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Ellis Kasten, ’64

Posted on 13 November 2013 by vunruh

Ellis Kasten, 74, of Kamsloop, British Columbia formerly of Nebraska, died Saturday, October 12, 2013 after a six month battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing.

Ellis was born on March 14, 1939 to Carl and Elsie Kasten and grew up near McCook, NE. Ellis was the oldest of three children. He graduated from the 8th grade at Evergreen School. He went to McCook Junior High in McCook. The last three years of high school were in Central Christian High School in Hutchinson, Kansas where he graduated.

He spent one year at the University of Nebraska and one semester at McCook Junior College. Then he went to Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, where he met Dottie. They were married on August, 28, 1964. After their marriage, Ellis and Dottie attended Missionary Internship in Michigan and served as youth workers at Grove Bible Church. Upon completion, they returned to Nebraska where Ellis was pastor for his home church for two years. While they were there, their son, Timothy, was born.

In 1967 the family moved to Alaska to begin their missionary work with InterAct Ministries. They spent four years in Ruby and Tanana along the Yukon River. Then they moved to Cantwell, next to beautiful Mt. McKinley National Park. While in Alaska, three daughters were born to Ellis and Dottie, Sharon, Teresa and Jolene.

Not only did Ellis serve as Pastor in the Native churches in each of these three villages, he was also involved in running a small Christian Book Store, being an assistant post master, on call bus driver, sitting on the school board, and directing Christian day camps for the children in the summers.

In 1981, the family moved to Slave Lake, Alberta, where he was involved in discipleship of young believers and sending out Bible correspondence lessons across Canada. In 1985, they moved to Quesnel, British Columbia; where Ellis continued with his correspondence ministry as well as teaching at the Native Bible Center. In 1987, the Native Bible Center moved to Kamloops and the Kasten family followed. Then in 1991, they moved to Grande Prairie Alberta where Ellis was pastor for the Native Bible Fellowship for 14 years. After the Fellowship had called thier own pastor, Ellis and Dottie moved back to Kamloops, where he continued to serve in the Native Fellowship part time until he became too ill.

He is survived by his wife, Dottie Kasten of Kamloops, BC, children, Tim (Debbie) Kasten of Kamloops, BC; Sharon (Doug) Scramstad of Port Coquitlum, BC; Teresa (Andre) Fuellbrandt of Smithers, BC; and Jolene Morris of Grande Prairie AB; and 11 grandchildren; his mother, Elsie Kasten, a sister Dorothy (Harold) Cook of Central City, NE, a nephew Joel (Tracy) Cook and son Darius, and niece Jody (Tom) Ritta. He was preceded in death by his brother; Ronald Wayne and his father Carl Fredrick.

 

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Marlene Hoover

Marlene Marie (Udd) Hoover, ’64

Posted on 19 June 2013 by vunruh

Marlene Marie Hoover, long time resident of Atlantic Iowa, entered into Glory on June 7, 2013 at Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, Neb. at the age of 71. She was born October 24, 1941 in Mead, Neb. to Virgil Arvid and Loleta Marie Johnson Udd.
Marlene was united in marriage to Donald Ray Hoover on October 30, 1964. The couple served at churches in Shelton, Neb., St. Lawrence, S. D., Gordon, Neb. and Atlantic, Iowa.
She graduated from high school at Essex, Iowa and received her degree at Grace Bible Institute in 1964 where she met her husband. Marlene taught private piano lessons for 50 years. She also enjoyed sewing, needlework, helping at the church playing piano and organ and also teaching children’s Sunday school.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and a brother Rodney Arvid Udd.
Survivors are her children: Randall Scott Hoover (Peggy) of Papillion, Neb.; Janelle Dawn Hoover Buschman (Mark) of Perryton, Texas; Deborah Marie Hoover Ried (Dwight) of Newell, Iowa; Wesley Jon Hoover (Tonna) of Atlantic, Iowa; one brother Stan Udd (Vi) from Missouri Valley, Iowa; two sisters Mary Ann Enns (Don) from Lincoln, Neb.; Norma Brunner (Roy) from Beverly, Mass.; and thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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Review Article by Dr. Stanley Udd, ’64

Posted on 01 April 2013 by vunruh

The following article is reprinted by permission as found in the March/April 2012 issue of Creation Matters.

