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.
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.