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Robert W.  Radtke, ’59

Robert W. Radtke, ’59

Posted on 22 March 2016 by editor

Robert RadtkeRobert W.  Radtke ’59 was president of his class, a former GU Trustee, pastor, evangelist and a representative for Haggai Ministries. He was born on October 31, 1929, in Butterfield Township, Minnesota. He was one of five children.  Robert met Ione at Patsky’s diner one afternoon. Robert was 15 and Ione was 13. Robert promptly went home and announced to his mother that he had met the girl he was going to marry. They were married on June 10, 1950. They were married for 65 wonderful years and had three sons: Ricky Bob, Brian Carl and Scott Allyn.  “Bob” and Ione served together as he pastored Mennonite Brethren churches in Oneida, S.D., Santa Clara and Fresno, Calif.,and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.  He received his B.A. degree from Pacific College, his Master’s degree from California Graduate School of Theology, and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Briercrest Biblical Seminary.

The passion and commitment that Robert had toward the building of God’s kingdom has touched the lives of people all over the world.  One of his favorite passages from the Bible was Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O Lord, Thou art our Father, We are the clay, and Thou our potter, and all of us are the work of Thy hand.”

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Nancy Safford, ’59

Posted on 22 April 2015 by editor

nancy_saffordNancy Safford, 76, of Winterset, Iowa, died April 19. Nancy Jane Quiring, the daughter of Peter and Annie (Ratzloff) Quiring, was born March 27, 1939, in Mt. Lake, Minn.She graduated from high school in Warsaw, In. in 1956 and went on to attend college at Grace Bible Institute receiving a Bible Diploma. She also attended the University of Nebraska.  Her marriage to John W. Safford took place on August 29, 1959, in Mt. Lake, Minn., and to this union four children were born. Nancy worked at the Nebraska American Legion State Headquarters and for many years she provided daycare out of her home. 

She and John moved their family to Winterset in the summer of 1968 and were active in the community for many years. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church where she was involved with many activities and groups throughout the years and she was also a member of Winterset Music Club.  She will long be remembered for her many years of arranging and planning children’s musicals for Christmas and Easter as well as her puppet ministries which touched the hearts of many.Nancy loved to decorate and was always willing and eager to learn a new craft.  She enjoyed flower gardening and was very proud of ‘her’ flowers.  Nancy loved nature and enjoyed bird watching as well as camping where she could enjoy the beauty of nature and sit by the lake.  All this said, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved nothing more than spending time with her family.  More than anything, she and John loved Jesus their Savior and their most treasured Bible verse was Proverbs 3:5-6. 

She is survived by her best friend, husband and sweetheart of 56 years, John Safford, Sr., of Winterset; her four children, Geoff (Deb) Safford of Indianola, Jodi (Gary) Wabshaw of Winterset, John Jr. (Becky) Safford of Des Moines and Jay (Joan) Safford of Wadena, Minn.; and 16 grandchildren.

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Marvin A. Wall, ’59

Posted on 13 March 2014 by vunruh

Marvin Wall went home to be with his Lord on March 11, 2014  in Omaha, NE. Marv accepted Christ November 6, 1949 and was baptized on his confession of faith.

After graduating from Grace Bible Institute he pastored several churches, worked with Youth for Christ and Christian Business Men Committee.  He was also active in various ministries about which he was passionate.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann; children; Marjorie (Grahame) Alison, Mark (Judy) Wall, Marlen (Kim) Wall, Marcia (Sam) Kroeker, Marcel (Michelle) Wall; 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.


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1959, Rollie Loewen

Posted on 24 April 2012 by Mel Friesen

Roland “Rollie” Dean Loewen, 74, of El

Paso, IL passed away at 8:20 am on Thursday, April 19, 2012.  Memorial services will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, April 23, 2012 at the Salem Church in rural Gridley, IL. Rev. Stuart Rex and Rev. Tim Smith will officiate. Visitation will be held on Sunday afternoon from 2-5 pm at the Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso.  Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International, Spare and Share Building Fund, or Youth For Christ in Findlay, OH.

