Deaths (Feb. 10, 2010)

? Delilah Deckert

81, a librarian, died Friday, Feb. 5, at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at First Mennonite Church, 102 S Ash St., Hillsboro, with pastor Randy Smith officiating.

Visitation is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Jost Funeral Home, 401 S. Washington St., Hillsboro.

Burial will be at Haven of Rest Cemetery, rural Hillsboro.

She was born May 10, 1928, to Albert and Elsie (Decker) Johnson in Roxbury. On May 26, 1950, she was married to Algy Deckert, who predeceased her in 1992.

Survivors include sons Warren and Kathy Deckert of Hillsboro and Marlin and Annie Deckert of San Jose, Calif.; daughters Diane and Roy Hunt of Oak Park, Ill., and Karen and Ron Young of Wichita; sister Rose and Levi Goossen of Newton and seven grandchildren.

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? Kermit E. Dirksen

76, a construction technician, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, near Florence.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Eastmoor United Methodist Church-Wesley Room, 105 Eastmoor Dr., Marion.

He was born May 9, 1933, to Menno and Edna (Epp) Dirksen in Goessel. On July 10, 1955, he was married to Frances (Schmidt) Dirksen, who survives.

Other survivors include sons Greg and Karen Dirksen of Hillsboro and Ron and Patsy Dirksen of Goessel; daughter Linda and Jeff Shelly of Lenexa; three grandchildren and siblings Larry Dirksen of San Diego, Calif., Geneva Bartel of Goessel and Jolene Dirksen of Newton.

Memorials may be made to Bethesda Home of Goessel and sent in care of Zeiner Funeral Home, P.O. Box 6, Marion, KS, 66861.


? Glen Dale Epps

84, of Hillsboro and a retired pastor, died Sept. 23.

He was born Jan. 24, 1925, to Gerhard and Anna (Penner) Epp near Henderson, Neb. On June 16, 1950, he was married to Anna Mae Regier, who survives.

Prior to moving to Hillsboro, he served in many rural and small-town churches in Kansas to include Barnard, Leoti and three churches in Uniontown. He also ministered in the north central area of South Dakota and other churches across the country. He retired in the late 1990s.

Other survivors include children Myrna, Glendon, Deanna, Rachel, John, James and Susanne; 30 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother Telfer Epp and sister Laura Snow.


? Ike W. Pauls

85, a custom harvester for 36 years, died Saturday, Feb. 6, at his home in Buhler.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church, 415 North West St., with pastors Nick Rempel, Bruce Porter and Alden Dick officiating.

Visitation was from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., with family greeting friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Buhler Mortuary, 120 N. Main, Buhler.

Burial will be in the Buhler Municipal Cemetery.

He was born Nov. 8, 1924, to Henry C. and Marie Friesen Pauls in Reno County. On June 26, 1949, he was married to Linda Regier, who survives.

Other survivors include sons Lonnie Pauls and Kenneth and Pam Pauls, all of Buhler; daughter Diane and Doug Elder of Olathe; five grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Buhler Mennonite Brethren Church or Hospice Care of Kansas and sent in care of Buhler Mortuary, 120 N. Main, Buhler, KS 67522.


? Harry Unger

82, of Peabody and a farmer, died Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Newton Medical Center in Newton.

Services were held Saturday, Feb. 6, at Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church in Hillsboro with pastor Gaylord Goertzen officiating.

Burial was at Ebenfeld Cemetery in rural Hillsboro.

He was born April 11, 1927, to Peter N. and Mary Seibel Unger on the family farm in the Ebenfeld community northwest of Peabody. On Jan. 25, 1975, he was married to Audrey Campbell Gillen, who predeceased him in 2005.

Survivors include step-sons Dennis and Donita Gillen of Hesston, Darrell and Corkey Gillen of Wyoming and Alan and Dona Stevens of Peabody; sister Edna Schmidt of Hesston; sister-in-law June Campbell; seven stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandchild and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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