Truman L. Diener, 82

Truman L. Diener, 82, vocational-agriculture teacher, died Oct. 26 at Hillsboro Community Medical Center.

The funeral will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, at Trinity Mennonite Church with pastor Tim Kliewer officiating. Burial will be at Haven of Rest Cemetery in rural Hillsboro.

He was born May 15, 1921, to Harry A. and Amanda (Selzer) Diener in Yoder. On Sept. 10, 1948, he was married to Venora Wiebe, who predeceased him in 1998.

He is survived by two sons, Tim Diener of Hillsboro and Glen Diener of Newton; one daughter, Ann Kopper of Garden City; four brothers, Edward, Clayton, Paul and Herman Diener; and six grandchildren.

A memorial was established with Trinity Mennonite Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family at hillsboromemchapel@

Jacqueline Jost, 78

Jacqueline “Jackie” Jost, 78, homemaker, died Oct. 13 at Orofino Hospital in Orofino, Idaho.

The memorial service was held Oct. 17 at Cottonwood Creek Community Church in Lenore, Idaho, with pastor Frank Campbell officiating.

She was born June 17, 1925, to Benjamin and Nina (Benson) Haddock. In 1974, she married Paul Jost, who survives.

She is also survived by three children, Ann McCay of California, Paula Ufferheide of England and Phillip Jost of Lenore; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Arlie G. Smith, 92

Arlie G. Smith, 92, certified public accountant and senior manager/director, died Oct. 18 in Florida.

The graveside service was Oct. 24 at Marion Cemetery with pastor John Goering officiating.

He was born Jan. 15, 1911, to Orris and Ola Smith in Crescent, Okla. In 1934, he was married to Edith Mae Keazer, who predeceased him in July.

He is survived by one daughter, Marilyn C. Ives of Leesburg, Fla.; one son, Donald S. Smith of Surprise, Ariz.; two brothers, Lewis Smith of Hillsboro and Harold Smith of Wichita; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial has been established with Eastmoor United Methodist Church of Marion or contributions can be made to a local hospice of choice.
Blondine Schlichting, 86

Blondine L. Schlichting, 86, homemaker, died Oct. 23 at Newton Medical Center.

The funeral was Oct. 28 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church with pastor Dave Plett officiating. Burial was at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church Cemetery.

She was born Oct. 2, 1917, to Peter L. and Katherine (Penner) Loewen in rural Hillsboro. On June 8, 1943, she was married to Raymond C. Schlichting, who survives.

She is also survived by two daughters, Annette Block and husband Paul of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Deborah Toews and husband Steve of Hesston; two sisters, Hulda Kroeker of California and Elfrieda Reimer of Shafter, Calif.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial was established with Tabor College of Hillsboro.

Condolences may be sent to the family at hillsboromemchapel@

John V. Helmer, 84

John V. Helmer, 84, retired maintenance employee with Hehr Glass Co. in Newton, died Oct. 23 at Newton Medical Center.

The funeral was Oct. 27 at Meridian Baptist Church in Newton with pastors Jerroll Martens and Scott Kliewer officiating. Burial was at Marion Cemetery.

He was born April 30, 1919, to David Sr. and Anna (Eberhardt) Helmer in Saskatchewan, Canada. On Jan. 1, 1946, he was married to Dorothy Haas, who survives.

He is also survived by four daughters, Donna Robertson of Kingsport, Tenn., Verna Rowe of Newton, Roxann Colborn of Clifton and Doreen Hartzler of Wichita; four brothers, Dave Helmer, Fred Helmer and Ezra Helmer, all of Marion and George Helmer of Newton; one sister Ann Boese of Marion; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials were established with Meridian Baptist Church and the Gideon Bible Society.

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