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Eleanor R. Christensen, ’53

Posted on 25 August 2015 by editor

55d50202a393dEleanor R. Christensen ’53 of St. Paul, Neb., died  August 19, 2015 at the age of 82. She was born November 25, 1932, in Goltry, Okla., to Rev. Theodore and Matilda (Schmidt) Epp.Eleanor attended school in Enid, Okla., Grand Island, and Lincoln. As a child, Eleanor and her siblings sang on the radio during the Back to the Bible ministry, which her father founded. She graduated from Lincoln High School in 1950.  She then attended Grace College of the Bible in Omaha where she earned her degree.

          She was united in marriage to Kenneth Christensen on July 17, 1953, in Lincoln.  The couple moved to St. Paul where they were both instrumental in the forming of Grace Baptist Church. Eleanor worked for the Nebraska Department of Social Services in Grand Island for 15 years.  Eleanor was also an avid reader and lifetime learner, continuing to take courses and study history. She was active in the church and the couple did mission work in Mexico and Japan.  

          Eleanor and Kenneth traveled all over the world including Europe, Africa, Mexico, Japan and Jamaica. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary in Tanzania, Africa, and were blessed to celebrate their 60th anniversary in 2013 shortly before the death of Kenneth.

          Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, David and Donna Christensen of Lincoln; Roger Christensen of Englewood, Col.; Steve and Kate Christensen of Mendota Heights, Minn; a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Tom Keller of Des Moines, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Herbert and Selma Epp of Lincoln; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Bernice and Bernie Wiseman of Sour Lake, Texas, Marilyn and Dave Sundeen of Waverly, and Virginia and Harold Warkintin of Corn, Okla.

          She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth; one son, Doug Christensen; one granddaughter, Ellen Christensen and one brother, Gerald Epp.

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Dan Dalke

Dan U. Dalke, '53

Posted on 10 October 2014 by vunruh

Former Bluffton pastor, Rev.

Dan U. Dalke, 93, died in his home in Inman, Kansas on Sept. 29, 2014. He was born June 27, 1921 in Inman to John and Sara Dalke. He married Edna Franz on Jan. 22, 1943 and together they had seven children.

After graduating from Grace Bible Institute, Omaha, Neb. in 1951, he was ordained to the ministry and for 63 years conducted numerous pastoral assignments including seven years as pastor of the Swiss Church in Whitewater, Kan. and 18 years as senior pastor of Ebenezer Mennonite Church in Bluffton, Kan. The last 12 years he served as chaplain for Pleasant View Retirement Home where he resided.

Seventy-one years of marriage and many travels took Dan and his wife, Edna, to 48 of the 50 states and 46 countries of the world. He also conducted several tours of the Holy Land.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna, of 71 years; a daughter, Marilyn; a son Warren; and a great-grandson, Bradley.

He is survived by daughters Cheryl Epp of Colorado, Arline Clark (Larry) of Ohio, Vonda McEachern of Colorado; daughter-in-law, Brenda Dalke of Washington; sons Dale Dalke (Diane) of Washington and Verle Dalke (Linda) of Oregon; son-in-law, Laverne Busenitz of Kansas; 22 grandchildren and 48 great grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct., 18, at the Grace Bible Church in McPherson, Kan.

Memorial gifts may be donated to the Pleasant View Home in care of Buhler Mortuary, 120 North Main, Buhler, Kan. 67522

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Wynona Entz, ’53

Posted on 11 December 2013 by vunruh

Wynona I., Entz, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at the Wheat State Manor, Whitewater, KS. Wynona was born Nov. 21, 1934, in Newton,, KS, the daughter of Henry and Elsie Claassen. She was a graduate of Berean Academy and attended Grace Bible Institute. On Aug. 11, 1956, she was united in marriage to Walter Entz. They made their home near Whitewater on the farm.Wynona was a homemaker and member of the Emmaus Mennonite Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Eileen Doran; and her husband, Walter. She is survived by sons, Stanley of Whitewater, Byron and Susan of Parker, Colo., Gerald of Omaha, Neb., Lloyd and Jinny of North Platte, Neb.; daughters, Annette Entz of Whitewater, Sharon and Roger Block of Benton, Kan.; brother, Alvin Claassen and wife, Elaine of Whitewater; 14 grandchildren; and son-in-law, Peter Doran.

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LeRoy Stucky

LeRoy J. Stucky

Posted on 29 October 2012 by vunruh

LeRoy J. Stucky, 83, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Oct. 26, 2012.  He was born April 23, 1929, at Pretty Prairie the son of Rudolph J. and Emma Kaufman Stucky. A longtime resident of Pretty Prairie, previously of South Hutchinson, he was a retired minister, farmer, and writer.

He was a member of the First Mennonite Church, Pretty Prairie.

On Aug. 7, 1954, he married Marilyn I. Amstutz at Bluffton, Ohio. Other survivors include sons, Dennis and Lynn; daughter, Kathy Trim; brother, Delmer; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers, Elmer, Martin, Gilbert, Philip, Harvey, and a twin brother, Roy and sisters, Selma, Mabel, Lillie and Ruth.