Review Article

Earlier this spring, Science News[1] devoted a ten-page section of its publication to questions currently occupying the energies of physicists, astronomers, and cosmologists.  The five question were:

  • What happened before the Big Bang?
  • What is the universe made of?
  • Is there a theory of everything?
  • Are space and time fundamental?
  • What is the universe’s fate?

Five experts then briefly reviewed the history, development, and current thinking of each of these five questions.  I found it fascinating to read about the seriousness of these fundamental issues and the current proposed solutions to these basic questions.  Can we as Christians provide better answers to these enigmas?  Does the Bible even address such foundational questions?  Let’s see.

  • What happened before the Big Bang?

There are currently two competing theories regarding the pre-bang situation.  Since the concept of cosmological inflation of the current universe has become a necessary component of the Big Bang theory, it is suggested that “if inflation happened once, it could happen many times.”[2]  The resulting picture would be a hyper-universe with an unending sequence of attached or unattached bubbles – each bubble representing a universe of undetermined size and duration.

The second theory is more cyclical with the known universe occupying a sheet-like surface on a “brane.”  This brane is suggested to be near another brane.  These “branes collide and then rebound, releasing energy in what looks like a Big Bang.”[3]  This action of collision followed by rebound suggests that numerous universes may and will exist.

When inspired revelation written by the One who created this universe is compared to these theories, the contrast is remarkable.  The Bible starts with the statement that the material universe had a quiet beginning.  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).  There were no bubbles, collisions, or chaos from which our universe sprang.  But we do not know this by means of science – we know this on the basis of faith.  “By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible” (Hebrews 11:3 ESV).

Prior to the creation of this universe the Godhead made significant decisions regarding our salvation (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:20) and exchanged love and glory (John 17:5, 24).

The Bible would suggest that there was give-and-take sequence before the creation of this physical universe sans any bubbles or branes.

  • What is the universe made of?

If one assumes the concept of deep time, then in order to explain the observed motions within galactic objects from a purely mechanistic standpoint, there would appear to be significant amounts of undetected gravitational mass scattered throughout the universe.  On the other hand, based on observed relationships between galaxies, there would appear to be an even more significant repulsive energy force throughout our universe.  This has resulted in the invention of “dark matter” and “dark energy.”[4]  It is currently believed that the observable universe makes up less than 5% of the total mass and energy of the system.  An additional 23%of the universe is constituted of undetectable “dark matter” while a whopping 72% exists in that “mysterious entity”[5] known as “dark energy.”

The scientific community has invested billions of dollars in particle colliders, telescopes, and satellites, hoping to find actual evidence for these two illusive concepts.  Perhaps they do not exist!  If the universe is a recent creation of God as the Bible suggests and these galactic objects were created in situ, there is no need for this frantic search for these mysterious entities.

According to the Genesis record God created the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day of creation (see Genesis 1:14-19; Psalm 33:6).  They would each have the observable rotational motion at the instant of creation which would render the need for dark energy null.  And God’s placement of the stars is repeatedly described as having “spread them out” across the heavens (see Isaiah 42:5; 44:24; 45:12).  This action on God’s part better explains the observable universe than does some esoteric dark energy.

  • Is there a theory of everything?

The field of physics today has two competing views of reality:  1) quantum mechanics, and 2) general relativity.  “Ever since these two very different views of the universe emerged early in the 20th century, generations of physicists have tried to unite them in a single theory that would ideally describe all four of nature’s basic forces to boot.  Even Einstein tried, and failed.”[6]

The current permutation of this attempt at unification is called ‘superstring theory.’  It requires the addition of seven dimensions to our concept of space – beyond the familiar height, length, depth, and time.  If mathematical equations were developed that could demonstrate that the eleven dimensions somehow “compactify” down into the more normal four dimensions, then perhaps something definitive could be said about ultimate reality.

The Bible on the other hand states clearly that: “The LORD by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens” (Proverbs 3:19).  As a Christian, I am not able to answer every question that I can ask, but I do know the ultimate source of all things.  “All things came into being by Him, and apart of Him nothing came into being that has come into being” (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16).  I find that knowledge intellectually satisfying.  The Bible also makes it clear that God accomplished creation by speaking.  “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made and by the breath of His mouth all their hosts” (Psalm 33:6; 148:5).  Repeatedly the first chapter of Genesis uses the phrase “And God said, ‘Let there be ….’”

