(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.