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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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Orville K. Rutschman, ’48

Posted on 29 January 2016 by editor

Orville K. Rutschman ’48 passed away January 26, 2016, at Showalter Villa in Hesston, Kansas. He was born May 12, 1929, in Newton, to Harry and Emma Neufeld Rutschman. He grew up on a small farm near Hesston. He attend Hesston grade school, Academy (high school), and experienced one year at Hesston College. Further education of one year was at Grace Bible Institute of Omaha, Nebraska.

When a teenager, he accepted Christ as his Savior and remained faithful to the Christian faith as he attended Garden Community Church, rural Moundridge.

He is survived by: his wife, Naomi (Unruh) Rutschman of Hesston; sibling Marge Rutschman, of Omaha; nephews Kent (Sherry) Jantz and Wayne Rutschman, of Moundridge; a niece, Balancy (Steve) Harlow; and great-nieces and nephews.

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Richard Wesley Enns, ’48

Posted on 29 April 2015 by editor

richard_wesleyRichard Wesley Enns, age 85, died Saturday, April 25, 2015. He was born and raised on a farm near Meade, KS, the son of Abraham J. and Susie (Warkentine) Enns on February 6, 1930. Richard taught in the Wichita School District for over 30 years, retiring in 1992. In retirement he taught his beloved classical guitar and other stringed instruments to students of all ages. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruth (Watkins) Enns; 4 brothers; and 3 sisters. Survivors include: two sisters, Ruby, Meade, KS, and Jane (John) Thielenhaus, Norton, OH; children, Eric, Topeka, KS, Erin, Wichita; and two grandchildren, Megan and Paul, both of Wichita.

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Reva Jean (Snook) Hitt, ’48

Posted on 07 April 2015 by editor

reva_hittReva Jean (Snook) Hitt was born Nov. 4, 1926 to Lewis Wesley and Elizabeth Ellen (Barron) Snook in rural Derby, Iowa. She was the tenth of eleven children. She attended country school at High Prairie as well as Derby High School, graduating in 1943. She attended Ellsworth Junior College in Iowa Falls, then returned to the Derby area and taught school for one year at High Prairie. At age 18 she went to New York City and worked as a nanny for three months. From 1946 to 1948 she went to Grace Bible Institute, Omaha, Nebraska. On June 29, 1947, she was united in marriage to her “high school sweetheart”, Noel “Duane” Hitt at First Baptist Church in Chariton, Iowa. In 1948 they returned to Iowa and started farming with Duane’s father. Reva and Duane were blessed with nine children and she faithfully cared for them.

Although Reva was raised in church and lived a good life and even tried to serve the Lord, in 1962 she realized that she had to make a personal commitment to Christ and it was then she received Him as her personal Savior. She always had a deep love for people and her God and readily shared her faith in Christ with everyone. She attended Smyrna Friends Church. Reva loved to garden, bake, write poetry, teach Sunday School, visit on the phone and serve people food when they stopped by for a visit. She also enjoyed a variety of animals through the years. Reva dearly loved her grandchildren and rarely missed an opportunity to send a birthday card.

She leaves to mourn her passing, 9 children: David (Kathy) Hitt of Woodburn, Iowa, Steve (Kathy) Hitt of Weldon, Iowa, Jim Hitt of Woodburn, Iowa, Beth (Joe) Stearns of Lacona, Iowa, Sheryl Powders, Carol (Dan) Jelsma of Osceola, Iowa, Carolyn (Tim) Stroup of Leon, Iowa, Beverly (Norman) Skinner of Osceola, Iowa, Walter (Monica) Hitt of Derby, Iowa; twenty-eight grandchildren, LeaAnn (Larry) Kirscher, Kristi (James) Shelton, Jeff Hitt, Marty (Bobbi) Hitt, Nick (Stephanie) Hitt, Jasan (Suzanne) Hitt, Tom Hitt, Revae Hitt, Joey (Abi) Stearns, Michelle (Bob) Anderson, Rachel (Mark) Costello, Rebekah (Kelsey) Jacob, Tim (Krisdyn) Stearns, Earnie Stearns, Peter Stearns, Adam (Traci) Crabb, Jeremiah Crabb, Angela (Fred) Rothfus, Travis (Heather) Jelsma, Amy Jelsma, Merry Stroup, J.J. Stroup, Jessica Jones, Jim (Sarah) Skinner, Anne (Jerry) Yonker, John Skinner, Braden Hitt and Brooke Hitt; 38 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She is also survived by one brother Don (Katherine) Snook of Westport, Conn; one sister-in-law, Marilyn Watts of Chariton, Iowa and many nieces, nephews and a multitude of friends.