  • Are space and time fundamental?

Whether he thinks about it or not, everyone understands the concepts of time and space.  But the question remains “whether space and time are fundamental building blocks of natural existence, or are themselves built from more primordial ingredients, so far unperceived.”[7]  A major shift occurred about 100 years ago when Albert Einstein proposed that both time and space could be manipulated.  His ‘thought experiment’ suggested that the passage of time depended on the viewpoint of the observer and that mass is fundamentally tied to time and space.  It is now generally believed that “mass and motion warp space and alter the flow of time.”[8]

A paucity of scientific creationists has taken up the pen to illustrate the inherent contradictions of relativity[9] but the larger scientific community ignores these verities in favor of the theology of paradox.  The fact that God existed prior to the creation of the earth and that logical, sequential thought occurred prior to Genesis 1:1 (see above) suggests that time and space are fundamental concepts that are expressions of existence.  As a Christian I believe that God has existed forever in the past.  Taking that as a given, it would follow that an investigation into the component aspects of either time or space would not lead to any fruitful outcome.

  • What is the universe’s fate?

As one might suspect, cosmic questions regarding the future are no more definitive that are cosmic questions relating to origins.  For the naturalistic theoretician the injection of dark energy has only expanded the quandary.  There are now three scenarios:  1) Too little energy and gravity stops the cosmic expansion and the universe experiences the “Big Crunch.”  2) If the dark energy:gravity ratio is in balance, then the gradual expenditure of useful energy to useless heat will result in the “Big Freeze.”  3) But if instead dark energy mysteriously grows stronger, it is theorized that the galaxies, stars, even atoms will explode under the repulsive force, resulting in the “Big Rip.” [10]  The only certainty in each of these prognostications is the certainty of our demise.  Naturalistic science does not know the concept of hope.

The Bible speaks with certainty regarding the future of this created universe – and these statements about the future are anything but bleak.  “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?” (Romans 8:19-24 ESV)

The Apostle Peter gives us additional information about the transformation of this sin-cursed universe into an eternal new heavens and new earth in which righteousness dwells.  “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.  Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:10-13 ESV).

The current scientific community cannot answer the most fundamental questions regarding our origin, our current existence, or our future.  Ultimate truth lies only with God.


[1] Siegfried, T.  April 23, 2011.  Suggesting risky answers to top 5 cosmic questions. Science News.  2.

[2] Cowen, R.  April 23, 2011.  Pre-Bang branes and bubbles. Science News. 22.

[3] Ibid.  23.

[4] Witze, A.  April 23, 2011.  In the dark.  Science News. 24.

[5] Ibid.  25.

[6] Crenson, M. April 23. 2011. Strung together. Science News. 26.

[7] Siegfried, T. April 23, 2011.  Out of the fabric. Science News. 28.

[8] Ibid.  28.

[9] Barnes, T. G.  1983. Physics of the Future: A Classical Unification of Physics.  Institute for Creation Research, El Cajon, CA.

[10] Quill, E. April 23, 2011.  Hanging in the balance.   Science News.  30-31.

 

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Richard J. Regier

Richard J. Regier

Posted on 23 August 2012 by vunruh

Richard RegierOctober 30, 1940 – August 1, 2012Richard Regier (’64) passed away August 1, 2012, at the age of 71. His wife of 51 years, Florence, and daughter Christine Fordyce (Michael), sons Randall, (Vicki) and Samuel (Allison), eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild survive him. He was preceded in death by his parents, W. A. Regier and Ruth Elizabeth Welty.

Richard was a man of many interests and loves. Over the years of his life, he was an inspector for the State Highway Commission of Kansas, an activities director for Prairie View Mental Health Center in Newton, Kansas. After moving to Pratum, Oregon, in 1971 he spent many years farming with Dave Roth, then moving on to operating his own auto-body paint and repair shop. During all these years there was always time to listen to someone’s story, share a joke or offer a helping hand. In 1992, Richard finally gave in to the call that had been on his heart for many years, he accepted the pastorate at Zion Mennonite Church in Hubbard, Oregon. He served for 10 years, retiring in 2002. His retirement years were filled with restoring motorcycles, going on many pleasurable rides with friends and best of all some rides with his granddaughter Katy. The BMW meets in John Day each summer were a highlight of the year for him.

