Mennonite World Review - January 2013

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Bentch, Don; . . Brunk, Milford Franklin; . . Diener, Inez V. Snyder; . . Erb, Walter; . . Goering, Emil Leslie; . . Goering, Harvey L.; . . Hershberger, Edgar Allen; . . Hiebert, Erwin Nick; . . King, Forrest Dale; . . King, Grace Luceal Schmucker; . . Nickel, Bertha A. Ewert; . . Rempel, Averno; . . Swartzendruber, Luetta Mae Johnston; . . Troyer, Earl R.; . . . Vogt, Elsie Schmidt; . . Wiebe, Vera Mae Yoder; . .

Mennonite World Review - January 7, 2013 - 91st Year, No. 1 - p. 16


Rempel, Averno

Averno Rempel, 93, of Eugene, Ore., died Nov. 20, 2012. He was born Feb. 15, 1919, to George and Helena (Schultz) Rempel in Saskatoon, Sask.

He graduated from high school at age 16, attended Bible college and earned degrees in physics and education from the University of Saskatchewan in 1942. During World War II he worked as a high school teacher and principal.
He married Wendlyn Reimer on July 6, 1944.

After obtaining a master's degree in education from the University of Omaha, he went on to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in 1954. He was the academic dean of North Dakota State Teachers College and then professor of education at Purdue University. In 1964 he accepted a position as president of Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, where he worked until 1973. He and Wendy had the honor of hosting many political and community leaders, including Robert Kennedy during the 1968 presidential campaign. From 1973 until his retirement in 1983, he served as assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs for the State Board of Higher Education in Eugene.

He was an active member of the Mennonite church throughout his life. Post-retirement, he served for several years as a consultant for Mennonite Board of Education in Elkhart, Ind. He continued to enjoy his family, music, travel, education and the outdoors. He was a singer and member of the Gleemen for many years, attended symphony concerts and played the piano.
Survivors include his wife, Wendy; two daughters, Donna Bontrager and Deborah Speer; and a son, Gerry Rempel, all of Eugene; a brother, George of Hamilton, Ont.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Services were held at Eugene Mennonite Church.


Brunk, Milford Franklin

Milford Franklin Brunk, 90, of Bluffton, Ohio, died Dec. 5, 2012. He was born June 9, 1922, to Christian and Jeannette Leakey Brunk in Biglerville, Pa., the oldest of six siblings.

He married Beatrice Hartman on June 19, 1948, in Wissemborg, France, during a two-year term with Mennonite Central Committee, where he was part of a postwar reconstruction unit.

His love for nature and its beauty were reflected in his choices of work and recreation. He was a member of the Audubon Society in Phoenix, Ariz. He organized and led camping trips to Mexico and Northern Arizona and hikes down Havasu Canyon for the youth and young adults at Sunnyslope Mennonite Church. He and Bea moved their family to Colorado in the early 1960s when he became director of Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp. During those 20 years, he designed and built buildings in the Swiss Chalet architectural style. He took classes in rock climbing and taught many campers how to repel off the face of Monkey Rock. His love of hiking resulted in his climbing 43 "14ers," as the 14,000- foot mountains of Colorado are referred to. He was an expert at identifying wildflowers.

After retirement from RMMC, he became an amateur naturalist and docent at Bear Creek Nature Center in Colorado Springs. He was a member of the AdAmAn Society, a group of professional men who hiked Pikes Peak every New Year's Eve to give Colorado Springs a midnight fireworks show. In his last months of life, as he was mostly confined to lying in bed, he would often say, "Like the Navajos, I see beauty in everything."

Survivors include his wife, Beatrice Brunk, of Bluffton; a daughter, Susie Swartley and her husband, Bill, of Bluffton; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rene' Brunk; and a daughter, Jeannette Gingerich.

A family celebration of his life will take place at a later time.


Swartzendruber, Luetta Mae Johnston

Luetta Mae (Johnston) Swartzendruber, 83, of Glendale, Ariz., died Nov. 5, 2012. She was born May 20, 1929, in Leonard, Mo.