Reva was preceded in death by her parents; Duane, her husband of sixty-seven years; her parents in-law, Walter and Mary Hitt; son-in-law, Ronald Ray Powders; brothers, Laurel (Mildred) Snook, Arden (Maple) Snook, Dean (Francis) Snook and Ivan (Katherine) Snook; sisters, Louise (Clay) Hickie, Letha (Ed) Jones, Faye (Leo) Thompson, Opal (Lewis) Ryan, infant sister, Marilyn Snook and brother-in-law Bob Watts. Memorials may be made to Missionary Flights International, Ft. Pierce, Florida.

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Alvin Thomas 1948

Alvin Thomas, ’48

Posted on 09 July 2013 by vunruh

Alvin H. Thomas, 83, a longtime Miami, Okla. resident, left this world to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 10, 2013. He was born on February 7, 1930 in Ringwood, Okla. to John and Eva (Buller) Thomas. Alvin graduated from Oklahoma Bible Academy in Meno, Okla. where he met Mildred Nightingale his first wife of 49 years.

He worked at B.F. Goodrich as a tire inspector for thirty-six years. When the tire factory closed he started his second career as a piano tuner and re-builder, working throughout the four state area. He also loved gardening and playing games with his friends and family.

Mr. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents John and Eva, his first wife Mildred (Nightingale) Thomas, his sisters Marie Andres and Helen Unruh, and his brother Emil Thomas.

Survivors include his wife Frances (Heman) Thomas of Miami, Okla.; his children Roger (Jan) Thomas, Merrill (Joyce) Thomas, both of Derby, Kan., Clendon (Marlynda) Thomas of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Robert (Susan) Baker of Spearman, Texas, Carrie (Jeffery) Tucker of Prattville, Ala. and Susan Baker of Parsons, Kan.; a sister Louise Finke; seventeen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

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Alice Harriger

Alice laverne (Hedman) Harriger, '48

Posted on 26 November 2012 by vunruh

Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Alice Harriger, 82, went home to be with her Savior on June 3, cialis canadian pharmacy 2012.  Alice was born to Ernest and Esther (Gunther) Hedman in Newton, Kansas on October 11, 1929.  She was the oldest of seven siblings, four girls, and three boys.  As a young girl, she moved to Bakersfield, Cali., where she attended local schools, including East Bakersfield High School.  After high school, she traveled to Omaha, Nebr. where she attended Grace Bible Institute and met her sweetheart, Charles “Chuck” Harriger.

In 1950, she and Chuck were married in Bakersfield where they started a business, Chuck’s Appliance Service, and raised a family of four children.  Although she never realized her dream of becoming a school teacher, each of her children became teachers, and she became very involved in the Fairfax and Foothill parent’s clubs.  She was also “Nana” to eight treasured grandchildren who were her pride and joy.

Alice was very active in church activities including teaching Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and directing the children’s Christmas program.  She was very gifted at sewing and made clothes and other home decor for her daughters, herself, and various family members.  In the early days of their marriage, she sewed shirts for Chuck as well as sewing many costumes, dresses, and school clothes for their children.  She excelled at managing the family business including bookkeeping and service call records.  She also enjoyed gardening and tended daily to her assortment of tropical plants and flowers.

She made holidays a grand event for her family, filling individual Christmas stockings for each child, young and grown, and making Easter baskets for the kids to find on Easter Sunday.  She loved traveling with her husband, friends, and family.  She and Chuck visited the Hawaiian Islands 27 times throughout their 62 years of marriage. Hawaii was her favorite place in the world.

Toward the end of her life, Alice struggled with cancer, and her daughter, Charlice, accompanied her to many doctor’s appointments.  Chuck was able to keep Alice home during her hospice care which enhanced the quality of her life during her final days.

Years ago, Alice lost an infant baby, Timothy Harriger, who she is now with in Heaven.  On this earth, she leaves behind her husband, Chuck Harriger, and four children, Charlice Brown, Mark Harriger, Jan Clark, and Kevin Harriger.  Alice is also survived by eight grandchildren, Corey Brown, Andy Brown, Brad Harriger, Lorraine Newton, David Harriger, Tracy Santoyo, Joseph Harriger, and Karen Harriger.  In addition, she is survived by two sisters, Arveda Buller and Shirley Hirst, and three brothers, Tom, Richard, and Floyd Hedman.  Alice accepted Jesus as her savior during her youth and trusted the Lord throughout her life.

