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Gilbert Reiland, ’56

Posted on 14 April 2014 by vunruh

Gilbert “Gibby” Reiland passed away in his sleep at the age of 86 on April 7.  He was born in Mantador, ND on June 6, 1927.  From 1945-1948 he served in the Merchant Marines. He then worked for Union Pacific Railroad where he met his wife, Elizabeth Sayler. They were married June 4, 1950 and that union lasted nearly 62 years until Elizabeth’s death January 8, 2012.
Soon after they were married he felt led to become a pastor and moved to Omaha, NE to begin his schooling at Grace Bible Institute. Through the years he served as pastor in Mondamon and Malvern, IA, First Baptist of Blair, NE, Sheridan Blvd Baptist in Lincoln, NE, First Baptist of Lemoore, CA and First Baptist of Dinuba, CA. He was always a helper of people, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
One testament of his character and integrity was when his wife was diagnosed with dementia and heart valve issues in 2004.  He took on the role of primary caregiver and never left her side. The first few years were very manageable but as time went on it became more and more difficult and the last two years were often times unbearable to watch. He never turned his back on her and took the anger and rage that dementia patients can so often express with love and patience. Deep inside it was taking a huge toll on his mind and soul which hastened his rapid decline after she passed, but he never quit.
A celebration of his life will be held at Koinonia Christian Fellowship in Hanford, CA Saturday, May 3rd at 1:00 p.m.

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LaVern Gillett, ’56

Posted on 13 March 2014 by vunruh

LaVern Gillett, age 76, passed away March 8, 2014. He was born on February 15, 1938 to Roland and Harriet Gillett in Crawford, NE.

Vern attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, NE, graduated from Chadron State College and the College of Educational Administration at University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  Vern worked in computer sales for many years. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, spending time with his children and grandchildren and visiting with people.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; children; Blaine (Sue), Jonae Meyer (Scott), Janelle Nosal (Mike); 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eston and Quinten; sister, Willa and father-in-law, Forrest Blauvelt.

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Henry Wayne Siebert

Posted on 25 October 2012 by vunruh

Henry Wayne Siebert ‘56 was taken to his eternal home on Friday, August 24, 2012, at the age of 78.

He was the seventh of ten children born to Henry J. and Maria Siebert, November 25, 1933, near Henderson, Neb.  At age seven, his family relocated to a farm near Luton, Iowa. He had many fond memories of his activities on the farm. He was saved when Theodore Epp had evangelistic meetings at the Central Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa. Some of his favorite scriptures included John 3:16; John 1:12; and John 20:31. He graduated from Luton High School in 1951.

In 1957, he received his Bachelor of Science in Christian Education from Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Neb. He was married to Leona Ruth Flaming on August 16, 1957, in Medford, Okla. They lived in a number of locations involved in Christian ministry, including a brief pastorate in Avon, S. D. In 1961, they moved to a farm west of York, Neb., pursuing a farming career. They continued in lay ministry throughout their lives.

To their union was born six children: Infant son, Beverly Joy, twins Johnnie and Jeannie, Belinda Kay, and Bethanie. In 1972 they relocated to Colby, Kans., where they continued their farming career till their retirement in 1996. They built a house in Colby where they remained until moving to Hesston in January 2005.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant son, and daughter, Beverly Joy; three sisters: Esther Rogers, Winnifred Siebert, and Lillian Detweiler; and three infant grandchildren. He is survived by his wife; children John and Darla Siebert of Owosso, Mich.; Jeannie and Randy Nye of Kansas City, Mo.; Belinda Kay and Eric Jacobsen of Eagle, Idaho; Bethanie and Jeff West of Omaha, Neb.; 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; three sisters: Tiena Sellers, Mable Eichhorn, and Marion Jensen; three brothers: Johnny, Alan, and Dennis.

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Lawrence Trautman

Posted on 23 July 2012 by Mel Friesen

Sutton resident Lawrence Trautman, 89, died Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the Sutton Community Home in Sutton, Nebraska.

Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sutton, Nebraska with Rev. Judy Nuss officiating. Interment will follow at the Sutton Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Sutton Memorial Chapel in Sutton, Nebraska.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

Lawrence Trautman was born Aug. 16, 1922, to William G. and Eva (Weikum) Trautman in Sutton, Neb. He received his early education at District 8 in Fillmore Co. and graduated from Grace Bible Institute of Omaha, Nebraska.

While in Omaha he was involved with street mission work at the Open Door Mission and after graduation he did mission work in Arkansas and Oklahoma.  In later years he was employed by the Sutton parks.  He also spent 11 years with Plettner Feeds and ran his own shoe repair business at his house.  On September 16, 1966 he married Sophia Green and they were married 46 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sophie; his parents; brother, Harold; sister, Linda Berry; niece, Karla Way.

Survivors are sister, Miriam Way of Lincoln, Neb.;  nephew, Leroy and family of Hastings, Neb.;  nephew, Mark Way and family of Chesapeake, VA.; niece, Karna Latham and family of Waco, Neb.

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1956 Dorothy J. Dietz

Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin

1956 Dorothy J. Dietz, 94 of Quakertown died Sat. Jan 8 at Independence Court, Quakertown.

Born in Richland Township, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Emma (Rotenberger) Dietz.

She graduated from Quakertown High School in 1932 and was employed as an office worker for a Quakertown hosiery mill. Later, she was employed by the Friendly Book Store, Quakertown until moving to Omaha, NE to become manager of the Book store at Grace Bible Institute. After serving 23 years there, she returned to Quakertown and the Friendly Book Store until retiring in 2008.

She was a member of East Swamp Mennonite Church, Quakertown where she was very active in missions’ ministry. She taught Sunday school and for years typed the Sunday morning messages to hand out to the hearing impaired.