After living in Hesston, Kan., for 26 years, where she co-owned a daycare center, Educare, she and her husband, Joe, moved to Glendale in 1987. She is fondly remembered for her kindness, sense of humor and wonderful gift of hospitality. Her many talents included baking delicious cinnamon rolls, pies and cookies that her family and friends dearly loved.

Her commitment to Christ started early in her life and was evident to all who knew her. As a young woman, she was baptized and joined the Mennonite church, where she remained a lifelong member. Her Christian example served as a role model to her children and grandchildren as well as the many young children she mentored and taught in Sunday school.

Survivors include her loving husband of 57 years, Joe; three children, Timothy Swartzendruber of McPherson, Kan., Jennifer Shera and her husband, Jeff, and Martin Swartzendruber and his wife, Sheri, all of Glendale; and four grandchildren.

Services were held at Trinity Mennonite Church of Glendale.


Troyer, Earl R.

Earl R. Troyer, 75, a lifelong resident of Pryor, Okla., died Aug. 10, 2012, in Tulsa. He was born Oct. 15, 1936, to Jerry and Sovilla (Mullet) Troyer in Pryor.

He graduated from Pryor High School in 1955. He married Lydia Coblentz on Nov. 16, 1956, in Pryor.

He was an active member of Zion Mennonite Church, where he was baptized at a young age. He served as an elder, trustee, taught Sunday school and sang in a quartet. He loved the Lord and had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

He was a dairy farmer for many years. In 1965 he started selling insurance at his office at the farm. In 1985 he moved Troyer Insurance into an office in Pryor. He served on several insurance boards and dairy association boards.

He enjoyed playing golf, traveling, RVing and buying old tractors. He had his private pilot license and flew for many years. He had an outgoing personality and liked visiting with people. Being with his children and grandchildren was important to him.

Survivors include his wife, Lydia; three sons, Donald Troyer and his wife, Karla, of Hydro, Mark Troyer and his wife, Rose, of Lititz, Pa., and Earl Wayne Troyer and his wife, Carol, of Pryor; a daughter, Linda Weaver and her husband, Ken, of Inola; two sisters-in-law, Sue Troyer of Pryor and Crystal Troyer of Wauseon, Ohio; a brother-in-law, Roy Helmuth of Goshen, Ind.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers.


Erb, Walter

Walter Erb, 87, died Nov. 12, 2012, at Newton (Kan.) Medical Center. He was born May 4, 1925, in Cummings County, Neb., to John K. and Lena Oswald Erb.

He was a dairy farmer near Frazee, Minn., for 27 years and then worked as groundskeeper at Schowalter Villa for 27 years, retiring in 2006. In 1947 he married Stella Gingerich, who died in 1972. In 1973 he married Mary Zook of Wichita, and she died in 2010.

He received his education at District 21 near Beemer, Neb., and joined Plum Creek Mennonite Church, later named Beemer Mennonite, at age 12. The family moved to Minnesota in 1943, and there he joined the Lake Region Mennonite congregation, where he married Stella Gingerich and farmed until her death in 1972. In 1973 he was reacquainted with a family friend, Mary Zook of Wichita, whom he married at Hesston Mennonite Church. He was employed by Bob Erb in Hesston before he and Mary served a two-year voluntary service assignment at Glencroft Friendship Community in Glendale, Ariz. They returned to Hesston in 1978, where he was employed at Schowalter Villa. He was an active church member, enjoyed gospel music and participated in Kansas Mennonite Men's Chorus. He enjoyed his home recording studio, wrote poetry and studied Scripture.

Survivors include three children, Merlin Erb and his wife, Loretta, of Dalton, Ohio, Verla Hochstetler and her husband, Jon, of Frazee, Minn., and Dan Erb and his wife, Kamme, of Hesston; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by seven siblings and their spouses.

Funeral services were held at Schowalter Villa Chapel, Hesston. Burial was in Eastlawn Cemetery, Hesston.


Vogt, Elsie Schmidt

Elsie Vogt, 82, of Oklahoma, died Oct. 29, 2012. She was born July 14, 1930, to Andrew and Anna Schmidt a farm northeast of Cordell, Okla.

She was baptized and joined Bessie Mennonite Brethren Church at age 12, and graduated from Corn Bible Academy in 1949.