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Marie Regier, ’48

Posted on 13 November 2012 by vunruh

Marie Regier, 95, of Henderson, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at Henderson.

She was born Oct. 18, 1917 in Hamilton County, near rural Henderson to Isaac C. and Katherina (Siebert) Regier. She attended District #73 east for her elementary education and later earned her G.E.D. diploma.  She accepted Christ at a local Bible School at age 16. Marie also worked in the Henderson area as a housekeeper for area families.

She attended Grace Bible Institute of Omaha in 1944 and graduated with a General Bible Course in 1948. After her graduation, she and her friend Mary Smith went to Coalgate, Okla. and worked for the “Go Ye Mission” for 10 years.

Then she came back to Nebraska and worked at “Back to the Bible” Broadcast for 27 years. In 1990, she and Mary moved to Henderson and enjoyed her retirement by working in her yard and garden and also doing volunteer work at the Henderson Community School.

She was baptized at the Bethesda Mennonite Church and later transferred to the Faith Evangelical Church also in Henderson. Her favorite scripture was

I Corinthians 15: 50-58.

She leaves two brothers, Alfred Regier of Wichita, Kan. and Pete (Eleanor) Regier of Surprise, Ariz.; two sisters, Elsie Friesen and Lavina (David) Quiring of Henderson. Also surviving are nephews and nieces, great-nephews and nieces, as well as several great-great nephews and nieces.

Preceding her in death were her parents; brother, Irvin and wife Helen Regier; her sister, Matilda and husband Edwin O’Toole; sister-in-law, Jeannette Regier and brother-in-law Jacob E. Friesen.

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1948, Dr. R.A. Regier

Posted on 15 September 2011 by Mel Friesen

1948, Dr. Rufus Alvin Regier, 92, formerly of Dallas, died in Helena, Mont., on Aug. 13. He was born in Midway Township, near Mountain Lake, Minn., to David A. Regier and Barbara E. Epp Regier.
R.A. was born into a Mennonite community and was raised in Mountain Lake. He graduated from Mountain Lake High School in 1938. During World War II he stayed on the farm to support the war effort by growing food. Later he attended college at Grace Bible Institute (Grace University) in Omaha, Neb., from 1945-1948; Creighton University in Omaha from 1946-1948; Taylor University in Upland, Ind., from 1948-1950; and graduated from Des Moines Still College of Osteopathy and Surgery in Iowa (Des Moines University) in 1955. He served as an intern at the Des Moines Still College Osteopathic Hospital for a year before opening a practice in Pocahontas, Iowa in 1956.
He remained in Iowa for eight more years before moving to Oregon in 1964. He spent time in Forest Grove and then Dallas, where he spent the majority of his career working. He was almost 70 when he retired from his medical practice in 1989.
He married Gertrude Heinrichs in 1947. Gertrude died in 1979 after a struggle with cancer. He married Orlue Boevers in 1980. In 2010 R.A. and Orlue moved to St. Therese of New Hope, Minn. Orlue died March 24, 2011. R.A. moved to Helena in April of 2011 to be near his youngest daughter and her family.
One of the strong themes of his life was his desire to help people. This continued outside his work environment in helping people through his service to the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. “Doc,” as his friends liked to call him, joined the auxiliary in 1974. He logged numerous volunteer hours and received many awards and recognitions of service, one of which was an Award of Operational Merit for saving three triathletes from drowning during consecutive years at Henry Hagg Lake.
R.A. was preceded in death by his first wife, Gertrude Heinrichs Regier, and their infant son, Dannie; his second wife, Orlue Norland Boevers Regier; and his sister, Evelyn Regier Einfeldt.
Survivors include the children of his first marriage, Dean (Donna Akiyoshi) Regier, Winifred Regier, Rosemary Hossenlopp and Jean (Scott) Falley; five grandchildren; stepchildren of his second marriage, Bruce (Mary) Boevers, Joanell Boevers and Brian (Sara) Boevers; seven stepgrandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and siblings, Elfrieda (Mel) Loewen, Arnold (Elaine) Regier, Elmer Regier, Milton (Lenora) Regier, John (Edna) Regier and Mary Regier.
A memorial service for both R.A. Regier and his second wife, Orlue Regier, will be Saturday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. at Dallas Evangelical Bible Church. A reception will follow at the church. Graveside service for R.A. Regier with interment next to his first wife will be held before the service at 10 a.m. at Dallas Cemetery.
Anderson Stevenson Wilke Funeral Home, Helena, handled arrangements. To send an online condolence:

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