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Lillian (Siebert) Detweiler, ’53

Posted on 12 May 2017 by editor

image002Lillian S. Detweiler of Bradenton, Fla., died Dec. 4, 2011.  

Born in Hamilton County, Neb., on April 13, 1931, and she moved to Florida in 1953.  She  helped to found Detweiler’s Propane Gas Company.  She was a licensed practical nurse and a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was deeply devoted to her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ  and her church.

She enjoyed reading, baking and traveling. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who will be deeply missed.  

Predeceased by parents, Henry and Maria Siebert; sisters, Esther Rogers, and Winifred Siebert; survived by sons, Kenneth (Michelle) of Bradenton, Lawrence (Sue) of Huntington, Vermont, Anthony (Lisa) of Maryville, Tenn; daughters, Rebecca (Neil) Nyberg of Battle Creek, Mich., Susan (Don) Blaker of Bradenton, Fla.; brothers, Johnny, Henry, Alan, and Dennis Siebert; sisters, Tiena Sellers, Mabel Eichhorn, Marion Jensen; eighteen grandchildren; and six great-granddaughters.

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Inez Clipperton, ’53

Posted on 11 April 2016 by editor

Inez Clipperton ’53, of Bellevue, Neb., died March 25, 2016, at the age of 80. She was preceded in death by siblings, Derwood Stunkel, Dale Stunkel, Nadine Sherbeck, and Betty Alexander. Survived by husband, Vernon D. Clipperton; daughter, Sharlyn Davis; granddaughter, Jennifer (Matt) Fortune; great-grandchildren, Kassidy, Emily, and Sophie; step-children, Jane (Russ) Thomas, Jim Clipperton, Dee (Rich) Haglund, and Ken (Julie) Clipperton; brother, Dennis (Judy) Stunkel; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

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Gordon Hofer, ’53

Posted on 11 November 2015 by editor

gordon-hoferGordon Hofer, 80, of Bridgewater, S.D., passed away peacefully into the presence of the Lord on November 5, 2015, with family members at his side.

Gordon was born on June 13, 1935, to Peter J.S. and Adina D. Hofer. He grew up on a farm between

Bridgewater and Freeman, South Dakota.  Gordon said that one of his childhood memories was attending Hutterthal Mennonite Church and Sunday School.  In his teenage years, through revival meetings in his church with Rev. Albert Ewert, Gordon made a decision to accept Jesus as his personal savior.  He was baptized and became a member of Hutterthal Mennonite Church. After grade school, he attended Freeman Academy. 

After graduating from Freeman Academy, he continued school at Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Nebraska.  There, he met many friends and a beautiful blonde who later became his wife, Alvina Siebert.  Gordon and Alvina served the Lord during their more than 58 years together.  They are survived by their children Donita (and her husband, Paul Davis), Stewart (and his fiancée, Chantel Cook) and Vince. He is also survived by six grandchildren who keep us busy: Tiffany, Toby, Briana and Elizabeth Davis and Austin and Alex Hofer.

Gordon lived a Christ-centered life.  May his example, in life and in memories, live in our hearts forever.

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Doris Lutke Epp fs.’53

Posted on 01 October 2015 by editor

Doris Grace Lutke Epp, (fs.1953) Cumming, Georgia, was born on February 8, 1935 in Hepburn, Saskatchewan, Canada, and passed into the loving arms of Jesus at age 80, on July 15, 2015. Her parents came to the US when she was age 12, and she later became a US citizen. Her high school years were spent in Floodwood, MN. She met her husband to be as a freshman at Grace Bible Institute. Doris loved Jesus as her Savior and Lord from the age of five, and now forever abides with Him!

Doris was typically the quietest person in the room, was always proper, poised and elegant in public; perhaps a complete disguise of her willingness to perform the most menial tasks with joy, if it would meet another person’s comfort or need. She epitomized thoughtfulness and service.

Doris leaves to mourn her passing, her intensely devoted husband Marvin, her four admiring sons – Gary, Brad, Curtis, and Craig, daughters-in-law, ten grandchildren, and four siblings, plus other relatives, and friends too numerous to count.

Her dementia journey began 15 years ago and her husband cared for her at home until nine months before her passing. Marvin wrote the following tribute nearly a year before her passing.

Marvin Epp’s tribute to Doris

My prayers for good health, energy and strength to care for Doris with the dignity she deserves began as soon as I became aware regarding the earliest signs of her dementia. God has granted my request as of this writing! I want to make daily visits through her last day on this earth, to assure she’s receiving the care she has earned.

Marvin shares what has been called an Alzheimer’s patient’s prayer by an unknown author:


Do not ask me to remember.

Don’t try to make me understand.

Let me rest and know you’re with me.

Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.

I’m confused beyond your concept.

I am sad and sick and lost.

All I know is that I need you

To be with me at all cost.

Do not lose your patience with me.

Do not scold or curse or cry.

I can’t help the way I’m acting,

Can’t be different ‘though I try.

Just remember that I need you,

That the best of me is gone.

Please don’t fail to stand beside me,

Love me ’til my life is done.


To Doris’ credit, she embraced the role of mother and homemaker. No task was too menial if it would enhance the home she occupied with those who shared her presence, whether family or guest. She was the queen, and simultaneously unselfish servant in her castle. Of greater significance, she guided four boys into becoming respectful teenagers who were admired by both their peers and adults, and then to responsible and God honoring manhood, making them the leaders we need in today’s society. Would that all mothers saw the value in such an accomplishment, rather than first aspiring to other goals and treating motherhood as an adjunct.

Doris became non-verbal so I’ve been functionally single for years with Doris in my full time care, however, I’m not an angel only doing what I promised, “till death do us part”. Doris’ earliest, although slight, symptoms started 14 years ago. She’s been “by my side” both figuratively and literally, in the most supportive way anyone could hope for or expect. She has also been a friend to many, quietly and generously served without recognition, ministered for years in the church nursery, been a warm and loving hostess to numerous individuals in our home including overnight arrangements, almost a mom to the friends of our sons, and never left a negative impression with anyone she met. She was easy to love, because she never asked anything for herself. She is a true treasure, as excerpted from Prov 31:10-31:

  • a wife of noble character
  • her husband has full confidence in her
  • she brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life
  • she is clothed with strength and dignity
  • she speaks with wisdom
  • she watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness
  • her children arise and call her blessed, her husband also
  • a woman who fears the Lord
  • let her works bring her praise!

Any woman in a marriage relationship would be honoring the God we claim, and do well to emulate who she has been to me. God was infinitely gracious in allowing me to be a part of her many wonderful and vibrant years as my wife, mother to our four sons, passionate lover, soul mate and spiritual companion.  She is a spiritual “Medal of Honor” recipient, in my humble assessment. I feel truly blessed.

P.S. Wednesday, July 15, ’15 – Doris passed away at 5:30pm, while I was speaking love in her ear and with her resting in my arms, and the boys around me. Just two weeks short of our 60th anniversary. I will honor her by wearing a necklace to display her original wedding/engagement ring set, to my final day on this earth. After her 15 years with dementia, “THE BATTLE IS OVER, DORIS IS WITH JESUS!”

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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.”

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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