She married Marvin Vogt in a double wedding with her sister Verna and Leo Harms on Nov. 8, 1949. The Vogts ran a farm in Corn, Okla., where they had three children, James, Charlene and Roy.

A member of Corn Mennonite Brethren Church, she was a member of the sewing circle for 50 years and served on many committees. While her children were in Corn Public Schools, she was a cook in the school cafeteria. After Marvin started an insurance business, she became a licensed insurance agent and retained an insurance license for the rest of her life.

She and her sister Verna both suffered the loss of a son in traffic accidents. In 1977, Roy was killed in an accident in Weatherford while he was a student at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Elsie was involved in starting the Et Cetera Shop in Weatherford and worked as a volunteer there from 1977 to 2007. The Vogts were also involved in Mennonite Disaster Service, and they made the verenika for the annual local relief sale for many years.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin; two children, James Vogt and his wife, Debbie, of Edmond, and Charlene Jaronek and her husband, Dan, of Cordell; six grandchidren; a brother, Milton Schmidt and his wife, Delores; brother-in-law Jim Vogt and his wife, Beth; and sister-in-law Ella Dyck.

She was preceded in death by her son Roy, brother Roland Schmidt and sister Verna Harms.

Funeral services were held at Corn Mennonite Brethren Church.

Mennonite World Review - January 21, 2013 - 91st Year, No. 2 - P. 16


Goering, Harvey L.

Harvey L. Goering, 90, died Dec. 29, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. He was born in 1922 to Jonas and Katie Goering in Moundridge, Kan.

He and his wife, Viola, were the founders and original owners of Goering's Book Center located across from the University of Florida campus. For decades it was the center for UF textbook purchases.

Growing up in a wheat-farming community, he loved the farm and was particularly interested in the life cycles of the animals. He played football and basketball in high school and college. He graduated from Bethel College in 1946, interrupted by three years in Civilian Public Service as an alternative to military service. That included surveying in a land reclamation project in Terry, Mont., work in the state mental hospital in Provo, Utah, serving as its director, and a final assignment to the Belton Glacier National Park Unit in Montana.

He received his doctorate in physical-organic chemistry from Ohio State University in 1951 and joined the staff of Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio. He authored and co-authored 10 publications and owned several patents. In 1971, he and his wife chose Gainesville to open a bookstore. In 1982 they sold the store to their employees and retired to Sarasota, where they opened the Gulf Gate Bookshop.

Survivors include three children, Kathryn Louise Peoples and her husband, Bobby, Donald Lloyd Goering and his wife, Suzanne, and Harvey Charles Goering and his wife, Betsy; three brothers, Emil Goering, Marlo Goering and Clyde Goering; a sister, Marjorie Stucky; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his loving companion and caretaker, Elizabeth Sugalski.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Viola Goering; a grandson, Scott Robert Goering; four brothers and three sisters.

Services were held at the United Church of Gainesville, where he was a member.


Bentch, Don

Don Bentch, 87, of Versailles, Mo., died Jan. 1, 2013. He was born Nov. 14, 1925, to George "Ezra" and Minnie "Opal" McDavitt Bentch in Sagrada.
On June 3, 1951, he married Mary Louise Weaver in Kansas City, Kan. She preceded him in death in 1993.

He was cofounder with his wife of Barncraft Mouldings and Hardwoods and worked there until his death. He was a member of Bethel Mennonite Church.

Survivors include his children, Sharon Swarr and her husband, David, of Richmond, Va., Larry Bentch and his wife, Jackie, of Versailles, Dale Bentch and his wife, Kathy, of Versailles, Gary Bentch and his wife, Linda, of Versailles, Timothy Bentch and his wife, Lorri, of Princeton, N.J., and Ron Bentch and his wife, Cindy, of Versailles; a brother, C.E. Bentch and his wife, Betty, of Holts Summit; a sister, Leila Wenger and her husband, Paul, of Hesston, Kan.; 21 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; and two sisters, Glendola Wenger and Eunice Lehman.

Funeral services were held at Bethel Mennonite Church. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery.


Hershberger, Edgar Allen

Edgar Allen Hershberger, 93, of Milford, Neb., died Dec. 15, 2012, in Seward. He was born March 24, 1919, to John A. and Susan (Rediger) Hershberger on a farm near Milford.