Rollie was born on October 29, 1937 in Meade, KS a son of William W. and Margaret J. Isaac Loewen. He married Gladyce Bixel on August 14, 1959 in Bluffton, OH. She survives.  Also surviving are one daughter, Lori (Bill) Troyer of Normal, IL; two sons, Lyn (Lori) Loewen of Findlay, OH; Landis (Kelleen) Loewen of Hudson, MA; seven grandchildren, Kelsey, Claire, and Rachel Troyer; Lydia (Jake) McKinley; Zach (Mariel) Bingham; Jacob and Baylee Loewen; three great grandchildren, Kadin, Adelyn, and Morgan McKinley; and one brother, Merle (Betty) Loewen of Ellinwood, KS.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Rollie taught school for 33 ½ years with the last 30 years being in the El Paso School District. He enjoyed operating the scoreboard for many years at the El Paso-Gridley high school basketball games. He was a member of the Salem Church where he served on many boards and also taught Sunday School. He was the chaplain for the Livingston County Gideons and served on the board for the Spare and Share in Gridley where he was the chairman for the past few years.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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1959, Johnnie J. Walter

Posted on 21 April 2012 by Mel Friesen

Johnnie Joseph Walter went home to be with the Lord he loved and served on Friday, April 13, 2012 at noon. He was born July 20, 1923 at home in Prairie View Township of Beadle County, South Dakota, the third child of Joseph M. and Susie (Hofer) Walter.

He graduated from Yale High School in 1941 and married Rosie Dorothy Decker on March 28, 1945 at Bethel Mennonite Church. On May 5, 1945 he was drafted into the Marines and served his country faithfully until his discharge in August of 1946. Johnnie and Rosie farmed in the Carpenter, South Dakota area until they and their two oldest children moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1954 so he could attend Grace Bible Institute. Johnnie graduated from Grace in 1959 and the family, now including a third child, moved to Arena, North Dakota where he began serving as a pastor at the Zion Mennonite Church.

In the fall of 1961, Johnnie was ordained as a minister of the gospel. He served two Evangelical United Brethren churches in Herreid and Artas, South Dakota from 1963 to 1967 and the Stanton Evangelical Free Church from 1967 until 1978. After he retired from ministry, he filled supportive rolls in the Evangelical Free Church in Norfolk, Nebraska and Seward, Nebraska. Johnnie and Rosie moved to Milford, Nebraska in 1985 and he sold monuments for the Watertown Monument company until his second retirement, being top salesman in the state for several years.

Johnnie was a creative man with many mechanical skills. He bought a small country house, moved it to town on a haystack mover, placed a huge walkout basement under it, and doubled its size. He combed junk yards throughout the Midwest and found parts for Model T’s and put together three cars and a C-cab pickup, all from original parts. He loved driving them in parades and chauffeuring Homecoming Kings and Queens in his beautifully restored vehicles.

When his wife, Rosie, had a stroke in 2002, he tenderly cared for her until her death in January of 2011. He is survived by his three children who love him deeply, Mrs. Julia (David) Ewert of Roseburg, Oregon, Harvey Walter of Roseburg, and Jerroll (Karen) Walter of Wayne, Nebraska. He is also survived by five grandchildren: Mrs. Jennifer (Dirk) Gieser, Michelle Walter, Ian Walter, Justin (Amber) Walter and Kristen Walter and four great-grandchildren, Jashton, Tobiah and Corban Gieser and Malia Walter, two brothers: Eli (Addie) Walter and Joseph M. (Jannette) Walter, Jr., five sisters: Maurine Friesen, June Wiebe, Joann (Albert) Epp, Lavonne Walter, and Naomi Rempe, and a ton of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Rosie, his parents, oldest sister, Edna Stahl and a great-grandchild, Monday Kennedy Walter.

A viewing service is scheduled Friday, April 20 from 5-7 p.m. at Taylor’s Family Mortuary (Winston), and a memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. on April 21, at New Hope Church (5995 Old Highway 99S, Green District). A fellowship lunch will follow the service. Memorial gifts can be sent to Nehalem Renewal Ministries (245 Nehalem Loop, Roseburg, OR 97471) to help fund a mobile Bible school ministry project.

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Psalm 116:15

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