His last project was the creation of a ’51 Chevy pickup street rod, a fulfillment of his teenage dreams. Sadly, lung cancer made it impossible to fulfill the dream of “cruising” down Main with his sweetie by his side. Six short months after diagnosis he slipped away in the quietness of his living room with his wife and daughter at his side.

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Donald Ray Hoover

Posted on 27 February 2012 by Mel Friesen

1964, Donald Ray Hoover, 72, entered into Glory on February 25, 2012. He was born October 26, 1939 in Gering, NE to Benny Elsworth and Lois Fern Bolin Hoover.  During WWII Don’s family moved to Oakland, CA where his father worked as a welder in the shipyards. After the war, the family moved to the North Platte, NE area, where Don graduated with the North Platte High School Class of 1958. He served in the Army National Guard from 1957-1963. In 1964, he graduated from Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, NE with a BA of Theology.  Don was united in marriage with Marlene Udd of Essex, IA on October 30, 1964. The couple pastored churches in Shelton, NE, St. Lawrence, SD, Gordon, NE and the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Atlantic, IA.  From 1972-1977, he served as Candidate Secretary for Japan Evangelical Mission based in Three Hills,  Alberta, Canada.  After retiring from the pastorate, Don worked in the bearing manufacturing plant in Atlantic. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elk Horn, IA. Don enjoyed hunting, photography, leather carving, and model railroading.

He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Thomas Lee Hoover. Survivors are his wife Marlene, of 47 years; his children: Randall Scott Hoover (Peggy) of Papillion, NE; Janelle Dawn Hoover Buschman (Mark) of Perryton, TX; Deborah Marie Hoover Ried (Dwight) of Newell, IA; Wesley Jon Hoover (Tonna) of Atlantic, IA; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; a sister, L. Louise Cullinan (Bob) of Paxton, NE; two brothers, Daniel Hoover (Donna), and Terry Hoover (Tami) both of North Platte, NE.

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A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, February 28 at the First Baptist Church of Elk Horn, IA. Rev. Paul Reynolds and Rev. Melvin Koehn will officiate. There will be Open Visitation at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic on Sunday, February 26 from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M, Monday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., at which time Don’s Family Will Meet with Friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., also at Rolands.  Roland Funeral Service of Atlantic, IA is caring for Don’s family and service arrangements. Relatives and friends are invited to sign guest book condolences on the Roland website at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.

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1964, Karen (Oswald) White

Posted on 18 August 2011 by Mel Friesen

Karen D. White, 68, of Rockford entered into His presence on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, surrounded by her loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born July 24, 1943, in Aurora, Neb.; the daughter of Paul and Inez (Schlatter) Oswald. She graduated from Nebraska Christian High School, Class of 1961, and earned her music degree from Grace Bible College in Omaha, Neb., and went on to work at Grace Bookstore for more than 10 years. She married Edward White on Nov. 27, 1981. After moving to Rockford, Karen worked at Sundstrand and later spent nearly 20 years at McDonalds. Karen’s love for Jesus was apparent in her devotion to her church. She was a member of Elim Baptist Church where she spent more than 25 years as an accomplished organist. She was a volunteer for Slavic Gospel Association and spent time instilling her Christian values to the children of the Awana Cubbies. She will be deeply missed by her family and those whose lives she has touched. Survivors include her husband, Edward; son, Allen (Kari) White; brother, Val (Carol) Oswald of Aurora, Neb.; nephews, Chad (Joni) Oswald and Aaron (Stephanie) Oswald of Aurora; many special cousins, friends, and great-nieces and -nephews. Predeceased by parents. The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care. Service at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Road. Interment in Arlington Memorial Park. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, in the funeral home, and from 10 a.m. Saturday to time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Elim Baptist Church Ministry Opportunities Fund or American Cancer Society . To share memories and extend condolences please visit www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
Published in Rockford Register Star from August 18 to August 19, 2011

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