He was a longtime resident of Milford, but moved to Heartland Senior Retirement Living Center in Seward a year ago. He was baptized at East Fairview Mennonite Church in 1933, and later attended high school in Dorchester. He was a member of Bellwood Mennonite Church for more than 50 years.

During World War II, he served in Civilian Public Service at camps in Colorado Springs, Colo., and Malcolm. He was a salesman for the major part of his business life, selling investments for Waddell and Reed. He was also the broker-owner of Hershberger Real Estate serving Milford and the surrounding area. He and his wife traveled extensively with his work and for the church. He was generous with his time and resources. He taught Sunday school for developmentally disabled adults for a number of years at the Milford Rest Home, volunteered at the People's City Mission, the Lincoln Correctional Center, and provided leadership locally and regionally in the men's prayer breakfast movement.

He married DeElda Lucille Eicher on Dec. 25, 1938, and would have celebrated 74 years of marriage on Christmas Day.

Survivors include his wife, DeElda; sons Gordon of Syracuse, N.Y., Gregory and his wife, Catherine, of Lincoln and Ray and his wife, Rose­mary, of Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by four sisters, Hilda Roth, Elva Roth Troyer, Theresa Swartzendruber and Iola Hershberger; three brothers, Clarence, Albert and Burdette; a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Hoffman Hershberger, an infant granddaughter and an infant step-greatgrandson.

Services were held at Bellwood Mennonite Church, Milford. Burial was in the Milford Mennonite Cemetery.


Diener, Inez V. Snyder

Inez V. Diener, 98, of Hesston, Kan., died Jan. 7, 2013, at Schowalter Villa. She was born Dec. 18, 1914, to Christian U. and Mary Elizabeth Kaufman Snyder in Ayr, Neb.

On June 22, 1945, she married Clayton H. Diener. He preceded her in death on June 4, 2009.

She worked as a nurse in various places. She was the director of the Hesston Resource Center for many years. She and Clayton also served in China and Puerto Rico and were active at home hosting students as well. She was a member of Whitestone Mennonite Church.

Survivors include three sons, Don Diener and his wife, Maria, of Las Vegas, Nev., Dwight Diener of Hesston and Dennis Diener of New Haven, Conn.; and a brother, Don Snyder of Goshen, Ind.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton; two brothers, Kenneth and Jacob; and two sisters, Irva Vandiver and Harriet Bartruff.

Memorial services were held at Whitestone Mennonite Church of Hesston. Burial was in Eastlawn Cemetery, Hesston.


King, Grace Luceal Schmucker

Grace Luceal Schmucker King, 97, of Wauseon, Ohio, died Jan. 1, 2013. She was born Aug. 6, 1915, to Charles L. and Hannah (Freyenberger) Schmucker in rural Pettisville.

She married Willard W. King on June 9, 1938. They were members of West Clinton Mennonite Church. In the early 1940s, they and seven other couples established a mission church near Toledo, Springfield Township Mennonite Church. They attended and worked faithfully there for 30 years. In the 1970s, they began attending Inlet Mennonite Church.

She knew Jesus as her personal Savior and trusted him for her daily strength. She reached out to others around her with compassion and generosity. She will be remembered for her faith, courage and prayers for each of her family members, friends and any others in need. Her spiritual nature was inspirational. In July 2011, she suffered a stroke that affected her speech and mobility. She then moved to Fulton Manor in Wauseon. Although her mind was clear, it was hard for her to communicate, but she could still sing the hymns she so dearly loved.

Survivors include three children, Charlene VanPelt and her husband, Willard, of Columbiana, Judy Selzer and her husband, Wendell, of Kansas City, Mo., and Dan King and his wife, Lynette, of Minooka, Ill., seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard; three infant children; four brothers and a grandson.

Memorial services were held at West Clinton Mennonite Church. Burial was in Pettisville Cemetery.


Nickel, Bertha A. Ewert

Bertha A. Nickel, 89, of Goessel, Kan., died Dec. 26, 2012. She was born Nov. 24, 1923, to John and Bertha (Wiebe) Ewert on the family farm in the Hillsboro-Lehigh area.