Surviving are her brothers, Howard of Quakertown, Clayton of Souderton; sisters, Bertha Sloyer, Poughkeepsie, NY, Arlene Wiebe, Elbing, Kansas, nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by sisters Sadie & Blanche, brothers Wilmer & Stewart.

Services 11 AM Fri. Jan 14 in East Swamp Church.  Interment Great Swamp Cemetery, Spinnerstown. Memorial contributions to Missions Ministry, East Swamp Church, 2405 E. Swamp Rd, Quakertown 18951

 

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1956 Dorothy J. Dietz

Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin

1956 Dorothy J. Dietz, 94 of Quakertown died Sat. Jan 8, 2011 at Independence Court, Quakertown.

Born in Richland Township, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Emma (Rotenberger) Dietz.

She graduated from Quakertown High School in 1932 and was employed as an office worker for a Quakertown hosiery mill. Later, she was employed by the Friendly Book Store, Quakertown until moving to Omaha, NE to become manager of the Book store at Grace Bible Institute. After serving 23 years there, she returned to Quakertown and the Friendly Book Store until retiring in 2008.

She was a member of East Swamp Mennonite Church, Quakertown where she was very active in missions’ ministry. She taught Sunday school and for years typed the Sunday morning messages to hand out to the hearing impaired.

Surviving are her brothers, Howard of Quakertown, Clayton of Souderton; sisters, Bertha Sloyer, Poughkeepsie, NY, Arlene Wiebe, Elbing, Kansas, nieces & nephews. She was predeceased by sisters Sadie & Blanche, brothers Wilmer & Stewart.  Services 11 AM Fri. Jan 14 in East Swamp Church.  Interment Great Swamp Cemetery, Spinnerstown. Memorial contributions to Missions Ministry, East Swamp Church, 2405 E. Swamp Rd, Quakertown 18951

 

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1956 Anne Elizabeth (Burkholder) Larsen

Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin

1956 Anne Elizabeth (Burkholder) Larsen, 72, of Central City died Friday, March 11, 2011, at her home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Community Bible Church in Central City, with Pastor Don Larreau officiating. Burial will be in the Central City Cemetery.

Mrs. Larsen was born on Nov. 17, 1938, in Quakertown, Pa., to Dr. Harold and Barbara Burkholder.  She married Gilbert Larsen on June 2, 1962, at Grace Bible Chapel in Omaha.

Survivors of the immediate family include her husband, Gilbert Larsen of Central City; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sheri and Clyde Bryant of Ogallala, Deb and Don Larreau of Yreka, Calif, and Colene and Bob Callahan of Colorado Springs, Colo.; seven grandchildren, two brothers, three sisters, two sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law.

 

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1956 Melvin R. Claassen

Posted on 06 July 2011 by admin

1956 Melvin R. Claassen Our wonderful husband, dad, grandpa and great-grandpa Melvin Claassen passed into the arms of his loving Heavenly Father on Wednesday (Feb. 2, 2011) at the Good Samaritan Village in Mountain Lake, Minn. We will miss him greatly, but are so thankful he is with his God and Savior whom he loved and served so faithfully.

Dad was born on Sept. 8, 1928, to Edward and Catherine (Thiessen) Claassen in Whitewater, the youngest of 13 children. He accepted the Lord on his mother’s knee at the age of 5 and, upon confession of faith, was baptized at the age of 16 at the Emmaus Mennonite Church in Whitewater.
In August 1952, he married Martha Buhler from Mt. Lake, Minn., and they began their journey of more than 58 years together. They moved to Omaha, Neb., where Dad attended Grace College of the Bible and graduated in 1956. While there, they felt God leading them into missions in Africa. In preparation, they moved to Ithaca, N.Y., so Dad could attend a special one year course in agriculture at Cornell University.

After spending six months studying French in Belgium, they went to Congo in 1958 where they served as missionaries until 1974. Dad worked with building and mechanics, taught English, worked with the national pastors and did agricultural work with the Africans, teaching them to grow healthy crops and animals. In 1960 through 1961, while on furlough, Dad attended Taylor University for a year.
After returning to the States in 1974, Dad and Mom settled in Mt. Lake where Dad worked at Balzer Manufacturing and also served as interim pastor for several churches in the area. In 1986, God led Dad and Mom to Grace University where Dad did grounds and maintenance for eight years. In 1994, Dad became the pastor for Woodland Community Bible Church near Council Bluffs, Iowa, where they served for 13 years. In 2007, Cornerstone Bible Church in Mt. Lake asked Dad to become an associate pastor where he served until his death.

Throughout the years, Dad has led numerous Bible studies and influenced many lives. We, his family, are so grateful for his leadership, teaching and example of what it means to be a godly husband and father. He loved God, loved Mom and loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and we are so blessed.

Dad is preceded in death by his mother and father and ten of his siblings. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha; daughter, Evangeline of Papua, Indonesia; son, Steve (wife, Kathy) of Denver; granddaughter, Larissa Haub (husband, Michael); great-granddaughter Katelyn of Bakersfield, Calif.; grandson, Evan of Omaha, Neb.; grandson, Brandon of Denver; son, James (wife, Caryn); grandson, Aron (wife, Rachael); great-grandson, Aiden; granddaughter, Brianna; grandson, Collin of Sioux Falls, S.D.; daughter, Ruth of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brother, Curt of Berne, Ind.; and brother, Daniel (wife, Dora) of Whitewater; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Cornerstone Bible Cemetery.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cornerstone Bible Church. Pastor Nathan Janzen will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, Melvin’s family requests memorials be sent to them, and they will forward them to the following organizations: Mission Aviation Fellowship, Cornerstone Bible Church and Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission.

 

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