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Ralph Friesen

Ralph Stanley Friesen, ’50

Posted on 02 December 2013 by vunruh

Ralph Stanley Friesen went home to be with the Lord on October 20, 2013.  He was born on July 8, 1932 near Mountain Lake, MN to Peter R. and Linda (Harder) Friesen . After graduating from Mountain Lake High School in 1950, he attended Grace Bible Institute, Omaha, NE. He married his high school sweetheart, Linda Loewens on December 30, 1952. From January 1955 – December 1956, he did his 1W Service at Menninger Psychiatric Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.
They made their home and farmed together near Mountain Lake until 1986. He worked at Conestoga Woods for several years. In 1989, they moved to Mountain Lake, where Ralph worked many years as maintenance supervisor at the Eventide Home. He also enjoyed volunteering at the Heritage Village in later years. In February 2011, they moved to the Eventide Suites Assisted Living Facility and then in January 2013, moved to the Sogge Home in Windom, MN.
Ralph was very active in the Carson Mennonite Brethren Church, Delft, MN and later the Community Bible Church in Mt. Lake. He served as church moderator, deacon, treasurer and various other committees. Ralph loved to sing and was very involved in all areas of music ministry. He directed the Carson Male Chorus for many years. He also sang many solos and duets with Linda. He enjoyed singing in small groups and the church choir. Ralph served on the Co-op Board and the Mennonite Mutual Insurance Board. He enjoyed being with people and was a very devoted husband, dad and grandpa.
Ralph is survived by his loving wife, Linda Friesen of Windom; 3 children, Stanton and his wife, Theresa of Brandon, SD. Bruce and his wife Darla, of Delft, and Michelle and her husband, Kevin Ratzlaff of Mt. Lake. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren. He is survived by one sister, Verona and her husband Vernon J Friesen of Tahlequah, OK, two brothers, Vernon D. and his wife Jan of Lincoln, NE and Norman of San Diego, CA.Ralph was preceded in death by his parents and granddaughter, Sheila Embertson.

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Rose Marie (DiStefano) Johnson, ’50

Posted on 06 November 2013 by vunruh

Rose Marie (DiStefano) Johnson, 80 years of age of Lamoni, Iowa, the daughter of Dr. Carmello and Mary (Favara) DiStefano, was born December 5, 1932 in Omaha, Nebraska.  She died at Unity Point Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa October 1, 2013.

Rose grew up in Omaha and graduated from South High School in 1950.  After that she studied music at Grace Bible Institute.  During the Spring of 1953, Rose met a very handsome Roy Johnson at Grace Baptist Church during choir.  They were wed on August 8, 1953.  Rose and Roy enjoyed bowling and spending time with all their friends including Rose’s Aunt Lucille and Fred Gibilisco.

Rose and Roy lived and began raising their four children, Robert, Rebecca, Rochelle, and Rich, in Omaha.  In 1980 Roy changed jobs and the family moved to Lamoni.  Rose worked at the Graceland College bookstore until her retirement in 1996.  She then started helping out in her husband’s business, Havens – Johnson Plumbing and Heating.

She was preceded in death by her parents.  Those surviving are her husband, Roy of Lamoni; children, Rob Johnson and wife TC of Lamoni, Becky Shields and husband Willard of Creston, Iowa, Rochelle Newberry and husband Mike of Pleasanton, Iowa, and Rich Johnson and wife Gretel of Hideaway, Texas;  grandchildren, Laporcha,  Jeremiah, Kristina, Nicholas, Alec, Heylee, Isaac, Courtney, Brandi, Isabella, and Chloe; one great granddaughter on the way; brothers, Richard DiStefano and wife Joyce of Spokane, Washington and David DiStefano of Las Vegas, Nevada; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

