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Peter W. Voran, ’46

Posted on 23 November 2015 by editor

(August 19, 1923 – November 14, 2015)

Peter Willard Voran, third child of Carl and Martha Voran, was born on August 19, 1923, on a farm near Castleton, Kansas. He attended Zion Grade School and graduated from Castleton High School in 1941. Upon his confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ he was baptized in the Mennonite Church in Arlington. In 1946 he attended Grace Bible University in Omaha, Nebraska. for 2 years. Following this, he was pastor of the Hopefield Mennonite Church, Moundridge, Kansas, while attending Bethel College in North Newton.

He married Lois Geiger ’49 on August 5, 1949. In 1951, following graduation from Bethel, they went to Japan as missionaries with the Commission on Overseas Missions of the General Conference Mennonite Church. They served 30 years with that work. They served at the First Mennonite Church in Pretty Prairie for 6 years and also had several interim pastorates since their retirement. They have resided at Kidron Bethel Village since July 1991.

Peter passed into the presence of the Lord, November 14, 2015.

Surviving are children Dave (Linda), Leawood, Kans., Debra Graber (Allen), Newton, Kans., Dan (Darryl), Bow, Washington, grandchildren Brandon Voran (Sara), Kansas City Mo., Joshua Graber (Staci), Fayetteville, Ark., Jill Utecht (Adam), Hillsboro, Kans., Mindy Graber (Bryan Ulrey), Denver, Colo., Nichole Voran (Keith Prinkey), Connellsville, Penn., Chelsea Funk, Pittsburgh, Penn., eight great-grandchildren, Hannah, Sophia and Claire Utecht, Emeri and Elijah Graber, Layla Voran, AJ and Natty Prinkey. Also surviving are sister and brother-in-law, Bill and Betty Engle, Pineville, Mo., two brothers-in-law, Wallace Geiger (Wanda) and Mahlon Geiger (Anne) of Pandora, Ohio, and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Doris B. Ewert, ’46

Posted on 09 March 2015 by editor

Doris B. Ewert passed away in Omaha on February 25, 2015, at the age of  86. She was preceded in death by husband, Rev. Leonard B. Ewert; brother, Wilber Pekrul; sister, LaVonne Young; son-in-law, Danko Paziak. Survived by children and spouses, Stan and Karen Ewert of Bailey, CO, Reg and Linda Ewert of Omaha, Kathy Paziak of Omaha; grandchildren, Lisa (Bryce), Christopher (Carla), Sara (Igor), Melissa (Jacob), Doug (Katie), Lauren (Dylan); 8 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.

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Louise Marie Fisher

Louise Marie Fisher, '46

Posted on 26 November 2012 by vunruh

Louise Marie Fisher went to be with the Lord on June 24, 2012.  She was beloved by all who knew her.  Louise was born to Frank and Marie Hamm on November 9, 1926 in Paso Robles, CA.  She was the third of five children and grew up on a farm.

She rode horses, milked cows, canned and enjoyed country life.

She attended Templeton schools and Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska.  She met her husband to be, Edgar Fisher, at her brother Rudy’s wedding.  Louise and Ed were married on July 2, 1950 at Grace Bible Church in Atascadero, California.  They moved to Turlock in 1950 when Ed accepted a position as the Ag teacher at Hilmar High School. They had three sons – Robert, Richard, and Ronald.

Louise was a Charter Member of Monte Vista Chapel where she taught Sunday school for many years.  Her open Bible was a familiar sight in her home and a symbol of her faith in the Lord.  She had strength in all she did and worked hard to support and care for her family.  She was a fabulous cook and homemaker. She loved her husband Ed and enjoyed every moment of their life together.  She delighted in her three children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She is survived by Ed, her husband of 61 years; two sons, Robert (Cindy) of Visalia, CA and Ronald (Debbie) of Denair, CA and daughter-in-law Lynette of Atascadero, CA; Grandchildren-David, Corey (Kristen), Linda (Jimmy), Carson (Melissa), Trevor, Amanda, and Natalie; Great-grandchildren-Eden, Elijah, Mattie, Cade, Gracie, and Mia; Brother Rudy Hamm (Virginia) of Paso Robles, CA and sister Florence McCarty of Ceres, CA. She is preceded in death by her parents Frank and Marie Hamm; Brother Lenny Hamm; Sister Elenor Smiley; and son Richard who was the Assistant Pastor of Atascadero Bible Church- the same church in which Louise and Ed were married.

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1946 Dorothy Thiessen

Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin

1946 Dorothy Thiessen, 89, of Mt. Lake died March 28, 2011.  Services were Thursday at Cornerstone Bible Church in Mt. Lake with Rev. Nathan Janzen officiating.  Interment was at Cornerstone Bible Cemetery in Mt. Lake.

Dorothy Dick was born May 9, 1921, to Henry H. and Anna (Wall) Dick in Dallas, Ore. At a young age she moved with her family to Lester, Mont., and at age 12 was baptized.

She graduated from high school in Dallas and attended nurse’s school in Portland, Ore. After receiving her nurse’s degree, Dorothy attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Neb., for one year of Bible training.  Dorothy moved with her parents to Mt. Lake in the mid 1940s.

In 1949, Dorothy married John T. Thiessen at Cornerstone Bible Church in Mt. Lake. Dorothy was a full-time housewife and mother and worked part-time at the hospital. She also helped her husband with his many jobs around town.

Dorothy was involved in the Ladies Mission Society group and taught Sunday School.  She enjoyed quilting, gardening, canning, cooking, spending time with her grandchildren, doing jigsaw puzzles, playing a variety of games and traveling with her husband.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Thiessen; a grandson, David Thiessen; a daughter-in-law, Bonnie Thiessen; a brother, sister, two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

Survivors include her son, Ron (Dayle) Thiessen of Chadron, Neb.; a daughter, Elizabeth (Robert) Birkey of Omaha, Neb.; two grandchildren; and two sisters, Anna Jantzen of Lancaster, Calif.; and Sara Hall of Glendale, Ariz.


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1946 Arthur R. Schmidt

Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin

1946 Arthur R. Schmidt ENID — The funeral service for Arthur R. Schmidt, 87, will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Iglesia Bautista Emanuel Church. Rev. Savlo Flores will officiate. Burial will be in New Hopedale Mennonite Cemetery, Meno, Okla.  Arrangements are under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home.

Arthur was born March 14, 1923, in Meno, Okla., to Fred and Anna Buller Schmidt and died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, in Enid, Okla.

He was raised in Meno and graduated from Oklahoma Bible Academy. He went to Grace Bible Institute and graduated.

He married Hilda Regier in 1951. He went on to be a missionary in Ecuador for 34 years. He retired from Ecuador fields and went to the Mexican border, living in El Paso, Texas, for 10 years. He moved to Golden Oaks in Enid, Okla., 14 years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Hilda, of the home; four sons, Mervin Schmidt and wife Cindy of Bartlesville, Okla., Fred Schmidt and wife Desireé of Ecuador, Jonathan Schmidt and wife Karen of Peru, Ron Schmidt and wife Anne of Sand Point, Idaho; one daughter, Betsy Olson and husband Norman of Chicago, Ill.; 16 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.


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