She attended Tabor College and then transferred to Bethel College. After graduating with a degree in English literature, she taught for two years at Freeman (S.D.) Junior Academy.

She married Arnold Nickel on June 10, 1947. Both attended Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Chicago and then accepted a call to Donnellson (Iowa) Mennonite Church. After their time in Donnellson they accepted a call to Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson, Neb. She maintained an active role in the church community. The family spent a year with Bethany Mennonite Church in Freeman and then moved to a pastorate at Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge, in 1957. She again was active in many aspects of the church from Sunday school to hosting visiting pastors and missionaries.
In 1966 she began a 22-year teaching career at Hesston High School in the English and business department. During this time she also received her master's degree at Kansas State University.

After Arnold died unexpectedly in 1971, she had sole responsibility for the household. Life was full with her children in school, teaching responsibilities and church commitments. In late 1989 she moved to Greeley, Colo. When tending the flowers there became a challenge, she moved to Bethesda Home in Goessel. She enjoyed her new church home at Tabor Mennonite Church.

Survivors include three children, Leo Nickel and his wife, Joanne, Harriet DeLay and her husband, John, Elton Nickel and his wife, Denise, and Donovan Nickel and his wife, Jewel; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at Tabor Mennonite Church, rural Newton.

Goering, Emil Leslie

Emil Leslie Goering, 85, of Topeka, Kan., died Jan. 7, 2013. He was born Aug. 14, 1927, to Jonathan J. and Katie Zerger Goering in McPherson.

He was baptized at Eden Mennonite Church of Moundridge in May 1941 and was a member of the Mennonite church all of his life.

He married Lavina Mae Ediger on Sept. 1, 1948, at Eden church. She preceded him in death in 2005.

He grew up on a farm near Moundridge. He graduated from Bethel College at North Newton in 1951 and received his master's degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1957. In 1975 he was Board Certified in family practice. He practiced medicine in Mountain Lake, Minn., Pretty Prairie, Hutchinson, Burlingame and Topeka. He greatly enjoyed the people he encountered and took time to share a joke or story.

An accomplished craftsman, he enjoyed building home furniture, violins and keepsakes for his grandchildren. In the 1960s he learned to knit and made a number of hats and sweaters. He enjoyed golf and gardening. He was awarded a Master Gardener Certificate from Kansas State University in 2002.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he made several trips to the Gulf Coast to volunteer with Mennonite Disaster Service rebuilding damaged houses.

Survivors include five children, a daughter, Beth Tanner and her husband, Allan, of Wichita, and four sons, Michael Goering, Les Goering and his wife, Linda, Thomas Goering and his wife, Deborah, and Jonas Goering and his wife, Sherry, all of Topeka; three siblings, Marjorie Stucky and Clyde Goering of Moundridge and Marlo Goering of Wichita; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lavina; and eight siblings, Meta Juhnke, Elmer Goering, Mary Ann Preheim, Laura Krehbiel, Harvey Goering, Phillip Goering, Reuben Goering and Donald Goering.

Memorial services will be held at Southern Hills Mennonite Church, Topeka.


Hiebert, Erwin Nick

Erwin Nick Hiebert, 93, of Belmont, Mass., died Nov. 28, 2012, in Waltham. He was born May 27, 1919, to Tina Harms and Cornelius N. Hiebert in Waldheim, Sask.

He was a prominent historian of science who taught at Harvard from 1970 to 1989 and was professor emeritus there until his death.

He attended Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan., for two years and then transferred to Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., where he received his bachelor's degree in 1941. In 1943 he earned a master's degree at the University of Kansas. In Hillsboro he met Elfrieda Franz. They were married in 1943.

He worked at Standard Oil Co. of Indiana until 1946. In 1947 he became a research chemist at the University of Chicago and earned a master's degree there in 1949. In 1950 they moved to Madison, Wis., where he received his Ph.D. in 1954.

His first teaching post was at San Francisco State College. He was a Fulbright lecturer in Göttingen, Germany. He taught at Harvard from 1955 to 1957, then at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and returned to Harvard in 1970.

He served as scientist on a geophysical expedition in the Canadian Arctic in 1959 and consultant for the University of Kabul in 1961. He was at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton, N.J., in 1961-62 and 1968-69. He was a visiting lecturer, professor or research scholar in Germany, Jerusalem, England and China.

