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Laura Jean (Rempel) Barkman, ’57

Posted on 20 June 2017 by editor

barkman617Jean Barkman was born on July 1, 1938, to Paul and Hannah (Miller) Rempel in Inola, Oklahoma. She departed this life on June 15, 2017 in Chouteau, Oklahoma, at age 78.

Jean grew up in rural Inola and attended various country schools and then Inola Public School from the 5th grade thru the 10th grade. In 1954 at the Oklahoma Bible Academy in Meno, Oklahoma,  she met the love of her life, Ed Barkman. She studied at Grace Bible Institute in Omaha in 1956-57. On June 27, 1958, they were married, and to their union three children were born. She and Ed did missionary work for most of their lives, serving with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Brazil for 30 years. They served in various support roles including building jungle air strips. After retirement she was active in her church, teaching Sunday school, Bible school and serving in the prison ministry.?She loved sewing and making quilts for her grandchildren. More than anything she loved her family, and her devotion to God was one to be admired. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be deeply missed by all who loved her.?She is survived by her husband, Ed; one son, Keith Barkman and wife Heidi of Brazil; two daughters, Cheryl Skupa and husband Bryan of Haddam, Kansas and Linda Goossen and husband Elwyn of Brazil; six grandchildren, Timothy and Hanna Barkman, Laura Skupa and Andrew, Nathan and Susanna Goossen; two sisters, Shirley Schellhorn and husband Paul of Claremore, Eunice Weast and husband Frank of Inola and Charlie Rempel and wife Okie of Wiggins, Mississippi, and several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.?She is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Hannah.

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Mary Ann Wall, ’57

Mary Ann Wall, ’57

Posted on 06 April 2016 by editor

25017-Wall 2Mary Ann Wall ’57, age 78 of Omaha, Nebraska, went to be with the Lord on March 24, 2016.

She was born in Mountain Lake, Minnesota, on September 3, 1937, to Dietrich and Agnes Goertzen. She grew up, the only sister of Russell and Clayton, on a farm outside of the small town of Delft, Minnesota. She prayed with her mother to accept Christ in January 1948 and was baptized by Rev. Thomas Walker on May 13, 1951.

Mary Ann Graduated from Mountain Lake High School in 1955 and that fall she attended Grace College of the Bible where she met her future husband Marvin (Marv) Wall. They were married on June 28, 1957. 

Wherever their ministry took them – North Carolina, Kansas, Manitoba, Alberta, South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska – Mary Ann made a home and supported Marv by playing the piano, teaching Sunday School, helping lead youth groups, piloting boats, driving snowmobiles and cooking for camps, while caring for a growing family. She also led women’s Bible studies, was a Commander in the Awana program, and hosted guests for dinner or offered a place to stay. She enjoyed traveling across the United States, Canada, Israel, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Her husband, Marv, was in pastoral roles in the church until he passed away and Mary Ann was his faithful support.  In recent years, she enjoyed joining in Bible study, prayer meetings, mentoring younger women and deepening relationships with women of her age. She enjoyed stable health with minor issues until she had a major stroke on Saturday, March 19. Her condition soon worsened and she went to be with Jesus five days later.

She is survived by five children: Marjorie Allison; Mark and Judy Wall; Marlen and Kim Wall; Marcia and Sam Kroeker andMarcel and Michelle Wall as well as 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is preceded by her parents, her brother Clayton and his wife Mary, her husband Marv and her son-in-law Grahame Alison.

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Frank Huebert Sr

Frank D. Huebert, Sr., ’57

Posted on 18 August 2014 by vunruh

Frank D Huebert, Sr. of Fairview, OK reached Heaven’s gate and was welcomed into glory on 11 July, 2014 at the age of 97.  He was born to Jacob F. and Sara (Dick) Huebert at home near Lustre, Montana on 4 June, 1917. He was the 6th of 9 children.

After graduating from the 8th Grade at Lustre Bible School, Frank helped with farming and was finally able to go to Frazer High School at the age of 21. The school Superintendent convinced Frank’s dad that he needed further education.

Following graduation, Frank spent several months in the Seattle area working in the steel foundries before joining the Civilian Public Service (CPS), an alternative service of national importance, as a conscientious objector during WWII. He worked for the Forest Service in Oregon and California. Later he was stationed in Lincoln, NE and helped with raising rabbits for food to help with expenses. He met a number of men who became lifetime friends, from as far away as some place called Fairview, OK. They became reacquainted when he and the family moved to Orienta, OK in 1963.

It was during this time in Lincoln that he was introduced to Evelyn Edna Epp by his cousin Marie Huebert. A relationship began and during this time Evie moved to Lincoln to work so they could become better aquainted. On the day of his discharge from CPS, he and Evie were married in Henderson NE. The bond remained sure until his beloved passed away in March, 2012 after 66 years of marriage.

Frank and Evelyn farmed in Western Nebraska the first seven years of marriage. Although his first passion was farming and ranching he knew God had greater things for him. God’s will was for him to be a spiritual farmer, tilling the fertile soil of man’s heart and shepherding His flock. In preparation he attended Grace College of the Bible (Grace University) in Omaha, Nebraska.

Upon graduation in 1957 they began their first pastorate in Wolf Point, Montana. In 1963 the family made a move to Orienta, Oklahoma where he pastored the Saron Mennonite Church. In 1971 they moved to Elbing, Kansas where he taught Junior High and Senior High Bible at Berean Academy. In 1978 they returned to the pastorate and served the Adams, Oklahoma Mennonite Church until 1984.

Throughout his life, Frank was a diligent student of the Word and was especially interested in prophecy. Another passion was the Old Testament tabernacle of which he made a scale model. He taught many week-long special meetings at a number of churches through the years, and following full retirement, he continued to teach Bible on Wednesday evenings.

Although he never was a man of physical wealth, he has stored up many heavenly treasures, as well as treasures in the hearts of his family and many friends. He will be missed as a brother, a father, grandpa, grospa, and a faithful friend.

Preceding him in death were his parents, 4 sisters and 3 brothers. He is survived by his sister, Anna Huebert of Glendive, Montana. Sons include Allen Huebert and wife Jackie of Bellevue, NE; Frank Jr. and wife ReNita of Fairview, OK. Twin daughters Sharon and husband John Oglesbee of San Augustine, TX; Karen and husband Ivan Penner of Peoria, AZ. There are 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, with two more on the way.

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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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