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Roger Wischmeier

Roger Wischmeier ’57

Posted on 17 February 2014 by vunruh

Roger Wayne Wischmeier, college professor, organist, choirmaster, champion of congregational music and authority on the organ chorale prelude as used in worship, has died at age 78. Roger died at 4:00 a.m. on Friday, January 31, 2014. He was under the care of Kansas City Hospice & Foxwood Springs, Raymore, MO, where he had been a resident for the past 4 1/2 years.
During his lifetime, he resided in Iowa, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Kansas, and Missouri. Roger was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Bernie and Ellen (Zulauf) Wischmeier on August 12, 1935. He was the eldest of three sons, followed by Richard and Paul. He graduated from Wilcox High School in Nebraska. He received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and a doctorate in church music and organ performance from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY.
Dr. Wischmeier’s career in music spanned more than 60 years in churches and colleges. He came to Kansas City in October of 1989. Roger was the dean of the KC chapter of American Guild of Organists in 1994-95. He was also an avid supporter of both the Carillon Guild and the Kansas City Theatre Pipe Organ Club.
Roger was married to Wilma L. Augsburger in 1958. She preceded him in death. The quality of his life was greatly deepened by her love. He is survived by daughter Barbara of Midland, TX, and son, David of Elgin, IL, two brothers, Richard and his wife Elaine of Central City, NE, and Paul and his wife Kaye of Hastings, NE, in addition to nine nieces and nephews: Eric, Brian, John and Christine Wischmeier, Ramona Busenitz, Aleda Berry, Lori Flory, Miriam Griffin, and Martha Showalter.

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1957, Gary L. Sommers

Posted on 05 April 2012 by Mel Friesen

1957, Gary L. Sommers, 76, retired principal and teacher, passed away April 3, 2012. Survived by his children, Heidi (Mark) Thornburg of Potwin, Christian (Kristina) Sommers of Abilene; sister, Marilyn (Ray) Bishop of Arlington, Texas; four grandchildren. The funeral service was at Centre Point Church, Whitewater, KS. Memorials: Gideons International or Wheat State Manor c/o Lamb Funeral Home, 120 S. Main, Whitewater, KS 67154.

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1957, Jack G. Riffel

Posted on 22 January 2012 by Mel Friesen

1957, Jack G. Riffel went home to be with his Lord and Savior on November 23, 2011. He was born on March 10, 1928 in Buhler, Kansas to Jake and Bertha Riffel. In 1957, after graduating from Grace Bible College, in Omaha, Nebraska, he became a Pastor. He moved to Spokane in 1960 to become the Assistant Superintendent of the Union Gospel Mission, which he held for 3 years. He was the pastor at Yardley Community Church, Cocolalla Bible Camp, Spring Valley Mennonite Church, and the University Manor. He also volunteered to drive for the Department of Social and Health Services, logging in 4000 hours. Jack played his guitar for the Sinto Senior Center Vespers. He was an active member of the Otis Orchards Community Church. He loved to bowl and fish. He is survived by his wife, Carol, daughter Mary, (Eric) Bagley, sons Mark and Matthew (JoAnne), six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, two step-great grandchildren, and brothers Charles and Guy. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia, and son, Martin. A memorial service will be held for Jack on Saturday, December 10, 2011, at 11am at the Otis Orchards Community Church, 23304 E. Wellesley, Otis Orchards. The Family suggests the in lieu of flowers that memorials are made to Otis Orchards Community Church or the Union Gospel Mission.

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