace Bible Institute (now Grace University) in Omaha, Neb. He went on to graduate with a B.A. in English from Goshen College in 1950, continuing his education at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Ind., earning his Master’s Degree in Theology.

During seminary, Vern served as the Director of Music at McCoy Baptist Church, Elkhart, Ind., from 1947 to 1953. He served as pastor of Mt. Olivet Mennonite Church in Huron, S.D., from 1954 to 1961. He went on to become the Director of Public Relations for Grace College of the Bible from 1961 to 1968, and continued with Grace as the Director of Development from 1968 to 1979. Vern moved to Dallas, Texas, in 1979 where he worked as Director for Capital Gifts (Institutional Division) for Resource Services, Inc. until retirement in 1990.

It was in high school that Vern made life’ most important decision. It was then through the ministry of a high school buddy that Vern accepted Christ as he personal Savior — a decision that gave new direction to his life.

At Grace Bible Institute, Vern met Lucille Geiger. They married in 1948 and were blessed with four children. Vern felt the richness of family, friends, and professional satisfaction throughout his life. Upon retirement, Vern and Lucille moved to Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Lucille passed away in 1992 after 44 year of marriage. In 1993 Vern married Roxy Tschetter and began his joyful years with her.

He leaves his wife of 19 years, Roxy (Tschetter) Buller, his son, Steven Buller and his wife Anitra; his daughter Sherril Day Hodo and her husband Lee; and his daughter Rhonda Kerns. He also leaves behind five grandchildren, and one sister-in-law, Marilyn Buller. Vern is predeceased by his parents; first wife, Lucille Buller; his son, Ronald Buller, his brother and wife Herman and Ruth Buller and his brother Norman Buller.

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Olga M. (Wiebe) Busenitz

Posted on 21 June 2012 by Mel Friesen

1945, Olga M. Busenitz, 91, died June 7, 2012, in North Newton.

She was born Dec. 15, 1920, near Whitewater, daughter of Emil H. and Margaret (Epp) Wiebe.  She married Gerhard A. Busenitz May 31, 1946. He died in 1972.

Survivors include: children, Laverle, Arvin, Elroy and Merle and Vera Hart and Dee Anderson; brother, Elvin Wiebe; 12 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Visitation 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday and funeral 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Emmaus Mennonite Church, Whitewater.

Memorials go to Gideon’s International, in care of Lamb Funeral Home, Whitewater, Kansas.

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1945, David R. Balzer

Posted on 25 January 2012 by Mel Friesen

1945, David R. Balzer, 93, died Jan. 23, 2012, at Pleasant View Home, Inman. He was born June 20, 1918, to Jacob P. and Marie (Neufeldt) Balzer at Inman.  On Aug. 30, 1938, he married Margaret Friesen from Inman. She survives. Other survivors include: a daughter, Doris Pierce and husband Gordon of Pocasset, Mass.; a son, Stan Balzer and wife LaDonna of Inman; three granddaughters, Jenelle Funk-Klaassen and husband Matthew of Toronto, Canada, Julie Stout of Elkhart, Ind., and Ashley Balzer of Inman; three great-grandchildren, Lindsey and Nicholas Stout of Elkhart, Ind., and Miles Klaassen of Toronto, Canada. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Marie Balzer; his sisters, Florence Penner and Rosella Kejr; his daughter, Correen Jane; and his son-in-law, Ron Funk.   Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, at Zoar Cemetery, Inman, with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church, Inman, with Pastors Dwight Carter and Dan Dalke presiding. The family will greet friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Zoar Mennonite Brethren Church, Inman. Memorials can be made to either Hospice Care of Kansas or the Zoar Children’s Ministry in care of Buhler Mortuary, 120 N. Main, Buhler KS 67522.

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1945, Anna E. (Entz) Busenitz

1945, Anna E. (Entz) Busenitz

Posted on 10 January 2012 by Mel Friesen

Anna E. Busenitz, 89, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday (Jan. 4, 2012) at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita.
She was born Feb. 13, 1922, in Newton to Herman and Anna (Harder) Entz. She married Karl Busenitz on Aug. 2, 1946, at the Emmaus Mennonite Church in rural Whitewater. He preceded her in death on May 30, 1995. Anna attended Newton Bible Church.
Anna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and friends. She thoroughly enjoyed life on the farm, loved baking and cooking for everyone, and following the growth of crops and livestock.
Anna is survived by her children, Roger (Patty) Busenitz of Newton, Annora (Charles) Goering of Marion, Eldrid (Faith) Busenitz of Newton, Loreta (Gerald) Seibel of Kechi, Darlene Busenitz of Newton, Ron (Brylene) Busenitz of El Dorado and Gordon (Rachel) Busenitz of Newton; sister-in-laws, Arene Entz of Peabody, and Olga Busenitz of Newton; 30 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Anna was preceded in death by her husband Karl; son, Virgil; parents; seven brothers; and two sisters.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Newton Bible Church, with Pastor Matthew Kruse presiding. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in Newton.
Memorials for Child Evangelism Fellowship may be left in care of Petersen Funeral Home.Copyright 2012 The Newton Kansan. Some rights reserved

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1945 Wanda Martha Regier

Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin

1945 Wanda Martha Regier, 94, passed away April 11, 2011, at Kansas Christian Home, Newton.  She was born January 7, 1917, near Whitewater, the daughter of John E. and Margaretha (Penner) Regier.  She graduated from Whitewater High School.  She attended BIOLA, then graduated from Grace Bible Institute of Omaha, NE.  After graduation, she returned to the Whitewater area, where she worked on the family farm.  She also worked as a Nurse Aide. She was active in Back to the Bible Broadcast, Source of Light, and taught Bible class.  She was preceded in death by all her siblings:  Alma Dyck, Daniel, Dora, Arthur, Hattie Dyck and Elsie Friesen; and nephew Laverne Dyck.  She is survived by brother-in-law Peter Friesen and his wife Wilma of Newton; and nieces and nephews:  Marlene and husband Larry; Delbert and wife Jodi; Laverne’s wife Kathy; Connie and husband Chuck; Erma and husband Jim; Winona and husband Ron; and Lynette and husband Geoff.  Funeral Service at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 16, 2011, all at Emmaus Mennonite Church, Whitewater.  Interment at Emmaus Mennonite Cemetery, Whitewater.  Memorial fund for Source of Light in care of Lamb Funeral Home, PO Box 358, Whitewater, KS, 67154.

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