Committal services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the First Mennonite Church Cemetery followed by memorial services at 2:00 p.m. at the First Mennonite Church, Pretty Prairie. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at the Livingston Funeral Home, Kingman, with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM), or the First Mennonite Church, both in care of the funeral home.

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1953, Alvin R. Friesen

Posted on 31 May 2012 by Mel Friesen

1953, Friesen, Alvin “Al” R. Nov 10, 1933 – May 25, 2012  Survived by wife, Violet; children, Teri Myers, Randall Friesen, Daren Friesen, Tami (Brian) Lowther, and Dawn (Bryan) Rast; grandsons, Joey Myers, Billy Myers, and Andrew Rast; great grandson, Darius Rast; brothers; sister; and other family members.  MEMORIAL SERVICE Wednesday 1pm at Christ Community Church. Memorials to the family. JOHN A. GENTLEMAN MORTUARIES

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1953, Evelyn (Epp) Huebert – March 26, 2012

Posted on 03 April 2012 by Mel Friesen

Evelyn was born July 7, 1923 near Henderson, NE. to Henry M. and Maria (Friesen) Epp. Her early years were spent on the farm. When she was young she helped with milking, shocking wheat or oats, and corn picking. After she was married, she was proud of the fact that she could milk a cow faster than her husband Frank!

Evelyn accepted the Lord as her Savior in March, 1942. In May, 1942 she was baptized and joined the Bethesda Mennonite Church, in Henderson, NE. She recognized her need of a savior while attending revival services at another church. Even while in high school she felt that someday she would be a pastor’s wife. Her favorite verse was Job 23:10 “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

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After graduating from Henderson High School in 1941 she worked as a nanny, cooking, baby sitting and cleaning house for a young family. Later she worked at a Hatchery and Meat Locker. While being employed she met Frank through an arranged meeting orchestrated by her brother’s mother-in-law, Frank’s aunt. For Evelyn it was love at first sight. Frank was a little slower, however. When she asked him to warm her hands, in an attempt to hold his hand, he told her to sit on them! As their relationship blossomed, Evelyn quit her job in Henderson so she could move to Lincoln to be closer to where Frank was stationed at the CPS camp. After they were married, they moved to Madrid, NE so that Frank could farm and ranch. While in western Nebraska two sons were born to them, Allen Wayne and Frank DuWayne.

In 1953 the family moved to Omaha, NE so Frank could attend Grace Bible Institute (Grace University). Evelyn also completed two years of college course work by attending night classes. Evelyn worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital as a nurse’s aide. After Frank graduated they moved to Wolf Point, MT where Frank was the pastor the United Mennonite Church from 1957 to 1963. While there, twin girls were born to them, Sharon Kay and Karen Renee.

In 1963, the family to moved to Orienta OK, where Frank served as pastor of the Saron Mennonite Church.

In 1971 Frank, Evelyn, Sharon and Karen moved to Elbing, KS where Frank taught Bible at Berean Academy and Evelyn worked in the cafeteria baking bread. After completing grade school Sharon and Karen attended and graduated from Berean Academy.

In 1978 Frank and Evelyn moved to Adams, OK where Frank was pastor of the Adams Mennonite Church. At each of churches Evelyn loved to teach young children and develop friendships with church members. She loved the babies the best.

In 1984 Frank and Evelyn retired from full-time ministry. At this time they moved to Fairview and bought their first house and together she and Frank remodeled and decorated it. During the next five years they did interim work at Martin Box, AR, Tulsa, OK, Shawnee, KS, and Topeka, KS. For nine years (1989-1998), Frank and Evelyn served as custodians of the Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church.

In 1995, Frank and Evelyn had the privilege of touring Israel. They also made many other trips to Mexico and the Northeastern USA, with and to see family. She loved to sing. She and her younger sister would spend many hours singing through the hymn book and even did this as a mother, with her twins sitting and standing in the rocking chair with her. As an adult she sang in musical groups and loved teaching all her children to sing parts. Evelyn also enjoyed gardening, her flowers, and table games. Evelyn is well-known for her sharp and cunning skills at the game table making her a feared opponent. Ask Frank if he’s still carrying the score sheet in his wallet of time he won!

In February of 2011, Evelyn moved to the Fairview Fellowship Home. In April of 2011 Frank moved to the home so they could be together. She loved her time there being pampered. She loved the whole idea of having someone cook, clean and do laundry for her. And of course, having her hair and nails done!

Evelyn went home to be with the Lord and Savior on March 26, 2012, at the age of 88 years, 9 months, and 19 days. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Maria Epp, a sister, Malita Friesen, and a brother, Wendell Epp.

She is survived by her husband, Frank, two sons, Allen and wife Jackie Huebert of Peoria, AZ and Frank Jr and wife ReNita Huebert of Fairview, OK., two daughters, Sharon and husband John Oglesbee of San Augustine, TX and Karen and husband Ivan Penner of Peoria, AZ, one sister, Estalean Quiring, 11 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be made to the Grace University or the Friends of Israel with Fairview Funeral Home acting as custodian.

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