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Virigil Dirks

Virgil R. Dirks, ’50

Posted on 05 November 2013 by vunruh

Virgil Ralph Dirks, 85, passed away on September 19, 2013.  He was born on September 9, 1928 in Newton, KS to Amos Jacob and Anna Marie (Zurecher) Dirks.
After he completed high school, he earned numerous degrees from Grace Bible Institute, Bethel College, Wichita State, and his Doctorate in Education from the University of Nebraska.
Virgil was the founding Director of Markoma Bible Academy in Tahlequah, with its debut in 1961. From 1966 until 1969 Virgil served in the capacity of Counselor as well as the Choral Director of both the Junior and Senior High Choral Groups, taking them to special honors under his direction.
Virgil married the love of his life, Marian Rose Watke on July 24th, 1949 in Shelby, NE. This union was blessed with four children and sixty-four years of happiness and memories.
Virgil served as the Dean of Students at Grace University in Omaha, NE for 28 years. His love for the youth he encountered and his willingness to make the most of their lives, was a priority with Virgil he kept throughout his career. He saw the good in all young people and worked tirelessly to assist them in achieving their goals in life.
He was just as loving as a husband, father, grandfather, and friend. When he wasn’t working, there was always classical music to enjoy, he spent hours sharing his love of the classics with his children. He loved to spend an afternoon golfing, pitching horseshoes, or watching his beloved “Sooners” play football. He was a gifted artist when it came to refinishing beautiful antique furniture and was able to restore these pieces back to their original beauty.  He adored each and every grandchild for their unique gifts and talents and loved any chance he got to spend with them.
A Christian by faith, Virgil had given his life to serve his Lord and Savior, and demonstrated this by word and deed. No one ever heard an unkind word out of Virgil’s mouth concerning a fellow human being. He demonstrated a positive outlook on life, even while his strength ebbed, Virgil told everyone he was fine and everything was great. He was far more concerned with the welfare of others than his own.
He was a faithful member at First Baptist Church of Tahlequah, as well as an Adult Sunday School Teacher , and attended services at Go Ye Village Chapel. Virgil’s strength began to leave and he wasn’t able to carry his load as he had for so many years. The Lord called his good and faithful servant from his earthly labors on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 in Tahlequah, OK with his wife and family by his side. Virgil was 85 years old. Virgil will be truly missed by his many family and friends.
He has gone to join his parents, his grandparents, two brothers, Norman and Marvin Dirks and one Uncle, Marlin Sperling in the land that knows no night.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Marian Dirks of Go Ye Village in Tahlequah, OK, and his four adored children, Lynette Wiens and husband David of Tahlequah, OK, Timothy Dirks and wife Shardelle of Sedgwick, KS, Bradley Dirks and wife Kathleen of Belton, MO, and Jonathan Dirks and wife Janice of Castle Rock, CO. He leaves two sisters, Floreine Dirks and Salome Sperling of Mound Ridge, KS. His legacy and love of life live on in his nine grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren.

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Emil Krahn

Emil J. Krahn, ’50

Posted on 26 August 2013 by vunruh

Emil J. Krahn, 84, of Morton, IL. passed away at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL.
He was born January 18, 1929 in Langdon, ND to Jacob and Mary (Spenst) Krahn. He married Ruby Pauls on August 10, 1950 in Dallas, OR.
Surviving are his wife Ruby, of Morton; his children, Timothy (Marcia) Krahn of Morton, Carolyn (Kirby) Baltzer of Freeman, SD, Roland (Cheri) Krahn of Albuquerque, NM, Sheryl (Steven) Klassen of Morton and Jean (Steve) Sivadge of Omaha, NE; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ben (Lavina) Krahn of Newton, KS.
He was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.
Emil served as a pastor from 1952 to 1959 in Avon, SD, 1960 to 1968 in Delft, MN, 1969 to 1973 in Lynden, WA, 1973 to 1981, and at Groveland Evangelical Mennonite Church, Groveland, IL. From 1985 until his retirement in 1994 he served at Avant Ministries, formerly Gospel Missionary Union, in Kansas City, MO. as the director of the mission guest house. After retirement he continued to minister whenever opportunity arose.

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1950 John E. Penner

Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin

1950 John E. Penner, 92 years old of Freeman, SD, passed away Friday, April 15, 2011, at a local nursing home. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, April 23 at 10:30 am, at the Salem- Zion Mennonite Church in Freeman. Visitation is scheduled for Friday, April 22 at 1:00pm, with the family present from 5:00-7:00pm, at Walter Funeral Home in Freeman.

John Edwin Penner was born on March 26, 1919, in Lushton, Nebraska, to Jacob and Helena (Epp) Penner. John’s family moved to Henderson, Nebraska, when he was one year old. In 1941, John and his brothers moved to Luton, Iowa, to begin farming. In 1946, he moved to Chicago, Illinois, and later to Omaha, Nebraska.

John was united in marriage to Beulah Graber in Freeman, SD on June 27, 1947. They moved to the Graber family farm at Freeman in 1950. They were blessed with two sons, John and David. John continued farming until he moved to Freeman in 2000.

John served on the District 94 School Board for several years. He was also a member of Salem- Zion Mennonite Church in rural Freeman. He enjoyed working with livestock and loved dogs. They were his constant companions and he taught them many tricks. In his free time, he enjoyed reading books, and you could always find candy and peanuts in his house.

Those left to cherish John’s memory include; sons, John A. (Marilyn) of Sioux Falls, and David (Rosezanna) of West Jordan, Utah; grandchildren, Jay (Malynda) Penner of Freeman, Marissa Penner of Sioux Falls, Blu Penner of Eagle Mountain, Utah, Luke Penner of West Jordan, Utah, Shane Penner of Rawlins, Wyoming, and Melody (Dave) Fox of Moroni, Utah; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Bertha (Herbert) Dalke of Colorado, Helen Esther Penner of California, Erna (Gene) Liermann of Nebraska, and Marie (Bob) Spruel of Florida; and brother, Allen (Wanda) Penner of Tennessee; sisters-in-law, Lula Penner of Kansas and Salina Penner of Freeman, South Dakota, and numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Tina Classen and Elizabeth Penner; and brothers, Daniel and Edward.

 

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