He was elected president of the national History of Science Society and president of the Division of the History of Science of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science.

He joined the Mennonite Congregation of Boston in 1970.

Survivors include his three children, Catherine Hiebert Kerst of Silver Spring, Md., Margaret Hiebert Beissinger and her husband, Mark Beissinger, of Princeton, N.J., and Thomas Nels Hiebert and his wife, Lenore Voth Hiebert, of Fresno, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death in September 2012 by his wife.

Memorial services will be held at Harvard Memorial Church in Cambridge on Feb. 17.


Wiebe, Vera Mae Yoder

Vera Mae Wiebe, 85, of Beatrice, Neb., died Jan. 13, 2013, at Beatrice Good Samaritan Center. She was born Nov. 23, 1927, to Henry and Velma Miller Yoder at Midland, Mich.

During her junior year in high school she attended Hesston (Kan.) Academy, then returned to Midland and graduated from Midland High School. She attended the Mennonite Nursing School in La Junta, Colo., where she received her Registered Nurse degree.

She married Edgar Wiebe on Aug. 9, 1953, at Midland.

She worked at Beatrice Mennonite Hospital most of her life. She also worked at Wilber Nursing Home. She was a member of First Mennonite Church, Beatrice, where she was active in a women's circle group and a shepherd group. She was a member of an extension club and a 4-H leader. She volunteered for the bloodmobile and im­mu­niza­tion clinic. She enjoyed sew­ing, quilting, knitting, crocheting, cooking and gardening. She hosted an American Field Service student from Costa Rica and several Mennonite Central Committee trainees.

Survivors include three daughters, Becky Jobman and her husband, Ron, of Beatrice, Deb Wiebe and husband, Steve Wooding, of Dallas, Texas, and Miriam Wiebe and her husband, Javier Oliva, of Toronto, Ont.; a son, David Wiebe of Newton, Kan.; four brothers, Richard Yoder of Goshen, Ind., Law­rence Yoder of Midland, Mich., Karl Yoder of Peoria, Ill., and Joe Yoder of Pekin, Ill.; three sisters, Kathryn Crawford of Archbold, Ohio, Jua­nita Roth of Gridley, Ill., and Marjorie Katzenmaier of Suamico, Wis.; seven grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar, in 1973; a grandchild, Bethany Wiebe; a bro­ther, Edward Yoder; a daughter-in-law, Mary (Cookie) Wiebe; and a brother-in-law, Marty Katzenmaier.

Funeral services were held at First Mennonite Church of rural Beatrice. Burial was in the First Mennonite Cemetery.


King, Forrest Dale

Forrest Dale King, 76, of Harrisonburg, Va., died Nov. 29, 2012, after a three-year battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 4, 1935, to Archie L. and Sadie Fern (King) King in Cass County, Mo., but his parents moved to West Liberty, Ohio, before he was a year old.

He completed high school in West Liberty and moved to Scottdale, Pa., directly out of high school. Scottdale was his home for 21 years, although two years were spent in Europe in Pax service and two other years at Goshen (Ind.) College. While living in Scottdale he worked 15 years at Mennonite Publishing House and three years at the Jeannette newspaper. He married Faye D. Bowman in 1961.

They moved to Goshen in 1974, where he earned his nursing degree and then worked seven years at Goshen General Hospital. They moved to Harrisonburg in 1984. He worked nearly 30 years as a Registered Nurse.

He enjoyed spending time in mission-related services with Habitat for Humanity, Mennonite Disaster Service and Virginia Mennonite Missions. A hobby was woodworking, which he taught his grandsons. Family and his church family were very important to him.

Survivors include his wife, Faye; two daughters, Kendra Shickel and her husband, Mark, of Mount Craw­ford and Krista Powell and her husband, David, of Waynesboro; a sister, Vera McCarty of Harrisonburg; two brothers, Merle King of Indianapolis, Ind., and Willard King of West Liberty, Ohio; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruby Paul and Valeta Head­rick; and a brother, Herbert.

Memorial services were held at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community and Mount Vernon Mennonite Church, Grottoes.

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